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Published on : Friday, November 15, 2013
Melia Hotels International has announced that it has recently become a partner of the ‘World Community Grid’, an initiative sponsored by IBM. The aim of this initiative is to create the world’s largest computing grid to take advantage of the unused capacity of computers connected to the Internet and make it available for medical and social research projects, as well as other issues related to natural disasters or environmental problems. During this initial phase the hotel chain will be tying in its participation with a series of projects addressing childhood or environmental issues.
More than 2.3 million devices – including smartphones and tablets – belonging to over 600,000 individuals and organizations in 80 countries are now channeling their energies into ‘World Community Grid’ projects. The result of this integration is one of the world’s fastest virtual supercomputers. Since it was set up back in 2004, this initiative, created and run by IBM, has provided scientists with the equivalent of more than 800,000 years of computing activity at absolutely no cost to them.
Meliá Hotels International has now signed up to the ‘World Community Grid’ and during its initial phase it will be contributing the potential capacity of 370 computers located in the company’s headquarters in Palma de Mallorca and Madrid.