It’s the statistic none of us like to think about, but unfortunately we can’t avoid: one in two Australians will be affected by cancer in their lifetime.
Imagine if there was some small way to help… all while you slept.
Sound like something from a sci-fi movie?
Well, it’s not.
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“Medical research is the key to solving cancer but one thing slowing progress is the limited access researchers have to supercomputers to crunch their complex data,” Rebecca Murray, Vodafone Foundation Board Member, tells Mamamia.
“With smartphones outnumbering the number of people in our country, Vodafone Foundation saw a great opportunity to create Australia’s first smartphone supercomputer,” says Murray.
But... how can my smartphone help?
“Think of your smartphone as a small but powerful computer,” Murray explains.
“When it’s idle — like when you’re asleep at night — that power goes untapped.
“DreamLab puts that power to use for good to fast-track cancer research.''
“Each phone downloads tiny research problems and calculates them, and then sends the results back to the research team at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research,” explains Murray.
But how does this help fight cancer?
The Garvan Institute has a huge research project, called Project Demystify, in the cloud. This project has over 26 million different micro-problems that need crunching in order to understand and make sense of the data.