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Posted at 1:45 PM ET, 09/ 7/2010

IBM uses idle computers to study bay

By Washington Post editors

IBM says it is using idle computers worldwide to help researchers study the Chesapeake Bay.

IBM announced four clean water projects Tuesday, including one that will help University of Virginia researchers predict how commercial development, fishing and agriculture affect the bay.

The computing giant says researchers will use its network of 1.5 million personal computers in 80 countries to crunch data while their owners are away or doing tasks that don't require much processing power.

Other projects IBM is supporting include research in China into developing more efficient water filtration techniques and eliminating a common waterborne disease in Brazil.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | September 7, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Virginia  
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