• Scientists at Tsinghua University in China used IBM's World Community Grid to discover the conditions required for moving water via carbon nanotubes 300% faster without the need of further energy. The project saw the use of massive computing power from volunteers to create simulations of water flow at the molecular level.
  • Researchers undertook vast simulations using the donated, surplus processing power of IBM's World Community Grid, which harnesses three million connected computers from over 700,000 "citizen-scientist" volunteers globally. Approximately 100 million calculations carried out by IBM's virtual, crowdsourced supercomputer for the Computing For Clean Water project would have cost $15m if they were performed commercially.
  • IBM said it would have taken over 37,000 years had they been undertaken on a single-processor PC. Researchers now plan to optimise the nanotubes and apply them to enhance water filtration and seawater desalination.

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