Panther Software and Research Company (, located in South Carolina (U.S.), mainly does software R&D (i.e., "services", not "retail products"). Since we're not interested in selling you stuff, we can use this web page to assist other worthwhile and interesting projects.

Distributed computing projects your computer could help

If there will be times when your computer is waiting for you to type or click something, and it has an Internet connection at least once in a while, you could donate that idle time to a distributed computing project. Their software runs at low priority, so that your work always comes first and only the time your computer would have been idle is donated.

Many of the distributed computing projects below use Berkeley's BOINC management software. Projects using it benefit from having a standardized way of managing work units among a large number of computers. Volunteers get the ability to participate in multiple projects if they wish, and can limit run times, resource use, etc. BOINC software is available for Android 2.3 and later (via the Google Play Store), MS Windows(x86 and x64), Mac OS X (PPC and Intel), and Linux(x86 and x64). However, each project's software may have its own limitations as to which systems it runs on.

Here are just a few of the many distributed computing projects looking for donated computer time:

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Challenges that pay

1) Are you an inventor or problem solver? NASA press release 10-211 described this way:

This new online platform empowers the federal government to bring the best ideas and top talent to bear on the nation's most pressing problems. On this site, entrepreneurs, innovators and citizen solvers can compete for prizes by providing novel solutions to tough problems.

2) In June, 2014, NASA launched the Earth Science Challenges. The challenges use OpenNEX (Open NASA Earth Exchange). Here are parts of NASA's press release:

OpenNEX is a data, supercomputing and knowledge platform where users can share modeling and analysis codes, scientific results, knowledge and expertise to solve big data challenges in the Earth sciences. ... OpenNEX provides users a large collection of climate and Earth science satellite data sets, including global land surface images, vegetation conditions, climate observations and climate projections.

The first "ideation" stage of the challenge, which runs July 1 through Aug. 1, offers as much as $10,000 in awards for ideas on novel uses of the datasets. The second "builder" stage, beginning in August, will offer between $30,000 and $50,000 in awards for the development of an application or algorithm that promotes climate resilience using the OpenNEX data, based on ideas from the first stage of the challenge. NASA will announce the overall challenge winners in December.

To educate citizen scientists on how the data on OpenNEX can be used, NASA is releasing a series of online video lectures and hands-on lab modules. To view this material, and for information on registering for the challenges, visit [the link above].

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Also: from on June, 2009: The Case Against Software Patents - Red Hat's EPO-G3/08 Amicus Brief
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