Vrijdag 14 maart 2014 —
VIENNA/Austria, 14 March 2014 – For tomorrow's World Sleep Day, Samsung Austria and the Life Sciences Faculty of the University of Vienna can report an extremely positive initial result from their Power Sleep initiative: More than 75,000 users installed the app. Thereof, about 30,000 supporters are regularly using the App to donate their smartphone processing power for scientific research – from countries all over the world. Collectively, they are responsible for an average of around 2 TeraFLOPS (Floating Point Operations Per Second), or approximately two times 1012 computations per second. In this way, they are providing nearly 10 per cent of the processing power of the entire SIMAP project by Dr Thomas Rattei, who is dedicated to protein research in the fight against diseases like cancer and Alzheimer's.
'We literally had trouble processing the fact that Power Sleep found so many supporters so quickly and worldwide at that. The contribution to our project from mobile devices is clear,' notes an enthusiastic Dr Thomas Rattei, professor of bioinformatics at the University of Vienna and Power Sleep project partner.
The numbers speak for themselves: within just a month after its launch, more than 75,000 supporters installed the app, enabling an average of around 20,000 individual calculations per day/night and providing about 2 TeraFLOPS of processing power. In total, Power Sleep contributes around 10 per cent of the total processing power used by the SIMAP project.
Originally started as a national initiative in Austria, Power Sleep has already become a global sensation. For instance, the App has numerous downloads from countries like the US, Russia, India, Brazil and Canada, and is currently in the top 3 ranking in miscellaneous categories of the Google Play Store. This worldwide distribution enjoyed considerable support from some 525 news sites, blogs and online forums around the world that reported on the Austrian initiative. Also, the YouTube videos, which both explain the idea of Power Sleep and disseminate it around the world, have around 446,000 clicks so far.
'Samsung wants to use its technology to make a valuable contribution to society – and the success that Power Sleep has garnered so far reaffirms us on this path. It is amazing to see what power the current smartphone generation has and what this can accomplish,' adds Martin Wallner, Vice President Sales at Samsung Electronics Austria. By way of comparison: Power Sleep is generating approximately 175 times the processing power that famed IBM supercomputer Deep Blue produced in 1997, the year it defeated world champion Garry Kasparov in a man vs. machine chess showdown.
SIMAP and Power Sleep – teaming up for a good cause
The processing power generated by Power Sleep is used for SIMAP (the SImilarity Matrix Of Proteins), an international protein computation project. Behind it is a database that collects results from protein tests around the world and attempts to discover previously unknown interrelations between protein sequences in the research data. It is laying new scientific foundations for, among other things, the fight against diseases like cancer and Alzheimer's.
Power Sleep supports this fight. At the heart of the initiative is the Power Sleep app, which works like an alarm clock. While the user sleeps, the app allows the smartphone's unused processing power to be used for research. Small data packets are sent from the SIMAP server. The data crunched by the mobile device are then sent directly to the research database.
An update of the app with improved functionality will be available as of week 12 in the Samsung App Store and the Google Play Store for Android devices from version 2.3.