Not feeling very productive today? You can do cancer research, or your smartphone can, while you sleep.
The DreamLab app, available on the App Store and Google Play, harnesses the supercomputing power of smartphones to solve genomics and cancer research problems. The app does this work only when the smartphone is idle: typically at night when the owner is asleep, and the smartphone is charging. After carrying out its calculations, the DreamLab app sends the results back to the research team.
Since its launch in December 2015, DreamLab has been doubling the speed of calculations for cancer research projects from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Australia, spanning a variety of study areas including ovarian and pancreatic cancer research. As of October 2017, 150,000 people who downloaded the DreamLab app have helped solve research problems in half the time it would have otherwise taken. You can read more about how the Garvan Institute is using DreamLab technology here.