Profile: Timo

Your personal background.
Volunteer cruncher for - a non-profit organization dedicated to providing high throughput computing resources to cancer related bioinformatics research.
(You can see pictures of their servers on their facebook page @

If you're feeling generous, check out their current fundraising campaign at

**I am not directly affiliated with this charity but I am a supporter and volunteer cruncher
I work as a software developer/business intelligence analyst for a telecommunications company. I get impatient when I have to wait for CPU intensive queries at work that take hours to complete and cannot imagine having to wait for days or weeks to wait for jobs to compute like the researchers here do. This motivates me to contribute more and contribute to the advancement of science.

I'm also proud to say that all of my computing power is powered by 99% renewable energy since I live in Quebec where most all of our electricity is generated by hydroelectric dams along the Saint Laurence.
Your opinions about Rosetta@home
1. Why do you run Rosetta@home?
I am a huge fan of Star Trek, and specifically the idea that if we eliminated resource scarcity we could accomplish absolutely amazing technical feats including the conquest of most any health ailment. Secondly, as I noted I work with databases and high performance computing in the corporate world and have a first hand appreciation for anyone hindered in their ability to iterate by having to *wait* for a calculation to complete.

2. What are your views about the project?
I've crunched for Folding@Home, World Community Grid, and Rosetta@Home and out of the three Rosetta is my favorite if only because of the engagement between some of the researchers (Shout outs to Krypton and David) and the community.

3. Any suggestions?
Have you considered holding a crowd funding campaign to finance bringing in a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to tackle some of the code optimization/GPU app exploration that the community is constantly hounding about. I am thinking if people are so adamant about it, they may very well put their money where their mouths are if given the chance to finance such an undertaking directly.
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