Coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc all over the world, with around 20,000 deaths and still counting. Scientists have failed to develop a vaccination of the pandemic as of now, but researchers all over the world are putting in their best efforts to find a cure for the deadly COVID-19.
Now, you might be sitting in your home, but you can also chip in the efforts by donating your old, unused PC’s computing power. In order to find a cure for Coronavirus, scientists, first, need to understand how viral proteins in a Coronavirus work to suppress our immune system.
Once scientists figure out the working and structure of the proteins, they can design therapeutics to stop them. However, determining the structure and movement of proteins isn’t a piece of cake as there are several moving parts involved. Studying proteins during various stages can be done by computer simulations, which is a processor-heavy task.
Folding@home is a company inviting users all over the world to donate the computing power of their PCs to help scientists find a cure for Coronavirus.
The company has launched a project involving distributed computing, and it works by making use of PCs’ idle GPU and CPU cycles. The company started the initiative in February and you’ll be impressed to know that the project has, to date, received computing power of over 470 petaFLOPS. The project is now twice as powerful as Summit, the world’s fastest supercomputer.
In fact, the donated computing power is now more than the computing power of the world’s seven fastest supercomputers – COMBINED.
You can also donate the computing power from your old, unused PC to help the novel cause. For more details, you can visit the official website of Folding@home and read FAQs.