We Provide Our Computing Power to Fight COVID-19

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We provide our unused computer resources for the medical research project folding@home. Folding@home is brilliant: it’s a distributed computing project for simulating protein dynamics, including the process of protein folding and the movements of proteins implicated in a variety of diseases.

The project was founded 20 years ago by Stanford University. It uses the computing power of volunteers, end of this February the project started its fight against the Coronavirus. We want to support this amazing project and its aims.

The team behind folding@home wants to understand how the viral proteins work and how they can design therapeutics against them: "There are many experimental methods for determining protein structures. While extremely powerful, they only reveal a single snapshot of a protein’s usual shape. But proteins have lots of moving parts, so we really want to see the protein in action. The structures we can’t see experimentally may be the key to discovering a new therapeutic." (Source: https://foldingathome.org/covid19/)

With the help of computer simulations the research team can watch how the atoms in a protein move relative to one another. These computer simulations mean enormous calculations, they need masses of computing power - and the calculations would take years. With distributed computing these calculations can be accelerated tremendously.

Join us and donate your own computing power.


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