You Can Help Research a Cure for Coronavirus at Home

March 17, 2020 Off By Web Desk

Folding@Home is a distributed computing project with a cause to research on diseases by simulating molecular dynamics such as protein folding and computational drug design.

On 27th February, the Folding@Home team announced that it would join researchers and help them learn more about the coronavirus as well as develop therapies that could save lives. Since it is a distributed computing project, it depends on the people giving it the necessary computing power. The team has come up with a free software, and all you have to do it download it, turn it on and permit it to run in the background.

Computational chemist John Chodera explaining the research said:

After initial quality control and limited testing phases, Folding@home team has released an initial wave of projects simulating potentially druggable protein targets from SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) and the related SARS-CoV virus (for which more structural data is available) into full production on Folding@home. Many thanks to the large number of Folding@home donors who have assisted us thus far by running in beta or advanced modes.

To help Chodera and the team in their cause, NVIDIA teamed up with the PC Master Race subreddit and called all the PC gamers to donate a part of their GPU for the time being.

With more people participating in the cause, Folding@Home will be able to work through the simulations faster taking us a step closer to the vaccine or treatment.

If you are interested in contributing to the cause, you can download the free software here.

Source: Pro Pakistani