Fight COVID-19 with your gaming PC

Joshua Tulip, Digital Consultant

First published: 15/03/2020
Last updated: 15/03/2020 13:27

A sentence you didn’t think you’d be reading this week: You can download the Folding@Home (FAH/F@H) software from Pande Lab and fight the Coronavirus with your spare clock cycles.

The project, which was founded by Vijay Pande at Stanford University, focuses of using enormous amounts of computing power to research protein folding, computational drug design and other types of molecular dynamics. The software uses your unused computer power to solve complex calculations which may help towards finding a cure to the far reaching disease.

Source: Folding@Home

Old solutions to new problems

F@H was founded in 2000, and is still working towards reaching it’s goal of 1 million folders. To date the project has used computing power to further the research of cancer, a range of neurological diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s, and a collective of infectious diseases including Ebola.

Nvidia GeForce, one of the world’s leading graphics card manufacturers, put out a call-to-arms on Friday 13th March 2020 to PC Gamers everywhere. The tweet, which has been liked more than 15,000 times gave instructions on how the gaming community could contribute to advancing our understanding of the virus which was recently classed by the WHO as a pandemic.

What is protein folding?

In my opinion, the press in the UK have a lot to answer for. The price paid in return for selling papers & increasing website traffic is extremely high of late, and when it comes to COVID-19 it appears that being the first publisher to release information, no matter the damage or implications, is still at the top of the agenda for UK media outlets.



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