The Folding@Home distributed grid computing project has set its sights on analysing the Coronavirus.
Whether you have a powerful CPU or GPU up for the task, you should be able to contribute to dissecting the proteins involved and contribute a bit of your electricity bill and processing power to calculating the means necessary to analyse the proteins.
Download the client and set it up however you want to (whether you want it to pause when your processor gets too busy, too hot, or just when idle while you have the computer on).
Current Corona specific projects (you don't need to do anything to get them, the software will do it for you):
14530/14531 Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 causing virus) protease - potential drug target
14328 - Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 causing virus) protease - potential drug target
11741: Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 causing virus) receptor binding domain in complex with human receptor ACE2.
11746: Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 causing virus) receptor binding domain in complex with human receptor ACE2 (alternative structure to 11741).
11742: Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 causing virus) protease in complex with an inhibitor.
11743: Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 causing virus) protease – potential drug target.
11744: Coronavirus SARS-CoV (SARS causing virus) receptor binding domain trapped by a SARS-CoV S230 antibody.
11745: Coronavirus SARS-CoV (SARS causing virus) receptor binding domain mutated to the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 causing virus) trapped by a SARS-CoV S230 antibody.
All these are under the default "any" selection in settings. We don't currently have a coronavirus specific selection, so all related projects will be grouped up and sent under the ANY setting to your PC as needed!
You can download and install it for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Join the element14 Community Folding@Home team - the Team Number is 240845
You should be able to request a passkey if you want to setup your own username, though it may take a while before you receive it via email.
When the APIs are back up we should be able to see aggregated team stats, but at least for now lets get processing!
Great work by those who have contributed so far!
If you're not receiving work units, it's because the Folding@Home servers are currently overloaded with requests - you will receive work units once they've upgraded the server's capacity!
The work units are there but the servers are overloaded! Every morning I'm surprised by the increase in response. We're up to over 70 requests/s for new work units. New servers are coming though!— Matt Hurley (@llabrword) March 16, 2020
On the server issue. We are getting help from a new partner. Spinning up servers does take time. #COVID19— Folding@home (@foldingathome) March 17, 2020
You can see how the increase in workload has amassed here.
Edit: Now with STATS
Here's a snapshot of them as of 20th March 09:04 GMT
Every contribution helps
fah-installer_7.5.1_x86.exe.zip 29.5 MB