When we talk about research into new diseases, especially in this day and age, what we talk about most is computers. Why? Because with their power they can help scientists to perform calculations and simulations that support research. Today the folding@home project adds coronavirus research to its objectives.
What is folding@home?
Foldeing@home is a distributed computing project that allows the use of personal computer calculation resources to perform protein folding simulations. In other words, a project with which each participating computer becomes part of a computer network that, cumulatively, has great processing power. This power is used to analyse how proteins reach their three-dimensional structure, on which their biological function depends.
It is a project developed at University of Stamford and is currently the largest distributed computing project in the world according to Guinness records.
As simple as installing an app
Accurate simulations of how proteins fold allow the scientific community to better understand the development of diseases. Today the project leaders announced the inclusion of coronavirus in their research objectives . They have done so in the following terms:
The app’s interface, which may seem a little outdated, allows you to select whether you want it to run full-time or only while your Mac is idle. We can also decide how much processor to allocate to the app . By default this sets the minimum priority which we can also pause at any time if we need the full power of our Mac for ourselves.
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If we want to contribute to the project from our computer we can download the app from the official website.