While the world is divided between people who are able to work from home and people who are stuck to their couches, what unites us is that we all want this pandemic to end as soon as possible.
You did your bid by clapping at 5 p.m. but doctors, scientists and researchers would need more than just the ruckus. Here’s how you can REALLY help… with tech, of course.
What is Folding@home?
Folding at home is a distributed computing project for simulating protein dynamics. Yes, your potato-chip eating brain is probably confused now. Allow us to explain.
Viruses like Corona contain proteins and through current experiment methods it’s only possible to understand one side of the story. Proteins can perform various functions and it’s not easy to understand everything about their wiggly nature or to even have them simulate all possible actions of a viral protein through a single computer.
How can I help?
This is where your PC can help out, especially if you have a gaming rig. The more grunt the better. After you download Folding at home, just walk through the easy installation steps and it’ll start doing the processing on your CPU and GPU for simulating protein dynamics towards research.
You can assign CPU and GPU individually and even have the system contribute only when it’s on idle so that it doesn’t crunch up resources during your office work. Or you can set the bar meter on the software to Light so that you can still work on your machine while helping in the battle against Corona.
Currently, the folks at Folding at home are rushing to put up more servers that are preparing to intake results from the sudden burst in downloads because of Corona. The research work contributes to Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and now Corona.
Where can I download it from?
Folding at home is available for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. You can download it from here.Clapping isn’t the best solution, but if it could unite us all, then imagine the contributed efforts of millions just from India with access to technology. We tried to simplify this article as much as possible but things on the research end are much harder, so if you need more information about how Folding at home is contributing to Corona, then here’s a less simplified version by Greg Bowman, the lead at Folding at home.