[email protected] : Technology against Covid-19

Folding @ home: Technology against Covid-19

Did you know that you can also participate in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic? Through [email protected], it is possible, at this time when governments and health workers around the world are mobilizing to fight against the pandemic.

It allows users around the world to participate in the fight, by putting the resources of their computers for the benefit of research against the Coronavirus.

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You've probably heard of [email protected]. It was a collaborative research program that enabled researchers from theUC Berkeley (California) to transmit, to millions of Internet users around the world, fractions of data received by radio telescopes, in the pursuit of the existence of an extraterrestrial intelligence.

Abbreviated by “FaH”, [email protected], is a collaborative medical program launched by the Chemistry Department ofStanford University in California. It is based on the model of [email protected]

The Folding at home program aims to build a supercomputer, using the resources of thousands of computers around the world. It is therefore about the computing power of the latter.

Folding @ home official website

Active since 2000, [email protected] had already been used in the fight against certain diseases such as Ebola or Cancer, but was not getting enough attention. With the call launched in February 2020 in the response against the Corona Virus (Covid-19), the program has already been joined by hundreds of thousands of new users, whereas until then it had only 30.

Operation of [email protected]

The program uses computing power (Processor and Graphics Card) from the user's computer without accessing their personal data.

By combining all these resources, researchers obtain sufficient computing power to arrive at model in 3d proteins attached to the virus, in order to understand its development. The computing capacity reached for the moment is 474 petaFLOPS (power all the same theoretical). It thus exceeds the Summit (supercomputer ofIBM, the most powerful in the world with surroundings 200 petaFLOPS).

Viewing Folding @ home

Le petaFLOPS (Floating-point Operations Per Second ou number of floating point operations per second) is a unit of measurement for the performance of a computer system. It evaluates the performance of processors.

The program aims to simulate protein folding in cells of the human body, drawing on the computers of volunteer users around the world. The goal is to understand the development process of the virus, to learn from it that could lead to the manufacture of a remedy.

Use requires connection Internet and to leave your computer on all the time, especially at night. Thus the user can choose to share his resources with [email protected] either while he is using his computer or only when he is not using it.

Download from [email protected]

The program is supported by several platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux), and by some video game consoles. To participate in the fight, you can install the software with a few clicks by downloading it from the Folding at home website.

If you don't see the file compatible with your device, click alternative downloads on the same page.

The use of [email protected]

During use, the program will run in the background and hardly slow down the execution of your tasks. So you can continue to work or at the same time play your favorite games. Type computers “GAMER”are on the front line, given their enormous computing capacities.

After downloading, install the program and launch it.

Install the program

After launching the program, since it runs in the background, go to the Windows taskbar. Then click on the program icon to activate Folding.

Activation of Folding through the Windows task bar

The option "Pause" allows you to authorize or also to stop the sharing of your resources, uncheck it. Then click on “WebControl” and the program will open the client interface in the web browser. Don't click, wait for the countdown.

Start or Stop Folding

Once in the client interface panel, you have a range of choices before you start sharing and running the simulation.

You can allocate your resources to a disease of your choice. Only you will find that, by opening the interface, the CORONA VIRUS PROJECT is directly indicated. This means that your resources will therefore be automatically allocated to it.

Start of Resource Sharing

With the bar “POWER”, you can modify the power to be allocated (Light for low power, Medium for medium power and Full for more power).

Checkboxes “WHEN”, give you the flexibility to choose when to allocate your resources to [email protected] You can do this either while you are using your computer or only when you are not using it.

Stopping Resource Sharing

Click on Start Folding to start, or on Stop Folding to stop sharing resources.

The icon on the taskbar allows you to manage the sharing of your resources without having to open the client interface in the browser.

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