Folding@Home Now Has Dedicated Coronavirus Research Option

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Folding@Home is extremely easy to set up, allowing you to donate extra CPU and GPU cycles to researchers fighting diseases, including COVID-19, from home. But there hasn't been an option for users to select COVID-19 researchers specifically as the recipient of their efforts. Now, Folding@Home has added the priority option in its latest software update.

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Previously, there were five options in the web interface for which diseases you could help fight: any disease, Alzheimer's, Cancer, Huntington's and Parkinson's disease. The way to contribute to COVID-19 research was by selecting "Any disease" and hoping you'd get assigned work for your cause. Folding@Home assured users  that most of the resources sent to "Any disease" would get put towards fighting COVID-19, but it left many users confused. 

The software update also addresses a few other bugs. The dev team at Folding@Home noted that any bugs that would have delayed the software update have been postponed as to get a new version with the most important fixes out to the huge group of volunteers as quick as possible. 

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Folding@Home is a great way that you can help fight the coronavirus outbreak from home, and we're not alone in thinking so. Tons of volunteers have installed the protein-folding simulation program, contributing to the distributed computing platform. Thanks to the volunteers, the Folding@Home network has grown to be more powerful than the top 500 supercomputers in the world, tallying up to over 2.4 ExaFLOPS of compute power. 

If you want to join the project, head here to download the installer and start folding.

Niels Broekhuijsen

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • Unolocogringo
    Thank you for another article on folding.
    It can use all the exposure it can get!!!!!
    For new folders this is all a volunteer/donation project. The people running the work servers are volunteer donors like ourselves.
    They are working very hard to keep up with demand for work units.
    So please bear with them through these difficult times, Work units will come.
    Today appears much better than last week.
    Thanks to everyone for folding.
  • cdpage
    Has there been no updates regarding Folding@Home news? The last news bits were in April... they hit 2.4 ExaFLOPS.
    Has that since tapered off or continued to grow?

    Sadly in on a Mac so my contribution is VERY small/slow. I decided to run some more though anyhow. (Toms team, 40051) but for some reason when I search for my results on the F@H page I don't show up :(

    On another note; I wonder if anyone has used this latest generation of GPUs on F@H. Those cards seem like they would plow through these operations.
  • Unolocogringo
    I am running a 3060 TI founders edition
    Average PPD is around 3 million +/-
    Have a look here, it is the best points tracker to my knowledge.
  • cdpage
    damn. one GPU is pushing 3M
    While my old ass (2015) 4Ghz Intel Corei7 doesn't look like it'll break 100K at Full.
    30x faster! HAH!