If you want to use the power inside of your GPU and CPU at home to help researchers find a cure for COVID-19 / coronavirus, then Folding@Home is where you'll want to go.
Folding@Home is a distributed computing project spearheaded by Stanford University, and has been around for what feels like forever. Instead of a single gigantic supercomputer, the premise of Folding@Home will use regular computers owned by regular people, building the computing power up into a single, much more powerful force -- towards a single effort, which in this case is coronavirus.
Your unused computational resources from your CPU and graphics card/s can be used to help researchers that are working on understanding the structures of potential drug targets for 2019-nCoV (COVID-19 / coronavirus) that will help "aid in the design of new therapies".
The official Folding@Home website has a post up from February 27 that explains that the "data you help us generate will be quickly and openly disseminated as part of an open science collaboration of multiple laboratories around the world, giving researchers new tools that may unlock new opportunities for developing lifesaving drugs".
If you want to join the Folding@Home efforts towards COVID-19 / coronavirus, then you can do that with a few easy steps:
- Download and then install Folding@Home on your PC (desktop, or laptop)
- Use the 'Custom Install' options to configure your startup preference
- Simply run Folding@Home and select to contribute to "Any Disease"