Gamers everywhere to download the application Folding@home, a distributed computing project for disease research that will use idle processing power to speed up computations.

Coronavirus (photo credit: WIKIPEDIA)

Coronavirus

(photo credit: WIKIPEDIA)

Gaming PC hardware manufacturer Nvidia is asking their typical clientele to put their powerful gaming PCs to use for a greater cause: Fighting the coronavirus.

— NVIDIA GeForce (@NVIDIAGeForce) March 13, 2020

The announcement was made over Twitter as part of a collaboration with the PC Master Race gaming community, which asks gamers everywhere to download the application Folding@home, a distributed computing project for disease research. The app stimulates computational drug design and protein folding, among other aspects of molecular dynamics. However, what makes it so unique as well as one of the world’s fastest computer programs is through its usage of idle processing resources. Essentially, downloading this app onto your computer will allow the spare processing power on that computer to be used for the tasks and programs of the app.

The app has been around since 2000, and over the years has resulted in the publication of well over 220 scientific research papers by the app’s operators, Stanford University’s Pande Laboratory. However, several new projects are now available on the app for “simulating potentially druggable protein targets from SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) and the related SARS-CoV virus (for which more structural data is available),” Gamesradar reported.

These projects could lead to a better understanding of the virus, as well as lead towards possible treatments, and users can choose which project their data goes to.

Gaming PCs tend to be very good at working through several large tasks at once due to their powerful processing power.

Users don’t need to do anything for the most part, with the software doing all the work in providing processing power, though they can see the progression of the research in real time. In addition, the application can also be turned off whenever a user wishes, likely to use their gaming PC for its intended use.

The app can be downloaded here.

A full AMA (Ask me anything) with the team currently operating Folding@home will take place on March 19 on the PC Master Race subreddit.

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