To overcome a pandemic like COVID-19, even the smartest scientists won’t win the battle alone. We need a global village of scientists working in parallel and sharing their learnings to uncover the mysteries of the SARS-Cov-2 virus, which causes the disease, and to help discover treatments or cures to help end the pandemic.
This same spirit of shared purpose underlies the Folding@home distributed computing project. This project brings together a global village of computer users who lend their idle processing power to scientists who require massive amounts of computational power to run complex simulations, including those involved in the fight against COVID-19. While the processing power of one CPU can’t do much for the cause, the hundreds of thousands of CPUs lent to the Folding@home project could help the world conquer COVID-19.