I have a computer
If you have a computer and want to help fight the COVID-19 crisis, you’ve come to the right place! Donate the power of your home computer to run third party software in an a world-wide effort to understand protein folding and the diseases that can result from protein misfolding.
“Folding@home (FAH or F@h) is a distributed computing project for simulating protein dynamics, including the process of protein folding and the movements of proteins implicated in a variety of diseases. It brings together citizen scientists who volunteer to run simulations of protein dynamics on their personal computers. Insights from this data are helping scientists to better understand biology, and providing new opportunities for developing therapeutics.” – from foldingathome.org
Simply stated, this initiative leverages computers at homes across the world in a combined effort to study diseases, including COVID-19. No knowledge on diseases is required to join this effort. To get started, simply download and install the Folding@home client. Once installed, launch the tool and it will immediately start running on your computer. The results of your computations will be reported back to Folding@Home. You can even track your score among others, and join teams to work toward a broader community goal.
- For extra bonus points, make sure you setup a passkey that corresponds with your username. This authentication assures that other users cannot falsely report your contributions as their own.
- The client supports numerous different diseases. To make sure you’re computations are fighting COVID-19, configure your client settings as follows:
- Webcontrol: “Any disease” in the list “I support research fighting”
- Advanced Control/FAHControl: Configure > Advanced, select “Any” in the list “Cause Preference”
- The COVID-19 related projects are on top priority and will be assigned automatically.
- Once you’re setup, we’d love to have you join WTCC’s Folding@Home team. Our ID number is 257578. You can see the results of our collective at this URL.