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The coronavirus, corona virus, CoVid-19, 2019-nCoV, SARS-CoV, or whatever you want to call it, occupies people worldwide. In addition to private individuals who panic here and there and buy hamsters, there are also doctors and researchers who want to find a cure and a vaccination against the virus. Computer simulations of the processes that take place in the body with and because of the virus help, among other things. In order to calculate this, however, it takes a lot of computing power, as researchers from Standford University have shown. That is why there is the Folding @ Home program, with which you can make your computing power available.
A current one Blog entry on the corresponding website begins with the words “We need your help!”. The text explains that the Folding @ Home project at Stanford University in the USA wants to help develop life-saving therapies for people infected with coronavirus. Readers can contribute to this by making the computing power of their Windows, Linux and macOS computers available. This works via the Folding @ Home software that you have download here can. The project uses the program (which according to the site only accesses CPU and GPU power) in addition to the fight against the CoronaVirus also for research against cancer, ALS, Parkinson's, flu and more.
Folding @ Home, also simply called FAH, was founded by Pande Lab. This is led by Prof. Vijay Pande and is part of the Chemistry and Structural Biology Department of Stanford University and the Stanford University Medical Center. The work of the researchers consists of creating theories and simulations on the folding behavior of proteins, RNA and polymers in nano-size. Further information, an explanatory video and an interview can be found on the About page of the project as well as on the other subpages. And if you have a Mac, iMac, Mac Pro, Mac mini or PC standing around that still has power to deliver, you can provide it with the coronavirus research software linked above;)
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.