Let's Help Scientists Develop New Treatments
Do you have a computer at home that sits mostly idle? You can put it to some useful work.
During the COVID pandemic we joined thousands of donors of CPU and GPU computing capacity to help the Folding@Home
By doing so, our excess computing resources support scientists in simulating and understanding molecular dynamics of proteins.
Many of the projects that utilize this distributed computing platform are
focusing on COVID-19
and other viruses and proteins in search for therapeutic opportunities.
If you want to connect your computer to this project, you can start by
the Folding@Home packages on your computer. Then you can follow a few easy
Once you get it up and running and a Work Unit is assigned to your computer, you can visualize the very molecule that is being analyzed...
...and you can also learn more about the project supported by the ongoing simulation. For example:
Before you join the FAH project as a donor of CPU/GPU time, you may want to learn more about protein molecular dynamics simulations. Here are some helpful resources:
This TED talk is a short but exciting introduction to protein molecules.
This video by David Baker from University of Washington nicely explains what are the objectives, challenges, methods and successes of protein folding simulations (beyond FAH).
This paper goes deeper - but not too deep - into what proteins are and why we study them.
This page lists specific COVID-19 related projects supported by FAH.
You can look up our contribution summary
and even join our team #
A tip: If you worry about security (we really don't in this case) you may consider running Folding@Home inside
. You can get it from here
Pi Day 2021 update: After 1 year of folding, along with our Team
members, we are happy to report contributing over 4300 work units to the FAH project.