Folding @ home (FAH) has been helping research into the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus for more than a year. The project distributes arithmetic tasks that simulate, for example, how different active substances theoretically behave on the virus’ spike protein for docking with host cells. This does not replace (e) all of the laboratory work, but it does narrow down the range of potential active ingredients.
In one Youtube-Video mit dem Titel “State of The Fold” gives FAH director Dr. Greg Bowman gave an update on what is happening at Folding @ home on the evening of June 11, 2021 at 8:30 p.m. German time. The presentation was recorded in advance; however, the project team will accompany the chat and answer questions at the same time.
The first vaccines to prevent COVID-19 diseases have long been approved, but research into the viral disease is ongoing. Research into other diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s has also been going on for many years with the help of Folding @ home.
Team Heise Falter
In March 2020, the c’t editorial team set up its own team, which thousands of readers have joined. Some donated computing power in between, others are still with us today. The Heise Falter are now with more than 3.8 million completed task packages, so-called work units (WU), and a good 111 billion points 18th place in the world rankings of Folding @ home – two placements better than in mid-May 2021. Currently, more than 700 active users fold proteins in our team.
The hardware used by the c’t editorial team changes depending on which processors and graphics cards are currently available. In the editorial office, dozens of GPUs with a theoretical computing power of several hundred (FP32) TFlops continue to fold in the Folding @ home network.