WTH are you going about, man?
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s distributed computing, or a community effort to help open science projects: in this particular case, running computer simulations to study the SARS CoV-2 (the Virus Formerly Known as Novel Corona Virus).
The stated aim of these efforts is to pave the way for finding drugs that are effective against the virus.
Volunteers will lend their computer(s) for crunching data for these simulations. There’s a software that has to be installed which will then run in background whenever the machine is idle (and only then)
Gamers can help more than regular folks as we generally have rather decent GPUs in our computers, and many models nowadays rely exclusively on that piece of hardware.
There’s a catch of course:
- Running simulations is going to use energy
- Your GPU, PSU and other key parts of your computer(s) may be subject to extra tear and wear - which however can be kept somehow in check by undervolting and/or underclocking your GPU.
- There is no guarantee anything of value will produced (such is the nature of research).
The two major projects doing protein folding simulations aimed at SARS CoV-2 are:
A few relevant posts here: