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Crowdsourced supercomputing project sets sights on coronavirus

Folding@home targets COVID-19, number of volunteer ‘folders’ skyrockets

Among the research programs racing to develop therapies and vaccines for this new pandemic virus is one of the largest crowdsourced supercomputing projects in the world.

Led by computational biophysicist Greg Bowman, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the project is called Folding@home. It relies on the collective power of volunteers’ home computers to perform the complex calculations required to simulate protein dynamics.