One unique method researchers use to study diseases employs computer simulations to fold proteins and look for treatable patterns to prevent and treat major illnesses. A big drawback to these simulations is that they can take a long time and a tremendous amount of computer power to simulate protein folding.
Distributed computing can help overcome this issue. Using a program called Folding at Home, [email protected] for short, users can donate their computing power to run protein folding simulations for medical research.
[email protected] uses the donated computer power to contribute to the research of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Cancer, Prion diseases, and Viruses. [email protected] also adapts to medical needs during both the Ebola outbreak and currently the COVID-19 pandemic.
Using our resources at Elkhorn Computer, we set up extra servers to run folding simulations to contribute to [email protected]’s cause. In less than three weeks, we have already processed over 350 work units and plan to keep these servers running in order to continue contributing to this important research.