Donate your spare computing power to COVID-19 research
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In this video, I’ll show you how to volunteer your Raspberry Pi, or Mac, or Windows computer in the fight against COVID-19. You and your computer can help power scientific research by donating computing power from the comfort of your home. All you need is a Raspberry Pi, Windows or Mac, and an active internet connection.
This initiative is through an IBM social responsibility initiative that supports humanitarian scientific research called World Community Grid.
Specific to COVID-19, the scientists at Scripps Research are doing molecular modeling simulations to look for possible candidates for the development of treatments for COVID-19, but to be successful they need massive computing power to carry out millions of simulated laboratory experiments.
Scripps Research is partnering with World Community Grid to help scientists study the world’s biggest problems in health and sustainability. By using this donated computing power, the scientists aim to identify promising chemical compounds for further laboratory testing.
The research team wants not only to help find treatments for COVID-19, but also to create a fast-response, open source toolkit that will help all scientists quickly search for treatments for future pandemics. And in keeping with World Community Grid’s open data policy, all data and tools that are developed through this project will be shared freely in the scientific community.
The project’s primary goal is to search for potential treatments for COVID-19, so studying proteins from SARS-CoV2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) is the highest priority.
World Community Grid volunteers download a secure software program to their Raspberry Pi, macOS or Windows computer, or Android device. This software program (called BOINC) is used to run World Community Grid projects, and is compatible with the Raspberry Pi OS and most other operating systems. Then, when your device is not using its full power, it automatically runs a simulated experiment in the background that will help predict the effectiveness of a particular chemical compound as a possible treatment for COVID-19. Finally, your device automatically returns the results of the completed simulation and requests the next simulation. All of this happens unobtrusively, while you are going about your regular activities such as typing an email, browsing the internet, or while your computer is idle but left on.
All of this happens unobtrusively, while you are going about your regular activities such as typing an email, browsing the internet, or while your computer is idle but left on.
World Community Grid receives the results you send back (often called work units or research tasks), combines them with hundreds of thousands of results from other volunteers all over the world, and sends them to the Scripps Research team. The researchers then begin the difficult work of analyzing the data. While this process doesn’t happen overnight, it accelerates what would otherwise take many years, or might even be impossible.