May 24, 2022

McMaster University: Library Computing Power Being Harnessed in the Fight Against COVID–19

From McMaster University:

The Library has donated the computing power in 115 of its public computers to Folding@home, a supercomputing project that’s using processing power donated by individuals and organizations to perform complex calculations that could provide researchers with new insights into the novel coronavirus.

“This is a small way in which the Library can help support the global effort to combat COVID–19,” says Chris McAllister, associate director of Library Computing and Campus Classroom Technologies. “Since our computers are sitting idle, we saw this as an opportunity to use these resources in a productive way – it seemed like the right thing to do.”

Folding@home is part of a research program led by computational biophysicist Greg Bowman, an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The project is focussed on better understanding the process of protein “folding” – the way in which proteins are assembled within cells.

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