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Faster than the top 7 supercomputers combined, The Folding@Home network is now using a 470 PetaFLOPS of raw compute power to help solve SARS-CoV-2’s structure.

Faster than the top 7 supercomputers combined, The Folding@Home network is now using a 470 PetaFLOPS of raw compute power to help solve SARS-CoV-2’s structure.

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  1. Now if only they were keeping up with serving the Work Units (parts of the math problems) to all those computers. I’ve been running mine since last night and keep getting this whenever one finishes:

    >20:00:23:WARNING:WU02:FS01:Failed to get assignment from ‘65.254.110.245:8080’: No WUs available for this configuration

    Note, this is a good thing, since it means a lot of people are stepping up to the plate.

  2. If someone wants to explain what a PetaFLOP is I’d greatly appreciate it. I just have this really dumb, computer illiterate friend, let’s call him Greg, and I need to explain it to him,

  3. I used to donate CPU power to Folding@Home with my PS3 back in the day.

    Those were good days.

  4. I sure do hope it helps, but it surely couldn’t hurt.

  5. I’ve gotten 3 WU’s in the last 12 hours. Their servers are getting absolutely hammered. Seems LTT is trying to help out with the bandwidth capacity shortage.

  6. Mines been running for days! I can’t really help any other way, so doing what I can.

  7. Can someone explain how this is supposed to help?

  8. They called it skynet… But we named it Folding@home. Soon to be self aware.

  9. But will it run a billion instances of Doom?

  10. Folding@Home, that’s a name I havnt heard in a looong time.

    Used to leave the program running on my old computer way way back

  11. Linus just did a video on this recently

    [here](https://youtu.be/KU4qOebhkfs)

  12. I tried to help but FaH kept putting me on to unrelated projects so I went back to BOINC and prime number work instead.

  13. I work with the people who created this, smart cookies

  14. Damn that’s a lotta flops

  15. Too bad bitcoin miners won’t be added to this effort. That’s got to be a lot of compute power.

  16. It’s still processing, but the solution appears to involve taking off and doing something from orbit.

  17. I tried to use it, but it kept freezing my computer 🙁

  18. Just as useful – hackers are close to producing a working open source 3D printer ventilator plan.

    You’re invited to print your own ventilator for your own family and others.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/shervin/status/1242219357050200064

  19. Dumb question. Why don’t the world’s supercomputers fold@home for that extra computational boost?

  20. I love this shit. I hope it works and is helpful.

  21. Considering I know absolutely nothing about this type of stuff, is it easy enough for me to just download/install their program and let it do its thing while I browse netflix like I normally do?

  22. I hope it won’t go Terminator saga route.

  23. I wish I had a modern and advanced enough computer to join them.

  24. But can it run Crysis on solid 60 fps?

  25. better than bitcoin mining. now imagine a botnet of this. Would antivirus companies block it?

  26. News like this gives me some hope for a miracle.

  27. Can someone explain what “solving it’s structure” means and what that will solve?

  28. Have we solved anything yet?

  29. How long will it take to solve?

  30. Would sharply rasing available computing power help?
    If it would, could we make use of all that hardware that mines bitcoins? Personal devices, of which there are probably 10-20 billions on this planet (PCs, smartphones)? Cloud computing?
    How fast could we get a result if we actually put a good chunk of available computing power to finding a cure or vaccine?

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