Coronavirus-learning network has become the most powerful supercomputer

The coronavirus-learning network has become the most powerful supercomputer. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers and companies around the world have provided the power to simulate how the coronavirus protein enters a human cell.

The power of a distributed computing network exceeded 2.4 exaflops (one million trillion or quintillion). This makes it more powerful than any other supercomputer in the world. Data provided by Folding@Home, a distributed computing project for computer simulation of coagulation of protein molecules.

Previously, the network has already become six times more powerful than the fastest traditional supercomputer – IBM Summit, which is used for scientific research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. On April 15, the network reached a new record, exceeding the speed of the 500 best traditional supercomputers combined. This happened thanks to almost 1 million new network members.

During the coronavirus pandemic, several projects were launched on the platform aimed at combating COVID-19. One of the bottom mimics the protein structure of the coronavirus and its effect on the human body. Hundreds of thousands of users and large companies – NVidia, Amazon, Oracle, provided their computing resources for research.

“It is well known that the introduction of the virus into a human cell is a complex process. Each step to study coronavirus can affect the treatment of millions of people in the future”, the researchers note.

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