It's obvious that there's nothing good about the coronavirus itself. However one positive has been the outpouring of support for the Folding@Home project that's looking for a cure to diseases such as Alzheimer's, cancer, and COVID-19. Last week we asked our readers to join the project (and the Neowin team, 55186), and you responded. We now have over 200 new folders on the team and in the last week, have jumped up 90 spots to rank 661 overall.
Neowin readers aren't the only ones responding to this crisis. As noted on Tom's Hardware, the F@H project has more compute power than not just the fastest supercomputer in the world, but the top seven supercomputers in the world, combined. Since the coronavirus outbreak, the project has seen a 1,200% increase in the number of folders, with over 400,000 people joining. The total number of CPU/GPU cores being used by the project is 27,433,824.
We'd love if you joined the Neowin team. Simply install the client, type in a username, enter team number 55186, and you'll be folding with us in no time! If you're not seeing many work units assigned to you right now, keep in mind that due to the outpouring of support, the scientists need to provide more data for our computers to crunch so it's possible your PC will idle for a bit until they get this worked out. Just leave the application running, and when work comes in, you'll be folding in no time!
We also have a dedicated forum thread discussing the project right here.