Gregory Bowman, director of Folding@Home (F@H), revealed in a recent Reddit ask-me-anything (AMA) that the project currently has 400,000 computers which are actively contributing to research.
“We had about 30K users before the pandemic started,” he stated, adding: “In the past two weeks, 400K volunteers have joined Folding@home.”
Folding@Home is a platform that diverts spare-computing power donations towards medical and scientific research. On February 27, F@H announced an initiative to harness a global network of computers to contribute to pharmaceutical drug work to combat COVID-19.
Folding@Home also designates the power of computing for breast cancer research, Alzheimer’s disease and epigenetics.
Contribution of Crypto Help Fight Coronavirus
Folding@Home’s donation boost was supported by strong commitment from the Cryptocurrency community.
Coreweave, which claims to be the largest U.S .- based Ethereum (ETH) miner, has diverted the computational power of around 6,000 GPUs. The CTO of Coreweave estimated that the donated resources were equivalent to 0.2 per cent of the total hash rate of Ethereum.
The Folding@Home platform has received endorsements in recent weeks from decentralized computing network, Golem, and blockchain platform, Tezos — who have organized a multi-hundred XTZ donation pool that will be awarded to the largest F@H donor as of the end of this month. As of 12 March Tezos had 20 teams already contributing resources to the platform.
GPU chip manufacturer Nvidia revealed on March 14 that it is contributing to Folding@Home, urging gamers to join in:
“PC Gamers, let’s put those GPUs to work. Join us and our friends at @OfficialPCMR in supporting folding@home and donating unused GPU computing power to fight against COVID-19!”
Cryptolydian reported last week that BitMEX, the world’s second-largest crypto exchange by daily trading volume as a result of press time, believes that in the midst of the ongoing global coronavirus crash, Bitcoin faces its greatest challenge and opportunity to demonstrate its potential during the global financial crisis.