PC gamers are being asked to donate their unused computational power to help researchers better understand the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Folding@home is a distributed computing project for disease research which uses idle resources to simulate protein folding.
By downloading Folding@home, PC gamers can help researchers develop treatments for COVID-19
"The data you help us generate will be quickly and openly disseminated as part of an open science collaboration of multiple laboratories around the world, giving researchers new tools that may unlock new opportunities for developing lifesaving drugs," said Folding@home director Greg Bowman in a post detailing the project.
"While we will rapidly release the simulation data sets for others to use or analyse, we aim to look for alternative conformations and hidden pockets within the most promising drug targets, which can only be seen in simulation and not in static X-ray structures," said Folding@home computational chemist John Chodera.
"We hope that these structures -- once validated by emerging compound screening data -- could help direct the virtual screening campaigns or the targeting of new pockets for which atomistic structures were not yet available."