Citizen Scientists Create an Exascale Computer to Combat COVID-19
Proteins are molecular machines that perform many of the active processes we associate with life. Viruses like SARS-CoV-2 also use them to infect us. Like cars and other machines we are familiar with, proteins have myriad moving parts. However, there is no microscope for watching them in action. Computer simulations of proteins are a powerful alternative to see how these machines work. However, such simulations are extremely computationally demanding. To overcome this limitation, the Folding@home distributed computing project invites anyone with a computer and an internet connection to volunteer their personal computer to simulate proteins. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, over a million citizen scientists joined Folding@home to help understand how the SARS-CoV-2 virus works and to identify new therapeutic opportunities.
About the Speaker
Associate professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, Washington University of St. Louis
Director of Folding@home
Greg lost most of his vision as a child due to a juvenile form of macular degeneration. This experience inspired a passion for biomedical research, but experimental biology presents many challenges for people with vision impairments. Fortunately, Greg discovered a passion for computers and their applications to biomedical problems. Now he leads a research team at the Washington University School of Medicine that combines computer simulations and experiments to understand the basis of human health and disease, and identify new therapeutic opportunities for a wide range of maladies.
Cancer Computer: A Cure Could be Waiting in Line for Research Time
Cancer Computer builds supercomputers from donated hardware providing fast, subsidized, and in many cases free, access to the high-performance computational resources that leading researchers require. #ComputingForTheCure
About the Speaker
Founder of Cancer Computer
Roy Chartier is the Founder of Cancer Computer, CEO at Canada HPC (a Dell Partner), and provides advisory services to government and industry on high-performance computing, high-value workloads, and cloud computing.
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