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Folding@Home for COVID-19 Research

Disclaimer

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First warning - this has absolutely nothing to do with SolarWinds Products.  This is just something that some members of the SolarWinds Community are doing to help medical research for COVID-19.  Please be aware that this is CPU intensive process. For more information, please consult the folding@home website.  Many of us are offering our personal computers to help in searching for the cure.

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In case you aren't as nerdy as me (and some of you are much more nerdy than me), I wanted to tell you that we've created a SolarWinds Folding@Home group.  If you want to join, just put in the below number (249297) to join us in trying to find a cure for diseases.  If you select "Any disease" from the research, you'll be helping with COVID-19 research.

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What is "folding?"
Folding refers to the way human protein folds in the cells that make up your body. We rely on the proteins to keep us healthy and they assemble themselves by folding. But when they misfold, there can be serious consequences to a person’s health.

How does joining help?
The Folding@home software allows you to share your unused computer power with us – so that we can research even more potential cures.

Why is it needed?
Folding@home is a project focused on disease research. The problems we’re solving require so many computer calcul­ations – and we need your help to find the cures!

For more information on this, go to https://foldingathome.org 

For the uber-nerdy among us, we know that the folding project originally started out as part of SETI@home  (as in the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Life) and many of us (me for one) used to use my PlayStation 3 to participate.

Super big mondo thanks for @ChrystalT for setting up the group!

"Shoot for the stars to reach the moon"
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I added two of our computers back in and joined the group. I used to run this all the time and tried to get others at work to join a team, but no takers. [Shame you can't combine or transfer points, because I had 6,3111,534 points on my old team of just me.] So now I have those two machines running full throttle. I don't expect to catch @ChrystalT anytime soon though.

 

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@tomiannelli with your folding speed you will be in the top section in no time

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I got a head start since I started the team. 🙂  Every bit helps.


Chrystal Taylor | Head Geek
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Nice! This is a great project to jump on, thanks for the recommendation!

For anyone with a homelab running ESXi or vSphere, they also have an .ova VM deployment package for a prebuilt version of folding@home running Photon. https://flings.vmware.com/vmware-appliance-for-folding-home

I use Proxmox on my home lab, do you know if there is any support for that?   I can also have one of my other VMs run something if need be.

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@the_ben_keen I mean, you can install FAH on just about any distro, I imagine you could just use spin up an OS container and install their .deb package

https://foldingathome.org/support/faq/installation-guides/linux/manual-installation-advanced/

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Nice cause! Thanks for posting. 

I always associated 'folding' with prion diseases such as mad cow. Looks like they are using the same tech for Covid-19 now. 

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I just remembered that I had a Gen 1 Surface Pro sitting doing nothing, so sow it's helping to find cures.

"Shoot for the stars to reach the moon"