[email protected] is a distributed computing project with a cause to research on diseases by simulating molecular dynamics such as protein folding and computational drug design.

On 27th February, the [email protected] team announced that it would join researchers and help them learn more about the coronavirus as well as develop therapies that could save lives. Since it is a distributed computing project, it depends on the people giving it the necessary computing power. The team has come up with a free software, and all you have to do it download it, turn it on and permit it to run in the background.

Computational chemist John Chodera explaining the research said:

After initial quality control and limited testing phases, [email protected] team has released an initial wave of projects simulating potentially druggable protein targets from SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) and the related SARS-CoV virus (for which more structural data is available) into full production on [email protected] Many thanks to the large number of [email protected] donors who have assisted us thus far by running in beta or advanced modes

To help Chodera and the team in their cause, NVIDIA teamed up with the PC Master Race subreddit and called all the PC gamers to donate a part of their GPU for the time being.

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@NVIDIAGeForce

PC Gamers, let’s put those GPUs to work.

Join us and our friends at @OfficialPCMR in supporting [email protected] and donating unused GPU computing power to fight against COVID-19!

Learn more → https://www.reddit.com/r/pcmasterrace/comments/fhb5e4/coronavirus_specific_gpu_projects_are_now/ 

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With more people participating in the cause, [email protected] will be able to work through the simulations faster taking us a step closer to the vaccine or treatment.

If you are interested in contributing to the cause, you can download the free software here.