Folding@home coronavirus project is 15 times faster than any supercomputer
Folding@home has 2.4 exaFLOPS of processing power to battle the coronavirus.
What you need to know
- Folding@home now has approximately 2.4 exaFLOPS of processing power.
- That combined total is more than the top 500 supercomputers in the world put together.
- Folding@home uses the donated processing power to battle coronavirus (COVID-19) and other diseases.
Folding@home now has a combined processing power of approximately 2.4 exaFLOPS. That power is more than the top 500 supercomputers in the world put together and 15 times faster than the fastest supercomputer on Earth, the IBM Summit. Rather than building a single supercomputer, Folding@home relies on donated processing power from people's computers around the world. That power is then utilized to combat diseases such as coronavirus (COVID-19) and Alzheimer's. Folding@home shared the milestone on Twitter earlier this week.
With our collective power, we are now at ~2.4 exaFLOPS (faster than the top 500 supercomputers combined)! We complement supercomputers like IBM Summit, which runs short calculations using 1000s of GPUs at once, by spreading longer calculations around the world in smaller chunks! pic.twitter.com/fdUaXOcdFJWith our collective power, we are now at ~2.4 exaFLOPS (faster than the top 500 supercomputers combined)! We complement supercomputers like IBM Summit, which runs short calculations using 1000s of GPUs at once, by spreading longer calculations around the world in smaller chunks! pic.twitter.com/fdUaXOcdFJ— Folding@home (@foldingathome) April 13, 2020April 13, 2020
Battling a disease such as coronavirus requires various different methods of study. The massive combined processing power of Folding@home is used to model proteins related to the disease. Proteins move and form an incredibly high number of shapes, and all of them need to be studied. When Folding@home joined the fight against coronavirus, it explained how processing power can be used:
Since Folding@home began working on coronavirus, its power has skyrocketed. On March 23, 2020, Folding@home's combined processing power was 470 petaFLOPS, which was more than the world's top seven supercomputers. Now, at 2.4 exaFLOPS, it's more than the top 500 supercomputers. One exaFLOP is the equivalent of 1,000 petaFLOPS, meaning the combined processing power jumped by almost 2,000 petaFLOPS in just over a few weeks.
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