Our non-critical server systems are now running protein folding simulations in their spare time, as part of Stanford University’s Folding@home project. Understanding how proteins fold has important applications in medicine and molecular biology.
The project’s distributed computing cluster is currently one of the world’s most powerful at 21 petaFLOPS - an order of magnitude more than the world’s fastest supercomputer - and the results have contributed to over 100 scientific papers.
We have currently allocated 86 CPU cores across 5 nodes to the project, and may extend this to include underutilized production systems if it proves stable enough. You can follow our progress on our team page.
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