I'm proud to announce that DPB/DGE IT is working with Carnegie v COVID-19 (CvC) to find ways of leveraging our computing resources in the fight against COVID-19.  One of the first things we've done is configured Calc to support computation related to COVID-19, and set up the donation of idle CPU and GPU time on Calc to the Folding@home project.

Calc and CvC

Calc has been configured with a new "CvC" partition.  Anyone at Carnegie can run jobs in this partition for computation related to coronavirus research.  To ensure that Carnegie science projects are not impacted, "CvC" jobs will be immediately terminated when DPB & DGE researchers need those resources for their own jobs.

Folding@home and COVID-19

Folding@home is a distributed computing project for performing molecular dynamics simulations of protein dynamics.  In the fight against COVID-19, Folding@home is "simulating the dynamics of COVID-19 proteins to hunt for new therapeutic opportunities".

Calc and Folding@home

While Calc is a relatively small cluster, every Calc node has an NVIDIA TESLA M60 GPU. The Folding@home project is specifically looking for GPU donors as all of their GPU projects are "devoted to potential drug targets for COVID-19".  As such, systems like Calc are specifically what the project needs most right now in the fight against COVID-19.

Joining the Carnegie Folding@home Team

Anyone with a computer can donate idle computer time to the project.  If you're interested, you can join the Carnegie team I've created:

Carnegie Team ID: 262377
Carnegie Team Stats: https://stats.foldingathome.org/team/262377

To learn more about Folding@home, it's work on COVID-19, and how anyone at Carnegie can contribute, please see info on the project below.

https://github.com/FoldingAtHome/coronavirus
https://foldingathome.org/covid19/
https://foldingathome.org/2020/03/15/coronavirus-what-were-doing-and-how-you-can-help-in-simple-terms/