The Folding@home project, which harnesses the computing power of computers of many people around the world to advance the scientific research is going to focus its efforts on the fight against the spread of the coronavirus . At the same time, the program SETI@home, which sondait space in search of traces of extraterrestrial life intelligent will come to an end.

One project ends, another begins… and it’s always for a noble cause. Let’s start with the good news. The Folding@home project initiated by the university of Stanford will be exploited in the framework of the scientific research to combat the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 that key gradually more and more countries.

But what exactly is Folding@home ? This program aims to exploit the computing power of the CPU of the computers of many people around the world to generate usable data in the search for a treatment against the sars coronavirus.

A protein spiculaire which is speculate

The project leaders remind us that the Coronavirus COVID-19 comes ” cling ” to the cells of the lungs by means of what is called a protein spiculaire. In order to develop antibodies effective in preventing this protein to do so, researchers need to better understand its structure. However, for this, it is necessary to calculate the models.


The elements in red represent the protein spiculaire that clings to the lungs

It is here that wants to step in Folding@home. The officials explain that by downloading their software onto your computer from the dedicated website, you can bring your stone to the building and allocate a portion of your CPU for the calculations of these valuable models and send the information thus generated to the concerned laboratories.

Goodbye the martians

At the same time, another project of the same kind ends, and it is that the new a little sad. In effect, the program SETI@home, launched in 1999, will no longer send the data generated by the users from the 31 march 2020.


SETI for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence — had also intended to use the computing power of your devices, but here the goal was to detect signs of alien life intelligent. This project was conducted by a team from the university of California based in Berkeley.

This kind of collaborative projects is not without recalling the mobile application DreamLab, which follows exactly the same logic on your smartphone to advance the scientific projects of the fight against cancer.