Nvidia’s Calls Out All Gaming PC Owners To Put Their Systems To Work Fighting COVID-19

NVIDIA has issued a call to action for enthusiasts with GPUs — that should be most of you out there reading this — to join in on the efforts. More specifically, NVIDIA is urging folks to join the PC Master Race (PCMR) team to put idle GPU resources to good use to fold for coronavirus-specific GPU projects.

Nvidia is encouraging all PC gamers everywhere to download the Folding@home application and start putting their spare clock cycles toward advancing humanity’s scientific knowledge of coronavirus. The program links computers into an international network that uses distributed processing power to chew through massive computing tasks – something that gaming-grade GPUs are quite good at, as it turns out. You can still turn the application off and reclaim your GPU’s full power for playing games whenever you want.

Right now, these are the GPU projects that are currently available:

  • 11741: Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 causing virus) receptor binding domain in complex with human receptor ACE2.
  • 11746: Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 causing virus) receptor binding domain in complex with human receptor ACE2 (alternative structure to 11741).
  • 11742: Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 causing virus) protease in complex with an inhibitor.
  • 11743: Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 causing virus) protease – potential drug target.
  • 11744: Coronavirus SARS-CoV (SARS causing virus) receptor binding domain trapped by a SARS-CoV S230 antibody.
  • 11745: Coronavirus SARS-CoV (SARS causing virus) receptor binding domain mutated to the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 causing virus) trapped by a SARS-CoV S230 antibody.

PCMR’s team number is 225605, so you can join them if you wish. However, everyone is doing this to achieve the same end goal, so if you’d prefer not to join a team, your spare GPU resources will still be helping out your fellow man.

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