The Folding @ home distributed computing project has broken the ex-flop barrier. The available computing power has more than doubled in a week. The computing power is largely used in the fight against coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
Folding @ home reports reaching the milestone on Twitter. Last week it was announced that the project had a total of 470 petaflops at its disposal. This shows that the number of volunteers who use computer power continues to rise sharply. That increase began after the scientists behind the project announced earlier this month that the computing power would be used to research the new coronavirus.
Before the coronavirus outbreak, Folding @ home had about 100 petaflops of computing power at its disposal. That has now increased tenfold with the achievement of an exaflops. The fastest supercomputer today, the Summit of the Oak Ridge National Laboritory, reaches a maximum of 200 petaflops.
Earlier this week, a consortium was set up by IBM, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and the U.S. government, among others, to give scientists access to computing power from sixteen supercomputers. That way, 330 petaflops of computing power is available.
Users can download a client and download gpu and cpu computing power for the coronavirus project by choosing ‘Any disease’ at Folding @ home.