In the midst of the global COVID 19 pandemic communities and businesses are coming together in all forms to help at all levels in whatever way they can.
Here at Wi-Manx we have the expertise in technology, are specialists in remote working systems and our datacentres are equipped with significant infrastructure and huge computing capacity. So, it’s only natural that as we look to play our part in the current COVID-19 crisis, we utilise existing expertise and capacity.
There’s an ever-increasing need across the globe for more analytical data to be processed, helping the scientific community, in the fight for a vaccine and supporting folding@home is a natural fit. The simulations needed require enormous calculations, so the more hardware systems running these calculations the better. In essence the more simulations that we can run the faster we understand this virus and in turn are able to develop a new therapeutic.
We are now doing what we can to help in the fight utilising the technology and hardware we have available at our data centre. Wi-Manx engineers have configured our systems to enable ‘folding@home’ which allows these simulations to run through our hardware, making these calculations possible at an even faster rate.
‘’The folding@home project has been running for many years studying degenerative diseases and helping develop new drugs; thankfully that means there is a well-established distributed computing system that can now prioritise the study of COVID-19.
There is no better way for Wi-Manx to play its part than by directing the significant computational resources at our disposal to this study and help tackle coronavirus. And I welcome the initiative shown by our infrastructure team who brought this proposal to me.’’
Tim Cass – Wi-Manx Managing Director.
Folding@home (FAH or F@h) is a distributed computing project for simulating protein dynamics, including the process of protein folding and the movements of proteins implicated in a variety of diseases. It brings together citizen scientists who volunteer to run simulations of protein dynamics on their personal computers. Insights from this data are helping scientists to better understand biology and providing new opportunities for developing therapeutics.
With more hardware systems being made available the fight against COVID 19 will hopefully be much shorter and Wi-Manx, like everyone, want to help in any way possible to make this happen.
In our data centre we will be doing whatever we can to help until the fight is over.
If you think you can help as well with hardware for analytical purposes and want to find out more visit https://foldingathome.org/covid19/