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Home » Pickering Public Library and [email protected] Partner to Build Simulation Models for COVID-19 Research

Pickering Public Library and [email protected] Partner to Build Simulation Models for COVID-19 Research

Folding@Home working on a Library Computer

Pickering Public Library (PPL) is proud to announce a partnership with [email protected]; a technology company that specializes in open source software that allows contributors to run their software and contribute to the research for COVID-19 and a variety of other infectious diseases.

[email protected] provides critical protein simulation modelling and research support to several renowned organizations worldwide and is crucial to the advancement of medical and scientific research being conducted by institutions and scholars around the world. PPL’s Information Technology team has configured 25 public service computers now running [email protected] for COVID-19 research. The Library’s computers are being utilized in this mass computational network while sending this information back daily to a central database.

This means the Library’s computers have joined a large global network that builds simulation models of protein folding that theoretically occurs within the COVID-19 virus and automatically sends this information to a database accessible by researchers. By utilizing this type of mass network with computers working simultaneously, more results can be generated and accessible for study, in a shorter period of time. Hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide are engaged in this project.

Not only is the Library contributing to such an important global mission in the fight against COVID-19, but also re-directing existing resources in meaningful ways to support the plight of our community and the global community during these challenging times. During these times, the Library staff have been working hard to seek out re-deploying physical resources in as many ways possible.

“A great deal of the support for the [email protected] software comes from volunteers in the [email protected] community. There are many different ways that people have helped.”
- [email protected]

[email protected] (FAH or [email protected]) 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.

For more information about this project, please visit