CoreWeave, the largest U.S. miner on the Ethereum blockchain, is redirecting the processing power of 6,000 specialized computer chips toward research to find a therapy for the coronavirus. These graphics processing units (GPUs) will be pointed toward Stanford University’s Folding@home, a long-standing research effort that unveiled a project on February 27 specifically to boost coronavirus […]
It is NOT dead. I am a Gridcoin core dev and it is very much alive. Further rosetta@home is a whitelisted project and is complementary to folding@home both scientifically and technically. It uses the CPU rather than GPU and their are plenty of work units available. It is actively contributing to COVID-19 research.
We were one of the many on Bittrex that were removed, only to really find out that Bittrex was really under the yoke of compliance issues and was unloading a number of coins. That certainly hurt us.
The core devs have put in innumerable hours over the past two years to fix a lot of the problems with the coin. It is showing in the stability of the network and the wallet.
We are not new and shiny like some of the other assets out there.
I wrote the below text on rbitcoin a couple of days ago on this topic. Since then the number of COVID19 jobs have been sparser, as it appears the network is well stocked with processing power at the moment, still I encourage others to join the hunt for proteins. Text from a few days ago:
I tried this out last night, its fairly easy to setup, but you do have to allow for express install on windows. custom installing is too much of a headache. once it's installed, it opens up a Firefox (Brave browser doesn't work, go figure) GUI where you can set how much CPU/GPU power you want to have dedicated to helping solve/folding proteins. YOU CAN USE YOUR CPU.
The COVID19 project is under the "All" category.
In response to the nihilistic comments in this thread, I'll say this: I think if you have any spare computing power you should try this altruistic distributed computing experiment. Folding some proteins in virtual for the benefit of a COVID19 vaccine is very much in the spirit of early Bitcoin mining. And I feel it would make Satoshi proud to know that the little community he seeded grew into something that would be brave enough to take on the monsters of this world, in more ways than one.
And make no mistake, realistically, I don't believe our collective virtual protein folding will make a big difference, even if all 1000000 subscribers were to dedicate our resources to this (my best guess is that 21 of us will. maximum). But sometimes, it's not about what will likely happen, but what is good for the soul. Hope is a wonderful thing, and people need hope in any small way with today's stressful events.
So tonight I'll be letting this program run on my rig. Hope you all join me.
PS: I've created a rbitcoin Team for protein folding, our team number is 238758. add this into the GUI by clicking "change ID" when you start mining/folding.
I've been folding since the COVID-19 work units came out, so many people are doing so that the foundation is struggling to process the work. If you can spare more than processing power, please consider donating to them so that they can upgrade their server. They are currently approximately 6x over capacity. In the ~week I have been folding I have earned 120,000 points, whereas when actively folding it projects my points as 170k a day just to give some context to how fast their work units are being crunched.
I mine to heat my shed. -10 can be turned into a comfortable 22• in a 10x10 area with 6 Rx 570/580 cards. Also needs dehumidifier, insulation and vapour barrier. Exhaust fan to make sure nothing gets too hot during ambient change. fan to move air over the rig.
Compare that too a 1500 watt space heater. The cards do a much better job at like 7-800 watts.
The fans run real slow also, cards are only in 55-65• range.
So would folding@home crest basically the same heat if I run 100%?
Seems like I should point in a direction to help out instead of selfishly recouping heat costs.