It is possible to use your computer to help find an answer to various diseases such as Covid-19, cancer, Ebola and Alzheimer’s disease.
Folding@home uses your spare computer processing power to perform molecular dynamics simulations of protein dynamics. This helps researchers find answers as to how these diseases work and how to combat them.
This is a distributed computing project, meaning it using hundreds of thousands of computers to perform calculations, its initial focus was on protein folding but has shifted to more biomedical problems.
Folding@home has announced that cumulative compute performance of systems participating in the project has exceeded 1.5 ExaFLOPS, or 1,500,000,000,000,000,000 floating-point operations per second. The level of performance currently available from Folding@home participants is by an order of magnitude higher than that of the world’s most powerful supercomputer.
https://foldingathome.org/ can be run on computers running Windows, Linux and MacOS. It can be downloaded here: https://foldingathome.org/start-folding/
It can be set to run all of the time or just while your computer isn’t doing anything else. It can use both the computing power of the CPU (central processing unit) and the GPU Graphics processing unit). You can use either or both to help.