In this article you will read about,
- how T-Systems simulated maximum operation at the new Open Telekom Cloud site,
- how the test simultaneously supported the Folding@home initiative for COVID research,
- and why vulnerabilities were uncovered much earlier than usual.
Understanding COVID-19 and developing new therapies – that's what the Folding@home initiative is working on. To this end, it has created what it claims is the world's most powerful supercomputer. Its enormous computing capacity will help to decode and study SARS-CoV2 and the human proteins with which it interacts. And in doing so help to find an effective, patent-free drug. The same applies to diseases such as Alzheimer's, Huntington's, and cancer, which the initiative also addresses.
This modern supercomputer is by no means located in the data center of a renowned research institute. Folding@home is a cloud-funding initiative based on the principle of distributed computing that uses computing power anywhere in the world for the project. Any PC user with an Internet connection can participate – from private users to large corporations. The initiative provides special software for this purpose. Once installed, the participating client receives data packets for complex calculations at times when its resources are not being used elsewhere. The computer performs these in the background and then automatically sends the results back to the relevant research institutions via the Internet.