April 21st, 2020

Data Center


Folding At Home (F@H), the distributed computing platform currently seeking a COVID-19 vaccine by studying the protein models of the SARS CoV-2 virus is currently faster than the top 25 supercomputers in the world combined, at an estimated 1.5-exaflop, or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 operations per second.*

Feeling rather helpless during this pandemic, I knew immediately with the obscene amount of processing power I wield in the house, that I could put it to good use after a FB friend posted a link to F@H with his results showing how we could all help the scientific community.

At my peak, I hit 108 processors running simultaneously, and the result was rather satisfying.

I have since scaled back the two largest servers in my lab as I required pressing them into another configuration when I finally got all the parts to complete my Storage Attached Network (SAN), but am still running them full-time across a handful of physical and virtual machines for the last 20-days.

Primary Win10 desktop (8 CPU)
VirtualBox VM on my primary linux desktop (2 CPU)
VirtualBox VM on my R610 server (4 CPU)
Win10 ESXi VM (8 CPU)
Linux ESXi VM (8 CPU)
MacMini desktop (4 CPU)
Win10 laptop (8 CPU)

108 processors chewing on COVID-19 simultaneously
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