Report that the new coronavirus analysis system has reached processing speed exceeding that of supercomputers
Folding @ home – Fighting disease with a world wide distributed super computer.
Folding @ home Now More Powerful Than World's Top 7 Supercomputers, Combined | Tom's Hardware
Distributed computing is a method of increasing processing power by running multiple computers in parallel over a network. Folding @ home operates distributed computing by collecting unused computing resources of CPUs and GPUs of PCs around the world.
Folding @ home is 470 peta in the article creation time Flops have a higher processing speed has become clear. Flops is a unit of computer processing speed, measured as the number of floating point operations performed per second.
The processing speed of 470 petaflops is nearly three times the processing speed of Summit , the world's fastest supercomputer, about 149 petaflops, which means that it has a processing speed faster than the sum of the top seven supercomputers in the world .
At the time of writing, the top 7 supercomputers in the world with the highest processing speed are as follows. The following results are based on the results compiled in November 2019, and the total processing speed of the top seven supercomputers is about 463 petaflops.
1st place: Summit (USA) about 149 petaflops
2nd place: Sierra (USA) about 95 petaflops
3rd place: Kamui / Taiko Nomitsu (China) Approx. 93 Petaflops
4th: Tianhe 2 (China) Approx. 61 petaflops
5th: Frontera (USA) About 24 Petaflops
6th place: Piz Daint (Switzerland) About 21 petaflops
7th place: Trinity (USA) about 20 petaflops
Also, the processing speed of the Japanese supercomputer “ K computer”, which boasted the highest processing speed in the world in 2011, is about 10 petaflops, so Folding @ home is about 47 times faster than K computer.
At the time of writing, Summit, the world's best, was also analyzing the new coronavirus , and announced that it had found 77 compounds with the potential to combat the new coronavirus. For the analysis of the new coronavirus, Summit allocated 220,800 CPU cores, 188,416,000 CUDA cores, 9.2 petabytes of memory, 250 petabytes of NVRAM and storage.
Folding @ home, surpassing its Summit and faster than the sum of the top seven supercomputers in the world, is estimated to have the capacity of 27,433,824 CPUs and GPU cores.
Folding @ home started the project in 2000, studying the treatment of cancer, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, etc. In response to the pandemic of the new coronavirus, the number of new users has surged as a result of initiating analysis to find treatments for the new coronavirus. According to Folding @ home, the number of users working with distributed computing has increased more than 12 times compared to before the outbreak of the new coronavirus, and more than 400,000 new users have been added in about two weeks.
How to actually participate in Folding @ home and cooperate with the analysis of the new coronavirus can be understood by reading the following article.