Folding@home Initiative. Donation of HPC Computing Resources for COVID-19 Research

CERN Baltic Group, by donating computing resources to fight Covid-19, has entered the first five-hundred of the Global Top teams of the Folding@Home initiative. A demonstration of the capacity of Latvia and the Baltics in the field of high performance computing (HPC).

At the beginning of this year, following the initiative of the RTU High Energy Spin Physics and Accelerators Technology Centre, the RTU and the University of Latvia, in cooperation with DATI Group, carried out a pilot project for the European nuclear research centre CERN’s computing tasks. During the Covid19 pandemic, CERN Baltic Group devoted its HPC computing resources to fight coronavirus by mathematically modelling protein amino acid interaction simulations in the Folding@Home Distributed Computing Initiative. The results obtained should contributed to the faster development of the vaccine against Covid-19.

The resources of Team CERN Baltic Group have been joined by DATI Group, the HPC Centre of Riga Technical University (RTU), the Institute for Numeric Modeling of the University of Latvia (LU), the National Library of Latvia, Vilnius University, Kaunas Technical University, and Ventspils International Radio astronomy Centre. In September, just 5 months after starting the project, Team CERN Baltic Group ranked 484 in its computational capacity.

Project was executed in 2020.