100 years ago, the Spanish flu forced the governments of many countries to implement quarantine measures. Without a vaccine or effective treatment, this devastating pandemic effected many parts of the world, including Canada, with the number of deaths estimated at between 50 and 100 million people.
It was impossible to find an emergency cure in 1918. The World Health Organization did not exist, and the technology that was available wasn’t advanced enough to help scientists find a vaccine.
Scientists now use computer processors to help them with their daily research. The same processors that operate your personal computer and mobile phone. Using multiple processors that are far more powerful, they are able to produce fast results, analyze millions of scenarios in seconds and test the possibilities of a cure to hopefully find a vaccine as quickly as possible.
Operation Phoenix’s infrastructure currently has more than 3,000 computer processors. They are usually used for doing mathematical calculations for artificial intelligence, augmented reality and blockchain computing. We are a benchmark in North America in our field and have one of the largest computer data centers on the East Coast.
Following the unprecedented crisis that we are now facing, Operation Phoenix has decided to use its facilities to help science find a cure for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) by supporting the Folding@Home project. Led by Professor Vijay Pande, Ph.D. and his laboratory, the project is part of the Departments of Chemistry and Structural Biology at Stanford University and the Stanford University Medicine Center.
Proteins play an important role in all living organisms. Viruses also have proteins, which allow them to enter our cells and attack our immune system. The way to fight the Coronavirus is to decrypt its proteins and find the weaknesses that will enable vaccines or drugs to neutralize the virus completely. The Folding@Home software was designed by scientists from Stanford and has the ability to calculate all the possible configurations of the Coronavirus proteins (among others) and give scientists faster treatment paths than laboratory tests can. Recently, the software made it possible to discover a treatment path to treat Ebola!
Since March 10, 2020, we have been working to be able to dedicate 100% of our infrastructure to perform calculations that support researchers in the fight against COVID-19.
The Coronavirus is no longer an isolated situation with only a few cases, it is a pandemic that has the potential effect our families, with deaths in the thousands and a daily increase of infected people all around the world. The emergency bell is ringing and every minute is important if we want to defeat this virus.
Help researchers find a cure for Coronavirus by increasing the amount of computing power available.
“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity”
Sun Tzu - “The Art of War”
The Operation Phoenix Team