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Raspberry Pi single board computers and smartphones can now be connected to fight the coronavirus

Appropriate software and workloads are provided by the Rosetta@Home distributed computing project


There are 3.5 billion smartphones in the world. If their computing capabilities were focused on finding a cure and a coronavirus vaccine, the problem would be solved very quickly. And that's real - theoretically. At present, it is possible to use systems on 64-bit processors Arm, which are the basis for a huge number of devices (smartphones and single board computers Raspberry Pi).


The corresponding software and workloads are provided by the Rosetta@Home distributed computing project (analog of the Folding@Home project). Unlike the Folding@Home network, which runs on x86-compatible systems, Rosetta@Home covers the Arm world, based on the BOINC open platform for distributed computing.

The source has already tested the client on an Android smartphone. He noted that the program has significantly slowed down the work of the device, but with the help of settings you can limit the allocation of resources. For example, choose the option to work or limit the number of cores only when the device is connected to the charger and / or uses a Wi-Fi connection.

Raspberry Pi microcomputers and smartphones cannot compare in performance with PCs and servers, but they are very numerous, so their contribution to the coronavirus problem can be very significant.

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