According to Wikipedia,

Volunteer computing is a type of distributed computing in which people donate their computers' unused resources to a research-oriented project

An example of a volunteer computing project is SETI@home (for extraterrestrial intelligence search, -hibernating now-).

Can people here please explain the such projects in Matter Modeling?



  • Genome@home
  • POEM@Home
  • DENIS@Home
  • USPEX@Home
  • eOn
  • Leiden Classical
  • QMC@Home
  • Magnetism@home
  • SLinCA
  • DrugDiscovery@home


Research area: Protein folding and protein structure prediction (mainly for studying diseases)
Initiated by: Vijay Pande (while at Stanford University)
Present leader: Greg Bowman (Washington University in St. Louis)
Active: October 2000 to Present
Supported OS: Windows, Mac, Linux
Supported hardware types: CPU, GPU, PlayStation 3 (in past), Sony Xperia smartphone (in past)
Peak FLOPS: 2.43 exa-FLOPS on 12 April 2020 (claimed to reach exascale)
Resulted in: 220+ publications



Research area: Science-based games that generate real data for researchers. The original and most well known project is Quantum Moves (2), which is meant to provide new strategies for Quantum Optimal Control through user input in the game.
Initiated/Led by: Jacob F. Sherson, physics professor at Aarhus University.
Active: 2012-Present
Operating Systems: Windows, Mac
Resulted in: 35 publications as of 7/28/2020

  • $\begingroup$ +1. How did you find this? It was not in here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_distributed_computing_projects $\endgroup$ – Nike Dattani Jul 29 '20 at 2:50
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    $\begingroup$ @NikeDattani I had actually remembered trying out the Quantum Moves game a few years ago. $\endgroup$ – Tyberius Jul 29 '20 at 2:54
  • $\begingroup$ cool :) I added the URL to it in the question. Otherwise we could make a category for URL in the answer. I find making the "header" to be a link, is a bit less aesthetically pleasing because the desktop Chrome browser puts a fat underline below hyperlinks (whereas the Android Chrome browser just makes hyperlinks a pretty blue, without any underline, which would be okay if this is how the desktop version displayed hyperlinks). $\endgroup$ – Nike Dattani Jul 29 '20 at 2:56

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