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

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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 $\endgroup$ Jul 29, 2020 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, 2020 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). $\endgroup$ Jul 29, 2020 at 2:56


Research area: Protein structure prediction and disease related research (Alzheimer, HIV, COVID-19, etc.), but also a testing framework for new methods in structural bioinformatics
Initiated by: University of Washington
Present leader: Baker laboratory (University of Washington)
Active: October 2005 to Present
Supported OS: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android
Supported hardware types: Anything supported by BOINC
Peak FLOPS: 1.7 petaFLOPS on 28 March 2020
Resulted in: Multiple publications, played a role in the development of NL-201. Some of the results are used as the basis for Folding@home projects by providing the most likely structure, where Folding@home will verify the results and add details on molecule shape.

Uses the same Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) system as SETI@home (extraterrestrial), LHC@home (fundamental physics) and Einstein@home (astrophysics, pulsars), making it run on almost any CPU and GPU (some run it on a Raspberry Pi). With a mobile user-interface, you can keep track of your progress from a mobile device as well.


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