Idle CPUs, Automation, and the Greater Good

by Chris Gutmanis on March 20, 2020

If you're developing in the Microsoft stack, there's a good chance you have an account through MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network). With this account comes a myriad of great benefits, including some amount of cloud computing credits through Microsoft Azure.

These credits can be applied to create nearly anything you could imagine in the cloud; however, if you are not using your benefits, we would like to encourage you to make use of these free credits to help save lives.

Folding@Home has long used the powers of distributed computing to solve incredibly complex problem by using unused processing power to perform biological simulations. With the credits available through MSDN subscriptions, you can provision powerful virtual machines to aid in their efforts to eradicate disease and join in the fight against COVID-19.

We have created a GitHub repository containing automation scripts and instructions to set up a machine to perform Folding@Home tasks in your own subscription with minimal setup and configuration work (enhancements and pull requests welcomed!). Please consider making use of your idle credits and idle CPUs to join the fight.

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