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Old 03-27-2020, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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Do you think distributed computing can make a difference in the race against time in this fight against COVID-19?

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Distributed computing is a field of computer science that studies distributed systems. A distributed system is a system whose components are located on different networked computers, which communicate and coordinate their actions by passing messages to one another.[1] The components interact with one another in order to achieve a common goal.
source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_computing


There are some projects that are already using the power of distributed computing in the research of this novel coronavirus. Folding@Home is the most well known.

How much processing power one tenth of the personal computers (including laptops) in the whole world would have? Imagine if one tenth of the personal computers (including laptops) in the whole world where connected to a distributed computing network researching this novel coronavirus...
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Old 03-27-2020, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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If one tenth of every quad-core CPU in the world had one of the four cores dedicated to helping a research network on coronavirus COVID-19, the race of science against this virus would be won much faster
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Old 03-27-2020, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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An ordinary laptop today is more powerful than the Cray-2 supercomputer was in 1985. Imagine the power of millions of laptops working together.
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Old 04-11-2020, 10:01 PM
 
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No, they already have multiple vaccine candidates.

The hard part is proving that the vaccine has no adverse side effects on the global population. Computing can't help with that.
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Old 04-12-2020, 05:50 AM
 
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Do you think distributed computing can make a difference in the race against time in this fight against COVID-19?



source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_computing


There are some projects that are already using the power of distributed computing in the research of this novel coronavirus. Folding@Home is the most well known.

How much processing power one tenth of the personal computers (including laptops) in the whole world would have? Imagine if one tenth of the personal computers (including laptops) in the whole world where connected to a distributed computing network researching this novel coronavirus...
No computational fanciness can ever compensate for a lack of good data or delays in getting the data.

More testing is needed.

(I'm a data analyst and mathematical modeler by profession, I see this sort of thing all the time. People come in and expect that they can use "AI" to solve all their problems without the ability to get enough data or with severely unreliable and degraded data that is nearly useless. Newsflash - it can't...)
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Old 04-12-2020, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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(I'm a data analyst and mathematical modeler by profession, I see this sort of thing all the time. People come in and expect that they can use "AI" to solve all their problems without the ability to get enough data or with severely unreliable and degraded data that is nearly useless. Newsflash - it can't...)
I've known that for many years, but not why.
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Old 04-13-2020, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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I've known that for many years, but not why.
Machine learning is a form of AI that allows a system to learn from training data. If it doesn't have good data to learn from though, it won't learn anything of value. Just like a human.
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