Computers that mined crypto begin coronavirus studies

Judy Rubio

The main U.S. miner of Ethereum CoreWeave is forwarding the operating power of 6,000 (GPUs) to support studies dedicated to finding a coronavirus cure.

These specified chips will be sent toward Folding@home, which is at the University of Stanford. The long-lasting investigation effort revealed a project on 27 February specifically to promote pandemics research through an exclusive method of developing medication drugs. The investigation connected thousands of GPUs worldwide to form a dispersed mainframe for studies dedicated to the virus.

Co-founder and CTO of CoreWeave Brian Venturo stated the venture has, at any rate, a shot at discovering a drug for the infection. In other words, CoreWeave has reacted by amplifying the capacity of the whole system with its computers that are designed to manage monotonous calculations. These 6,000 machines produced around 0.2 % of total Ether’s hash rate, making approximately 28 ETH daily, which is around $3,600. 

Although several assemblies, counting IBM's supercomputer, are operating developing vaccines and investigations to fight the disease, there is no treatment for the infection just yet. Venturo pointed out that Folding@home is aimed to contribute to advances in the formation of other significant drugs. The research has affected the creation of leading HIV defense medications profoundly, and the researchers hope their computing efficiency will assist in the combat against the virus.

Pandemics are causing damage all around the globe. Italy, as well as Spain, currently remains on lockdown. Seminars, supermarkets, and cafés are closed to stop the disease spread; by strengthening worries, it is crashing the commercial markets meanwhile. 


When the thought of utilizing GPUs for studies was stated to CoreWeave, the zealous team didn't step back. Therefore, the project rapidly soared. The group has been using over 50 percent of the total operating power into the coronavirus section of Folding@home. 

The venture uses the digital power of any user around the globe who wishes to contribute. Venturo said the researchers were all motivated that they could help the community. Therefore, computing power is now used to discover useful information linked to the virus. The process is as follows, a single user may detect a "solution" on the way, sharing this data with the rest of the team.

A call for contribution

Folding@home can utilize even greater power. Venturo urges additional GPU miners to take part in the project. 

Other cryptocurrency miners are also taking action autonomously. Johann Tanzer, the founder of, announced an initiative to the Tezos bakers previous week and guaranteed to forward a decent15 XTZ to the foremost contributor to Folding@home, worth approximately $20.

To Tanzer's amazement, the action expanded. Although they may not be providing the same amount of power as CoreWeave, 20 teams of Tezos miners are currently backing a share of their mining power to the action. Tanzer's funds have grown to approximately $600 as Tezos users contributed.

However, not all miners can take part in the action. Whereas GPUs are applicable, ASICs – hashing chips are not, said Venturo. Although ASICs are more efficient than GPUs, they are effective just to mine digital currency. This is one benefit of Ether token over BTC. The Ether hashing ecosystem is the major GPU computing reserve in the world. Venturo stated they have been able to redistribute their hardware to assist in a battle against a universal epidemic in minutes.

Having discussed with several industry specialists the researchers consider that the potential of success in exploiting the studies carried out on Folding@Home to bring a medication to market is ranging 2-5%. Although additional miners contribute too, there is still a slim chance that the work done by miners will bring a remedy.