Folding@Home ARM64 Linux Beta Release for COVID-19 Vaccine Research

A few months ago, we reported that Rosetta@Home supported 64-bit Arm SBC’s and Servers in the Fight against COVID-19. But Folding@home did not support Arm hardware just yet, but thanks to work from Neocortix, Linaro, Arm, miniNodes, and, we now get support for Folding@home on ARM64 meaning you can help researchers studying SARS-CoV-2 virus and help them develop a COVID-19 vaccine with Raspberry Pi 3/4 boards, or other 64-bit Arm SBC’s and servers.

Folding@Home ARM64 Raspberry Pi

The solution relies on Neocortix Cloud Services Platform allowing the unused capacity of large numbers of individual mobile phones or other connected nodes to be harnessed into a single, unified computational engine. The very first application that made use of the platform was Neocortix PhonePaycheck were users get paid to let businesses perform calculations on their phones at night while charging and connected to WiFi. That way users of premium phones like Galaxy S10 or S20 can make around $80 a year when used for 8 hours a day, or $240 per year with a spare phone running 24/7.

Back to ARM64 Folding@Home topic… If you’d like to participate you can download and install the beta version of ARM64 Debian packages for Folding@Home (FAH) client, control, and viewer. The press release also mentions support for Android smartphones, but the app has yet to be released.

I don’t have an ARM64 board running at the moment, but the installation should go as follows:

You’ll have some setup to do during FAHClient installation, and first, you’ll be asked for a user name.Folding@Home user name Then, you can optionally join a team, enter a passkey (also optional), and select the load level you’d like to allow on your board/server/computer.

FAHCLient configurationFinally, you’ll be asked whether to start FAHClient automatically. fahclient automaticIf yes, it will start in the background, if not simply run the command below:

At this point, the program will run and select a task automatically. But if you want a little more control, visit on the machine where you installed the program, and select the project you’d like your computer to work on, and other settings.

Folding@Home ARM64 COVID-19

Alternatively, you could run FAHControl to launch a graphical interface and visualize the project as it runs.

FAHControl FAHViewer

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8 Replies to “Folding@Home ARM64 Linux Beta Release for COVID-19 Vaccine Research”

  1. Finally a good use of unexploited power 🙂 There was a guy a year ago or so who proposed a cryptocurrency algorithm that favored low-power CPUs as found in phones and STBs, as an effort to reduce the energy waste in this area. One currency adopted it (MBC) but it didn’t take off that much, in part because it heavily relied on crypto instructions, that are present in plenty of SBC and phones but not on RPis that are found everywhere, and in another part because GPU implementations finally managed to catch up. The lesson of this is that it might be useful to write code to run on GPUs for this project!

  2. With ARM SBC we can help to fight COVID-19 on Rosetta for BOINC.
    I use it Odroid-N2 and PineBook_Pro always on.

    1. Since I got a N2+ my N2 is idle, as are several other 64bit SBCs I’ve got in the stable. I need to get them out and get this running

        1. You can choose other diseases to work for, or have no preference. I can only imagine other diseases are having less work units done since people are more interested in current events.

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