6,000 GPUs Take a Break from Ethereum Mining to Contribute to Coronavirus Research

March 23, 2020 / by Crypto.IQ

CoreWeave, which is the largest United States based Ethereum (ETH) miner, has dedicated 6,000 of its Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) for finding a Coronavirus vaccine, via contributing them to [email protected]

Essentially, [email protected] is a distributed network of computers which aggregate their power to simulate viruses and bacteria, and [email protected] has had success in the past, such as contributing to the development of front-line HIV drugs.

In this specific case, [email protected] is simulating the Coronavirus’ structure and how it interacts with other medicines, in order to see if any FDA approved medicines have efficacy in inhibiting the Coronavirus. Also, in general these simulations are helping scientists to better understand the Coronavirus.

Notably, the 6,000 GPUs that CoreWeave dedicated represents 0.2% of the total Ethereum (ETH) hash rate, and generated roughly 28 Ethereum (ETH) per day worth $3,600.

Ethereum (ETH) miners are not the only miners contributing to Coronavirus research, 20 groups of Tezos (XTZ) miners are also contributing hash power to [email protected]

Overall, this highlights how cryptocurrency mining is one of the biggest sources of GPU power in the world, and during pandemic emergencies that GPU power can be diverted to scientific research.