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Thousands of Computers Designed to Mine Cryptocurrency are Now Working on Coronavirus Research

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CoreWeave, the largest U.S. miner on the Ethereum blockchain, is redirecting the processing power of 6,000 specialized computer chips toward research to find a therapy for the coronavirus.

These GPUs will be pointed toward Stanford University’s Folding@home, a long-standing research effort that unveiled a project on Feb. 27 specifically to boost coronavirus research.

According to Venturo, those 6,000 GPUs made up about 0.2 percent of Ethereum’s total hashrate, earning roughly 28 ETH per day, worth about $3,600 at press time.

Folding@home has been used to contribute to breakthroughs in the creation of other important drugs.

Curated from Coindesk

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