Rosetta@home is a distributed computing project for protein structure
prediction on the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC)
platform, run by the Baker laboratory at the University of Washington.
Rosetta@home also aims to predict protein-protein docking and design new
proteins with the help of over 86,000 volunteered computers processing over
68 teraFLOPS on average. Though much of the project is oriented towards
basic research on improving the accuracy and robustness of the proteomics
methods, Rosetta@home also does applied research on malaria, Alzheimer's
disease and other pathologies. Like all BOINC projects, Rosetta@home uses
idle computer processing resources from volunteers' computers to perform
calculations on individual workunits. Completed results are sent to a
central project server where they are validated and assimilated into project
databases. The project is cross-platform, and runs on a wide variety of
hardware configurations. Users can view the progress of their individual
protein structure prediction on the Rosetta@home screensaver.
Rosetta@homeconsistently ranks among the foremost docking predictors,
and is one of the
best tertiary structure predictors available.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
John IV was declared King of Portugal, resulting in the Portuguese
Restoration War with Spain.
The House of Representatives selected John Quincy Adams as the winner of the
U.S. presidential election, after none of the candidates received a majority
of the total electoral college votes, as dictated by the Twelfth Amendment
to the U.S. Constitution.
African-American Civil Rights Movement: Seamstress Rosa Parks was arrested
for violating the racial segregation laws of Montgomery, Alabama, after
refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man, precipitating
the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Twelve countries signed the Antarctic Treaty, the first arms control
agreement established during the Cold War, banning military activity in
Antarctica and setting the continent aside as a scientific preserve.
Channel Tunnel workers from the United Kingdom and France met 40 metres (131
ft) beneath the English Channel seabed.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
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especially in relation to food or drink.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The truth is, when all is said and done, one does not teach a subject, one
teaches a student how to learn it.