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Neocortix Launches Arm 64-bit Support for Folding@home and Rosetta@home COVID-19 Vaccine Research

By Cloud Computing Outlook | Thursday, August 06, 2020

Rosetta@home and Folding@home are available to users of the Neocortix Scalable Compute Instances, which work by running secure Arm Linux containers on the Neocortix worldwide network of Android mobile phones. Extremely high performance was achieved across a wide range of arm-based mobile, enterprise devices, and IoT.

FREMONT, CA: Neocortix, a mobile distributed computing company, announced the release of Arm 64-bit support for two leading protein folding research projects – Rosetta@home and Folding@home. Both projects have been largely used by volunteers to support large-scale distributed COVID-19 vaccine research. With Arm 64-bit support, billions of Arm-based Android mobile phones, Raspberry Pi, and Arm-based servers are now capable of offering spare compute cycles to help solve the world's most urgent research problem: finding a vaccine to beat COVID-19.

"We built Folding@home and Rosetta@home for Arm-based devices to enable billions of high-performance mobile devices to work on the search for a COVID-19 vaccine. We saw an opportunity to leverage our Neocortix Cloud Services platform to help meet the distributed computing needs of the most pressing academic research workloads, at enormous scale," said Dr. Lloyd Watts, founder and CEO, Neocortix.

Rosetta@home and Folding@home are available to users of the Neocortix Scalable Compute Instances, which work by running secure Arm Linux containers on the Neocortix worldwide network of Android mobile phones. Extremely high performance was achieved across a wide range of arm-based mobile, enterprise devices, and IoT.

"As we head towards a world of a trillion connected devices, developer innovation is helping to tackle some of the world's most complex challenges from the endpoint and edge to the cloud. Arm's collaboration with Neocortix means that Arm-based technology can contribute spare compute capacity to critical COVID-19 research and it's incredible to see Arm's global developer ecosystem come together to support this effort," said Paul Williamson, vice president and general manager, Client Line of Business at Arm.

The Neocortix Cloud Services Platform enables the unused capacity of large numbers of individual mobile phones to be harnessed into a single, unified computational engine. At scale – with potentially tens of millions of phone processors working in unison – Neocortix can give an analytical performance that equals or surpasses the computing power accessible in today's most advanced supercomputing facilities.

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