It8217;s frustrating when your work laptop just isn8217;t up to scratch. It must be even more frustrating when you8217;re trying to run analyses on a global pandemic and haven8217;t got the computing power that you need.
This where DreamLab comes in. The app is designed to harness processing power from the general public8217;s phones and lend it to scientists, who need a little boost for their data-based calculations.
Originally developed by Vodafone Foundation, the app has previously been used by cancer researchers at Imperial College. As the same university is now turning its attention to coronavirus, researchers there hope to use the app again to borrow a little juice from the public.
The researchers at Imperial College want to study which drugs and food types could help people with Covid-19, and how these things could be combined to maximise their effects. Although they have the data they need, they don8217;t have a machine that8217;s capable of processing millions of calculations.
Dr Kirill Veselkov, who is leading the research at Imperial College London, said: 8220;We urgently need new treatments to tackle Covid-19. There are existing drugs out there that might work to treat it; and the great thing about repurposing existing drugs is that we already know they are safe and therefore could get them to patients quickly.
8220;However, we have to do difficult and complicated analyses using artificial intelligence and all of this takes a huge amount of computing power. DreamLab creates a supercomputer that enables us to do this important work in a relatively short timeframe.”
As most of us spend our waking-day glued to our phone, the researchers are encouraging users to plug in the phone to charge and switch on the app just before going to bed. To download the app, search for DreamLab in the App Store store or Play Store for Android.
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