Folding@home Alternatives

    Folding@home is described as 'distributed computing project -- people from throughout the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world. Every computer takes the project closer to our goals' and is an app in the Education & Reference category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Folding@home for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Online / Web-based, Mac, Windows and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is BOINC, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Folding@home are Apache Mesos (Free, Open Source), Foldit (Free), Charity Engine (Free, Open Source) and EteRNA (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 13, 2021

    1. BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing) is a software platform for volunteer computing and desktop grid and volunteer computing.
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    2. Apache Mesos is a cluster manager that simplifies the complexity of running applications on a shared pool of servers.


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      Foldit is an experimental video game about protein folding, developed as a collaboration between the University of Washington's departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Biochemistry (many of the same people who created Rosetta@home).
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    3. Charity Engine takes enormous, expensive computing jobs and chops them into 1000s of small pieces, each simple enough for a home PC to work on as a background task.
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    4. Eterna is a citizen science game where players learn to design RNA molecules for medical research by solving puzzles. Complete these puzzles to unlock lab access and participate in challenges where you can invent medicine!.
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    5. GridRepublic is a customized version of the BOINC software designed to simplify installation and participation by the average computer user.
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    6. Salad allows gamers to mine crypto in their downtime. We turn your GPU power into credits you can spend on items like subscriptions, games, gift cards, donations and more from our curated storefront.
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      Simply put, JPPF enables applications with large processing power requirements to be run on any number of computers, in order to dramatically reduce their processing time.
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      Quantum Moves, part of the scienceathome.org umbrella concept, was born out of the dilemmas and questions the physics researchers at Aarhus University confronted with when they took the challenge of building a quantum computer in the basement lab of the university.
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    7. Though it may appear to be just a game, Phylo is actually a framework for harnessing the computing power of mankind to solve a common problem; Multiple Sequence Alignments.
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