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Everyone can make a contribution to overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic – this is currently being demonstrated, for example, by AOE IT, which provides computing capacity for researching the disease. After all, an elementary building block for understanding a virus – and thus for the development of therapies and vaccines - is understanding its protein structures and protein movements. In addition to experiments, this also requires complex computer simulations.
As part of the Folding@home project, AOE IT is providing computing capacity for these simulations. In concrete terms this means: unused AOE server clusters and AOE staff gaming computers support universities and laboratories in disease research.
The Volunteer Computing Project is specialized in the analysis of protein folding and other types of molecular dynamics in the context of disease research. Such computer simulations require enormous computing capacities. The project therefore distributes the tasks among different computers and servers. This is where volunteers such as AOE and its staff come in: by making the unused processing resources of private computers or company servers available for the project.
In addition to the #WirVsVirus Hackathon of the German government and the development and implementation of coronahilfe-finder.de, the support of Folding@home is another contribution AOE employees make to the COVID-19 fight.
The idea to become a developer came to Klara only after her studies (spoiler: not computer science!). Today she does frontend development at AOE and, after more than a year, is still more than happy in her role and in her team. Here in "AOE Behind the Screens" she tells you about how she managed to realize her dream and what developing software has to do with translating. In this new blog series, various AOE employees will regularly talk about their work, their careers and everything else that keeps them busy. In this way, we want to give you an insight into different roles and tasks and into everyday life at AOE. Frontend developer Klara kicks things off this week. Read more about the person "behind the screens"!
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