NVIDIA video cards have been able to take advantage of a GPU accelerated Folding@Home app for a long time now. It surprised some that a GPU with its multiple parallel cores compared to the significantly less cores on a CPU was much faster for folding.
The folding@Home project is ran by Stanford University and the software is designed to run in the background as a user goes about their business and allows the researchers working with Folding@Home to take advantage of idle computer time on a vast network of machines to study how proteins fold.
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NVIDIA has announced today that a new beta app is available for the faster GTX 400 series GPUs that will allow users of these cards to get into the folding@home service. NVIDIA reports that so far its GPUs contribute more than 45% of the x86 TeraFLOPS the project has while accounting for less than 4% of the active processors in the project.