Nvidia put out a post asking gamers for support with COVID-19. It turns out with a little bit of tweaking you can alter your deep learning machine to support this. I wrote a quick post to make my hour-long journey into a 10 minute one for you.
- The entire system is volatile. I have waited hours for my GPUs to spin up and have to reboot them often.
- I suspect (but am not sure) there are lots of hobbyists who are doing work with CPUs or are stopping before a Work Unit (WU) is complete. This exacerbates the problem of larger machines are idle.
- The data is likely going to be in the long run, not a short fix. If you look at papers that folding@home has helped with in the past, they do not look like crazy breakthroughs.
- I have no clue how to interpret the data or where it is best shared
Bottom line: This seems like a very low-effort, low immediate benefit, and possible long term win situation.