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Motivus is back! Join our RNA Epic and help us prevent the next pandemic
Rodrigo Inostroza
2021-09-23
Hello all. You might have thought that we disappeared, but really, we were low-key behind the scenes getting ready to blow up the internet. From our first successful investment round to setting up the Motivus Network to model the structure of an RNA Virus (like Covid-19), the next months will be full of exciting distributed computing madness.

But first, welcome to our new shareholders!

After the end of our first contest, the Motivus Benchmark, we were able to test the waters of our distributed computing network. With your help, we were able to amount to 12,000 hours of data processing. Hundreds of users registered in Motivus and thousands of guests logged in to check out our Floating Tool.

Knowing that our distributed computing platform was able to operate successfully, we next needed funding to keep walking the road ahead.

This is where the Dadneo Committee came in. Dadneo is a Venture capital firm focused on early stage startups, and they were able to successfully guide us through our first investment round.

With their help, we were able to add 6 incredible new shareholders to our team plus USD 120,000 that will allow us to kickstart the next distributed computing showdown: the Motivus Epic.

Preventing the next pandemic with Motivus

The most meaningful way to use the distributed computing power of our Network is by aiding in the development of a better future for humanity and the world.

We all know the burden that the COVID-19 Pandemic has put on society, there’s no point in going into details about it. What has been a huge success though, are the vaccines fighting the COVID-19 virus (Covid-19 is an RNA Virus). Not ever before in history have we been able to create such effective vaccines in such a short period of time.

What the vaccine does is that it stimulates and creates the antibodies needed to fight the RNA Virus. But what if we could actually understand how an RNA Virus is created?

And by knowing the way it assembles itself, could we even prevent the rise of other future RNA Virus that would threaten humanity?

The answer is: Maybe. And we are here to find that out.

Distributed Computing Showdown: The Motivus RNA Epic

The Motivus RNA Epic is going to be an attempt to figure out how the capsid, or membrane, of a virus is formed. By understanding the assembly process of the RNA Virus, scientists could later find ways to interrupt the virus formation, or in other words, kill it.

How are we going to do this? By running millions of parallel simulations of possible capsid formation of the RNA Virus. The ones that require less energy to form will be the ones that we’ll determine as more possible to function in reality.

So, we need incredible amounts of computing power to run the simulations, but where does the Motivus Network come into play?

To give you an idea, let’s say that it takes 1 hour for a medium range laptop computer to run a simulation. The same simulation takes 1 minute on a supercomputer. Now, if we had 60 laptops running for an hour we could do the same work that a supercomputer can do in an hour. But if we had thousands of computers running at the same time, then we can be incredibly more efficient than a supercomputer. And this is exactly what we need, thousands of simulations running parallel to each other.

Our distributed computing infrastructure is capable of bringing together the power of millions of personal computers around the world. Think of it as joining an army, fighting with our processing power to prevent the next pandemic. The Motivus army!

Ok, this article is getting a bit long, so that’s it for now. We will soon release all the information, rules and tutorials on how to participate in the Motivus Epic. We will begin the first tests of the Epic at the beginning October, so stay tuned to our Twitter or Linkedin to get all the information.

Cheers!

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