covid_19.md

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kodumbeats
·Oct 12, 2020·

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As one humankind, we are struggling to find our new normal, riding the waves of the internet in novel ways to solve critical problems. I'm no virologist, but I do have plenty of computers about my house, and a tenet that we all have a role to play in the world. I decided to donate my spare resources to a better cause: Foldingathome, an old friend of mine (since the PlayStation 3 era, at least).

Foldingathome is a distributed computing platform that allows computer owners to donate their spare CPU time to scientific research. I participated in protein folding calculations in the past, and now the team is using the same tech to find answers for SARS-CoV-2. However, tech has come a long way since the launch of the PlayStation 3.

Since the "before-times" ended, I've been learning and developing software to simplify serverless for Jamstack deployments. I chose to build infrastructure on Kubernetes, the behemoth of container orchestration, due to its limitless deployment options. That means I've got a development Kubernetes cluster that isn't near efficient capacity. Thanks to the genius of the open source community, I was able to donate some of my spare space in the hopes that science and technology unite to find the answers we so desperately need.

If Kubernetes has a chance to help the world, I'm willing to try it.