Microsoft is using experimental undersea data centers to search for a COVID-19 vaccine

Unconventional methods are exactly what we need

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Image: Microsoft | Spencer Fowers

Taking a Dip

Conventional data centers create a tremendous amount of heat. Anything that does intense processing — from gaming PCs to supercomputers — needs to have some sort of extravagant cooling system. The depths of the ocean certainly count as an unconventional cooling method.

Team Effort

Finding an effective coronavirus treatment depends heavily on being able to understand how the virus works. Protein folding is key to determining how COVID-19 is able to attach itself to human cells. Modeling ways that the proteins might fold helps identify potential areas that could serve as target sites for therapeutic drugs to bind to. However, running the simulations to do so is a resource-intensive process.

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