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Technology Students Utilize La Salle Systems to Find Path to a Cure

The Student Lab Manager Program at La Salle College High School announced it has joined forces with a community of technology activists across the globe to work towards a cure for the global pandemic COVID19. Through the Folding@Home network, La Salle has donated its currently underutilized server capacity to allow researchers to run complex computations. 

Folding@Home spreads this workload across a cluster of free resources provided by spare computer power donated by anyone who joins their program. While Folding@Home targets a variety of diseases, the most important work is currently focused on the global pandemic COVID19.

La Salle’s Director of Technology, Mr. Braden Bonner ’07 stated, “It’s a power contribution from La Salle to take a selection of high-end server equipment that is currently being underutilized without our students and teachers on campus and be able to give it such a noble cause.” 

Folding@Home works to map key proteins inside of illnesses which gives researchers insight to how they could better target treatments. From infectious to neurological diseases to cancer, Folding@Home is making great achievements into decoding the mysteries of some of mankind’s greatest challenges. 

When asked why this was such an important contribution, Student Director of Technology for the Lab Manager Program, Sean Mitchell ’20 stated, “At a time where we are all feeling so isolated, it is really exciting to be able to come together as a virtual community to do our part to fight the pandemic. Many of us have even dedicated our home networks to the cause.”

Through its initial deployment, La Salle will immediately make 32 CPU cores and 128GB of RAM available to the program and continue to boost resources as available. Because La Salle utilizes cloud solutions for our distance learning program, they will continue to run the application on its core server infrastructure until classes resume.

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More About Folding@Home

Folding@home (FAH or F@h) is a distributed computing project for simulating protein dynamics, including the process of protein folding and the movements of proteins implicated in a variety of diseases. It brings together citizen scientists who volunteer to run simulations of protein dynamics on their personal computers. Insights from this data are helping scientists to better understand biology, and providing new opportunities for developing therapeutics. 

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More About the Student Lab Manager Program

The Student Lab Manager Program is a unique technology team at La Salle College High School. The mission of the program is to give students the chance to have hands on experience running a real enterprise network. Students work hand-in-hand with Director of Technology and Information Systems, Mr. Braden Bonner ‘07, to maintain, upgrade, and manage the server and network infrastructure throughout the entire school. Members learn about computers by working with faculty, staff, and students throughout the school. From fixing problems, or teaching others, the students gain leadership and teaching skills, as well as in-depth knowledge of technology. They also gain server and networking experience from hands on work with La Salle’s multiple physical, virtual, and cloud servers. After working with this program, our members become skilled with both computers and people. The team of young men work together every day with the common goal to make La Salle the best tech school in the country.

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