October Update: OpenPandemics - COVID-19

As of this month, the research team has received approximately 165,000 packages of work units from World Community Grid.


OpenPandemics - COVID-19 was created to help accelerate the search for potential COVID-19 treatments. The project also aims to build a fast-response, open-source toolkit that can help all scientists quickly search for treatments in the event of future pandemics. 

In late 2020, we announced the selection of 70 compounds (from an original group of approximately 20,000) that could be promising to be investigated as potential inhibitors of the virus that causes COVID-19. Lab testing is currently underway for some of these compounds (see the end of this report for details).

In late April and early May, we provided World Community Grid with approximately 30,000 batches of GPU work units. This was part of a stress test of the World Community Grid infrastructure and analysis work flow, and quickly generated an extremely large amount of data for us. 

The analysis continues

So far, the OPN1 team has received 165,000 packages from WCG (rougly 72,000 CPU and 93,000 GPU packages), corresponding to about 82.5 billion docking calculations. The team is continuing to chip away at this data as they await results from their collaborators. During the analysis, the World Community Grid tech team and the researchers were able to identify and fix a memory leak issue earlier this month.

Current status of work units


  • Available for download: 9,511 batches
  • 28-day average of 681 batches per day
  • Estimated backlog: 14.6 days


  • Available for download: 10,219 batches
  • 28-day average of 296 batches per day
  • Estimated backlog: 34.5 days


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