The boss of Glasgow technology Ground Level Up has urged companies to make their idle servers available to medical research while staff are working at home.

Carrick McLelland said he had given Stanford Medical School in California access to its two 96 Terabyte servers to crunch data in the search for a Covid-19 vaccine.

Ground Level Up, which specialises in visual content creation, data gathering and 3D mapping using drones, says it granted access through folding@home.

The project aids researchers whose studies require huge amounts of computer power through a process called protein dynamics simulation.

McLelland, who runs Ground Level Up with business partner Alistair Snowie, said: “These servers have huge processing power – multiple people are able to use them at the one time to download, edit an render digital material at the same time.

“I think it’s not only vital to keep massively powerful pieces of equipment like this in use, but also to use them in the fight against coronavirus.”



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