The Computing for COVID DigitalOcean Marketplace App is a way for anyone (no tech skills required) to fire up a cloud computer that immediately starts crunching data to help scientists find proteins for the treatment of COVID-19. Costs start at $15/mo for the compute power at DigitalOcean.

This allows you to support researchers at the University of Washington’s Baker Lab in their computational requirements as part of their Coronavirus response.

Once you’ve installed the droplet, it starts up, attaches itself to the Rosetta@Home project as part of the Computing for COVID team, and immediately starts to download work to be done.


  • Follow these detailed setup instructions to set up the droplet. We recommend opening the link in a separate browser tab as you go through the process.
  • If you don’t have a DigitalOcean account, sign up using this link to get a $100 credit

After deployment

The Computing for COVID droplet is self-sufficient; you can set it and forget it! However, if you’d like to see exactly what computations are being done in the droplet, use the command boinctui after you’ve connected to the droplet using SSH. See all the details on the droplet’s page in your DigitalOcean dashboard.


Send email to [email protected] and we’ll do our best to help out. You can also create an issue in the Github repo.

Open source

The app is built using Packer scripts from DigitalOcean as a starting point. The scripts configure an Ubuntu 18.04 droplet with boinc that automatically attaches itself to the Rosetta@home project.

Build scripts are in the /packer directory:

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