I just found this project today, and proceeded to set it up on my RPi 4+ Model B 4Gb, but later had an idea. If all this project needs is more computers running the software, there are schools, stores, small-medium sized businesses which almost all will save some sort of library, IT department, or other computers set up for various reasons that are not currently being used. If I were a part of this project, I’d suggest first contacting as many school districts as possible around the world where there have been closures. I’m sure it can’t be too difficult to walk around and quickly install Balena or BOINC on each computer. I’m guessing at the very least you could add a zero the the number of computers currently running this software.
I might be completely wrong, and I don’t know how difficult this would actually be, but it still seems like a worthwhile investigation at the very least. Does anyone have any input, either to make it work or tell me that it’s impossible? I’m genuinely curious because this seems like a project that could very very easily become a massive advance for the COVID-19 research.
EDIT: Not to mention schools usually have extremely fast internet connections to accommodate thousands of students, teachers, and complex networks. This is a direct channel to all the number crunching you could possibly hope for.