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FR Folding@Home Project Update -- We're Now # 55 of all teams with 20,000,000 Points
Stanford University Folding@Home Distributed Computing Project ^ | 03/03/2007 | Stanford University

Posted on 03/03/2007 3:26:29 PM PST by texas booster

Time for a new Free Republic Folding@home thread.

Our Free Republic team of 428 members comprised primarily of Free Republic members in good standing have banded together to donate their excess CPU cycles to a worthy cause. Via distributed computing, millions of computers around the world contribute directly to scientific research, in the quest for a greater understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Cancer, and Mad Cow (BSE).

Currently, the team is in 55th place (with 1,025 active CPUs - 106,120 completed Work Units and 20.25 million points).

This is an entirely voluntary program, and if you want to learn more, please see the links posted below (or read one of the previous 30+ folding threads)


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Hobbies; Miscellaneous; Reference; Science
KEYWORDS: curefordisease; fah; fh; folding
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To: LonePalm

EOC and other stats sites get their numbers from a comma delimited text file that Stanford puts out several times a day.

Sometimes the stats on Stanford's site will be accurate, but the script they use to produce the text file won't update. I used to do private stats for another team (don't ask me, it is a lot of work and EOC is better) and there could be days where there were no updates.


51 posted on 03/09/2007 8:11:58 AM PST by MediaMole (9/11 - We have already forgotten.)
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To: MediaMole

Here's the FR team's text file link...

http://fah-web.stanford.edu/teamstats/team36120.txt


52 posted on 03/09/2007 8:16:07 AM PST by MediaMole (9/11 - We have already forgotten.)
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To: texas booster

your article has no topics assigned


53 posted on 03/10/2007 4:48:09 AM PST by Mount Athos
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To: Mount Athos

Strange. We can't post an article without Topics, and when I tried to add one it came back unknown.

Probably a bad DB link in John's world.


54 posted on 03/10/2007 8:55:07 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120))
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To: texas booster

it pretty much makes the article invisible here on FR, without an explicit search for it. Oh well! We don't exist. :)


55 posted on 03/10/2007 9:45:41 AM PST by Mount Athos
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To: texas booster

Really maybe you should just repost this one


56 posted on 03/10/2007 2:49:39 PM PST by Mount Athos
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To: Mount Athos

Yeah, still can't add topics. Bummer.

We will pass another team in 10 days, so I will start that countdown early.


57 posted on 03/11/2007 6:20:08 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120))
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To: texas booster

bttt


58 posted on 03/11/2007 7:26:15 PM PDT by Born Conservative (Chronic Positivity - http://jsher.livejournal.com/)
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To: texas booster

Bump


59 posted on 03/12/2007 7:17:58 AM PDT by papasmurf (Join Team 36120 Free Republic Folders. Folding@Home Enter Name:FRpapasmurf)
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To: texas booster

Finally made it to the top 4000 of all folders.

Would have pinged Dave Maher but don't know his freeper name.

Slipping past dave, and slowly gaining on you texas.

Just got rid of two of my machines, but replaced them with another. One of my fast systems has been down for the better part of a week and won't be up until this weekend (assuming it's not too serious).

I should be adding another at the very end of this month (but it will probably replace two others), so probably not much if any of a gain.


60 posted on 03/14/2007 6:43:53 PM PDT by JosephW (Mohammad Lied, People die!)
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To: texas booster
Bump for a Hello all!

:O)

P


61 posted on 03/15/2007 9:33:33 AM PDT by papasmurf (Join Team 36120 Free Republic Folders. Folding@Home Enter Name:FRpapasmurf)
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To: papasmurf

Bump back to you and happy ides of March.


62 posted on 03/16/2007 7:12:02 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: papasmurf; All

I'm getting a pop-up authentication/password request from a "udrive4us" site? Anyone got an idea what that is?


63 posted on 03/16/2007 7:14:59 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Drango

i just got same thing. Very odd. Only when displaying this particular page, never anywhere else.


64 posted on 03/16/2007 8:31:57 PM PDT by Mount Athos
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To: Drango; All

My apologies for the pop up. My webhost decided to change the authentication process for my site and ftp. I'm in the process of correcting the resulting mess.

I'm really very sorry for the inconvience.

:O)

P


65 posted on 03/16/2007 9:24:43 PM PDT by papasmurf (Join Team 36120 Free Republic Folders. Folding@Home Enter Name:FRpapasmurf)
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To: papasmurf
My apologies...

Not needed...We are all in the same boat. WE THANK YOU for folding and bringing others in to fold with us. Fold on.

66 posted on 03/16/2007 10:09:47 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: 1066AD; 11Bush; A.Hun; abner; AbsoluteGrace; Advil; aft_lizard; ahayes; aliquando; ambrose; AMD; ...
Sorry for being away for the past several days.

Folding@Home has finally released a BETA SMP client for Windows. This is great news for anyone that has a dual core chip and is running Windows, not Linux or OS/X.

It means better utilization of your CPU to fold and advance science. It might also mean more points for you, not that any of us fold for points ... ;')

I will not be able to touch this for at least a week. If any of the gurus out there have time to install into a fresh dual core system please help us by experimenting with F@H SMP.

Chips that work are any Intel Core 2 Duo chips and any AMD X2 chip.

Remember, this is a beta and there will be work unit failures. The payback is potentially hundreds of points per day from one system, and the full potential of new chips in Windows running F@H.

THANK YOU ALL!
67 posted on 03/19/2007 9:36:56 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120))
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To: Me; MediaMole; MeekOneGOP; melt; Michael K.; Mind-numbed Robot; MissyMa; MNJohnnie; mo; ...
Sorry for being away for the past several days.

Folding@Home has finally released a BETA SMP client for Windows. This is great news for anyone that has a dual core chip and is running Windows, not Linux or OS/X.

It means better utilization of your CPU to fold and advance science. It might also mean more points for you, not that any of us fold for points ... ;')

I will not be able to touch this for at least a week. If any of the gurus out there have time to install into a fresh dual core system please help us by experimenting with F@H SMP.

Chips that work are any Intel Core 2 Duo chips and any AMD X2 chip.

Remember, this is a beta and there will be work unit failures. The payback is potentially hundreds of points per day from one system, and the full potential of new chips in Windows running F@H.

THANK YOU ALL!
68 posted on 03/19/2007 9:40:25 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120))
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To: texas booster

BTTT


69 posted on 03/19/2007 9:57:15 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: texas booster

Thanks.

Better not risk the beta on my tricky system.

Please let me know when it's debugged.

Blessings,


70 posted on 03/19/2007 10:02:34 AM PDT by Quix (GOD ALONE IS WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS ABLE; LOVE GOD WHOLLY, HIM & HIS KINGDOM 1ST)
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To: texas booster

Thanks TB for the ping. I've been considering learning Linux to make use of one of these moldy old PC's in this effort. How has the team ranking been? Stable, gaining ground, losing ground, fluctuating...


71 posted on 03/19/2007 11:30:15 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Sunday, March 11, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: texas booster

http://forum.folding-community.org/forum60,smp-for-windows-beta.html

Here is the link to the Pande group's "SMP for Windows" forum. All the links to the SMP beta that you will need are there, plus lots of threads about getting the clients running smoothly.


72 posted on 03/19/2007 12:14:01 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120))
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To: texas booster; Mount Athos

I spent a few moments dorking around and found that FR doesn't seem to recognize many of the listed topics. Tried to add "vanity; culture; misc" and got an error stating that vanity and culture were unknown topics. This despite the fact that they're listed as valid topics here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/topics

I did finally get misc to work, so we've advanced from nonexistence to miscellaneous; an improvement of degree if not actual substance.


73 posted on 03/19/2007 12:21:35 PM PDT by HKMk23 (Total domination over all kingdoms under heaven will be given to the saints of YHVH. -- Daniel 7:27)
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To: SunkenCiv
We have passed around 50,000 teams so far, and are intruding into the domain of the old teams that have been around forever.

#55 this week, #54 next week.

We have learned to live with the ups and downs of Klutz's systems. They are mostly turned off on the weekends, so we see a tremendous pop on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The only teams that are gaining on us are those teams full of Linux systems running SMP on multiple cores. One user is gathering almost 50,000 ppd on 51 systems, thanks to the Linux SMP work units.

We have really done well, considering that the team was mostly dormant until December 2005. Over 400 user names have contributed, and we have about 200 regular contributors.

As always, we are donating time and energy towards making a real difference in medical research.
74 posted on 03/19/2007 12:25:04 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120))
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To: texas booster

I went from rank 100+ to 60 since upgrading to dual core on my one machine.

I'm going to have to kick the plug a month and a half though


75 posted on 03/19/2007 1:37:50 PM PDT by Mount Athos
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To: Mount Athos

Nah, these systems don't generate THAT much heat!


76 posted on 03/19/2007 1:55:21 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120))
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To: HKMk23; texas booster; Mount Athos
We're in 'General/Chat', so the Topic list is limited.

I added 'Reference' and 'Science' for it; 'Miscellaneous' was already there.

Fold on.
77 posted on 03/19/2007 3:38:55 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: brityank; texas booster; Mount Athos

Thanks.

I see, now, how the whole "Add Topic" function works; if your thread isn't posted in a forum that contains a specific topic, you cannot add that topic to the thread. Being in General/Chat, the topics available are listed here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/topics

But that list isn't the same as the topic list available for News/Activism threads:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/topics

Look at both pages and compare the items under "General Interest". "Vanity" is listed as a News/Activism topic, but not a "General/Chat" topic, so it cannot be added to this thread. OTOH, I was able to add "Miscellaneous" because it appears in both lists.

Maybe what's most confusing about this is that the "Topics" link on the FR homepage doesn't navigate to a "master list" of topics, but links to the "News/Activism" topics list, instead, which are only applicable to threads poted in "News/Activism".

BKM (sorry for the corporatespeak) is to navigate to the "Forums" page, and pick the "topics" link displayed to the right of the forum in which the thread is posted to which you want topics added. Then, all of the topics on the displayed list will be valid for the thread you're targeting.


78 posted on 03/19/2007 3:59:23 PM PDT by HKMk23 (Total domination over all kingdoms under heaven will be given to the saints of YHVH. -- Daniel 7:27)
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To: HKMk23

Yes, it depends on which master list you're under.

Browse by Forum
Bloggers & Personal
General/Chat
GOP Club
News/Activism
Religion
RLC Liberty Caucus
Smoky Backroom
VetsCoR

I have my forum page set to 'All of the above' so I get to see everything. If you pick one then hit the "Post Article" link at the top, you can then see which topics that thread will list by hitting the button next to "Topics". You have to select one to four for the News forum; not sure that you have to in the others.


79 posted on 03/19/2007 4:15:21 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: texas booster

Wow, 51 systems... I guess I'll have to learn something new. Just a guess, the Linux systems are such low overhead they're probably the best choice for this. And it isn't as if I need the machines for anything else.


80 posted on 03/19/2007 4:29:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on Sunday, March 11, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: texas booster

OK, I'm trying the Windows SMP (also running the Linux SMP on the same box but in VMWare). This will give me an easy transition to Windows if it's faster than Linux (even slowed in a VM), or back to Linux if the Windows client is a dog. Should be interesting to watch Pegasus (Linux in VM, Windows SMP and 2 single folding session to catch between WU time in the SMP clients).

I'm just a sick puppy.

JosephW


81 posted on 03/19/2007 10:16:40 PM PDT by JosephW (Mohammad Lied, People die!)
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To: JosephW

Field notes for the Windows SMP client recommend a four core CPU for the SMP client.

Not 4 clients per CPU ;')

As long as the cores don't spend all their time thrashing between clients, fighting for memory and other resources, you should be good to go.

I know that Stanford likes their WUs back fairly quickly, but lots of guys are running multiple WUs on a single core system (like an Intel P4 HT chip). The WUs do not complete as fast, but the points are slightly elevated.

Let us know how it goes.

Also, the PS3 client will be released after the new 1.6 update is published, probably late Thursday night.

Ought to be a great weekend for Folding!


82 posted on 03/19/2007 10:24:52 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120))
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To: JosephW

OK, I don't have enough computing power to run both SMP clients on a single box :(

Will let the Linux SMP client finish its current WU and then shut it down. Let's see how MS folding performs natively (why do I get a feeling I'm going to be disappointed).

JosephW


83 posted on 03/20/2007 8:50:44 PM PDT by JosephW (Mohammad Lied, People die!)
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To: JosephW
I finished a WU supposedly worth 1760 points or so (GROMAC 2604, I think) and was given 5. Is this common? It went to 100%.

It has not happened to me before.

Is there any way to tell what happened?

I am using kubuntu. I used the open office to look at the txt files but couldn't really glean anything from them.

84 posted on 03/21/2007 9:14:31 PM PDT by GOPBiker (Thank a veteran, with a smile, every chance you get. You do more good than you can know.)
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To: GOPBiker

I've had the same happen a time or two as well. I suspect Stanford will notice the error at some point and award us the missing part. Till then we just grin and bear it.


85 posted on 03/22/2007 5:58:14 AM PDT by JosephW (Mohammad Lied, People die!)
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To: texas booster

PS3 client is available.

Go to system update and download firmware 1.6 (doing so now)

Go to playstation store and download FAH

Happy folding.

Send me questions if things aren't making sense (as if I'll have a clue).


86 posted on 03/22/2007 6:02:35 AM PDT by JosephW (Mohammad Lied, People die!)
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To: JosephW

I'm right behind you. It was available at 12:40 AM Pacific time.
Took 10 minutes to DL V1.60 via PS3, 10 minutes to install and
Don't have a PS3, but here is a link to a thread on the download and setup of a PS3:

http://forum.folding-community.org/viewtopic.php?t=18644&highlight=

Some comments from the breathless folders gushing over the PS3:

"10 more minutes to DL F@H 50 Meg program.
"Heads Up" for F@H EULA there is NO Lisence Agreement Accept "X" option on the scroll down page - only a "O" Cancel.
YOU MUST USE LEFT ARROW TO GET TO THE ACCEPTANCE WINDOW.
Use the TRIANGLE to get to the OPTIONS window for SETUP prefs - Name, Team etc.
By 7:30 AM my first WU will be completed in six hours - 0.0439 seconds/frame.
PS 3 right side temp is 100 degrees F, back temp is 120 degrees F after one hour processing."

Wow. Only 100 degrees F?

"I'm in. Press triangle while in the visual client to change your username and team number. Press square to see what the other controls do. It took me a few minutes to figure that out...

It's working on p3128_hisvillin_e2
Running at 0.0787 seconds/frame

It's seems VERY fast and the protein model and globe are awesome. I guess the globe shows where each PS3 is? The yellow dots are hard to see in the US."


87 posted on 03/22/2007 6:17:39 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120))
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To: texas booster

takes forever to download the client.


88 posted on 03/22/2007 7:37:02 AM PDT by JosephW (Mohammad Lied, People die!)
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To: texas booster

8 hours and 42 minutes :)
Set client and team - confirmed
(remember to click the triangle on your pad to set options)

I'm a happy folder


89 posted on 03/22/2007 7:43:32 AM PDT by JosephW (Mohammad Lied, People die!)
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To: JosephW

What happened yesterday that you garnered over 7,000 points?

Were you affected by the points server slowdown, or did your Win-SMP kick in?


90 posted on 03/22/2007 8:31:24 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120))
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To: texas booster

Everything hit in one day. Look at the day before, it just sucked. Today will be moderate (hopefully). I could use a lot more days like yesterday if I intend to put you in my rear-view mirror anytime soon :)

JosephW


91 posted on 03/22/2007 10:17:01 AM PDT by JosephW (Mohammad Lied, People die!)
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To: JosephW

Spring break?
A major folder on "The Outcast" who were gaining on us faster than Clinton can suck the chrome off a trailer hitch, seems to have given up??? zim01 http://folding.extremeoverclocking.com/user_summary.php?s=&u=201576
has dropped off significantly. Could be a big break for us or it could be a school lab shut down for spring break. Is it spring break anywhere?


92 posted on 03/22/2007 4:17:50 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Drango

Spring break almost everywhere. Both of my boys have the week off :)


93 posted on 03/22/2007 5:30:31 PM PDT by JosephW (Mohammad Lied, People die!)
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To: texas booster

Just converted my second box over from Linux-SMP to Windows-SMP, but it's not having any luck grabbing a WU. Have you heard of any complaints about WU distribution (at least on the Win-SMP side)?

JosephW


94 posted on 03/22/2007 6:17:14 PM PDT by JosephW (Mohammad Lied, People die!)
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To: Drango
Stanford University had a campus wide network problem today. That accounts for the lack of points credit today. All will even out over the evening.

I heard that zim01 started a PS3 folding last night and already has points to show for it. Those three completed work units for 1,500 points each may be related, but I think that they are Linux-SMP or Winders-SMP work units.

josephw should have a work unit posted today from the PS3. It will be interesting to see how it works out for him on points/watt.
95 posted on 03/22/2007 6:37:41 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120))
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To: texas booster

Well, I'm having what should be a pretty good day if any points would post :)


96 posted on 03/23/2007 4:24:06 PM PDT by JosephW (Mohammad Lied, People die!)
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To: JosephW

Hey everyone --- new thread Here!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1805959/posts


97 posted on 03/23/2007 9:31:50 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120))
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To: texas booster

Change that tirle to **54th** We just passed Linux!


98 posted on 03/25/2007 6:22:59 PM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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To: SoftballMominVA

Yep, time for a new thread. I started one about the adoption of the PlayStation 3 and Folding@home.

Next thread will have us tweaking the nose of the Linux dudes.


99 posted on 03/25/2007 7:26:27 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120))
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To: texas booster

Where do you think we will eventually end up?


100 posted on 03/26/2007 4:33:21 AM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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