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Folding@home - Free Republic Team #36120 Breaks 30,000,000
Stanford University and ExtremeOverclocking.com ^ | 09/03/2007 | Texas Booster

Posted on 09/03/2007 12:38:48 PM PDT by texas booster

Time for an update. The Free Republic Folding team #36120 started about 4 years ago, and became popular in December of 2005. We will hit 30,000,000 points this week and congratulations are in order to all folders.

Our FreeRepublic team of 475 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 56th place (with 1000 active CPUs - 143,600 completed Work Units and 29.975 million points).

Please join us and hellp cure Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinsons Disease. You can make a difference!


TOPICS:
KEYWORDS: alzheimers; fh; folding; proteins
Please take the time this Labor Day weekend by checking your folding systems and making sure that they are still folding. You can look inside your folding directory at "unitinfo.txt" or at "FAHlog.txt". This will show the progress of the current work unit.

If the FAHlog.txt shows that the work unit is unable to complete, you should restart the system and ping us. We can save many of the work units and get you back to folding new work units.

Congrats to Klutz, who continues to lead us with 5,800,000 points, and to josephw, who will hit 1,000,000 points within two weeks.

1 posted on 09/03/2007 12:38:50 PM PDT by texas booster
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To: texas booster
Folding@Home FAQ for new users:

What is Folding@Home?
A Stanford University project to find out how proteins fold.

Why it's important: Proteins folding wrong causes all kinds of diseases, like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and forms of cancer. Folding@Home uses novel computational methods and large scale distributed computing, to simulate timescales thousands to millions of times longer than previously achieved. Through Folding@home, scientists now have the horsepower to study the mechanics of protein folding. With its ability to share the workload among hundred of thousands of computers economically, Folding@home can help scientists understand how proteins snap, or don't, into their predestined shapes - and may help to explain the origins of diseases such as Alzheimer's and apparently unrelated diseases. We're fueling research that could end all that.


How does it work?: You download a safe, tested program (see link below) that is certified by Stanford University. It gets work from Stanford, runs calculations using your spare computer power, and sends the results back to the University.

Is it safe? Yes! Folding@Home rarely effects computer performance in any way and won't compromise your privacy in any way. It only uses the computing power you aren't using so it doesn't slow down other programs.


How do I get started folding for Team FreeRepublic?:
1.) Download the folding program from Stanford University's folding download page (Folding@home Client Download). Type in your desired user-name.
2.) Type in 36120 for the team number. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT - if you get the number wrong, you won't be folding for team FreeRepublic!
3.) The third question asks, "Launch automatically at machine startup, installing this as a service?" - We recommend you answer YES. Otherwise you will have to manually start the program after every reboot.


How can my computer help? Even if they were given exclusive access to all of the world's supercomputers, Stanford still wouldn't have as much processing power as they get from the supercluster of people's desktop systems Folding@home relies on. Modern supercomputers are essentially a cluster of hundreds of processors linked by fast networking. But Stanford needed the power of hundreds of thousands of processors, not just hundreds.


There's no reason to not get involved! It's free, easy, and you can know you're helping every minute without lifting a finger.

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List of Relevant Folding Links
Why Fold - Watch This !!


Another Folding Clip


The Inner Life of a Cell


Folding@home Client Download


FreeRepublic.com Folder Stats


Extreme Overclockers Stats for FreeRepublic


Another Stats Page


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Competition (Not!!) Dummies ..Daily Kos


Dummie Folding Threads #7 #8 #9#10#11 #12


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Other Useful Stuff - Links


How much are those work units worth? And what are they?
All Projects Listed
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Stat Image Generator


Fahmon Third Party Monitoring Software

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2 posted on 09/03/2007 12:41:36 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: 1066AD; 11Bush; A.Hun; abner; AbsoluteGrace; Advil; aft_lizard; ahayes; aliquando; ambrose; AMD; ...

Ping to Folders starved for a new thread!


3 posted on 09/03/2007 12:43:21 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Leofl; leow; LFOD777; LibWhacker; Live free or die; LogicBomb; LonePalm; LRS; LTCJ; luv2lurkhere; ..

Ping for FReepers who are starved for a new thread!


4 posted on 09/03/2007 12:45:05 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: texas booster

I’m still waiting for the temperatures to drop so the upstairs portion of my house will be cool enough to have my PS3 and computer folding 24/7.


5 posted on 09/03/2007 12:47:12 PM PDT by LanPB01
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To: texas booster

The Mac SMP client doesn’t seem to be taking up available cycles. Activity Monitor shows the processes are running, but they’re not doing anything. Any ideas?


6 posted on 09/03/2007 12:51:39 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: texas booster

BTTT


7 posted on 09/03/2007 1:03:20 PM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: texas booster
Thanks for the ping, TB! Being that I am about 60-70% migrated to Ubuntu Linux, I'm chomping at the bit to try and install folding@home on a Linux box. That should happen in the next month or so. Congrats to all folders for your contributions.
8 posted on 09/03/2007 1:07:13 PM PDT by papasmurf (I'm for Free, Fair, and Open trade. America needs to stand by it's true FRiends. Others be damned!)
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To: antiRepublicrat
Don't know anything about Folding@home, but a quick search turned up some Mac related info HERE

Hope it's of some use

9 posted on 09/03/2007 1:09:54 PM PDT by Vermonter
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To: texas booster

I just joined the team.....:^)


10 posted on 09/03/2007 1:10:46 PM PDT by 2nd amendment mama ( www.2asisters.org | Self defense is a basic human right!)
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To: texas booster

Proud to b foldin’ for the Gipper.


11 posted on 09/03/2007 1:17:15 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: 2nd amendment mama
I just joined the team.....:^)

Welcome aboard!!!

12 posted on 09/03/2007 1:47:57 PM PDT by ken in texas (come fold with us.... team #36120)
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To: texas booster
Thanks for the new thread...

I've noticed that there are many people overtaking me of late. Good for them. One of these days I'll upgrade the hardware I have here at home and try to catch up. :-)

13 posted on 09/03/2007 1:51:25 PM PDT by ken in texas (come fold with us.... team #36120)
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To: texas booster

This is a “please join our FR team” bump.


14 posted on 09/03/2007 1:51:45 PM PDT by Route66 (America's Main Street - - - President Fred Dalton Thompson / POTUS 44)
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To: ken in texas

All it takes is a PS3 or a fast Core 2 Duo and away you go.

I need to upgrade my systems but can’t get approval from the budget committee.


15 posted on 09/03/2007 2:54:45 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: texas booster

This is from my unitinfo:

Current Work Unit


Name: p3711_Seq19_Amber03_Native
Download time: September 3 13:52:45
Due time: December 8 13:52:45
Progress: 9% [__________]


16 posted on 09/03/2007 2:56:30 PM PDT by wastedyears (Alright, hold tight, I'm a highway staaaaaaaaaaaaarrr)
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To: antiRepublicrat

http://forum.folding-community.org/ftopic20602.html

Check out this thread. The folder is using the Mac SMP client and is folding at 0%. Sounds familiar.

Thanks mucho for checking it out!


17 posted on 09/03/2007 2:57:09 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: LanPB01
WOW, this week temps stayed below 100 here in Nashville. Meanwhile, while I had my back turned, I burnt up a power supply on one box, a northbridge fan on another, and a third won’t recognize a DVD ROM now. I knew I should have shut down during the day, but couldn’t bring myself to do it. I also think I have the same budget committee as TB, so it’s duct tape and WD-40 for now. If I could only get my upstairs office underground somehow.......
18 posted on 09/03/2007 3:14:56 PM PDT by dfwddr (Duncan Hunter '08 -- the real thing.)
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To: texas booster

Cranking out the CPU cycles to stay way under 100!


19 posted on 09/03/2007 5:42:47 PM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: All
My shameless self-promotion for this thread:

If you're interested in tracking your folding machine(s) over the web, please Freepmail me or follow the links below.

Available features include:

Links

Please Freepmail me with any questions.

20 posted on 09/03/2007 6:04:37 PM PDT by Egon ("If all your friends were named Cliff, would you jump off them??" - Hugh Neutron)
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To: texas booster

Thanks for the update TB.


21 posted on 09/03/2007 6:11:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Wednesday, August 29, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: papasmurf

Running FAH on a Linux box is fairly straightforward. Let me know if you have any issues.


22 posted on 09/03/2007 9:01:32 PM PDT by zeugma (If I eat right, don't smoke and exercise, I might live long enough to see the last Baby Boomer die.)
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To: zeugma

Thanks, I will.

I do have a question. The FAH client download shows an exe.. I was expecting a tar.gz or ? What’s up with that?

I did start a FAH client on WinXP running in my VirtualBox, it ran ok, just slow. LOL


23 posted on 09/03/2007 9:44:01 PM PDT by papasmurf (I'm for Free, Fair, and Open trade. America needs to stand by it's true FRiends. Others be damned!)
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To: texas booster

I had completely forgot I was a part of this group. I’ll get my quad-core processor, and dual-core laptop processor back in gear to add some stats to team FreeRepublic.

Thanks for the ping.


24 posted on 09/04/2007 2:13:42 AM PDT by jaredt112
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To: wastedyears
p3711 is a current F@H core. It looks like you downloaded it Monday morning, and it will finish in about a week.

The due time is the last day it can be submitted before becoming “stale”.

I don’t remember your folding name to check current stats but at least you are cranking away.

25 posted on 09/04/2007 5:10:02 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: texas booster

It’s the same thing as this, wastedyears.


26 posted on 09/04/2007 5:55:11 AM PDT by wastedyears (Alright, hold tight, I'm a highway staaaaaaaaaaaaarrr)
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To: papasmurf
I do have a question. The FAH client download shows an exe.. I was expecting a tar.gz or ? What’s up with that?

"What's up" is that the prog was written by Windoze programmers. Yeah, it's an exe, but it was compiled for Linux. It will run fine once you've executed a chmod 755 on it. It will actually download other programs to run the actual testing as well.

27 posted on 09/04/2007 6:29:46 AM PDT by zeugma (If I eat right, don't smoke and exercise, I might live long enough to see the last Baby Boomer die.)
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To: zeugma

Good morning,

Thanks.


28 posted on 09/04/2007 7:22:34 AM PDT by papasmurf (I'm for Free, Fair, and Open trade. America needs to stand by it's true FRiends. Others be damned!)
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To: jaredt112

Wow, thanks for the folding. Drop an SMP client onto the laptop, and two SMP clients onto the quad-core and you will be cranking out enough points to be top 5 on the team.

Not bad with two systems.

FReepmail if you need help.


29 posted on 09/04/2007 10:11:48 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: texas booster

I hadn’t paid attention to points in awhile. Had no clue that I’m only about 2 weeks away from a cool million, and I’ve been doing this for less than 18 months. It certainly adds up quickly.

BTW, for the week, I’m equally all of DU so far, but tomorrow looks very bad pointwise so they’ll get ahead. I usually run about 2/3 of their totals. Just goes to show liberal compassion.


30 posted on 09/04/2007 3:48:25 PM PDT by JosephW (Mohammad Lied, People die!)
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To: JosephW
Those folders that were here in the beginning remember how haughty DUmmies were (are). They started just a few weeks after soccer_maniac started publicizing the effort. Within days DU was chortling that they would run us down, that we would lose interest, et cetera.

What a bunch of blowhards. While we are glad for their contributions to science, they are in serious need of little blue pills just to keep folding. Only 43 DUmmies have contributed in the last week, and only 15 have posted any points today.

I sure with that Monica_Lewinsky had decided to keep folding for DU. Rumors have it that workunits were donated in her name, but I think that she really likes those dudes.

I fully expect that you will provide Stanford with more completed work units in September than the entire DUmmie team.

Again, I am glad that they fold. Maybe they will provide a key discovery that will keep the next Ronald Reagan healthy for another 20 years.

31 posted on 09/04/2007 4:50:19 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: texas booster

You have a great and positive outlook with just the right amount of sinister glee.

Yes they might save the next REAGAN, but I wouldn’t even want bill clinton to suffer many of the diseases (truly horrible and painful) that may be cured, and I don’t even like him.


32 posted on 09/04/2007 6:04:27 PM PDT by JosephW (Mohammad Lied, People die!)
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To: Egon; All
Hello All,

I'm back after a long hiatus during which I had a number of CPUs drop off line. My position drifted from the low 40s up to the high 50s in the process. But I'm back and my son has joined on with his new pride and joy. Anyone else using a PS3 currently? The WUs seem to be pretty slow being credited - a lot slower than he's churning them out ...

33 posted on 09/04/2007 7:04:03 PM PDT by LTCJ
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To: LTCJ
We have about a dozen PS3s folding for our team. Just keep it folding 24/7 and you will be fine. One anomaly we see is that folks who keep in on all weekend, but shut it off during the week, is that PS3 work units may not get completed in the 5 days alloted to them. Also, make sure that your name is entered correctly.

I have had to check a lot of my systems over the holidays. Found a couple that just couldn’t upload results. A reboot seemed to solve both problems.

If you have a new computer that is dual core, set up the console version to fold 2 work units, one in each core. Lotsa points that way. SMP work units are even better.

34 posted on 09/04/2007 10:13:46 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: texas booster
Thanks. It turns out that the points showed up over night - just a bit of lag.

Boy, the PS3 system REALLY cranks 'em out. Three 300+ WUs in 24 hours...

35 posted on 09/05/2007 6:10:04 AM PDT by LTCJ
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To: texas booster
wOOt!


36 posted on 09/06/2007 5:38:46 AM PDT by LTCJ
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To: LTCJ

Congratulations! That’s quite an achievement of compassion and giving.


37 posted on 09/07/2007 7:31:03 AM PDT by JosephW (Mohammad Lied, People die!)
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To: texas booster

I should be bringing up a quad core shortly, but I had a fun idea. Maybe I should encourage our competition towards more charity.

Should I fold under the name ClintonIsARapist for DU until I’m in their top 10 (about 3 or weeks)? I would think that they would make a concerted effort to bump me lower just to keep that name off the top of their list.

Just wanted a little feedback :)


38 posted on 09/09/2007 9:40:36 PM PDT by JosephW (Mohammad Lied, People die!)
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To: JosephW

should read about 3 or 4 weeks. That’s what I get for posting after making home made margueritas.


39 posted on 09/09/2007 9:41:21 PM PDT by JosephW (Mohammad Lied, People die!)
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To: JosephW

You would be their #1 folder with either a PS3 or the SMP system, much less the quad-core.

The way things are going, if you donated your points for a month you would be their #5 folder. The way things are going, you might end up top 10 forever.


40 posted on 09/09/2007 11:11:57 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: texas booster

There is the flip side though. If I put the quad core to FR use then I’ll roughly equal their entire output myself.

Proving that 1 conservative equals 284 liberals in compassion, generosity and giving (although I suspect we already knew this)


41 posted on 09/10/2007 5:22:22 AM PDT by JosephW (Mohammad Lied, People die!)
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To: texas booster; Swordmaker

I’m hoping you can help me with a new glitch. It may or may not be related to Folding.

I have a Mac PowerBook, plenty of free disk space, and my iTunes is now stuttering - not just once in a while, but at least once every minute or two, i.e., at least once per song.

I’ve read threads on Mac forums about this and they all seem to say it’s a priority issue, that there is something running that has too high a priority. Folding never did this before. I’ve been folding for nearly 2 years and I’ve only had this problem for the last few weeks.

My guesses
1. iTunes changed and has a bug. (I’ve recently updated.) I think unlikely since there is no mention on Apple forums (that I’ve seen) and they are usually pretty good about airing and fixing these problems.
2. Folding has changed. Who knows? I just blindly fold and allow it to download whatever it needs. I’ve checked FAH forums and didn’t see this mentioned as a problem.
3. Some other software doing some unknown memory hogging activity.

(Note: I’m a software developer, so not entirely ignorant, but threading is not a topic I know a lot about. I thought maybe some of my own software could be an issue, but this happens after a restart with very little running, before I run anything homebrewed. I’ll do a little more testing, but frequently the only apps that have been run or are running are: Finder, Safari, iTunes, iCal, TextEdit, FAH.)


42 posted on 09/14/2007 7:00:36 AM PDT by generally (Ask me about FReepers Folding@Home)
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To: generally
Folding on Windows only has two priority options - idle and low. Idle only allows F@H to run when there are free CPU cycles, and low will allow F@H cycles in case another process is not well-behaved.

On a Mac, not sure. I’ll need to check the forums for that one. My guess is that there is another process running that is somehow related to iTunes - maybe DRM, and indexing service or a rootkit (JK!).

You might be seeing thrashing where F@H see open CPU cycles and then tries to load, only to release the memory/CPU cycles when it sees iTunes reading from the drive.

To check that, take a look at f@hlog.txt or F2Hlog-prev.txt and see what the latest entries have to say about how F@H is performing.

Are you running a new Mac? Have you tried running the SMP version of F@H? On most new macs, nearly 1200 points per day.

Of course, you could stop listening to music and see if that makes the problem go away ...

43 posted on 09/14/2007 7:58:14 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: texas booster

Thanks, Tex!

I’ve been running on the same PowerBook G4 ever since I started folding. I only fold about 60 pts/day even if I’m not running anything else. Not a high-end system! Hoping to upgrade in a few more months, but this is it for the near term.

FAHlog.txt doesn’t look any different than it has for the last 18+ months.

I may just live with the stuttering music. (I don’t have iTunes running constantly, but it’s nice to have once in a while.)


44 posted on 09/14/2007 9:22:44 AM PDT by generally (Ask me about FReepers Folding@Home)
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