Skip to comments.FR Folding@Home Project Update -- We're in the Top 75 of all teams with 9.75 Million points
Posted on 08/02/2006 5:16:19 PM PDT by texas booster
Time for a new FreeRepublic folding@home thread.
Our FreeRepublic team of 358 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 75th place (with 1009 active CPUs - 55,700 completed Work Units and 9.75 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 20 folding threads)
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 username.
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 he were given exclusive access to all of the world's supercomputers, Standford 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.
List of Relevant Folding Links
Why Fold - Watch This !!
Other Useful Stuff - Links
Fahmon Third Party Monitoring Software
Past FreeRepublic Folding threads
Go Team Ronaldus Maximus!
Check out this thread by Dr. Scarpetta on the role of vitamin B6 on protein folding:
We finally passed those Tasmanians!
If you're interested in tracking your folding machine(s) over the web, please Freepmail me.
Available features include:
You're ahead by 7 places!
I finally managed to get off my butt and write a stats page for the projects.
Instead of being taken to FAH's project summary page when you click on a project, you're taken to a project page showing stats based on our team's experiences with that project.
I'll be adding some more in depth analysis as I think of some, and get more ambitious.
Folding for the Gipper!
Congrats on breaking 50,000 points. That is great using only three systems.
Good eyes. I didn't even notice that they dropped off our radar screen.
I am hoping that we can add enough active (and fast) systems to break into the Top 20 of daily folding team production. With Klutz coming back to life, just a couple of new folders would secure 60,000 points each day.
And slow systems they are! Just goes to show that you don't need the latest and greatest to "fold". Most of our team points come from people with just one rig "folding" 24/7. Thanks gang!
When it finishes a WU, it seems to be able to transmit the results back with no problem... but it sometimes sits for days trying to download a new WU to work on.
I've tried an uninsall and reinstall several times to no effect. I can ping the server that shows up in the log file, but it still refuses to download a new WU.
Any ideas??? or else I'll just pull it from this machine. Normal wireless access works fine, but for some reason, it now refuses to download new work.
I loved that!
CorporateMike seems to be laying low since that little comment.
BTW, the last DU thread listed about is not visible.
"This topic is archived."
Maybe someone here might happen to know why ...
Thanks for the ping. I'll have another box up soon, hopefully. My only problem with F@H, thus far, has been being assigned outrageous WUs and a little bit of a heating problem, which was corrected by adjusting CPU max usage.
And the "display" doesn't really convey any useful info. What the heck am I doing?
I have three laptops folding for the cause, and none have any major issues. I do have one laptop (#130 on the charts) that is very sporadic about finishing WUs and reporting them, but I blame that on the user.
Are you folding GUI or service?
While Klutz is the big offender there(school break), I'm partially to blame as well. At least 10 of mine have been shunted. I'll get everything back up by september and add in at least another 15 or so.
I use the display showing "Ball and Stick" to new users so they can better understand what we mean by folding - a three to six foot protein has to fit in a cell and still accomplish work.
Otherwise I set systems to run F@H as a service so that I get a few more points.
Not sure I really even need the display - any way to run it as a TSR in a text environment? Not sure what you meant by "service" (as opposed to System App?)
I'm getting closer to the top 100 every week!
Eventually I am going to bring that third machine back up and running.
I'm using the GUI... it's been rock solid since March or so when I got the new machine... the last few weeks it just refuses to dowload a new WU. It sends the results in just fine... then gets stuck on downloading new work.
I can ping the IP address of the server, Stanford's stats say the sever is working fine... but day after day my laptop keeps saying that it cannot download a WU.
If there's some evidence that the service works better I might switch, but would prefer not to.
Still in the 50's here although my production has dropped dramatically. With thunderstorms my chief computer has been off a lot, now we have a heat wave so I'm shutting it off to save electricity and prevent overheating (AC at 80 likewise to save electricity!), and for some reason the people at work keep rebooting the computer there and it doesn't restart the program, so that's lagging too. I should go set that up to restart on reboot as well.
Same here, locks up after each WU and won't resume.
Plus, the lap top runs so hot, afraid of burning it out...
So, I'm off for a while.
I run a cooling fan under my laptop. They are fairly inexpensive, I think I spent about $20 on the one I have. Hooks up through the USB port. My system seems to love it.
I know what you mean about running hot... I throttled the CPU usage down a bit and the temp seems to be normal.
What's strange is all the other places I go to via the wireless access work just fine... the darn thing just won't download a new WU during the last two weeks.
Occasionally, I'll have this problem with one of my machines. I delete the client.cfg file, and reconfigure the application, and everything runs great.
I suspect it refreshes the FAH server-of-choice that it pulls new projects from, goes to a different one, and works thereafter.
Take that tasmania!
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bump to home pc
I got the new box yesterday and I would have completed a WU by now if the #@$*& power co would stop turning the %$#&* power on and off!
I am somewhat annoyed.....
Thanks for starting the new thread.
I've been really busy the last few days.
Been there, done that. On restart it gets assigned the same IP address to download a WU. I can ping it, and Stanford says it's running fine, but no go on the download.
Do you have it set to get deadlineless WUs? If so they have run out of those. I had this problem a week ago. Setting the client to get any units fixed it.
Excellent suggestion... I am now folding away on the laptop again. How did you discover that Stanford was out of Deadlineless WUs?
It was mentioned on their forums.
"Instead of being taken to FAH's project summary page when you click on a project, you're taken to a project page showing stats based on our team's experiences with that project."
WOW! Way Kewl.
I just took a gander at the new format and that's impressive. This is going to be fun.
hmmm - Egon, you might need to tweak it a little. Take a look at p2125_lambda_5way_melt_4_10011.
User Machine Date Started Date Completed Elapsed (hh:mm) PPD
Bush_Democrat BD1 07/21/2006 18:10:48 07/21/2006 19:09:48 59 9567.46
But, hey, if it's right, then I'm posting an urgent call to Bush_Democrat.
Urgent call to Bush_Democrat:
You've simply got to tell me what kind of CPU/system that BD1 is. I want one of those. LOL
WHOA - I just took a look at the stats for BD1 - AWESOME! That's one mean machine. It's racking up numbers like a mainframe.
WHAT IS IT? The computer equivalent to Dirty Harry's .44 Magnum? I got's to know. LOL
I'm lagging behind my earlier pace because I've been adjusting the throttle on the FAH service. It was running my CPU so hard that, on hot days, it would shut down from the heat buildup. Even with the additional ventilating fan I installed in my computer desk.
I had been knocking down about 100 points a day, but it's down to about 90, now.
I have the CPU demand setting at 93%. If things are as I think they are, I'll be changing CPU demand seasonally. 100% in the winter, 93% in the summer...that kind of thing.
Guess I'm doin' alright for a mere para-geek.
Shhhh, that's the Karl Rove Diebold-2008 machine I'm testing for him - it's supposed to be a secret. Turn the decoder ring to 23B4l for the rest of the message:
01000100 01010101 01001101 01001101 01001001 01000101 01010011 00100000 01010011 01010101 01000011 01001011 00100001
"Shhhh, that's the Karl Rove Diebold-2008 machine..."
Man, I knew you had connections, but how did you get that 'Top Secret' clearance after that Saturday night party?
You'll need level 5 clearance for the rest of this message.
01001100 01101001 01100010 01100101 01110010 01100001 01101100 01110011 00100000 01100001 01110010 01100101 00100000 01110011 01110101 01100011 01101000 00100000 01110111 01100101 01100101 01101110 01101001 01100101 01110011 00101110
Well, you know 'What Happens In Vegas Stays in Vegas' - and to think that the DUmmies were so impressed with their little chocolate fountain. That's SO last year.
The Dom Perignon hot tub, on the other hand...
Hmmmmm... I've been running SETI@home for several years, but now that I see FReepers have a good cause (and DUmmie competition), I'll have to look into this Folding@home thing.
Thanks for posting.
OK, I'm on board. :)
Any tweaks to make it crunch faster?
First, turn off screen savers and just allow the system to turn off the monitor after xx minutes of inactivity.
Heat is the biggest danger to computers. I run my main desktop at 100% with no heat problems, but I run all other desktops at 75% to 90%. Laptops I set to 50% to 70%, depending on their thermal characteristics.
I also run the Console version for XP, so that it continues to fold even if the system is at a login prompt. The console version seems to be about 10% faster than the GUI version, but the real help is that it always folds, logged in or not.
Adding more memory is always good, and it seems to fly when you have over 1 GB of RAM.
Thanks for waiting till morning for me to reply. What part of the world are you in that you are awake all night?
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