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?)
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