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FR Folding@Home Project Update - We're in the Top 190 teams (A Tribute to Ronald Reagan)
soccer_maniac ^ | soccer_maniac

Posted on 02/27/2006 6:44:55 AM PST by soccer_maniac

Time for a new FreeRepublic folding@home thread.

Our FreeRepublic team of 250+ 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 188th place (with 940 CPUs - 15,725 completed Work Units and 2,330,000 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 8 folding threads)


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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 (see link below). 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.
1 posted on 02/27/2006 6:45:04 AM PST by soccer_maniac
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List of Updated Links
Why Fold - Watch This !!

Another Folding Clip

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

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Other Useful Stuff - Links

How much are those work units worth? And what are they?
All Projects Listed
Point Summary for Workunits

Stat Image Generator

Fahmon Third Party Monitoring Software

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Past FreeRepublic Folding threads

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #current

2 posted on 02/27/2006 6:45:42 AM PST by soccer_maniac (Do some good while browsing FR --> Join our Folding@Home Team# 36120: keyword: folding@home)
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To: soccer_maniac
Last 7 Months Production
Month Points WUs
02.06 1,177,836 6,877
01.06 894,120 6,690
12.05 154,578 1,449
11.05 12,451 128
10.05 0 0
09.05 0 0
08.05 0 0
07.05 0 0
Last 7 Weeks Production
Week Points WUs
02.26.06 64,011 297
02.19.06 367,590 1,850
02.12.06 297,280 1,788
02.05.06 294,882 1,897
01.29.06 277,792 1,940
01.22.06 218,951 1,521
01.15.06 200,818 1,467
01.08.06 183,009 1,410
Last 7 Days Production
Day Points WUs
02.27.06 14,684 69
02.26.06 49,327 228
02.25.06 66,461 298
02.24.06 55,343 264
02.23.06 50,103 227
02.22.06 47,104 243
02.21.06 53,996 284
02.20.06 48,595 286
Last 24 Hours Production
Time Points WUs
02.27, 6am 7,485 37
02.27, 3am 7,199 32
02.27, 12am 5,698 26
02.26, 9pm 7,336 32
02.26, 6pm 7,980 34
02.26, 3pm 7,268 34
02.26, 12pm 5,429 26
02.26, 9am 4,891 24

Users are color coded based on 24 hour average production.
Color codes are as follows: 0 / 1+ / 100+ / 200+ / 400+ / 800+ / 1.2k+ / 1.6k+
Top 20 Producers
Rank
Team
User
Name
Points
24hr Avg
Points
Total
Klutz_dohanger 19,726 680,341
lrenh 4,008 61,297
Malsua 2,214 113,132
davemaher 1,013 13,445
Craigon69 903 30,734
Texas_Booster 811 56,987
LSimpson 774 35,323
VeniVidiVici 750 44,960
Kingu 740 35,742
TheMightyQuinn 652 18,800
walkerk 591 21,194
Advil000 507 17,068
farsighted 479 10,981
Senator_Bedfellow 456 24,442
Andrewksu 432 31,121
zeugma 418 14,644
Derllak 416 14,277
Egon 414 12,320
FRpapasmurf 409 29,471
TChad 390 12,523

3 posted on 02/27/2006 6:48:39 AM PST by soccer_maniac (Do some good while browsing FR --> Join our Folding@Home Team# 36120: keyword: folding@home)
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To: soccer_maniac

9AM update - 6,263 points (2 more teams overtaken)

http://folding.extremeoverclocking.com/team_summary.php?s=&t=36120


4 posted on 02/27/2006 7:02:56 AM PST by soccer_maniac (Do some good while browsing FR --> Join our Folding@Home Team# 36120: keyword: folding@home)
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To: soccer_maniac

BTTT


5 posted on 02/27/2006 7:07:27 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: soccer_maniac

Monday/New Thread Bookmark


6 posted on 02/27/2006 7:07:43 AM PST by DocRock
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To: DocRock

We need more FR members to join our team.

C'mon FR! Let's reach 1,000 computers!


7 posted on 02/27/2006 7:20:38 AM PST by soccer_maniac (Do some good while browsing FR --> Join our Folding@Home Team# 36120: keyword: folding@home)
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To: soccer_maniac

I seem to be stuck right around #30. I suspect I'm amongst the hardcore folders now, so moving up ranking is getting difficult.


8 posted on 02/27/2006 7:43:29 AM PST by zeugma (This post made with the 'Xinha Here!' Firefox plugin.)
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To: zeugma

Based on Post#3 above you have the 16th highest daily point average on the team, so over time you should be able to get up to #16.


9 posted on 02/27/2006 7:50:17 AM PST by soccer_maniac (Do some good while browsing FR --> Join our Folding@Home Team# 36120: keyword: folding@home)
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To: soccer_maniac

bttt


10 posted on 02/27/2006 7:55:18 AM PST by processing please hold (Be careful of charity and kindness, lest you do more harm with open hands than with a clinched fist)
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To: pbrown
Past FreeRepublic Folding threads (for those wishing to read up on team history):

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 (current thread)
11 posted on 02/27/2006 8:01:00 AM PST by soccer_maniac (Do some good while browsing FR --> Join our Folding@Home Team# 36120: keyword: folding@home)
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To: soccer_maniac


Gotta love people who do exactly the opposite of what you tell them.

Had 5 machines off over the weekend. GRR.

-Mal


12 posted on 02/27/2006 8:04:53 AM PST by Malsua
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To: soccer_maniac; oblomov

Congrats to oblomov, moving into the Top 20 for the FReeper folders, and breaking 10,000 points as well.

Way to go!


13 posted on 02/27/2006 8:35:03 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120))
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To: texas booster

BTW, oblomov is only running two systems and he is one of our top folders.

They must be fast ones, 'cause he is certainly popping the numbers.


14 posted on 02/27/2006 8:37:33 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120))
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To: soccer_maniac
I've seen that, but I've been at #28 before, then dropped back down to #30, then back up to #28. I'm just saying that the quick leapfrogging is over. Now we're in "grind it out" mode. :-)
15 posted on 02/27/2006 8:53:20 AM PST by zeugma (This post made with the 'Xinha Here!' Firefox plugin.)
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To: texas booster

We're on track to be #100 in 82 days

http://fahstats.com/tr.php?t=36120


16 posted on 02/27/2006 8:55:41 AM PST by soccer_maniac (Do some good while browsing FR --> Join our Folding@Home Team# 36120: keyword: folding@home)
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To: zeugma
Yep, you and me both. I guess my dreams of getting out of the low-30's / high-20's means I have to co-opt more than my measly 4 CPU's....
17 posted on 02/27/2006 10:25:37 AM PST by Bush_Democrat (Ex-Dem since 2001 *Folding@Home for the Gipper - Join the FReeper Folders*)
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To: soccer_maniac

Over the weekend, my machine here at work locked the program up... So, even though I should have been done with a 202 pointer, it was at 9600/10000 instead. It should be done in a couple of hours though.


18 posted on 02/27/2006 10:49:16 AM PST by abner (Looking for a new tagline- Next outrage please!- Got it! PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS LOST IN THE USA!)
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To: Malsua

12PM update - 6,457 points

We're #186 now.


19 posted on 02/27/2006 12:23:51 PM PST by soccer_maniac (Do some good while browsing FR --> Join our Folding@Home Team# 36120: keyword: folding@home)
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To: soccer_maniac

p2107 20000 frame it'll never be finished bump.


20 posted on 02/27/2006 12:45:52 PM PST by Stentor
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To: Stentor

That's worth a cool 404 points

See: http://fah-web.stanford.edu/psummary.html


21 posted on 02/27/2006 1:12:48 PM PST by soccer_maniac (Do some good while browsing FR --> Join our Folding@Home Team# 36120: keyword: folding@home)
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To: abner; All

3PM update - 8,083 points (35,487 points for today so far)


22 posted on 02/27/2006 1:14:19 PM PST by soccer_maniac (Do some good while browsing FR --> Join our Folding@Home Team# 36120: keyword: folding@home)
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To: Stentor
p2107 20000 frame it'll never be finished bump.

You are not alone... That one just started on this machine... 148 minutes per frame??? That can't be right, can it?

23 posted on 02/27/2006 1:16:34 PM PST by abner (Looking for a new tagline- Next outrage please!- Got it! PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS LOST IN THE USA!)
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To: abner
148 minutes per frame??? That can't be right, can it?

Nope. It'll take a while to sort itself out, I think. Mine is 20 seconds per frame on a 3gig pentium.

24 posted on 02/27/2006 1:21:25 PM PST by Stentor
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To: abner

I don't think frames are always the same size. I had a 10,000 frame protein that was folding at 1 frame/22 s. Then I've had 500 frame proteins folding at 1 frame/3.5 min. Once it benchmarks properly it should settle down at a more reasonable value of probably 3-7 minutes.


25 posted on 02/27/2006 1:40:43 PM PST by ahayes
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To: soccer_maniac

The salad days of quickie 153-point folds are over I think. Both my CPUs have been issued GROMAC 2107s. Sure, they're worth 404 points, but the seem to take a week to calculate.

I think I'll be slipping into the 60s or 70s in the rankings.



It's all good though....except for the competitiveness factors.


26 posted on 02/27/2006 1:47:54 PM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: Petronski

A 404-pointer should take exactly 2.64 times a 153-pointer.

Points are benchmarked against standard performance, so all thing being equal your CPU should turn in the same avg point per day over time.


27 posted on 02/27/2006 1:56:31 PM PST by soccer_maniac (Do some good while browsing FR --> Join our Folding@Home Team# 36120: keyword: folding@home)
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To: soccer_maniac

Right now it says it will finish on Sunday, October 23, 2011...
That is a bit discouraging for 404 points. LOL!


28 posted on 02/27/2006 2:06:03 PM PST by abner (Looking for a new tagline- Next outrage please!- Got it! PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS LOST IN THE USA!)
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To: abner

Ok, it just changed to something close to reasonable. . . Now down to 21 seconds per frame and says it will end on Saturday, March 4th, 2006.. . Whew.


29 posted on 02/27/2006 2:14:09 PM PST by abner (Looking for a new tagline- Next outrage please!- Got it! PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS LOST IN THE USA!)
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To: soccer_maniac

Monday afternoon "Hey y'all, come check this out and join us" bump.


30 posted on 02/27/2006 2:18:17 PM PST by dfwddr (Join our Folding@Home team (Team# 36120) keyword:folding.)
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To: soccer_maniac

I will be testing this assertion. I hope you're right.


31 posted on 02/27/2006 2:38:55 PM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: Petronski
Both my CPUs have been issued GROMAC 2107s.

Ditto. Several in the past week of so.

32 posted on 02/27/2006 2:52:13 PM PST by houeto (Mr. President, close our borders now!)
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To: soccer_maniac

You'd think so, but I had a project 2107 (404 points) that took only seemed to take a little longer than a project 2106 (202 points). Wish I had a record of the exact times.


33 posted on 02/27/2006 3:08:51 PM PST by HangThemHigh (Entropy's not what it used to be.)
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To: HangThemHigh

You can go looking back through your log, and see how much time each of them took, IIRC.


34 posted on 02/27/2006 4:00:28 PM PST by Bush_Democrat (Ex-Dem since 2001 *Folding@Home for the Gipper - Join the FReeper Folders*)
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To: All
I just learned something, some of you may know, but I just found out and figured it's knowledge gained the hard way and worth posting. I am sure this applies to the console version, which I use, but it likely applies to the GUI version, as well.

I recently had a power outage and had to restart. On reboot, I got the dread "checksums don't match" error and the project restarted from the beginning (which wasn't too bad as it was in the early stages).

But, after the reboot, I noticed progress was painfully slow - it was taking an hour to complete 1%. On checking the logs, I noticed the line "Extra SSE Boost OK" I usually see in the log was missing.

I rebooted and, this time, got the SSE boost and the time to complete 1% dropped to 25 min. The SSE boost more than doubled the folding speed for this problem.

Reading a few logs I learned that after a bad checksum, the core assumes the problem may have been with the SSE boost and disables it. To get it back, you have to reboot again (as I did) or use the -forceasm flag after the power loss to get the current problem back up to full speed.

I assume that if you let a problem run to completion without the SSE boost, the next problem would have it applied automatically, but I'm not sure on this.

Bottom line, if a problem is running slowly you might want to look for the "Extra SSE Boost OK" in the log, especially after a power loss or blue screen reboot. If you normally see this in the log, a reboot or the -forceasm flag may give a big help.
35 posted on 02/27/2006 4:26:01 PM PST by HangThemHigh (Entropy's not what it used to be.)
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To: Bush_Democrat

You recall correctly, but when I tried that, it was too late and the portion of the log referring to the 2107 project was already gone (too little, too late should be my tagline)


36 posted on 02/27/2006 4:30:43 PM PST by HangThemHigh (Entropy's not what it used to be.)
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To: soccer_maniac



37 posted on 02/27/2006 4:59:28 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Join our Folding@Home team (Team# 36120) keyword: folding)
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To: Petronski

#279 got his WU sir


38 posted on 02/27/2006 5:01:34 PM PST by SirTaurus (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country!)
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To: HangThemHigh

All three of my CPUs are now working on 2107, my two slow ones are choking. They are going to take 10 to 15 days.


39 posted on 02/27/2006 5:08:06 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Join our Folding@Home team (Team# 36120) keyword: folding)
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To: SC Swamp Fox
Ouch, 404 points in 15 days is less than 30 points per day.

I don't know what your "slow" machines normally score, but I'd be tempted to try to give that problem to a better machine and get different problems for the slower guys. Not sure how hard that would be though.
40 posted on 02/27/2006 5:22:24 PM PST by HangThemHigh (Entropy's not what it used to be.)
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To: HangThemHigh
30 ppd is less then normal for them, but not by much. lol

They have an easy life...some web browsing, a little e-mail.

41 posted on 02/27/2006 5:37:46 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Join our Folding@Home team (Team# 36120) keyword: folding)
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To: SC Swamp Fox

Just noticed, but I like it! I don't mind being blue if the DU's are pretty in pink.


42 posted on 02/27/2006 6:20:45 PM PST by HangThemHigh (Entropy's not what it used to be.)
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To: HangThemHigh

They were red, but they're fading. Pink suits them well.


43 posted on 02/27/2006 6:30:26 PM PST by SC Swamp Fox (Join our Folding@Home team (Team# 36120) keyword: folding)
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To: SirTaurus

Welcome Sir!


44 posted on 02/27/2006 7:49:04 PM PST by Bush_Democrat (Ex-Dem since 2001 *Folding@Home for the Gipper - Join the FReeper Folders*)
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To: HangThemHigh

I C we're a threat to like 5 teams now one being the czech repub.

Kool the free republic a threat to the ukrain and czech repub.


45 posted on 02/27/2006 8:12:24 PM PST by SirTaurus (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country!)
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To: All

In one month, (and a short one, at that), we've scored more points, than the previous 3 months combined.

In 3 days, we've logged more points, than the entire month of december.

In 6 hours, we've exceeded the total points for the entire month of November.

The goal for March... a 2 million point month. Not impossible, as we're on track for a 1.75 million point month already, we just need to keep ahead of the trend line. That would put us up around #125 or so.... and about a year ahead of the DU team... :)


46 posted on 02/27/2006 8:15:07 PM PST by Klutz Dohanger (Folding - Help science, as you browse the web. Team#36120)
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To: SirTaurus

A quick check, even team #52 has us on their threat list... and all but about 3 teams, between #52 and where we are now...


47 posted on 02/27/2006 8:21:07 PM PST by Klutz Dohanger (Folding - Help science, as you browse the web. Team#36120)
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To: Klutz Dohanger

TSC! Russia is on the same fast track as us.


48 posted on 02/27/2006 8:37:44 PM PST by SirTaurus (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country!)
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To: Klutz Dohanger

9PM update - 10,163 points (51,663 today with 1 update left)


49 posted on 02/27/2006 9:34:40 PM PST by soccer_maniac (Do some good while browsing FR --> Join our Folding@Home Team# 36120: keyword: folding@home)
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To: SC Swamp Fox

Is it my monitor or did you change DU to PINK? LOL


50 posted on 02/28/2006 6:14:32 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Check out Mrs SV's webpage---> http://www.wayoftears.com)
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