Skip to comments.(Vanity) FreeRepublic Folding@Home Project Update (We're in the Top 1,450)
Posted on 12/18/2005 10:03:55 AM PST by texas booster
OK, new thread for the next week.
First, a big shout out to the SETI members who have added CPUs to the effort. Remember, its Team 36120, NOT Team 0.
Next, congrats to all for bumping our team up to 65 processors. ArgentCent is the latest to have joined our happy band of folders and jumps in at # 36 with his first completed WU. We now have 51 members in the team, and about 45 active participants.
Malsua, uriah and Ken in Texas are solidly in the top 10. One of these will probably be the new Numero Uno in a couple of weeks, barring newcomers borging dozens of unsuspecting systems (not that there's anything wrong with that!)
Daily Production Graph
On the global front, Free Republic Folders is now listed at # 1448. We are poised to overtake (today) Kami Sacred Folding Team, buzzez, Naptune, PCSilencieux and Team Razorsh*g.
The only competition coming up on us is still QHT HPC. They are out producing us by about 1,000 points per day. As we gain members from the 100,000 FReepers that visit JimRob's place I expect that we will prevail and keep our lead.
Top 1400 on Monday Dec 19
Top 1300 on Thursday Dec 22
Top 1200 on Monday Dec 26
Top 1100 on Friday Dec 30
Top 1000 on Wednesday Jan 4, just in time to see UT whup USC.
BOINC needs some serious changes to their interface. I know trained IT people who won't use it because it's so awkward.
Ok stupid question here, I've dumped Seti and am trying to signup to folding. I need to know the URL to copy and paste to BOINC. Do you know what URL I should enter?
Ping to new Folding @ Home thread.
Please contact Texas Booster or soccer_maniac if you want on or off this list.
See my post #2. My advice is to give up in protest, and save yourself a couple of fruitless hours.
Maybe they'll get the hint out in Berkeley...
BOINC will get better with time and money.
Time, because programmers need it.
Money, because it uses government grants.
(Ducking for cover)
What kind of timeframe is typical for completing a workunit?
Folding @ Home has a beta BOINC client, but they have chosen not to release it because of problems with the network.
Download the F@H client here:
run it and enter your desired name in "User Name", and "36120" in the team number place. You will then get credit for your work.
Do not leave the team number as 0, for that drops into Anonymous, the biggest group in any distributed project.
Of course, you could always enter "Texas Booster" for your user name, especially if you have a really fast machine ...
I understand that Work Units are dispursed based upon machine speed, so that WUs get completed in a week or so. This keeps WUs fresh from a scientific POV.
I have an AMD 3000 with a fast NVidia video card. Most of my units are about 3500 steps and take a couple of days. My present WU is 250 steps and will be finished in just over a day.
One's first WU is normally a bit smaller than normal.
Arrrgh! If only it were a BOINC project.
I could have tossed 70+ systems into the pool.
For a ~ 1Gig processor workunits are completed in one to five days running 24/7 depending on the size of the work unit. With eight processors running 24/7, I was getting ~ 2500 points/week. Now I'm only doing one processor about 4 to 6 hr/day - 2% of previous effort.
I've put this on my CAD station. The WU I have is 500 steps.
my team 36837 isnt doing too bad either http://fah-web.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/main.py?qtype=teampage&teamnum=36837
I think you do a lot better with "recruiting" here on FR if you'd explain what it is your doing. I don't have a clue other than you're looking for computers to help you do something. Security issues are a concern though.
Hey, feel free to toss CPUs our way. If you can borg that many CPUs you be in front in no time.
Thanks mucho. CAD workstations do very well on this, fast processor, fast video and lots of RAM.
Now if you can run it 24/7 without any other processes getting in the way ...
I did give up after more than a couple of hours. Ugh!
I've been running Seti software since '99, with 20,000 hrs of machine time. When I D/L'd BOINC I have no credit showing and Seti has not credited any time since mid-November. WTH, I quit. I can't get anything to do anything afer setting up project!
Not bad production at all. With the number of points ya'll generate with only 150 processors you stand a very good chance of being Top 100 fairly soon.
Let me guess - you are FoldnUpnGoenHome? Great name!
I signed up, will give it a try. Got a 500000 step work unit to run on my dual processor G4, so we'lll see how that goes. Can't run it if it slows down my work during the week, but I'll see how it runs tonight.
Just added one machine to the team.
As far as security, I know of no breach ever of any distributed project. Here is the official discussion on security from the FAQs on F@H:
What about security issues? We have worked very hard to maintain the best security possible with modern computer science methodology. Our software will upload and download data only from our data server here at Stanford. The Cores are also digitally signed (see below) to make sure that you're getting the true Stanford cores and nothing else.
How is this possible? We take extensive measures to check all of the data entering your computer and the results we send back to Stanford with 2048 bit digital signatures. If the signatures don't match (on either the input or the output) the client will throw away the data and start again. This ensures, using the best software security measures developed to date (digital signatures and PKI in version 3.0), that we are keeping the tightest possible security. Finally, the client/screen saver are available for download only from this web site, so that we can guarantee the integrity of the software. We do not support Folding@home software obtained elsewhere and prohibit others to distribute the software.
Please give F@H a try. I have used incarnations going back to the Genome@Home project, and it seems very stable.
You are not the only BOINC user to despair. Eventually they will have their problems ironed out, but that day is not here yet.
I've got two XP boxes on it now, and will have three more going soon if the Linux client will run under emulation on FreeBSD machine.
I have work machines set to 50% to 75% maximum cycles during the week. My personal owrk computer does mostly DB inquiries, and that one of set to max - 95% all the time.
No noticible problems at all, since F@H drops to 0% when I run other processes.
Dual processor systems usually score very well in F@H work units.
I was not aware that the Linux client had to run under emulation? Can't it run directly?
Meanwhile, I've put a third 3.2ghz XP box up, subject to FAH getting out of my way on demand as well as the SETI client always did.
Will all of the workunits I've already gotten go to the team if and when I assimilate?
FreeBSD instructions from the FAH site.
I be one of those that you describe.
Anybody know if Windows Server 2003 will work with the client? Didn't see it listed on the folding site....
I added my Athlon 64 3500+ to the team; however, I don't keep the computer on much when I'm not around so I probably won't be that big of a help.
Thanks for the information.
For those new to FR's folding team, read up on previous Folding threads (most questions have already been answered)
|Free Republic Folders|
|Date of last work unit||2005-12-18 11:21:26|
|Active CPUs within 50 days||65|
|Grand Score||134049 (certificate)|
|Work Unit Count||988 (certificate)|
|Team Ranking (incl. aggregate)||1453 of 41741|
|Fast Teampage URL||http://fah-web.stanford.edu/teamstats/team36120.html|
Dual processor systems can run two foldings simultaneously using "console" FAH versions.
Folding@Home is a distributed computing project. People from throughout the world download and run a small piece of software to band together and form one of the largest supercomputers in the world. The software runs in the background, using "spare" CPU cycles and not interfering with or slowing down any of your regular programs. It basically puts your computer's "extra" power to good use!
Many human diseases, including many neurodegenerative diseases, are thought to be caused by improper protein folding, or protein misfolding. ALS, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are just a few of the diseases that could be positively impacted by this project.
Folding@Home is a very worthy cause.
Download the software and sign up on the Folding@Home website: http://folding.stanford.edu
FreeRepublic's team number is 36120
Got your note TY. Folding is running fine now. I would like to see it pop up as my screen saver, any ideas on how I set that up?
... and two more machines (a 2.4ghz and a 300mhz) join the FR team.
Actually, I diabled all screensavers as they rob valuable CPU cyles.
Double click on the six-pointed red star (lower right corner) to have the black console come up.
Every CPU helps!
Top 1,000 - here we come!
Thanks for the thread.
Just FYI, I private mailed every new person who responded to this thread encouraging them to join F@H.
We should have 5-6 new CPUs as a result of this thread.
A few more joined as a result of the SETI thread yesterday.
We should have weekly threads from now on --> signing up just a couple of new CPUs each week, we can get into the Top100.
You got five from me (three XP, two FreeBSD, lots of cycles) between texas booster's email and this thread, and several others have posted, so it looks like a good day.
Check out the competition's (Kos) stats
How embarrasing is that for Daily Screw Them Kos
Just the usual problem with two-byte brains. Their Team ID is 48083, and none of them can count past 32767...
clearly an indication that they started it just recently. some moonbat kos lurker on FR wanted to compete with the mighty FR, lol