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Folding@home - Make a Diffrence With Those New Computers
Folding@home at Stanford University ^ | 11/23/2007 | Texas Booster

Posted on 11/23/2007 4:47:21 AM PST by texas booster

A plea to all owners of new computers and PS3s this weekend to strongly consider adding the Folding@home program to your new system to run in the background.

Why? Because Alzheimer's Disease, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes are partially or wholly caused by mid-folded proteins.

You can help by simply running a piece of software.

Folding@home is a distributed computing project -- people from throughout the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world. Every computer takes the project closer to our goals. Folding@home uses novel computational methods coupled to distributed computing, to simulate problems millions of times more challenging than previously achieved.

To start, link over here:

http://folding.stanford.edu/English/Download

and download the version that best corresponds to your new workhorse. Our team number is 36120 and use your FReepname as your folding user name.

Most folks will use 5.04 console version for Windows, but you may want to start with F@H 5.03 GUI version to watch it fold.

PS3 users will go to the PS3 store and get the latest firmware update, then download the program. Team 36120 and FReepname for the user.


TOPICS:
KEYWORDS: alzheimers; fah; fh; foldinghome
If you have a dual core cpu ping us and we will help get you running with two kernals on your system. And remember, more than one computer can run F@H under your name.

Thanks very much for your time, and remember, the discoveries you make may one day save your life.

1 posted on 11/23/2007 4:47:23 AM PST 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
Hey DUmmies, can't ya'll post a new thread at least once a year?


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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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2 posted on 11/23/2007 4:49:19 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: texas booster

BTTT!

I just noticed, my program isn’t running anymore! I better look into this.

This is a great cause. Everyone should do it- there’s absolutely no downside to it.


3 posted on 11/23/2007 4:50:29 AM PST by ovrtaxt (You're a destiny that God wrapped a body around.)
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To: texas booster

They need more irons


4 posted on 11/23/2007 4:53:24 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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To: texas booster

As painless as it gets, despite dealing with fruits’n’nuts at Stanford. :-)


5 posted on 11/23/2007 5:11:24 AM PST by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .....)
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To: ovrtaxt
It has been a few months since you last posted points.

Erase the contents of the directory, reload with your F@H of choice and make sure you use your old folding name and team 36120. You won’t lose any points from the past.

See here:

http://folding.extremeoverclocking.com/user_summary.php?s=&u=180732

6 posted on 11/23/2007 5:17:23 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: texas booster

This has been a lot of fun.....Colin (the newest 100k F@H user)


7 posted on 11/23/2007 6:03:47 AM PST by colinhester
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To: texas booster

Bump for after vacation. I bought my dad an HP dual processor machine that came with Vista. He never could make friends with Vista, gave the computer back to me and went back to his old machine. When I get back home and get it set up and working, I’ll see if it can be persuaded to work all night on this project.


8 posted on 11/23/2007 6:50:49 AM PST by GBA ( God Bless America!)
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To: texas booster

I’m back! Just needed to rerun the installer.


9 posted on 11/23/2007 7:48:10 AM PST by ovrtaxt (You're a destiny that God wrapped a body around.)
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To: GBA
On a dual processor you have the ability to run an SMP client (very, very fast) or two regular clients. Make sure that you watch the team number and the client name on installation.

SMP on Vista is a pain, but there is a Wiki on the subject here:

http://fahwiki.net/index.php/How_do_I_install_the_SMP_Console_client_in_Windows_Vista%3F

It requires you to pay attention, but takes about 15 minutes.

You could always call HP and badger them into providing a copy of XP. Sometimes HP will do that.

10 posted on 11/23/2007 9:41:59 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: texas booster

Bookmark


11 posted on 11/23/2007 9:45:19 AM PST by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: texas booster; All
Those PS3's are really kicking the points; pity that more PC makers -- Dell comes to mind -- don't add this to their pre-installed software at the build. God knows they put lots of other worthless junk on them!

Couple of points:

Also, I pulled the following from the F@H Stats:

Puts Free Republic Folders - A Tribute to Ronald Reagan in the top three percent of the total teams. Congratulations All.

12 posted on 11/23/2007 10:18:23 AM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: texas booster

BUMP for the folders.
http://folding.extremeoverclocking.com/team_summary.php?s=&t=36120


13 posted on 11/24/2007 5:01:17 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: texas booster

http://folding.extremeoverclocking.com/team_summary.php?s=&t=48936

Someone over at Fermilab must have harnessed their Crays. WOW


14 posted on 11/24/2007 10:56:28 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Drango

WOW is right. From zero to 650,000 points in one day?

Someone probably got a gov’t grant to study distributed computing, and Beowulf’d a bunch of PS3 together.

Wish I could write grants that good.


15 posted on 11/25/2007 7:32:01 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: texas booster

Anybody having probs with the smp client on a quad core?

Ran fine the first time thru (about three weeks ago) but blew chunks after that. Deleted, reinstalled, blah, blah. Same thing. Dies not long after beginning to process.

I downloaded the regular client and started a couple instances and all is well.

The smp client is still going very, very well on an overclocked dual core.


16 posted on 11/25/2007 10:27:29 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (No buy China!!)
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To: VeniVidiVici
Very odd. The SMP client was designed for the quad core in mind.

Overclocking or hardware instability comes to mind. F@H is a serious memory tester at the higher end and will find bad chips.

I suppose that its better to run 4 instances of the regular console and collect points that way rather than an endless series of of EUEs. It is a beta program ...

17 posted on 11/26/2007 1:17:09 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: texas booster; brityank; zeugma
I bought my Son a PS3 for his upcoming birthday, and my Brother just got one too, so along with my (2) PS3’s and 2 older machines, and my Dad’s two quad cores, we’re presently challenging 2nd or 3rd place for the most (daily) productive FR folders.

I've shamelessly stolen this cool dual linked Folder's Sig from brityank's fine example. (Thanks brityank!) To easily use it yourself, use your browser's "View Page Source" or "View Source" option to see and copy the underlying code, changing the user number (where mine shows u=185134) to your own. I saved mine to a text file on my desktop, to make it handy to cut and paste into posts. Use Preview before posing to verify your results.

Sig code starts here***

***Sig code ends here

Playstation 3's make great Christmas presents for your friends and family to fold with under your name! Happy Folding!

(Waves in Zeugma's rear view mirror for permission to pass... ;-)
18 posted on 11/26/2007 7:57:07 PM PST by EasySt (Life is precious. Live it well...)
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To: EasySt
Nice going, got me beat by a mile.     :^)

 

 

[To see current values click on Name]

Top 20 Producers
Rank
Team
User
Name
Points
24hr Avg
Points
Total
1 lrenh 9,334 3,682,696
2 EasySt 5,064 306,729
3 Malsua 4,831 2,160,663
4 Texas_Booster 3,581 958,693
5 josephw 3,164 1,283,213
6 mouser 3,125 509,648
7 andyk 2,999 1,559,914
8 LanPB01 2,775 372,978
9 xeniast 2,757 156,881
10 NAPA_Laurel_MS 2,234 432,367
11 Klutz_dohanger 2,189 6,449,471
12 VeniVidiVici 2,159 149,660
13 PseudoCode 1,838 48,116
14 wysiwyg_FR 1,802 174,409
15 GOPBiker 1,744 465,356
16 dbender5555 1,588 281,600
17 Hagerstrom 1,298 226,313
18 dfwddr 1,115 365,773
19 Chris_Primavera 1,083 850,366
20 mediamole 947 234,670

19 posted on 11/26/2007 10:12:41 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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A PS3 also offers a Blu-Ray disk player built-in. :’)

Folding@home - The PS3 and Post-PetaFLOP
Folding@home: The Science | 09/18/2007 | PandeGroup
Posted on 10/04/2007 12:20:01 PM EDT by texas booster
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1906532/posts

Sony Might Have Gotten It Right with the PS3 from the Beginning
Softpedia | November 5th, 2007 | Filip Truta
Posted on 11/25/2007 1:38:14 PM EST by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1930299/posts


20 posted on 11/28/2007 8:05:04 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Tuesday, November 27, 2007___________________https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Drango

Looks to be someone playing during Thanksgiving. Check it out now.


21 posted on 12/02/2007 4:25:28 PM PST by dfwddr (Duncan Hunter '08 -- the real thing.)
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To: dfwddr

Yeah....the boss came back and said...WTF???


22 posted on 12/02/2007 4:48:23 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Egon

Well, I’m within 15,000 of you again, for about the fourth time.

I must be due for a tornado, lightning strike, and/or a fried board.

I’ll send you the bill. :p


23 posted on 12/03/2007 4:51:00 PM PST by dfwddr (Duncan Hunter '08 -- the real thing.)
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To: dfwddr

Hah!

Yeah, I’ve fallen off my high of 8th place, down to 12th, and I’m falling fast. Nice to be on a project where, even when I lose we win!

Need to find some more Macs...


24 posted on 12/04/2007 5:36:33 AM PST by Egon ("If all your friends were named Cliff, would you jump off them??" - Hugh Neutron)
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To: Egon; dfwddr; Klutz Dohanger; XeniaSt; JosephW; SunkenCiv; LonePalm; wastedyears; zeugma; ...

The Extremeoverclockers stats are back online, but you may want to take the results with a grain if salt.

Its showing that I have completed 144,000 points in the last day. Probably not correct.

Check pout your inflated stats here:

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


25 posted on 12/07/2007 9:12:12 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: texas booster
Top 20 Producers
Rank
Team
User
Name
Points
24hr Avg
Points
Total
Klutz_dohanger 945,059 13,112,349
lrenh 560,595 7,654,195
Malsua 316,272 4,390,068
andyk 228,165 3,166,234
josephw 190,911 2,630,829
Texas_Booster 144,831 1,985,279
Chris_Primavera 125,364 1,734,191
mouser 79,038 1,073,370
GOPBiker 72,047 976,722
NAPA_Laurel_MS 65,720 898,529
LanPB01 58,899 794,555
EasySt 56,665 724,188
Egon 56,575 783,798
dfwddr 54,735 752,842
dbender5555 49,930 642,012
zeugma 46,039 636,050
davemaher 45,113 631,582
Dr_Quin 42,825 591,654
Linda_Geiger 41,599 574,472
LSimpson 39,694 553,722

26 posted on 12/07/2007 9:18:32 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: texas booster
Geeez! I asked them to double ME up, not everyone !!

LOL. I do notice I didn't move up the ladder any.

Looks as if they've added the total points and WUs into the 24Hr add-on, giving us all double points. I'm sure there are lots of emails slamming them about it, so it will probably get corrected by tomorrow.

My real stat:



To see when it matches:

27 posted on 12/07/2007 10:32:33 AM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: brityank

BTW, I really like your F@H signature.

Where is the code for that, and how do you store it for easy access on the web?


28 posted on 12/07/2007 12:33:01 PM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: texas booster

Thanks.

Made it up on my own, using Mr. Robinson’s Preview sandbox. I’ll send you the info in FReepmail. :^)


29 posted on 12/07/2007 2:12:40 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: brityank; texas booster
...or you could just right-click and pick "View Source" (yeah, I know that's IESpeak, but Firefox has similar capabilities).

But here it is "in the clear":

<a href="http://www.stanford.edu/group/pandegroup/folding/" target="new"><img height="70" src="http://www.stanford.edu/group/pandegroup/folding/FAHlogoML.jpg" width="468" /></a>

30 posted on 12/07/2007 2:21:04 PM PST by HKMk23 (HOW TO FIGHT GLOBAL WARMING: 1001 WAYS TO FEEL SELF-RIGHTEOUS DESPITE YOUR UTTER IMPOTENCE)
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To: HKMk23; texas booster

Thanks; I always get screwed up putting the & lt; in for the <.

Also, I just C&P it from a Notepad off my desktop, somewhere buried under all the rest of the clutter! Enjoy.


31 posted on 12/07/2007 2:54:02 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: brityank

I’m just enough of a bitHead that I actually USE the documentation from the guys at W3C. Discussion is now underway concerning HTML5.0, but the current “stable” implementation is 4.01 It’s interesting stuff.

Here’s a document that outlines the guiding principles philosophies that underlie the development of HTML 5.0:
http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/WD-html-design-principles-20071126/

The Site Index reads like a bibliography of web development:
http://www.w3.org/Consortium/siteindex

All kinds of pertinent documents are referenced here, as well as hardcopy-published books on related topics. From this page, you can either navigate to an on-line document for further reading, or link to a page where you can buy a book; like this page, for instance:
http://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/Weaving/

(That one will simply CRUSH Algore, so don’t tell him it’s in print.)

To kick off with, though, if you’ve the interest, I’d recommend simply downloading the PDF version of the HTML 4.01 sepcification document, here (right-click, Save target As...):
http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/html40.pdf.gz

[You’ll need WinZip or a similar GZip decompression tool]


32 posted on 12/07/2007 3:28:02 PM PST by HKMk23 (HOW TO FIGHT GLOBAL WARMING: 1001 WAYS TO FEEL SELF-RIGHTEOUS DESPITE YOUR UTTER IMPOTENCE)
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To: EasySt
Thanks for the sig code also the eye catchers in the code

33 posted on 12/12/2007 12:29:27 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (you shall know that I, YHvH, your Savior, and your Redeemer, am the Elohim of Ya'aqob. Isaiah 60:16)
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To: XeniaSt; brityank
Thanks, I stole it from brityank... ;-)

By the way, that’s a nice “About” page you have there!

34 posted on 12/12/2007 5:28:34 PM PST by EasySt (Life is precious. Live it well...)
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To: EasySt
By the way, that’s a nice “About” page you have there!

Thanks !

Been working on it for a couple of years.


35 posted on 12/12/2007 5:31:51 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (you shall know that I, YHvH, your Savior, and your Redeemer, am the Elohim of Ya'aqob. Isaiah 60:16)
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To: texas booster
I'm charging ahead!




36 posted on 12/13/2007 6:17:08 PM PST by twntaipan (To say someone is a liar and a Democrat is to be redundant.)
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To: twntaipan
I saw that you have some huge points the first couple of days. Is that from running SMP work units?

SMP units have shorter times to return them so turn the monitor off and just let the system crunch the WU.

Don’t worry about the small points on occasion. Those are Early Unit Ends and happen to all work units. If it happens to often there may be an overclocking issue or a memory problem.

Or you could have just all the luck!

37 posted on 12/14/2007 7:07:29 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: texas booster; twntaipan; XeniaSt; EasySt
Hey All =

Found a couple of good articles in the December issue of Economist.com:

Both are very good reports on the overall health of F&H and other distributed projects. Enjoy, and keep folding!



38 posted on 12/14/2007 5:52:55 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: texas booster

Congratulation of joining the seven figure club tb, Looks like we both got their at the same time :o)

Keep ‘em folding

S


39 posted on 12/17/2007 1:50:23 AM PST by shadowscotland (London, UK (pro-lurker))
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To: nina0113; Steve0113

ping


40 posted on 03/18/2008 1:58:39 AM PDT by nina0113 (If fences don't work, why does the White House have one?)
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