Skip to comments.Folding@home - Make a Diffrence With Those New Computers
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:
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.
Thanks very much for your time, and remember, the discoveries you make may one day save your life.
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.
List of Relevant Folding Links
Why Fold - Watch This !!
Other Useful Stuff - Links
Fahmon Third Party Monitoring Software
Past FreeRepublic Folding threads
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.
They need more irons
As painless as it gets, despite dealing with fruits’n’nuts at Stanford. :-)
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.
This has been a lot of fun.....Colin (the newest 100k F@H user)
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.
I’m back! Just needed to rerun the installer.
SMP on Vista is a pain, but there is a Wiki on the subject here:
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.
Couple of points:
For max points, set your ScreenSaver to 'blank' as that will add it's few CP cycles to the project; every little bit helps.
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.
BUMP for the folders.
Someone over at Fermilab must have harnessed their Crays. WOW
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.
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.
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 ...
A PS3 also offers a Blu-Ray disk player built-in. :’)
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