F@H - Is it in you?
- 12 Apr 2002
I have decided to start a FRESH thread to encourage more people to join and to reduce the number of pages people have to sort through for useful posts. If this thread grows as large as the previous one, I will start another new thread.
The old thread can be found here.
The concept of Folding @ Home is quite simple. I'll let the Home Page description explain it all.
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 encourage more people to F@ld, Stanford decided to allow the formation of teams and give points for various items F@lded within pre-determined time frames.
This link will take you to the Projects listing showing project name, expected time-to-completion and the number of points associated with the project. As this page is regularly updated, new projects can be tracked to see the yield expected upon completion.
You can also view your stats here.
Our team page shows all current and past members from three different websites who have pooled their resources to contribute to a singular team effort. Doing so also entitles you, on this website, to wear the Folding Badge
There are many ways to join. The easiest is to simply go to the Stanford Download Page and download the client.
Once you have installed the client enter your username and then enter the team number. Our team number is 35216 so make sure you put that in there to contribute your work units (WU's) to the team. As soon as the first unit is submitted, you will be receive points and be ranked in the team. Understand that this is a TEAM effort and everyone's contribution is appreciated, be it 5000 points per day (PPD) or 1.
Anyone who uses a computer, single, dual, quad core processors or multiple processor setups all can F@ld, are encouraged to sign up. There are clients available for Windows, Linux, Apple OSX as well as for AMD GPU's and PS3 consoles.
If you have spare cycles available, feel free to contribute, every bit helps and this is for a great cause.
For Vista Users, there is are excellent gadgets designed by our very own Netryder (feel free to REP the guy for his work ). Note that the first is a Single-Core gadget, the second is a Dual-Core gadget. If you have a quad-core, you can run 2 instances of the Dual-Core gadget.
> Click here <
There is a quite excellent F@lding application that I have slightly customized for our team's use. Please click here for the archived file.
Happy F@lding Everyone.