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Folding@Home - Any of you fold?

Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 6:39 pm
by Spazz
I was just wondering if any of you guys fold for any teams, if at all?

I do fold for Team PimpRig (596) and I have around 6.7K points. If you all are wondering what Folding@Home is, basically, it's like a "computer study group". The F@H group wants to figure out how proteins fold and they need computers to do it.

http://folding.stanford.edu

If you want to fold, all you have to do is install a painless program that uses your idle CPU cycles and it outputs the information to Stanford's Pande group.

I encourage you all to join Team 596 ... but that choice is for you.

Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 7:37 pm
by Techie-Micheal
I used to, but it ate up a lot of my CPU and was constantly dropping the core and downloading a new one, which ate up my (at the time) dialup bandwidth. It is a good project, but I can't afford the 100% cpu usage.

Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 8:37 pm
by Graham
I don't run that software, but I am involved with a couple of other distributed computing projects that do protein folding of a different kind or various other medical related research.

I would personally direct people to a third party site such as distributedcomputing.info that provides information on all the projects out there if they are interested in doing something like that.

Posted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 10:33 pm
by Rapid Dr3am
I folded some washing this morning. :)

Posted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 12:24 am
by PCGUY112887
Folding for team 32 baby :)

Posted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 4:19 am
by Anon
I do the Distributed.net project- so my pitiful Celeron 1.2g is already taken ;)

Posted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 4:47 am
by Techie-Micheal
Anon wrote: I do the Distributed.net project- so my pitiful Celeron 1.2g is already taken ;)
Celeries weren't made for that kind of thing. Given that they don't have a math coprocessor I mean. Sure, they handle day-to-day things just fine, but when it comes to crunching numbers, math coprocessors take the cake. Just another tidbit of useless information from your neighborhood Techie-Micheal. ;) ^_^

At any rate, has nobody had the problem I had above? Surely I'm not the only one with such a complaint?

Posted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 5:56 am
by Kanuck
You mean, the problem of a program designed to use your spare CPU cycles using your spare CPU cycles? Yeah, I had that problem too. :P

Posted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 7:01 am
by NeoThermic
Techie-Micheal wrote: Celeries weren't made for that kind of thing. Given that they don't have a math coprocessor I mean. Sure, they handle day-to-day things just fine, but when it comes to crunching numbers, math coprocessors take the cake.


Uh, I think by that you mean that Celerons lack of a large L2 means that they can't cache instructions that are run sequentially, such as FFT's. All modern (read: 486 onwards) have built in math coprocessors :)

NeoThermic

Posted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 9:36 am
by Pit
I want to find a distributed computing project that 1) runs on loonix and 2) utilises AMD64's 64-bits-of-uNF. Sure, I could run a 32-bit client, but that hurts me inside.

Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2005 6:52 pm
by RexB
For sure, Folding for Team 40270 at 98% 'low priority' usage; 'puters are on anyway :thumbup:

Haven't run across a worthy 64-bit DC project yet, but there *must? be one out there. The Stanford Folding/Pande Group had a 64-bit test build, but not much improvement so they didn't distribute it.

Great forum, i'm trying to learn 'dis stuff 8O

Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2005 8:17 pm
by Anon
Pit: Try Distributed.net

I think you'll see a client that you'll like ;)

Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2005 10:20 pm
by David Robinson
I'm currently stuck between using Folding@Home or Seti@Home

Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2005 10:54 pm
by Mattyboi01
yeh i done this fold thing, was getting annoying tho, so i got rid of it :S

Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2005 7:09 pm
by Jon Reid
Yep I do.

Though a couple of my pals at uni think it's some kind of fashionable competition and really go over the top about it.