Folding @ Home Distributed Computing

Folding @ Home Distributed Computing

Been running [email protected] (FAH) for a couple of weeks now from two PCs – one on my 1.66GHz Core 2 Duo laptop and on my AMD 64 X2 3800+ desktop. If you have idle PCs around, you can be a part of this too:

[email protected] is a distributed computing project designed to perform computationally intensive simulations of protein folding. It was launched on October 1, 2000. By joining together hundreds of thousands of PCs throughout the world, calculations which were previously considered impossible have now become routine. FAH has targeted the study of protein folding and protein folding disease, and numerous scientific advances have come from the project. When launched, it became the second largest distributing computing project after [email protected]

As a chemist by discipline, this project reminds me of the days in the lab mixing polymers, doing gas chromatography and operating the NMR machine. My thesis then was about polymers + capacitors = electronic nose.


Folding @ Home
Anyway, I though FAH was a good way to spend all those unused CPU cycles. Besides, the desktop is almost always on 24/7. Why not use it to contribute to something good?

If you’d like to contribute your CPU cycles, you can download the FAH client here. Even ATI Grahics Procesing Units (GPUs) and PS3’s cell processors can perform these tasks. Actually, the PS3 are the best (or most powerful) number crunchers out there in the wild.

You could also join me in the team rankings. My username there is “yuga” and the team name is Pinoy Bloggers with team ID: 74308.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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7 Responses

  1. Gilbert says:

    wow. didn’t know abe was a chemist.

  2. Eugene says:

    I remember PinoyExchange having a team for this too. But that was years ago, and if they’re still doing it, then they’re surely be the top Filipino team for [email protected] :)

  3. Eugene says:

    P.S. If you’re interested in other distributed computing projects (e.g., [email protected]), as usual, Wikipedia has a fairly comprehensive list:

  4. Andre says:

    Why not something for cancer research or what not? Has SETI found anything yet?

  5. zynder says:

    Hi yuga!

    I’m also an active folder from Bicol, Philippines and I’ve been doing this for a year. Currently, I have 140,000 + points with 1,000 + workunits. It’s for a good cause and i hope more people will fold to cure.

    Here is my user summary currently joining Devshed group.

    Please join us fold and let those unused CPU be used for a good cause in the future.

  6. chaiz says:

    What do I profit from [email protected]? Or what does my computer profit from [email protected]? Thanks.

  7. zynder says:

    Hi chaiz. This is for a good cause. There’s no profit from here. If your computer is running 24/7 and not running some intensive apps from there then you could start fold to cure.

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