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Author Topic: Folding@Home: Should We Form a Team?  (Read 244 times)
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« on: January 17, 2021, 09:03:07 pm »

Is anyone here running Folding@Home, and perhaps interested in my starting an official BG team?
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2021, 02:27:35 pm »

what is folding@home
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2021, 02:36:50 pm »

what is folding@home

It looks like distributed computing / massively parallel computation project with a specific goal to me. Basically they want to share your computer while you use it.

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Folding@home (FAH or F@h) is a distributed computing project for simulating protein dynamics, including the process of protein folding and the movements of proteins implicated in a variety of diseases. It brings together citizen scientists who volunteer to run simulations of protein dynamics on their personal computers. Insights from this data are helping scientists to better understand biology, and providing new opportunities for developing therapeutics.

I'm out. I barely have enough computing resources for myself, let alone share my old dual core PC and my $50 smartphone  Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2021, 06:49:25 pm »

what is folding@home

It looks like distributed computing / massively parallel computation project with a specific goal to me. Basically they want to share your computer while you use it.
I'm sure that was a typo, JW; they actually want to share your computer when you are not using it. Among other projects, Folding@Home is currently working to model various aspects of the SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) virus.
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2021, 10:07:31 pm »

what is folding@home

It looks like distributed computing / massively parallel computation project with a specific goal to me. Basically they want to share your computer while you use it.
I'm sure that was a typo, JW; they actually want to share your computer when you are not using it. Among other projects, Folding@Home is currently working to model various aspects of the SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) virus.

Not a typo, unless you *need* to have a 100 Watt computer on all of the time, like a computer administrator. I meant while your computer is turned on. To me saying "while you use it" and "while it's turned on" are equivalent statements. For security reasons I never leave my PC on all of the time. Never. Neither should anyone else. You can have a "cool down period" by disconnecting your PC for 5-10 minutes without LAN connection and turn off safely. It tends to save hardware, save your wallet, the planet and has the added benefit of discouraging malfeasance, you know?  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2021, 10:14:30 pm »

BTW I'm not against helping people model the biology of the SARS Cov 2 virus. I understand the importance. But there are plenty of places they can turn to (where computers may be left on all the time, or where there's significant down time, like in public libraries, computer labs, and if they still exist, internet cafés.
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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2021, 10:30:04 pm »

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« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2021, 12:42:01 am »

So it's one of those projects where they use your unused cycles for scientific calculations.
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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2021, 06:44:40 am »

So it's one of those projects where they use your unused cycles for scientific calculations.
Exactly.
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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2021, 12:48:28 pm »

So like seti at home before we lost the telescope?
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