Folding@home shout out! - Join the cause and our team.

Discussion in 'Distributed Computing' started by DeSnousa, Apr 15, 2010.

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    DeSnousa

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    I've noticed that team Macrumors.com is losing active users since I have restarted folding@home, plus their is hardly any one joining the team :(

    So this is a shut out, any one who is folding@home and any one who had once folded, post a message in this thread lets show the forums just how strong our team used to be.

    Any one who once folded, come back and help the cause and the team once again. We don't need to fold 24 7 we just need you in your computers idle time to fold.

    Any one who has not folded at all, folding@home is project of Stanford University to turn the worlds computers into a large super computer to fold proteins. Protein folding is linked to disease, such as Alzheimer's, ALS, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, and many Cancers. This is an opportunity to do charity and have competive fun in the form of a points system.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=21908

    We need to get more involement! I was thinking a pass it on, where we send out a private message about team folding and then they need to forward it on to 3 other members on the forum.
     
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    DeSnousa

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    Serious out of over 400,000 members on this forum we have 69 members contribiting to folding@home. Even so team Macrumors.com is ranked 58 world wide, thats an incredible thing. We used to be ranked 23, years ago there is no reason we can't grow again!
     
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    i don't think we can do 'pass it on' thing on this forum. but we do need more involvement.

    i know a lot of people on this forum have some very nice computer power. and i'm sure they do use them 24/7 either. we could be a great team. i'm doing all i can already
     
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    daze

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    I'd like to help. I think my PS3 can do Folding.
     
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    DeSnousa

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    Thats great, I'm doing all I can to at the moment. Might not be able to cope with all that PPD as it is a laptop doing it all :D My goal is to get to 100k in points then to get into the top 100 :)

    Remember all those who join, team number is 3446.
     
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    Bennieboy©

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    i'll be getting more involved with this as soon as my electricity supplier has finally changed, should be a couple of weeks, my current love overcharging me for leaving things running 24/7.

    i'll also try and sort out the software for my ps3, i barely use that so it'd prolly out do my computer looool
    Powermac G5 dual 2.0Ghz teh Mac Pro is coming later this year hopefully :D
     
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    Everyone has lost interest in doing this kind of thing I guess. Maybe when they removed the screensaver, for good reasons, it wasn't as interesting for some people. Upgrading to new clients can be a hassle.

    I think if the stats were more interesting, I would like to have a better way to see how I'm doing against people on other teams.

    Kakaostats may go by the wayside, he doesn't have individual stats anymore and the rest of his stats are questionable because of some bug.:(
     
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    lordonuthin

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    At least you can change providers, at least where I live there is only one so I'm stuck with what I have to pay:(

    Ps3's are quite fast when it comes to folding so it may indeed outpace your G5 :p
     
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    DeSnousa

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    We need to get more users in the team and have it competitive between us and also track the teams PPD. The stats are really fun and is what makes me want to produce more then I would otherwise do :D
     
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    Every little bit helps. But what we really need is people with 8 cores plus (virtual, desktop machine) running bigadv, at least until faster GPU and/or a GPU client for mac.
     
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    DeSnousa

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    Glad to hear from other users on the forum :)

    We have lost more active users since I started this thread :( Come on every one, every bit helps. Hell if we had 1000 users folding 100 points a day that would go a long way, and for those who don't fold 100 points is not that hard for a modern computer :)
     
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    yes, the ps3 can fold. just remember to join team 3446! and your ps3 should get around 900-1000 ppd (points per day)

    sounds good :) we need all the help we can get. and that mac pro will do nicely!

    do you ever use these stats?

    you can see other individuals also. and see how you rank against them

    yeah we do. of course GPU folding in windows helps also. but not as good as bigadv. apple needs to release the new mac pros soon!

    yes we do need more users. 1,000 users @ 100 ppd is 100,000 ppd. whiterabbit is doing almost that by himself!
     
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    lordonuthin

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    I do now, for some reason it takes me a while to understand when I look at it.

    Ha ha, yes we could use some more folders.
     
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    twoodcc

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    i think those stats are pretty good. nothing is perfect, but they seem to work for me.

    yeah the more the better right now. and i finally got my other system up!
     
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    Great! I look forward to you chasing me down ;)
     
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    I have heard of Folding@home at it sounds interesting. I like the idea of helping scientists with their experiments.

    Unfortunately I have two problems with this.

    1) Ultimately where does all this research go? Who is benefitting from it all? I can't help but think that all this research will just enable some multi-billion dollar drug company to come up with some pill that they can patent and make billions of more dollars. I tried reading the faqs of Folding@home, but it does not really say where all this research is going. I am sure the scientists mean well with their research, but ultimately they will not be the ones creating the drugs to cure these diseases. Drug companies will be doing that, and they are strictly profit oriented.

    2) My electricity prices are going up by about 10% so I really don't like the idea of my iMac running 24-7 eating up electricity, and adding to the wear and tear of my system. I'm not sure what the monthly cost would be running Folding@home, but I'm sure it adds up.

    Can anyone here comment on these concerns?
     
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    Well you do have a point. I can't really comment about it, other than that I don't know.

    And yes, electricity costs do add up. But I still believe that it's a good thing to do
     
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    per the FAQ on the F@H page...

    Who "owns" the results? What will happen to them?

    "Unlike other distributed computing projects, Folding@home is run by an academic institution (specifically the Pande Group, at Stanford University's - Chemistry Department), which is a nonprofit institution dedicated to science research and education. We will not sell the data or make any money off of it.

    Moreover, we will make the data available for others to use. In particular, the results from Folding@home will be made available on several levels. Most importantly, analysis of the simulations will be submitted to scientific journals for publication, and these journal articles will be posted on the web page after publication. Next, after publication of these scientific articles that analyze the data, the raw data of the folding runs will be available for everyone, including other researchers, here on this web site."

    it's open source science. everyone participates, everyone wins.


    the cost of gasoline is up also, but i still drive my paper/plastic/glass to the city recycle point to keep it out of a landfill. i guess i don't get the point of the question. if you can afford the small increase in cost due to additional electrical usage, then fold. if not, don't.

    no idea which system you have, but a quick guesstimate of a current imac running folding with the screen set to turn off when not being used would be around 100-120w, so like leaving a light bulb on. well, an old school incandescent bulb... you do have all LED and CFLs since you worry about electric rates, right?

    if i had only an imac and a desire to fold, i'd leave the imac alone and build a cheap pc system to fold with. no wear and tear, better results, lower cost. just my 2 cents.
     
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    DeSnousa

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    Hope to see you join the team GSX, if you don't won't to run it 24/7 don't just have the client on when you use the computer. It is designed so that you do not notice a decrease in speed when using the client.

    Great to know the the project is open, I never gave it that much thought :eek: Still even if it was run at a profit the fact is a cure has still occured :)
     
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    ok mines turned on :D ps3 will start the night shift tonight :D
     
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    DeSnousa

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    Sounds heaps good :D Thanks!

    I'm pulling nearly 4k a day, though its about to go down as I have taken a GPU offline (at least for now).
     

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