Folding @ Home

Discussion in 'Distributed Computing' started by arn, May 5, 2002.

  1. arn
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    arn

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    It seems there is also lot of interest in the Folding @ Home client...

    http://folding.stanford.edu/

    Read for yourself, but basically it is attempting to learn more about protein folding with respect to certain diseases.

    I just started a Macrumors Team for those interested in it as well:

    http://folding.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/teampage?q=3446

    I'll promote it on the main page in the next week or so to seperate it from the SETI Team. I had a reservation about starting up two teams at the same time, as it splits our efforts... but to each their own... every bit helps the teams, and this is all for fun and hopefully some benefit to the researchers.

    arn
     
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    Falleron

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    I'm not sure about having 2 different teams. I will be sticking with SETI.
     
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    I'm sure, I started folding! Better use my power for something potentionaly useful (?)
     
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    Falleron

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    Is it optimised for the G4?
     
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    Ensign Paris

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    Even though Folding is a good idea, I perfer Seti, its the original one and its just so cool.

    Good luck with the Folding Team!

    Ensign
     
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    jelloshotsrule

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    in folding...

    how does one know if it's moving along? it says "working" but the progress remains at 0.0% even after a while.... how long does a unit take normally? i'm on dual 800... just so i know if something's not working right or if i just need to give it some time....
     
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    folding

    It takes a few hours to "see" progress on the % complete for the protein folding program because one unit is 24 hours on a standard machine (400mHz G4, I think).

    Does anyone know if the data that one crunches during the day is lost if the computer is turned off at night (considering the 24 hour typical runtime of a work unit)?
     
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    jelloshotsrule

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    does folding work like seti in that it'll pick up where it left off if i were to quit it?
     
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    buffsldr

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    Well, gentlemen... I have the honor of being the first user to submit a unit under the auspices of team 3446 (aka Macrumors.com folding team). I was able to do it first as I was already working on a unit and was almost done when Arn so graciously allowed the Folding team to gravey-train off of the success of the seti team.

    To answer a few questions the best i can.... yes, folding does continue where you left off. And I dont know how long it takes, but i would estimate my 466 g4 does a unit in about 12 hours, but you may notice, i am new, as i only have submitted one unit.

    One cool thing i like about folding is it tells you what protein you are working on, and you can go to the web and research that protein.
     
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    Well, I'll be running both Seti and Folding. I think that both of these projects will be useful in the future. I would not argue that curing diseases is more important than Space Research or vise-versa.

    Good luck to everyone on seti and on folding...
     
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    mmmdreg

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    The first unit seems to take ages always...maybe its a benchmark thing...anyway, I have the SETI screensaver that runs when I'm not here and folding@home client that is a startup item when I login...so we don't have to divide our efforts...
     
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    when using the folding control app.... do you have to do something to report the results?

    i completed a unit but it didn't show up on the website that i can tell...
     
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    Are you looking at your user profile or teampage? Because if you change teams during a work unit, it goes towards only one of the teams but you can see your entire history in your user profile..
     
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    buffsldr

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    I show jelloshots as contributing, has this issue been resolved?

    we got six member as of now. rock on, this research may save lives
     
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    jelloshotsrule

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    yeah, it's showing up now... no problem.
     
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    Hmm, I'm not yet going to switch to the macrumors f@h team... first I want to get with the MacAddict team into the top 10 teams, and thereafter I'll switch to MacRumors
     
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    mmmdreg

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    Come on everyone...we need way more members...lets try top 500 by the end of the year...thats over 500 we have to gain but we can do it with more members..GO! MR! GO!..
     
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    Top 500 will take not to long if we have more PC members...
     
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    I'm in. Can you go back and resume folding where you left off?
     
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    Yes, folding has an excellent resume option, it stores its calculated data after every finished frame, so the maximum amount of lost crunching time is about 1 hour.

    Again, I would like to reccomend to everyone Folding Control from http://macaddict4life.dhs.org for an easy and smooth way to administer Folding.
     
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    Dr. Distortion -- the folding control is great - I'm now processing WU's a lot faster! Does anyone know of a similar control for windows. My PC is taking a *long time* to process one work unit and I suspect it's just because of the graphics...
     
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    Falleron

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    Ok, help me out here!! I think I must being stupid or something! I downloaded Folding Control + it does not seem to be doing anthing! It tells me which protein is being processed, but there is no progress (Dual 1Ghz, also running SETI).

    Do you have to register??

    On the user tab, what do you enter? I have put a username (dont know if I need to register a username somewhere + I have put 3446 in the Team Number. Is this correct??
     
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    mc68k

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    To actually register some progress, you have to wait a while for it to register. The increments are in 2.0% (in the GUI client). So if you see the protein moving in the display, then it's working.

    I don't know about the CLI client.
     
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    Right now I am putting away about 100 units a week on SETI.. Can someone who has run both give me an idea of how many I could expect to produce on the Folding effort? Or is it too dissimilar to make those sorts of comparisons?
     

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