Just started folding@home - Help!

Discussion in 'Distributed Computing' started by EricNau, Dec 19, 2005.

  1. EricNau Moderator emeritus

    EricNau

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    #1
    After seeing all of the MacRumors folders, I thought I'd give it a try.
    At first I tried downloading the terminal version, that was over my head, so I got rid of that and switched to the Graphical version (NON-screensaver).

    Now I don't know what preferences I'm supposed to set...

    I figured out the identity settings (I'm EricNau and my team is set to "3446" (MacRumors).

    As for the Proxy settings; I don't even know what a proxy is. (As far as networking and Internet goes; I'm clueless). I'm I supposed to use a proxy server, if so, how do I set it up? Does it make a difference?

    Should I allow WU larger than 5 MB? (I'm using the iMac in my sig)

    What number of polygons should I set, and what should my checkpoint frequency be?

    Finally, what view should I set; Spacefilled, Ball & Stick, Wireframe, or Alpha Trace? I don't really care what it looks like, I just want to cut down on wasted CPU usage (as it is much better used to fold). Will Hiding the entire window help?

    Thanks.
     
  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Try it with wireframe--I don't know but it sounds like the least intensive. Set the checkpoint interval to 10 minutes. You should be able calculate work units over 5 MB without trouble. Try to display the fewest polygons possible.

    You can always change the options, if they don't seem to be working.
     
  3. EricNau thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    What about the Proxy "stuff" - should I mess with that, or since it seems to be working just not touch it?

    Thanks :)
     
  4. Dreadnought macrumors 68020

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    Well, If you don't know what proxy "stuff" is, you probably don't have it! Proxy is a way to setup a network. If your Mac has a direct connection to the internet, you don't have it. The app also asks if it could use your internet setup (or something like that),use that, and don't look into the advanced setup (that's where the proxy stuff is and other somewhat difficult questions), you don't need the advanced prefs.

    Good luck, and welcome to the team! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. Happy Folding!!
     
  5. EricNau thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    How long (on average) does a WU take to complete? It seems to take a good 10 hours for me.
     
  6. dubbz macrumors 68020

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    Depends on the machine, and the WU.

    10 hours seems perfectly reasonable in any case.
     
  7. lssmit02 macrumors 6502

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    I've got one going right now that will take my G5 close to 5 days to complete. Ususally it's more in line with what you see, running at about 10 minutes per step/percentage point.
     
  8. EricNau thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Is that one over 5MB? Should I enable those? Are there any benefits?
     
  9. EricNau thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Is there any way to see the WU's completed, along with how many points they earned, when they were started, and when they were completed?

    (Kinda like a graph?)

    ###### (wu) - 46 points - Started 12/20/05 13:58 - Completed 12/21/05 02:16
    ###### (wu) - 52 points - Started 12/16/05 12:18 - Completed 12/17/05 11:27
    ###### (wu) - 46 points - Started 12/13/05 01:58 - Completed 12/14/05 03:25

    ^ Something like that?
     
  10. dubbz macrumors 68020

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    You can get a list of all the units you've completed at the folding a F@H site (link), but that won't show how many points they were worth, or when they were completed. If you keep the logs, you can find out how when they were finished, but I don't think there's a way to find out of many points they were worth, unless you keep track of that manually, either by checking the points every time a WU is finished or by calculating how many points they were worth... (I think they keep some formula somewhere on the site). :p
     
  11. EricNau thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Where does it show the WU I've completed?
    All I see is this... :confused:
     

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  12. kaylee macrumors regular

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    If you click on where it says
    "Detailed listing for projects 0 - 999 "
    it will show you which projects/work units you have done so far.

    Also, where it says WU - thats the number of work units you have done.
     
  13. EricNau thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    thanks :) I get it now
     
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  15. EricNau thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    I got the widget! What does that script do? Can't I just put Folding@home in my list of programs to start at login? Or is this different?
     
  16. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    Yes you can put it in your list of login items, but this does not start it when you are not logged in. Or when others are logged in. The script makes to boot up so it runs even when no one it logged in. Its not a problem if you are always logged in.
     
  17. EricNau thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Oh, I am, so I guess I'll just stick with it as a Login item.

    Thanks though :)
     
  18. kwajo.com macrumors 6502a

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    a good choice if you want speedy Terminal client speed but want information and easy use is to download the app InCrease, http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/16999 it does a very good job and allows more control through a GUI
     
  19. EricNau thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    I just looked and I've completed 8 WU, and all of them have been "p2305_BBA5_Mut." Does this mean my computer has done the exact same thing 8 times over? Isn't this kinda a waste? :confused:
     
  20. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    No that does not mean its doing the same thing over and over. There are many parts to 1 protein. As i recall those are worth a lot.
     
  21. Seasought macrumors 65816

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    My attention was brought to Folding@home and I've been using the GUI version (for now) for about a week now. I've joined the MacRumor's team and find the concept behind the software to be quite interesting and worthwhile.

    The one I'm working on is also called p2305_BBA5_Mut.
     
  22. EricNau thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    What is considered "a lot" ?
     
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    It's worth 46 points.

    Click here for a list of the projects with their associated point totals and other miscellaneous information.
     
  25. EricNau thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Yup. Only 46. :(

    How can I get the higher point ones?
     

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