What is it and how does it benefit me?

Discussion in 'Distributed Computing' started by Dhelsdon, May 7, 2012.

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    Dhelsdon

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    Hey all,

    I have popped into this section a number of times mostly out of curiosity.

    What is Folding@Home, and how does it benefit me?

    From what I understand, it uses mostly unattended computers to run the programs but I don't understand what the goal is?

    I've personally got a i5 2011 mac mini 8GB ram that I leave on 24/7 for a mine craft server and I use it as a iTunes server. I'd have no problem becoming a part of the macrumors team if it's something I don't really need to maintain. If I can run it and help someone without ever having to really do anything then I'd be glad to help..

    Please advise a total noob. :)
     
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    Comeagain?

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    Have you read all the FAQs in this forum, and followed the links?
     
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    Dhelsdon

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    I have now :)
     
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    techfreak85

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    Yes, you can set it to go and not have to worry about it. We would love to have you on the team. :) Download the client, get a passkey, and configure it with the -smp argument.
     
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    alphaod

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    I think it's for a good cause until I saw the major increase in my power bill from month to month. I was also pouring too much money into buying high end CPUs, and GPUs just for PPD.
     
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    techfreak85

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    Most of the power draw comestible from the GPUs. CPU folding doesn't increase the power bill as much as GPUs do. ;)

    Naturally, I don't have to pay a power bill.:p
     
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    alphaod

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    Yeah I did a lot of GPU folding. It's was really the only cost effect way to get good PPD. Building a quad CPU rig gets expensive especially hunting those Xeon and Opteron processors just to fold.

    And my electricity is very expensive. I usually don't continuously turn on the heat in the winter nor the A/C in the summer because if I do I can easily quadruple my bill.
     
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    It doesn't directly benefit you at all - essentially distributed computing is the equivalent of donating your spare CPU / GPU time to charity, to work on "hard" computational problems.

    If the result of those computational problems is a research break-through, the world benefits - at some point in the future, maybe.
     
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    or, look at it this way -- hopefully you'll be lucky enough healthwise to never benefit from it...
     
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    SkyBell

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    As soon as I get an internet connection at home, I plan to do some folding. My eMac is on 24/7 as it is anyway, might as well put it to use. (Though I'm not sure a 7 year old single-core processor would help. :eek:)
     
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    techfreak85

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    Hey, every little bit helps! While it won't put out many points, it still helps the research. I believe you'll have to download a special PPC client here.

    Glad you'll be giving the team an extra 2 points per day.:p
     
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    raysfan81

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    I never could get it working on any of my old ppc macs. Now I'm just folding 24/7 on my windows machines though... its addicting. Sorry guys but I left the macrumors team and moved over to EVGA about a year ago. :eek:
     
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    I wonder if we could deduct our electric bills from our taxes and use this charity excuse. :)

    If that were the case, I would do this 24/7.
     

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