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Join the Shroomery's Folding@Home Team!

Folding@home uses your spare CPU cycles to solve complex scientific problems. Its results could lead to cures for deadly and debilitating illnesses. You can help this project by downloading and running the Folding@Home client software. Join the Shroomery's team today!



Important note

Our team has proudly folded for decades, but with the looming threat of climate change and the ability of modern computers to reduce their power usage when they're not working, it's also important to allow your computer to sleep or sit idle when possible. This means it may no longer make sense to run Folding@home except in certain cases, like if your electricity comes from a renewable source, or in cold climates where the heat from your computer will contribute to warming your living area. If this describes your situation, then read on!

What is protein folding?

Proteins are biology's workhorses - its nanomachines. Before proteins can carry out their biochemical function, they remarkably assemble themselves, or "fold." The process of protein folding, while critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology, remains a mystery. When proteins do not fold correctly there can be serious effects, including many well known diseases such as Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS and Parkinson's disease. If you wish, you can read a more detailed scientific explanation.

What is Folding@home?

Folding@Home is a distributed computing project which studies protein folding, misfolding, aggregation, and related diseases. It uses novel computational methods and large scale distributed computing to simulate timescales thousands to millions of times longer than previously achieved. The client software is designed such that for every computer that joins the project, there is a commensurate increase in simulation speed.

Why should I help?

In addition to biomedical applications, learning about how proteins fold will also teach us how to design our own protein-sized nanomachines. The Folding@home project has already returned many promising results and led to numerous scientific papers. It is run by a nonprofit, educational institute which makes all data collected freely available.

Once installed, Folding@home uses spare CPU cycles to process the folding simulation without slowing down your computer. The software can be installed on almost any system with an internet connection, even if you use a firewall or proxy server. It is designed to run without getting in the way or requiring user intervention.

How do I sign up?

To get started, please follow these steps:

  • Download and Install Folding@home
    You can find the latest installer on the official site.

  • Pick a Username
    You need to pick a name to use when submitting results. You can choose any username you like, as long as it contains only letters or numbers (to insert a space, use the underscore "_" character). If you use your email as your username, just the part before the @ sign will be publicly displayed. To check if your desired username is available, you can use the Donor Name Lookup form on the official site.

  • Join the Shroomery Team
    Please type in 12679 when you are prompted for a team number during setup so your completed work will also be counted towards our team total. By forming a team we hope to encourage more members to sign up for Folding@home, and achieving a high rank is also a great way for our community to get some positive exposure. We're already in the top 200 and with your help our rank will continue to rise!

    You can install Folding@home on more than one computer to increase the amount of work that's processed. Besides helping out a noble cause, this will increase your stats and add to the Shroomery team stats as well. Be sure you receive proper permission before installing the software on any computer which doesn't belong to you.

More Information

Once you have Folding@home up and running, or if you encounter any problems along the way, these resources may be of interest:

  • Folding@home Website
    The official website provides FAQs, forums, tech support, scientific papers, project details, user and team statistics, and other information.
  • Shroomery Folding@home Thread
    Located in our Science and Technology forum, this thread is for asking questions and discussing Folding@home with other Shroomery members.
  • Detailed Team Stats (Extreme Overclocking)
    This page provides detailed statistics about the Shroomery team including top contributors, production history and close competitors.

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