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Folding@Home suggestion to the shroomery.
    #574868 - 03/10/02 10:12 AM (16 years, 6 months ago)

I don't know if any of you know about Folding@Home. Folding@Home is a project designed to help find the cure for cancer, Alzhiemer's, and other diseases. The Folding@Home client (software running in your computer) only runs when your computer is idle, so computer performance is not affected. Also there are teams arround the world wich are ranked depending on their amount of processed data. As an example rage3d.com, wich is a canadian site devoted to ATI videocards and wich i visit daily, is in 6th place. I bet the shroomery comunity could also contribute, Thor ?
My two cents.

Here's a snip from their project.

"Project Goals: Solving The Protein Folding Problem

Understanding how proteins self-assemble ("protein folding") is a holy grail of modern molecular biophysics. What makes it such a great challenge is its complexity, which renders simulations of folding extremely computationally demanding and difficult to understand. (See Scientific Background for more details about what are proteins, why do they fold, why this is so difficult, and why do we care).

Our group has developed a new way to simulate protein folding ("distributed dynamics") which should remove the previous barriers to simulating protein folding. However, this method is extremely computationally demanding and we need your help (see below). We have already demonstrated that our distributed dynamics technique can fold small protein fragments and protein-like synthetic polymers. The next step is to apply these methods to larger, considerably more important and complicated proteins. Unfortunately, larger proteins fold slower and thus we need more computers to simulate their folding. While the alpha helix folds in 100 nanoseconds, proteins just a little larger fold 100x slower (10 microseconds). Thus, while 10-100 processors were enough to simulate the helix, we will need many more to simulate these larger, more interesting proteins.

How You Can Help

To achieve a significant speedup, we need lots of processors in a given run. Also, since a single run does not tell us much, we need to simulate several runs (10 runs would be a good start) per protein. Thus, we need lots of processors. By running our client that uses the Mithral CS-SDK, you can lend us your machine for as long as you like. The client allows you to run for as little or as long as you like. Even a single day's worth of running is helpful to us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Its recommend reading for everyone as it prevent you form having problems and wasting time fixing them. This faq is pulled directly from the official page and all the credit for its creation goes to them. We are simply putting up a formatted copy on our site for our users. Again this is only for convenience and so it blends in with our site better.

Our Frequently Asked Questions Page

For the original source please visit their site. It contains much more detailed explanation about their project as well as other interesting facts. For any other information please visit them directly.

Official Folding At Home Project Site


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Re: Folding@Home suggestion to the shroomery. [Re: MAIA]
    #574916 - 03/10/02 12:15 PM (16 years, 6 months ago)

Ive been using the distributed.net client trying to crack RC5 encryption, but this seems like a better cause, im switchin

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Re: Folding@Home suggestion to the shroomery. [Re: windex]
    #583602 - 03/19/02 08:02 PM (16 years, 6 months ago)

<-- seti@home listening for sounds from aliens

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