Are you Folding@home?


Last week I wrote an article about Stanford’s Folding@home distributed computing project [em], and got to wondering whether many people were doing it locally. I’ve been running the program on my PS3, letting it work through the night and when I’m out on the complex sciency stuff that it’s been assigned to work on. The graphical map showing where else other @home folders are shows that there’s quite a few other Vancouverites doing the same thing.

It’s nice to know that my Playstation is far smarter than me when it comes to the science, and it’s a game that I actually don’t lose all my lives playing. Given that we’re such a wired city, I’m interested to know how many Metblog readers are running the program on the PCs, PS3s or Macs. Any local folding teams out there?

For those not quite sure what I’m on about the Wikipedia article [wp] has this to say about the Stanford project:

Folding@home (also known as FAH or F@H) is a distributed computing project designed to perform computationally intensive simulations of protein folding and other molecular dynamics simulations. It was launched on October 1, 2000, and is currently managed by the Pande Group, within Stanford University’s Chemistry department, under the supervision of Professor Vijay S. Pande. Folding@home is one of the largest distributed computing projects. The goal of the project is “to understand protein folding, misfolding, and related diseases.”[

2 Comments so far

  1. Jolly Bloger (unregistered) on September 12th, 2007 @ 2:21 pm

    My roommates and I are locked in an endless debate over this. They want to keep it running on our PS3 every minute we aren’t using it. Don’t get me wrong, F@H is great, but is it really good for the machine to have it on and the processor in use 24/7? Anyways, our PS3 is running the F@H about half of the time.

  2. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on September 12th, 2007 @ 2:42 pm

    I tend to do it most of the time. I don’t use the PS3 for much, aside from movies, so I leave it running when I’m at work. Sometimes I’ll leave it Folding at night if my girlfriend’s not sleeping over (she’s sensitive to noises and lights while sleeping whereas I could sleep through an opera) or if I didn’t fall asleep watching a DVD.

    My guess is that the work done by Folding@home is probably much lighter than simply playing NHL for an hour or two. At least I hope.

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