Folding@Home app for Chrome released; join Neowin's own Folding@home team!

The idea to give PC users a way to donate their spare CPU cycles for medical research has been around for quite a while now. This week, a new way to help fight diseases such as cancer revealed itself with the launch of the Folding@Home App for Chrome web browsers.

The app is available from the Chrome store and was developed by Google in collaboration with teams at Stanford University and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. As with the other Folding@Home apps, the Chrome version accesses unused processor cycles from a PC to simulate protein folding and then sends that information to a computer at Stanford where it will be added to the results from millions of other PCs around the world.

While you could download and use the Chrome app and sent your CPU cycles to Stanford on your own, you could also join Neowin's own Folding@Home team to make an even bigger contribution. Our group is currently ranked 296 (out of 219,666 teams) in the entire world which is pretty impressive. Enter our team number (55186) in Folding@home to add your cycles to's group. You can also check out our Folding@Home thread in Neowin's forums to get more information on our own efforts.

Source: Chrome Store via Guru3D | Image via Google

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If I have this running in the background but still use my computer as normal eg turning it off at the same time I do now do things such as wcg use any extra electricity?

Sweet! Just started folding for team Neowin. Now I can fold at work with chrome since I don't need to install anything. :-)

Haven't had a chance to research this, so I have a few questions, like:

Why not just use the native client instead of running this as an App in Chrome?

Wow that is some ugly UI. I loved the PS3 app because I could support the cause and have some awesome visualizer going on my TV at the same time. Plus I loved the sound the molecules made as you rotated them.

I'm a sucker for a cool looking UI.

It always sounds so innocent but I used to have dedicated folding boxes and those things are furnaces sucking away all your electricity.

notchinese said,
It always sounds so innocent but I used to have dedicated folding boxes and those things are furnaces sucking away all your electricity.

That's how I usually got heat in my one room in the winter...

Yeah, I think ChromeOS is the best reason for this to exist. Though it may be an easier way for end-users to use.

The bit that interests me is that since it runs in the Chrome browser, I assume that means it would run on ARM-based Chromebooks as well as Intel. That would be a first for Folding@home that I'm aware of... I don't think there has been a client for ARM systems before.