Join the Neowin.net Folding@home team!

Want to help out the scientific community by donating some spare CPU resources while you're not using it? Perhaps you should join our Folding@home team, using the well-known software to help along medical research by simulating protein folding on your PC at no cost to you.

Our community team – Neowin.net (55186) – has recently been doing quite well; in fact, we're currently ranked #332 in the world (out of 217,381 groups), and we're still gaining ranks at quite a steady pace. In the past few months we've grown considerably (check out the graph above) thanks to all the people who have been contributing to our team and the project, so now's the perfect time to join in if you haven't already.

Enter our team number (55186) in Folding@home to get started contributing to the Neowin.net group, and feel free to check out the forum thread for all Folding@home discussion.

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I have been crunching with F@H for about 10 years but under the MaximumPC team. I've switched over to Neowin for my machines. We'll see what kind of difference it makes. My home server, office workstation, possibly some clients' servers.

That huge jump was because of my addition, I joined up and added on (1) x Xeon E5640 Dual (4 core, 8 thread, 16 thread total) and (7) x i7-2600 (4 core, 8 thread) systems.

It would be nice to see more people active though, just because something hasn't been "discovered" doesn't mean the data being sent back isn't useful for researchers. Anyone who goes off that type of thought process is saying research is either pass or fail, it's not, you typically learn a lot of stuff along the way, even if it wasn't about exactly what you were trying to solve.

simulating protein folding on your PC at no cost to you

This is factually incorrect. The whole "no cost to you" saying was born out from computers 10 years ago when most of these number crunching programs sprung up.

Fortunately in the last 10 years we've made great strides in power efficient hardware. One of these strides is automatic clocks, reducing the clock of both the CPU and GPU under low load. What these apps are doing (by default, although configurable usually) is maxing your CPU/GPU usage, keeping your clocks high, and actually INCREASING your power costs and harming the environment (which is funny in the case of the weather predicting project).

I'm not saying the project is inherently bad, it's the same fundamentals as it was 10 years ago. But it will cost you to participate (power usage, faster wearing of parts, etc) so one should consider all the angles before participating.

Edited by funkydude, Feb 10 2013, 12:55pm :

I would point out that power costs are going to be minimal even when the CPU is running at 100% for 365 days, sure it might double the cost of running your PC, from $20 a year to $40. Also computer components, specifically the CPU shouldn't fail if properly installed/cooled, even under stressed situations, they are doing what they were built to do.

xendrome said,
I would point out that power costs are going to be minimal even when the CPU is running at 100% for 365 days, sure it might double the cost of running your PC, from $20 a year to $40. Also computer components, specifically the CPU shouldn't fail if properly installed/cooled, even under stressed situations, they are doing what they were built to do.

For the average user, that's a big if. Most people don't clean out their pcs of dust.

It's not to bad, I just run it when I'm doing something else and not at my computer. So only stays on a few hours or so. I would much rather be folding when I am "idle" I know it increases power consumption but better than wasting idle tick over and doing nothing with it. I am on a meter for my electric, pretty sure my storage heaters cost more than folding. The heat can be a benefit

Well that is your opinion, if it is for medical research I would be more than happy to "wear down my computer components" a little bit. Everyone for their own I guess. I will certainly try to join.

Unfortunately no distributed CPU crunching has ever found anything, like the SETI project you are really just wasting power and wearing down your components.

It's an e-penis thing, but you are correct Sir lol

Double standards in life really. Green we want to be, as in saving power, heat, energy and saving the planet etc etc, but lets burn it away anyway on needless nonsense that ain't gonna do any good.

Our Government's should be taking great care of these things, and plowing hard cash into Medical Research, for instance, but we all know that wont happen, in any Country , let alone looking for Aliens.

Oh, and did I say, it makes whatever board look good in the 'figures' for distributing

Edited by scaramonga, Feb 10 2013, 7:41am :

Considering there are no trillions of PC's but millions and only a very small part of these do CPU crunching and from those only a fraction do it 24/7 while the rest just have the app running in the background while working but never left their computer on... and also that this is only one example of medical advancement among many others... i'd say yes

I look forward your method to do protein folding faster without using communal cpu power.

Or are you suggesting protein folding is useless by itself?

scaramonga said,
Our Government's should be taking great care of these things, and plowing hard cash into Medical Research, for instance, but we all know that wont happen, in any Country , let alone looking for Aliens.

The UK NHS offers such a service, if you design your drug with the NHS in mind and not a commercial money making scam artist company like GSK, they'll give you money and they'll get it manufactured and put out the UK.
Unfortunately no-one bothers with it because they get 10 times more money from private companies that then milk the NHS and other places for probably 10,000 times the cost it would be originally.

ingramator said,
Unfortunately no distributed CPU crunching has ever found anything, like the SETI project you are really just wasting power and wearing down your components.
..errr, I donate my spare CPU time often to Einstein@home or SETI@home.
Can tell you one thing, the Einstein project does bring out results. And for SETI it is more of a wish of finding something. And someone has to scan the sky for possible alien signals right? if we don't look we will never find

Oh and the distributed number crunching thing, you rather have researchers waste more of their money on buying supercomputers? Or ask the 'public' to share their resources?

But progress is bad in your eyes it seems. Lets stop finding new possible medicines, lets stop exploring our galaxy.
Because we have to conserve our energy...

Altho I wonder why folding has a separate client for their junk. BOINC to low for them or something?