A few of you may already be participating, or have heard of the folding@home project at Stanford University.
Folding@home is a distributed computing project. Very basically, it uses some of your CPUs processing power and combined with many other pcs doing the same thing, emulates a "supercomputer" that can be tasked with complex computational models. In this instance, the processing power is going towards understanding protein folding to understand disease proceses, and hence work towards a cure for them.
We have now created our very own team, so if you would like to contribute, please feel free to join teamLFN
The software allows you to monitor how much work units you(and your team) have contributed to. Many organisations, forum and tech sites have teams up and running and have contributed a great amount of processing power for this wonderful cause.
What is protein folding and how is folding linked to disease?
Proteins are biology's workhorses -- its "nanomachines." Before proteins can carry out these important functions, they assemble themselves, or "fold." The process of protein folding, while critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology, in many ways remains a mystery.
Moreover, when proteins do not fold correctly (i.e. "misfold"), there can be serious consequences, including many well known diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes.
For more info and a vid from project devs > check the FAQ
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How to setup >>>
1. Select folding client for your OS from the F@H download page, which you can get to from HERE
There is a text only application, as well as a graphical client, which gives you a pretty picture and stats as to what you and your team are up to.
Once you have download and run the proggie it will bring up the config screen. Enter your desired username and if you want to join teamLFN, enter
as the team number. Thats it. The default settings should be sufficient for most people, but if you are a more advanced/savvy user, you can tweak these in config settngs.
You will see the folding tray icon appear in your system tray, which allows you to control or totally switch off
As a general rule, default settings will utilise your CPU(s) 50%. You can still do most computing tasks without any performance issues. Of course, if you want to do some gaming or higher end media stuff, best switch it off
If you have any further questions about setup please post them here
the folding graphical client allows you to add a team logo. Im hoping someone clever will knock together a snazzy teamLFN folding logo we can put up there.
nb. FAH recommends logo should be roughly 4 times length compared to height. eg. 160x40 pixels
Join us.... It is your des....tiny!