MacRumors Folding@home Team Reaches Two Billion Points

The MacRumors Folding@home team has contributed over two billion points to the distributed computing medical research project, reaching this milestone on November 12. It took 11.5 years for the MacRumors team to accumulate its first billion points, but the team completed its second billion points in only 12.5 months, thanks in large part to today's faster GPUs, as well as Quick Return Bonus Points and users running the client software with optimized configuations. The team has risen from #55 to #45 among the over 225,000 folding teams.

We're proud that our supporters and forum members are contributing to medical research by participating in Folding@home, and MacRumors encourages you to join our team as well. Folding@home participants receive work units as computation assignments and completed work units are assigned points based on their value to the project's scientific purposes. Client software is available for OS X, Windows, and Linux, and users should feel free to ask questions in our Distributed Computing forum.

The MacRumors Folding@home team was formed in May 2002 by MacRumors owner Arnold Kim. The team currently averages over 78 million points per month, almost 40 times its rate a year ago. Over 2000 users have contributed to the MacRumors team effort, with 5 team members (rwh202, twoodcc, Louis_Wu, ChristianFAH, and whiterabbit) each having contributed over 100 million points. Additional team statistics and graphs can be viewed at Extreme Overclocking.


Folding@home, run by Stanford University since October 2000, uses otherwise-idle computers to run protein folding simulation software, helping researchers search for cures for Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, AIDS, influenza, and many forms of cancer. The software simulates how proteins, RNA, and nanoscale synthetic polymers fold, both to gain understanding of how proteins fold into their three-dimensional structure and to study the causes of the abnormal folding that leads to disease.

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68 months ago
Congratulations to the MacRumors folding team

Here's our team's elegant certificate. Clearly worth framing!

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68 months ago
Glad to see that some of us can do more than complain :)
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68 months ago
Alright, I'm in! Luckily enough for me, dXTC was still available as an identity.
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68 months ago
...after a long pause,

I actually joined back. I had a crash of my HW a while back and stopped contributing. Now, I reinstalled the screen saver and it runs at "medium" of my system. That means it runs 8 cores at 74.6% if they are not used. Now, there is only a x86 version for Windows machines. Too bad since the AMD FX 8350 really shines in x64. Well, at least the Radeon R9 270X runs unhindered.
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68 months ago


again, way to go team! here's to the next billion!


Hey -- I was going to take at least a day for patting ourselves on the back before gearing up for the charge to 3 billion :p

Seriously though, congrats to everyone who's contributed over the years!

Louis
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68 months ago

As many computer as you like (and have the authority to install the FAH software). I run constantly a dedicated Linux hardware and a virtual instance. Sometimes adding a testbench and a MacMini or iMac or even an Amazon cloud spot-instance

You just need to make sure to enter the same donor ID and passkey in the config to combine the resulting points.

Thanks for joining team #3446


That's excellent news, as i have a few macs at home, and they can be doing something useful while i'm not using them.

Thank you.
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68 months ago
Congrats!

I may do this with my old Mini. I saw a 300w solar panel kit on Amazon for around 200 bucks. It'll be environmentally friendly at the same time as contributing.
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68 months ago
So what kind of real world impact has this had? Are the computations only of theoretical worth, where nothing they've ever done has panned out, or are there significant discoveries that have been made that couldn't have been made without having run these computations?

I'm always interested what the best way of helping would be. Should I have my 2007 MacMini which acts as a personal web server (~200 visitors/month) contribute, or would it be a waste? Should I just donate money instead?
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68 months ago
Good Job Mac Rumors!
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68 months ago
Congrats, MR F@H team!

On top of that, you may be getting a new team member very soon. I've recently acquired a handful of "new to me" computers; one is a Dell XPS 210 minitower with a decent Core 2 Duo chip and a Radeon X1300 GPU. It currently runs Windows 7, but I'm thinking seriously about replacing that with Linux (probably Mint). As I would only see occasional use with it otherwise, I could have it running F@H on Low or Medium much of the time (I'll probably avoid High, as this is a SFF computer which has been noted in reviews to run quite hot under load.)

The others are rather low-spec machines. Are Pentium 4, PowerPC G4 or Athlon 64-based PCs even worthy for running F@H at this point?
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