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Old Mon, Nov-26-2007, 02:18:22 PM   #1
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Question Are you helping the Folding@Home Stanford research?

So I think I've heard of this before, but while snooping around my PS3 settings last night I came across the Folding@Home research that Stanford is running. Basically what they do is borrow your CPU processing to crunch through all the research that they need to perform in order to get their answers on curing diseases such as Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes.

I decided to install their application and have been helping out since yesterday. Just curious to see if anyone else has been doing this. Link with more info -> http://folding.stanford.edu/

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Install the Folding@Home software on your PC, or let your PS3 do the work.
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11/26/07 12:45 PM - I took the liberty of registering the M3forum.com to Folding@Home, and our new Team # is 95060. We are now officially part of the Folding@Home network, and you can see our progress here -> http://fah-web.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/...&teamnum=95060

11/26/07 11:40 PM - Added PS3 set up instructions


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1. What is this for?
- You are lending your computer's processor to help Stanford do research on curing diseases such as Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes.

So this application periodically downloads a piece of research material, and then uses your CPU to break it down. Once it's done, it uploads it back to the main Stanford server and gives you a new chunk to process.

2. What's better the PS3 or a Desktop/Laptop computer?
- It's better to run the program on a PS3 because of the processing power that it possesses, but most of us would prefer to run it on our computers instead - I am.

3. How do I know when it's running?
- When you luanch the application, your CPU usage will immediately spike up and remain pretty constant. You should be able to see a new window which will show molecules & what project your PC is currently working on. Sample -> http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/attac...0&d=1196108956

4. Will it work on a Mac?
- Yes, you can download the Mac software here (scroll down) -> http://folding.stanford.edu/English/Download

5. How do I join the M3f team on my PS3?- Once you have installed and launched the application, press the Triangle button (this will bring up a menu). Now go to the Identify option -> Join an existing Team, and then enter 95060. You should also change your Donor Name (this is your nickname - for example mine is Idz21). This way we can see who donated the most within the team.
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Yeah, my PS3 has been folding for awhile... seems like that's the only thing it's good at apart from playing BD and SACD's.
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Yeah, my PS3 has been folding for awhile... seems like that's the only thing it's good at apart from playing BD and SACD's.
heyyyy you're back! Where you been? And vote!

I decided not to let my PS3 do the work and instead am contributing my Dual Core goodness to the project . I let them have 100% of my CPU over night.

Btw, we should create an M3Forum team, so that we can see how much we can contribute as a whole community. I nominate our team # to be 95060. This is the # that Folding@Home has assigned to us.
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Well, the PS3 runs circles around my dual core CPU... that's one good thing with the cell, is it can crunch math like nothing else.
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I have strange molecules floating on my screen now..
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haha thanks! It's cool right? Btw, I updated my opening post, and my reply to James. I went ahead and registered M3Forum.com as a Team in the Folding@Home network. Our new Team # is 95060

They will track our collective progress. With the amount of people we have on the forum, we should be able to make a pretty nice dent, and also make it to the top of the leaderboard.

For our Team Logo, I used that "Welcome to M3Forum" thing on the main page -> http://www.m3forum.com/images/m3welcome.gif Do you know if we have something different?

For those who are not too PC literate, you need to enter our Team # in the Configuation Settings menu, under the User tab:
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How do I know when it's running? The viewer doesn't work at all, it's all blurry and stuff. Does anything need to be open, or will it just automatically run?
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Pete, I'm telling you... the PS3 will go through the WU's almost 10 times faster than your dual core....
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haha thanks! It's cool right? Btw, I updated my opening post, and my reply to James. I went ahead and registered M3Forum.com as a Team in the Folding@Home network. Our new Team # is 95060

They will track our collective progress. With the amount of people we have on the forum, we should be able to make a pretty nice dent, and also make it to the top of the leaderboard.

For our Team Logo, I used that "Welcome to M3Forum" thing on the main page -> http://www.m3forum.com/images/m3welcome.gif Do you know if we have something different?

For those who are not too PC literate, you need to enter our Team # in the Configuation Settings menu, under the User tab:
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How do I know when it's running? The viewer doesn't work at all, it's all blurry and stuff. Does anything need to be open, or will it just automatically run?
The program works by using your 'extra' computing cycles. For example: Pretend you are running a game, and it is using 72% of the processor. The folding program will use the remaining 28%. Now, let say you close the game and the processor usage drops down to 12%. The folding program will then jump up to 88% usage.

You can see if it's working by pressing ctrl-alt-delete, go to your processes tab, sort by processor usage and the top program using the most processor time should be the folding application. (FahCore_7b.exe)
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Too bad we Mac users can't help. Although maybe we can in Boot Camp???

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