The following was written by a friend at rationalskepticism.org , and I thought I’d pass it on. If you’d like to join in, but can’t stand the thought of associating with us godless heathens, there are plenty of other teams, or you can go it alone.
“Hello! Do you leave your computer on, even when you aren’t using it? How about your Playstation 3? Well, your computer could be curing 1)Cancer, as well as:
4)Mad cow disease,
Your computer could also be working on new ways of making antibiotics! How is all of this possible, you ask? Simple! With Folding@home!
Q: What is Folding @ home?
A: Folding@home is a distributed computing project — people from throughout the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world. Every computer takes the project closer to our goals. Folding@home uses novel computational methods coupled to distributed computing, to simulate problems millions of times more challenging than previously achieved.
Some members of this forum have joined a computing team called, “Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists – ASH Folding.” We would LOVE to have you donate your computer’s spare time to help science! The program is written in such a way, that it will use all of your computer’s processor while running (you can choose to use a different %), but will immediately back off on it’s demands should you run another program. I can run world of warcraft with F@H running, and while it will slow down the speed at which my computer runs F@H, there is no impact on the play of WoW.
We have a very long post here on these forums discussing our team, team number 182116, @
but this post is specifically dedicated to recruiting more members!
You can learn more about folding @ home at:
Clients: There are a few different programs that you can use to help folding@home!
1)The basic F@H program can be found at:
This program will utilize only one string maximum, so if you have a quad core computer for example, it may only utilize 12% of your CPU, even at 100% usage. This method is mostly for older computers, and doesn’t earn you many points, but DOES still help the advance of science!
2)SMP: This is a more advanced version of folding@home. It has the ability to fully utilize your computer’s power, while still maintaining the ability to back off whenever you are using the computer. This program can be found at the bottom of the following page:
It’s official name on that page is [i]“Windows XP/2003/Vista/2008/7 SMP2 client console version Read this Install Guide first! (and Passkey Information)”[/i]
There are 3 important to know things about SMP.
a)You will need to obtain a passkey. To do this, go to:
It will walk you through the easy process. This will ensure that others cannot use your name to get points.
b)When you install it, you must say “yes” when it asks if you want to alter the advanced options. When it asks if there are any special parameters you want to add, type: “-smp -verbosity 9″ (without the quotes). This will tell the program you want the specialized SMP jobs that give you far more credit.
c)Once you have completed 10 SMP jobs (with at least an 80% rate of making the 3 to 6 day deadline), you will begin earning BONUS points on every job that you do. The amount of points is determined by how fast you finish the job.
3)GPU: This program runs on your video card instead of your CPU. If you have a decent video card, you can run a GPU program WHILE running a basic or SMP client. This program type generates a lot of points, although there is no bonus point system, so you will see the most immediate return on points from a GPU, but over the long term it’s more difficult to know which is more productive.
You can find the GPU downloads at:
Unless you have a state of the art video card, download “GPU2″. If your video card is top of the line, download “GPU3″.
If you have any more questions, please visit our team’s thread! I hope to see you folding with us soon!”