Folding@home (FAH or F@h) is aproject for performing simulations of protein dynamics. Its initial focus was on but has shifted to more biomedical problems, such as , , (COVID-19), and . The project uses the idle CPU time of personal computers owned by volunteers who have installed the software on their systems. [...]
The project has pioneered the utilization of(CPUs), (GPUs), , (used for computing on ), and some smartphones for distributed computing and scientific research. [...] Volunteers can track their contributions on the Folding@home website, which makes volunteers' participation competitive and encourages long-term involvement. [...]
Folding@home is one of the world's fastest computing systems. With heightened interest in the project as a result of the, the system achieved a speed of approximately 1.22 by late March 2020 and reaching 2.43 x86 exaFLOPS by April 12, 2020, making it the world's first .
LibreOffice Folding Team
The LibreOffice F@h team was started by a community member.
|Stats at Folding@home||Stats - F@h|
|Stats at EXTREME Overclocking||Stats - EOC|
|Date||Grand Score||Team Ranking|
|2020-04-16||1,000,000||Top 15,000 teams|
|2020-05-07||10,000,000||Top 7,100 teams|
|2020-08-28||50,000,000||Top 4,500 teams|
How to join
- Visit the Folding@home website and go to the "Start folding" page
- Download the client for your operating system and install it
- At the first run you have to enter the following:
- Name: your preferred username
- Team Number: 260680
- Passkey: Open the linked webpage, enter your email and username. Check your email and copy the passkey that you have been assigned from the project. Each passkey is personal and should not be shared with others.
Can I fold with a CPU or a GPU?
Both, but modern GPUs are more powerful and significantly faster at solving complex repetitive problems, such as those we encounter in F@h. Hence, they are usually awarded more points than CPUs.
Which GPUs are best for folding?
There are several user lists that compare the daily generated points and efficiency of various GPUs, like this one
Is a passkey needed?
Yes, in order to get all the available points (Base Credit + Quick Return Bonus). If you don't add a passkey you get only the base credit for every Work Unit, which is a small fraction of the total credit.
I added a passkey and started folding but still don't get all the points
After adding a passkey you only get the Base Credit for the first 10 work units you complete. After the 11th WU you are verified and get the full amount of points.
LibreOffice BOINC Team, another distributed computing project