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Folding@home / distributed computing

Coolydudey

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Folding@home now runs at 12 petaflops (12x10^15 floating point operations a second). It once used to outperform the worlds largest supercomputer, but not now, the latter at 18 petaflops. Yet over its years of operation, it has discovered nothing of large significance. Look for example at world community grid. They run with less power (I'm not sure how much, but at most a third), yet they have completed many projects and returned many results. They also have protein folding projects, but computers just don't seem ready for it yet, it's too intensive.

Are people wasting their power on folding at home?
 

walfin

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Wow! This is cool. I installed it.

Nice to know that they had an AMD64 Linux version too.
 

Hawkeye

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Why not just use Bitcoin and get "rewarded" for your CPU usage?

Granted, you won't be finding a cure for cancer.
 

BigApplePi

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I've done folding@home for a few years now. It's not just the joy of contributing to a cure for cancer and a few other diseases. It's the numbers game and the team. It's fun to follow the numbers and the changing projects. Otherwise why would people play?

It gives my computers something to do. I even have a Titan running.
 

Coolydudey

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I've done folding@home for a few years now. It's not just the joy of contributing to a cure for cancer and a few other diseases. It's the numbers game and the team. It's fun to follow the numbers and the changing projects. Otherwise why would people play?

It gives my computers something to do. I even have a Titan running.
I'm saying you could have the same with a more productive distributed computing project.
 

BigApplePi

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I'm saying you could have the same with a more productive distributed computing project.
That may be. Links do you have? Even if something is more productive there may be another issue. I will create a new thread for it. Keep watch.
 
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