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Old 25-11-10, 04:20 AM
Bocephus Bocephus is offline
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What is this folding that you're talking about?

Only thing that comes to mind is like in the movie "Contact"

Lol...nevermind, I googled it.

Hmmm...will have to research further

Forum chat is just that...it's not a doctorate on correct grammar.
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Old 25-11-10, 07:54 AM
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Old 25-11-10, 08:18 AM
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Its a very addicted little program and i love the cause for it, lost a few people to cancer so with all my heart i Fold At Home

What is [email protected], see link below...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/[email protected]

Main [email protected] page...



What is [email protected]???

[email protected] is a distributed computing project that is run by the Pandegroup at Stanford University. Their goal is to understand protein folding, protein aggregation, and related diseases.

What are proteins and why do they "fold"?

Proteins are biology's workhorses -- its "nanomachines." Before proteins can carry out their biochemical function, they assemble themselves, or "fold." The process of protein folding, while critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology, remains a mystery. Moreover, perhaps not surprisingly, when proteins do not fold correctly (i.e. "misfold"), there can be serious effects, including many well known diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, and Parkinson's disease.

For a protein to fold or misfold takes very little time, but it is hugely complicated. Analyses of the folding of even the simplest of proteins requires significant super computing power. The amount of computing power required to perform these gargantuan calculations and to come up with any worthwhile results is massive and most supercomputers today would buckle under the pressure. This is where we come into the picture with the [email protected] software.

What does the [email protected] software do?

The software will then run in the background. It will try to download a set of data (a Work Unit - WU for short) from the Stanford University computers and then start processing the small amount of data. When this work has been done it will send it back to Stanford and ask for more data upon which to work. The WUs take a long time to complete even on the fastest home computers. WUs may take hours and some WUs may take days, so please remember to pause the software first you need to reboot or shut shut down your machine, otherwise the work the you have completed on that WU will be lost and have to be re-started (edit by delanvital: work is now stored at for example 15 or 30 minute check points, you choose interval during installation. This basically means you can leave [email protected] to itself and you need not pay any special attention to [email protected] during your daily use of your PC).

You can download the installation package for the [email protected] program here. Use the name checker at the bottom of this page to see if your preferred name is unique.

Make sure you enter 33597 (the Dead Men Folding team) as the team number. In addition, it is recommended that you do not run the software in screensaver mode as this slows the speed at which your computer can process the work unit!

Will [email protected] make my PC run more slowly?

No it will not. When your computer would otherwise be idle, the software grabs the surplus cpu cycles for the benefit of this research and processes some of the data. When your computer needs to do some work for you the [email protected] program immediately stops. The chances are that you you use only 10% of the processing power that is provided by your Pentium or Athlon powered computer. This means that 90% of the time that your PC is powered up your processor is doing absolutely nothing. By running the [email protected] software on your PC you can effectively use 100% of the processors capability as it only uses computing cycles that are unused. You should not even notice that it is running. For example, you could run [email protected] and play CS simultaneously - you should not notice any difference in the speed of your machine! If you want to make absolutely sure, then just adjust the option to limit the processor useage to 90%, thus always leaving 10% in reserve.

Deadmen Folding - Team 33597

In order to generate an additional element of interest in the [email protected] project, Stanford University allows teams to be set up who then compete to see who has managed to process the most WUs. A completed WU (once received back by the university) is granted a certain number of points depending upon its complexity. More completed WUs equals more points. You can see who is in the Deadmen Folding team by looking here. If you join the team (by downloading the software and entering your chosen name and our team number) you will automatically appear on our member's page when your first completed WU has been received.

The Deadmen Folding team is open to anyone, so if you or a computer you know has some spare CPU time then please add it to our team folding effort! Join the team and help us earn some more points!


Using other PCs to process more WUs and boost both your own and your teams total points score (aka Borging) is very popular. However we do not wish to see anyone losing their job or being reprimanded over [email protected] So, if you wish to run the [email protected] software on machines that are not your own, please make sure that you have permission to do so!
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