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#1 chriso_86

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Posted 11 September 2006 - 10:25 PM

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Folding@x64bit FAQ

Team Name: x64bit.net
Team Number: 51370
Simple Statistics: http://vspx27.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/main.py...p;teamnum=51370
Detailed Statistics: http://fahstats.com/t.php?t=51370


Where can I download the client?
http://folding.stanf...u/download.html

What should my username be?
It doesn't really matter. But try to use your x64bit username if possible (so you can gloat on the forum when you pass someone else in the rankings. biggrin.gif ) If that name is taken, choose something similar.

What’s the point of Folding?
Diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, cystic fibrosis, BSE (Mad Cow disease), an inherited form of emphysema, and even many cancers are believed to result from protein misfolding.

When proteins misfold, they can clump together ("aggregate"). These clumps can often gather in the brain, where they are believed to cause the symptoms of Mad Cow or Alzheimer's disease.

In addition to biomedical applications, learning about how proteins fold will also teach us how to design our own protein-sized "nanomachines" to do similar tasks. Of course, before nanomachines can carry out any activity, they must also be assembled.

Why is x64bit involved in the Folding@Home project?
A majority of the x64bit community has one or more of the fastest (and best) processors available. By combining the power of these processors, we can contribute significantly to the Folding@Home project. We can churn out more work units faster than most other teams.

What client should I get?
Whatever suits your needs best. There are clients available for Windows, Linux/Unix/BSD, and OS X. The graphical and screensaver clients are recommended for most and the console client is for more advanced users who would like to tweak their settings with various parameters.

Won't running F@H slow down my computer?
No. The F@H client is programmed to utilize 100% of the CPU only when it is idle. If it is not idle, the client will only use as much as other programs allow. The client is set to "Lowest" CPU priority by default, while most other programs run at "Normal" priority and therefore take precedence.

Can I install F@H as a service?
Yes. The console version includes an option to install F@H as a service, making it virtually invisible to the user. There are also some third-party tools that install it as a service. They are listed in the links below.

I have a problem running a F@H client? What should I do?
Check the FAQ at Stanford first.
http://folding.stanford.edu/faq.html
If that doesn't help, create a new topic in the forum here!

Is there a native F@H client for Windows x64 or 64-bit Linux?
Unfortunately, no. thmbdn.gif The programmers and chemists at Stanford do not see the benefit in having a 64-bit client. They say it would be pointless. They are wrong of course. biggrin.gif Having a 64-bit client would double the amount of SSE registers amongst other things and would make a noticeable difference. If you would like to have a native client, don't hesitate to badger/beg/bribe the people over at Stanford. wink3.gif

I completed a work unit, but it hasn't shown up in the team statistics. Why?
It can take some time to upload the results and update the statistics. A day or two for the first work unit is not uncommon.

Can I run F@H on several computers?
Of course, and please do! The easiest way to do this is to just install a client on each computer and choose the same username and team number for each. There are also third-party tools that can be used to install and monitor F@H on several computers. They are listed in the links below.

Can I run multiple instances of the client on a multi-core system?
Yes. But to make sure the multiple instances are not interfering with each other, you need to follow some specific installation instructions found in the link below.
http://www.short-med...eview.php?r=293

How can I see how much credit a Work Unit is worth?
A complete list is here...
http://vspx27.stanfo.../psummaryC.html

There's also a Java applet called Jmol that will show this. Just choose the protein and it will display some information about it, including the "credit" (points) it's worth. It also shows you the structure of the molecule in interactive 3d. It's very cool!
http://jmol.sourceforge.net/fah/

How can I monitor clients remotely?
The easiest way to do this is to use FAHView and FAHServe.
http://delsyd.filebu...ng/folding.html
Thanks to delsydsoftware!

Are there any known problems with running F@H while using another program?
There is a known problem with running the graphical client while playing some full screen games. This is a bug in OpenGL and can be resolved by using the console client instead. I'm not aware of any other known problems.

I got a work unit with tons of frames. How long will it take to complete?

It varies depending on WU and system performance. I don't put much stock in calculating how long a WU will take based on frames. Just look at how much credit it's worth and you'll be able to figure out how long it will take based on finished WUs.

Also, the term "frames" can mean a few different things. See here.


Recommended Folding@Home Links:
http://folding.stanford.edu
- The official web site of the Folding@Home project.
http://fahwiki.net
- A very informative Folding@Home Wiki.
http://forum.folding....org/portal.php
- The Folding Community. (A lot of good info.)
http://forum.folding...pic.php?t=11700
- A list of just about every third-party tool that has anything to do with Folding@Home.

Credit to:
Stanford and the Folding@Home project, Folding@MajorGeeks, and Folding-Community.org

Edited by chriso_86, 11 September 2006 - 10:37 PM.


#2 m.oreilly

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Posted 11 September 2006 - 10:57 PM

wow chris, i was just going to PM you and ask for a client link :D thanks for posting this faq :(

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Posted 11 September 2006 - 11:11 PM

Yeah, no problem man!! Glad it has already helped someone.

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 04:25 PM

how do you get "work"?
i have it running, but no task...

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 04:41 PM

View Postm.oreilly, on Sep 12 2006, 09:25 AM, said:

how do you get "work"?
i have it running, but no task...
is port 8080 blocked by your router?

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 04:50 PM

it's working :( :
Current Work Unit
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Name: p1809_Collagen_POG10new_
Download time: September 12 16:23:34
Due time: October 26 16:23:34
Progress: 1% [__________]

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 02:16 AM

*cough*

FAQ... open suse rocks...lol


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Posted 25 June 2007 - 04:43 AM

vps girl I thought u left, my bad! :( Suse is the s--t but I need more memory for that OS!

Edited by USM, 25 June 2007 - 04:45 AM.





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