Hear what others are saying about the Folding@Home project. The current list of projects include: Alzheimer's Disease Huntington's Disease Cancer Osteogenesis Imperfecta Parkinson's Disease Ribosome & antibiotics What? Before a protien can perform its main funtion it will go through a process known as folding. But alas: What happens if a protien folds incorrectly? Serious consiquences can emerge and that is just not good thing. Therefore biologists have the need to simulate what shape the protien will be under different folds. Why? In the past I have folded for both the AMD forums and BigBlueBall.com, but now I am seeking to start up a new team right here! In addition I am currently folding work units that will be gracially donated to the new team. If a certain forum with 61,500+ members were to embrace this challenge we would be doing more than just helping cure diseases. I have observed that in forums who take folding seriously there is a sense of family and respect amoung its members. (Moreso than forums who don't fold yet...) Those who currently fold for other excellent teams could no doubt tell you this. Our ten-foward has now been closed off and truth be told that doesn't make us look very good to new members. Are things really that bad now? A folding team could be just what this forum needs. How much is this gonna cost me? Consider that if you already leave your computer on 24/7 the expense to help cure diseases is point moot. For just the cost of the electricity to run the computer one can help in the fight to save lives! Consider the many hours you spend on your computers fiddling with those security programs and posting here in the forums. This is an excellent time the Folding@Home client can run in the background since your computer is already on. In fact since the program runs in the background at an 'idle' priority one can even fold while gaming. It will simply just use what ever CPU cycles are left and fold at a slower rate but every little bit helps. As you might have guessed the folding process will be fastest while one is not using their computer, but if you leave it on 24/7 anyway these can be use as hours of peak folding perfomance. What else can be done? A subforum dedicated to this project for Team "Wilders Security Forum" would be going the extra distance in helping get more people onboard for a worthy cause. Here are a couple of examples from other forums... AMD Forums -> Distributed Computing sub-forum CastleCops Forums -> Folding Proteins sub-forum FAQ: Q: How can I learn more about the Folding@Home project? A. From the Folding@Home website. Folding@Home Distributed Computing Q: Won't this program just slow down my gaming/security programs/etc? A: One site asked just that and tested it out for themselves. You can take a look at the report here -> http://techreport.com/etc/2002q4/foldingimpact/index.x?pg=1 However allow me to just cut to what they had to say as their conclusion... Q: Aren't the supercomputers that currently fold enough already? A: No! While the folding process may happen in a few microseconds in real time, simulating this process on a computer is by far much more time consuming. To give an idea of just how much work is needed consider this... 1/1 millionth of a second = 1 microsecond 1/1 billionth of a second = 1 nanasecond You need a very long series of computations to simulate the folding of a single protein. In fact it might take a supercomputer all day just to fold a protien for 1 nanasecond while the real life process goes on in the microsecond range. There is still much left to be desired in terms of gaining computational power to decrease this time gap. The more computers (processors) that join in the effort - the more we can bridge this gap. Your computer will be working together with many other computers to create a virtual supercomputer! Final thoughts: Other distributed computing projects exist such as Seti@Home which analyzes radio telescope data for signs of extraterrestrial life. However be forwarned that this is certain... I see a few signed on members have read this thread and keep coming back to it. A quick reply on your part would show and help spread support for Team "Wilders Security Forum" http://www.mreggsalad.net/smile/helpsmilie.gif I was folding the entire time this post was in the making. The "Wilders Security Forum" Team Info: Our stats page Team name: "Wilders Security Forums" Team #: 54406 Grand Score: 525 Work Unit Count: 2 Team Ranking (incl. aggregate): 17811 of 48300 Simply input the number 54406 as your team along with your own unique username and you are set. There is both a Windows and Linux version.