What is folding@home?
Folding@home (FAH or F@h) is a distributed computing project for simulating protein dynamics.
It brings together citizen scientists who volunteer to run simulations of protein dynamics on their personal computers.
Insights from this data are helping scientists to better understand biology, and providing new opportunities for developing therapeutics.
Folding@home is based at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, under the directorship of Dr. Greg Bowman. Drs. John Chodera (MSKCC) and Vince Voelz
Folding@home can run on Windows, Linux or Mac. It can also run on ESXi servers as a virtual appliance. This appliance is recently released by VMware as a fling.
Links to requirements for various platforms:
- Windows Requirements
- Linux Requirements
- MAC Requirements
- ESXi Requirements
Tips for Gaming Rig owners:
The software loves a system with high end GPU and Multiple GPUs. You can put your Rig to use and help.
- Most Gamer’s love overclocking. FAH does not. Switch to BIOS optimize defaults, unless you are willing to spend time and find out a stable overclocking profile for your system that FAH likes
- Your Rigs may go high on power usage. Be wary of power bill
- Your Rigs may produce enough heat to replace room heating
My FAH contribution so far:
Configuration of the system connected to FAH: