Article written by Jas-n.
Published on 06/11/2011 at 02:00 PM.
Bit late I know, but it’s not my fault, it’s a combination of Uni, Sony and Uncharted 3, so blame them! I did get some basic stats collected on the 1st, which is basically these, so I thought I’d recollect them today (5th).
As per usual, it’s this lot again:
SilverCider has managed to fold himself into 2nd place, kicking me down. Thankfully his reign of being 2nd will only last a few months as our Russian machine Deathbrin powers on home, by folding over 900,000 since the first of October. Meanwhile RedStarGlow has reaffirmed his position as the number 1 active folder by producing 40,000 points per week more than Deathbrin.
What is Folding@Home?
It is an application the makes use of your PC, MAC or PS3’s processing power to solve biological puzzles. These particular puzzles are looking at how protein molecules assemble themselves or ‘fold’. Proteins are exceptionally important molecules and F@H’s biomedical research is currently studying diseases like Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and cancer as well as working to develop new antibiotics.
Other research aided by F@H recently has been the study of the influenza virus looking at how mutations might affect transmission rates of different strains of the virus to help predict and understand future pandemics. It is not only biomedical science that benefits either. In 2009 two of the principal scientists behind F@H presented a paper entitled “Folding@home: lessons from eight years of distributed computing” at the IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium.
By contributing to F@H you are helping advance biology, chemistry and computer science, you get to do your bit for the good of humanity, become part of the most powerful distributed computing cluster in the world, according to Guinness, and join in with TSA’s community. If you often listen to music stored on your PS3′s HDD then your PS3 could be Folding while you listen. So go on, join our team and see how high you can climb in our list of TSA’s top 50 folders.
How do you Join the Team?
The first step is to make sure that you change your PC/PS3’s F@H identity from the default to your TSA ID. It could be anything but if you use your TSA ID it will help us recognise you. Then you will need to tell the F@H application you want to be in our team.
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