I’m back again with more folding goodness in the form of a new feature. Now when I say new, I actually mean I’ve robbed the format and adapted it for something else.
Anyhow, about meet the folder. Once or twice a month we’ll ask one of our folders to fill in a basic questionnaire about their habits when it comes to folding for TSA.
First up in the squeaky chair, Bunimomike, he’s Welsh, so be kind, and no snide remarks.
Q & A
There are several different reasons why people run [email protected], be it experience with one of the diseases folding aims to cure, just helping out, or just for community status. But what got you into folding and for TheSixthAxis’ Team?
I hadn’t previously heard about Folding on the PlayStation and recall seeing an article about it on the TSA homepage. It got me interested as there was a way for my PS3 to help research into disease/illness. Something that felt quite amazing at the time, even though it was as simple as lending some Sony horsepower for computational reasons. Sony and Stanford University have made it supremely easy to set everything up. Also, I hadn’t long joined TSA and this was a great way for me to join in with the much touted community.
There are several different platforms that [email protected] can be run on (PS3, PC, MAC), what platforms do you use to fold?
I Folded on my PS3 until recently (it’s had two YLODs) but is now on gaming duty only until I feel confident that I can leave the PS3 on for longer intervals. However, I’m also running 2 CPU clients on my PCs. One’s an ageing dual-core but it still chugs merrily away 24 hours a day. The other is my work PC which is a quad-core and runs it when I’m not hitting all of the resources myself.
Some people get worried about using the PS3 to fold because they’re worried about their PS3 dying on them. As a guide, how long do you fold on your PS3 for, and in which mode?
This might actually highlight something but I don’t know the difference between the standard and advanced modes. I might’ve had a quick poke around the settings but really can’t recall. Before my double YLOD whammy it was running it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There may be some people who might think that their hardware isn’t powerful enough for whichever reason. What Specification are you running [email protected] on?
The quad-core runs the CPU version although I did run the GPU version but that hit my graphics card quite hard and it’s due for an upgrade soon so didn’t want to push my luck. When checking system performance it whisks 25% from each core which is fine as I’m rarely doing anything that requires a maximum load for more than a few seconds. To be fair, I barely notice it running. My other AMD dual-core runs the CPU version too but is obviously a lot slower. However, that computer is due for retirement soon and I’ll probably get an i5 or i7 replacement so there’ll be plenty more Work Units “Folded” very soon.
There will be people from the TSA community that will read this who don’t currently fold, is there anything you’d like to say to those members?
Get folding on your PS3. It’s insanely easy to set-up and is the finest of causes. If you’re worried about YLOD then you could just let it run overnight which’ll crank out an eight hour Work Unit by the time you wake up. Also, cheaper electricity depending on your tariff/supplier. I’d definitely suggest people with desktop PCs get Folding with the CPU edition. Any number of us can help you through the install if need be.
The [email protected] software on the PS3 has evolved over the past few years, bringing in Music playback and most prominently Life with PlayStation. Is there anything that could be added to improve the experience?
I can’t help but think that the Folding software could maybe access your photos so you could force it into Screensaver mode which cycles through your own shots as a small [email protected] logo beavers away in the bottom right hand corner. That’d be great and I’m sure a minimal hit to resources what with them being jpegs being faded through every 30 seconds or so. I don’t think it does this yet but I’d love to see it happen.
We’d like to thank Mike for his time with both helping with the ideation of the questions and answering them.
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