Folding@home Portable – TheSixthAxis

[email protected] Portable

I like using my CPU power for the good that is [email protected] as you may know, but what happens when I’m out of the house, at uni? Well, my PC’s off and my PS3 folds merrily along doing just a single unit before it shuts down. Then what? Nothing’s folding, and RedStarGlow is powering ahead AGAIN (damn him!).

So now to fill the gap that’s being left from my i7 and PS3 being off. That’s where portable [email protected] comes in, specially built by myself (ask google, see, nothing), simply launch it from your USB drive and off it runs, without installing anything on the host computer, perfect for when you can’t use your own machine.

It’s advisable that you run this only if you use other computers heavily, i.e. if you’re sat at one all day for work/uni, otherwise the WU’s are likely to expire and if that happens you’re not going to get any points.

Installation & Set-up

  1. Download from Jas-n.com.
  2. Extract to the root of your USB device. E.g. “X:\”.
  3. Right-click on the shortcut icon and select properties.
  4. Make sure the drive letter at the start of the locations are the same as where [email protected] is located. e.g. If your USB drive is X:\, make sure the paths are as follows:
    – Target: X:\[email protected]\Program\[email protected]
    – Start in: “X:\[email protected]\Work Units”
  5. Press OK, and if the shortcut’s icon changes, you’re good to continue.
  6. Double click the shortcut to launch it.
  7. Right-click on the [email protected] system tray icon and select configure.
  8. Under the user tab, change your “User name” to the one you use currently, and the “Team number” to 78731.
  9. Under the advanced tab, drag the “Checkpointing frequency” slider to 3 min (this makes sure the progress is saved every 3 mins).
  10. Press OK.
  11. Right-click the icon in the system tray then click Quit, this will save your settings so you don’t have to keep configuring when you lanch [email protected]

Running

  1. Double-click on the folding shortcut (unfortunately there is no way to automatically start up the program).
  2. Carry on with your normal duties.
  3. When you’re done for the day/lesson, just remove your drive in the usual way, you don’t have to quit [email protected], because it saves every 3 minutes, you don’t have to worry about losing too much progress.

So there you go, one less excuse not to run [email protected], so get folding.

Before use it is recommended that you ask your employer (or similar) about running portable software on their machines.  The ZIP is virus checked but we cannot be held responsible for any issues with the file or its contents.

10 Comments

  1. How come there’s no way to autorun I thought an autorun prompt file at the root of the device could be used

    • I know there’s a way to do that, but seeing as it’s not a dedicated device, it’s best not to.

  2. nice!

  3. that’s brilliant Jas-n!
    you should contact the guys at Stanford to make it available in the offical [email protected] page; in return, they should give you an enormous amount of points to be used on the TSA team, putting you ahead of the infamous RedStarGlow (i would like to know how many clients he runs to get so many points eheh).

    • Would be nice, but I don’t think that’d work.
      As for RSG, he folds in similar amounts as me, but recently I’ve been getting bigger WU’s that take over 12 hours (whereas the small ones take 5 hours) so instead instead of doing 2 a day, I’m doing less than 1 a day, reducing my bonus points. I just have to hope for smaller WU’s.

  4. Very cool, must check this out for use at work! :)

  5. Woah impressive, nice one Jas-n.

  6. What exactly is ‘folding @ home’? I never really caught it

    • Basically, diseases are cause by proteins not “folding” correctly, [email protected] runs these simulations to try and work out why they mis-fold, which in turn helps bring a cure for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and many cancers.
      Using distributed computing, simulations are sent to member’s computers (millions worldwide) and run the process, bringing more computing power than a single super-computer could handle.
      More info: http://folding.stanford.edu/

  7. Great bit of software. I’ll give it a go at work next week.

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