Meet the Folder: RedStarGlow

I’m going to take things a little bit different this month. I’ve been having a few problems with the Folding stats so I thought I’d send this out first, and hopefully the stats will be sorted for next week.

And don’t worry, all the stats will be correct as of the 1st of March, Excel wasn’t being a pain whilst I was recording them, I probably just need to re-formulate them… anyway.

Coming this month

We’ll have those all important stats coming up for you to enjoy.


We’ve got that new competition where you can design us a Folding@home mouse mat. The winner will then receive their designed mouse mat, whereas 3 runners up will each receive a set of TheSixthAxis stickers.

New Forum

Before we go onto RedStarGlow’s info, I’ve put together a new Folding@home forum thread replacing the old one. Hopefully all our current and new folders will find the first page the most useful, leaving the following pages for folding discussions.

RedStarGlow’s Profile

So yes, here we have it; our top folder who I’ve been trying to overtake for ages. At times 1st was in my grasp, but no, being back at uni meant less time for my computer to fold and I slipped back to the 2nd most active user. But alas this isn’t about my folding trials and tribulations, it’s about RedStarGlow and his nuclear powered computer, so lets see what makes up his nuclearness.


Name: Patrick (Male)
User name: RedStarGlow
Age: 42
Location: Dallas, TX U.S.A

Folding Q & A

There are several different reasons why people run Folding@home, be it experience with one of the diseases folding aims to cure, just helping out, or just for community status. But why do you run Folding@home?

I started in June of 2008 when I first got my PS3. It was easy enough and it was for a good cause. I got a little more serious about it in Nov 2009 when I finally got a Quad core. To be honest, I am competitive, SilverX scared me for a while as does Jas-n from time to time! I have folded at TSA as RedStarGlow exclusively and have watched the team climb from 1700+ up to 548. My personal rank is 5,100 out of 1.5 million. Kinda cool.

You’ve told us why you fold, but what got you folding for TheSixthAxis’ Team?

I never realized I could fold as part of a team until I saw it on TheSixthAxis. I joined immediately and plodded along. After about 5 work units, I changed my ID, added the client to my PC (in addition to my PS3), and started my climb.

There are several different platforms that folding@home can be run on (PS3, PC, MAC), what platforms do you use to fold?

My PS3, a Dual core AMD (Vista), an Intel Quad refurb (Win7), and my Nvidia GPU.

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?

My original PlayStation 3 runs on average 21 hrs a day, 7 days a week. My PS3 runs in normal mode and the stats say that it has folded 2,211 WU’s.

The Folding@home 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?
Or is there something that you would like to be removed from Life with PlayStation?

It’s fine the way it is.

There may be some people who might think that their hardware isn’t powerful enough for whichever reason. What Specification are you running folding@home on?

My main folding PC is a HP Quad Core running at 2.3GHz with 8GB RAM with an nVidia GTX 460. I run the CPU client as a service and the GPU client all the time, at 100%, and I don’t notice it.

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?

I am from the US and could fold on any team. I fold here because I like the good information and overall fellowship represented at TSA! Fold or don’t, that is your choice. For those competitive types, how can you sit there and let an American sit at the TOP your folding Chart! Come knock me down! :-)

RedStarGlow’s Stats

Team Rank Project Rank Weekly Points Total Points Work Units Next Overtake
04/03/11 1 5,024 79,696 2,355,298 3,031 N/a
04/03/12 1 7,310,173 N/a

We’d like to thank Patrick for the time taken to answer our questions.

Don’t forget we’re always looking for new people to tell us about their folding habits, simply fill in this form and click submit when you’re done.


  1. How’ya RedStarGlow, that’s an awesome contribution!

  2. Ha! Love the banterous jibe in the last question’s answer!

    Great stuff Red Star, all hail the King (or President in your case!).

    • Agreed. Lovely challenge to us Europeans (and anyone else for that matter). How dare we be complacent!

      Great to meet you, RSG. A pleasure, in fact.

  3. I will slowly close in on the top and then strike when he is least expecting it… :P

    • Good luck, I’ve been trying to do that for about a year.

    • I think I need to up my actual PPD before I make any progress though :P I can and have done 15500 before, but I wouldn’t be able to play any games and my electricity bill would cripple my student budget hehe

  4. In all fairness, with 8Gb of RAM, I don’t suppose it is noticeable, but well done anyway :)

    • 8GB!:O if you have 8GB then you should start folding.

    • Well it’s a combination of both RAM and CPU, folding only uses a max of about 75MB of RAM, and that’s when running the high-powered client. However, anyone with a computer or PS3 should be folding.

  5. I am thinking of folding on my Laptop which is a Lenovo G5-55 with 2GB Ram and AMD dual core CPU. Does Folding slow PCs/Laptops down and how would i do it?

    • How to install and fold is explained on the forums. As for slowing down, it depends: you can decide the percentage of the CPU given to folding and it’s priority. So while folding at 100% will make your computer slow at other processes (heavier ones), you can always adjust it to your needs :)

      • Nooo no no no, FAH is set to lowest CPU priority so even paint has a higher priority. the CPU usage setting is for the overall CPU usage (if you set it to 50%, and indows is using 10%, fah will take up 40%)

    • As RSG said he doesn’t notice anything. This is because folding@home runs at the lowest priority, so even programs like paint get priority.

      Download here…. And follow instructions here

      • Oh and ignore any GPU references, it’s basically the same set-up. process.

  6. What a folding farm you have there! Nice work ;)
    Btw Jas, the forum link gives me a 404.

    • Aye, blame WordPress, I’ll get it sorted ASAP

  7. There is a utility call FAH GPU tracker V2 that makes installing and running FAH easy and automatic on almost any computer. If you have a decent Nvidia card you can do some serious folding with very little effort. The GPU client uses almost no CPU and can be set to pause when you run a game.

  8. I’ve got a new machine starting soon. I’ll keep on crunching through. I’ll be top 10 towards the end of this year!

  9. Must get my Laptop involved with this…

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