Meet the Folder: SilverCider

And for the last Meet the Folder of the week, SilverCider, who is currently sitting in 3rd place on the teams leaderboard, behind myself (2nd) and RedStarGlow (1st), he’s also the 2nd/3rd most active folder, depending on weather it’s hot outside or not, which is why he’s the last person we’ll feature this week.

Member Profile

Name: Daniel
Username: SilverCider
Age: 21
Location: Sheffield, UK

Folding Questions

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 what got you into folding and for TheSixthAxis’ Team?

When I first joined TheSixthAxis community I didn’t know there was a folding team, but then Folding@home: January 2011 Update appeared on the homepage which sparked my interest. The article discussed the challenge of reaching 1 million points in a month and a strong community vibe was given; enough so to make me want to be a part of it. I previously folded under the whoopass team (NVIDIA), no particular reason why, so I swiftly changed all my clients to team number 78731 and a competitive side of me sprung into action.

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

My main folding is done on my only computer. I have a folding@home client on my NVIDIA graphics card and an SMP client on my CPU. I also have a PS3 that I occasionally fold on.

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?

All the folding I do on the PS3 is in the Advanced mode. I don’t fold in the day on the PS3 so I don’t need any features like music playback. Usually, on average I would say that I fold for about 3 hours a day (so I let it fold a WU every other night). However since the weather in the UK is being unlike the norm, I have slowed the folding down in favour of being able to live.

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?

I am quite happy with the Folding@home software currently on the PS3 already. I imagine that it could have some other features that could invite the more casual folder that would allow the PS3 to fold at a slower rate whilst watching films or playing games that don’t require the full potential of it (such as PS1 games), and with relaxed deadlines to compensate.

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 CPU is an Intel Core i5 750 Quad core processor. I’m running it close to stock frequency (2.72 GHz) at the minute but during winter I overclock to 3.8 GHz as I don’t need any extra heating on in my apartment then! I have 4 GB RAM which runs at 1600 MHz. That makes up my SMP client. My GPU is NVIDIA’s GTX 460 1GB which is always overclocked to 800 MHz on the core. I have found that the memory frequency does little to the performance of Folding@home.

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?

Folding is a relatively painless exercise. It doesn’t take much know how to set it up, and there is an extremely helpful community here that is always happy to help. Everything that is done helps the scientific/medical community – it’s not just about beating the next best folder in terms of points. So if you think you can spare even just a little of your time and money (electricity costs unfortunately) you should consider folding. The PC clients don’t even affect your performance in everyday computing so you don’t have that excuse.

User Stats

Team Rank Project Rank Weekly Points Total Points Work Units Next Overtake
24/07/11 3 18,042 88,847 1,105,747 648 Jas-n
24/07/12 3 5,414,937  N/a

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If you would like to feature in a future Meet the Folder post, please drop an email to Jas-n [at] SonyFanatic [dot] com with the subject “Meet the Folder“.

We’d like to thank Daniel for his time in answering our questions.


  1. Gave up on the whoopass team (current rank 44) in favour of TSA’s folding@home team? – You deserve a medal! :)
    Nice work SilverCider, that’s an impressive contribution in such a short time.

    • I guess my only explanation with the easy change over from whoopass was that I did not have any involvement with the community. I just joined them initially because I was folding on a nVidia GPU.

  2. I’m a cider drinker :D (maybe not silver) (no not really I don’t like Cider and alcohol)

    • i’m glad i’m not the only person who had that thought. ^_^

      • although i actually love a bit of cider.

  3. Nice to meet you SilverCider.
    Until reading the ‘Meet the Folder’ posts this week I didn’t know you could use the GPU to fold, I’ll have to check it out to see how to set it up.

    • If your having any trouble setting it up on the GPU hop over to the forum where the guides lay :)

  4. Alright SilverCider.
    Being able to watch movies(divx in my case) & simultaneously fold would be sweet, especially as i’m without a pc atm.

  5. One day (a long time from now) I’ll try and overtake you. Got to dream :-D

    • I takes a daily commitment! DC

    • If you can keep up the 15k points per day I’m sure you’ll have a good stab at me :P I can’t promise that I’ll stay put though! ;)

  6. Thanks to you and others Team TSA is folding more that a million point A MONTH than we were just 6 months ago! The is exciting stuff!

  7. Since the F@H stats for July we’ve made some excellent team progress which has been great to watch!

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