[email protected] Quick Install Guide - How to Start Folding

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[email protected] Quick Install Guide - How to Start Folding

[email protected] is a distributed computing project which specialises in disease research, doing so by continuously running protein folding simulations and other similar computational tasks. 

The Pande Group started the project at Stanford University in the year 2000. So far, the project has helped increase humanity's understanding of diseases like Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, cancer and many other diseases. Since the start of the project, the Pande Group has produced over 200 scientific papers and has partnered with researchers across the world to aid 3rd part research. Most recently, the project partnered with a research team at Memorial Sloan Kettering to "advance our understanding" of Covid-19 (Coronavirus). 

Anyone can install [email protected] on their devices, allowing PCs, Macs, Linux systems and Android devices (4.4 or newer) to donate their spare computational resources to generate useful data for scientists. This could, in turn, accelerate the development of "life-saving therapies" for Coronavirus and other diseases.  

How Can you Help? 

[email protected] doesn't require ultra-high-end PCs to operate. Instead, the project combines the power of PCs across the world to create one of the world's fastest distributed networks. 

If you contribute to [email protected], you can choose to let the project's client run as a background app, utilising the unused performance of your CPU or graphics card. This means that contributing to the [email protected] cause may not cause noticeable performance difference for your system under normal circumstances. 

Systems with the [email protected] client active will connect to the internet to retrieve a "work unit", which will be used as the basis for calculations. From there, your PC will dedicate some of its power to finishing this work unit and upload the result to the [email protected] project. 

This article will show you how to install the Windows Client for [email protected] 

Getting Started

The [email protected] client is available for Windows, macOS, Linux and Android (4.4 or newer). To download the client for your chosen OS, you can follow this link go to the official downloads page for the [email protected] project

Download your installer files and run them on your system to start the install process for the [email protected] client. The current version of the client is version 7.5.1. 

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Install the client

The installation process for [email protected] (for Windows) couldn't be simpler. After you download the installer, all you need to do is run it, agree to the application's license agreement and select the app's "Express Install" option. 

After selecting "Express Install", the application will do everything it needs too to Install the [email protected] client on your system. After the application is installed on your system, you will be asked if you want to start running the client immediately. 

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The [email protected] Web Control Center

When you open the [email protected] client for the first time, you will be asked whether or not you want to contribute to the cause anonymously. If not, you can create a username which will allow you to judge your progress and see how many work units you have completed for the [email protected] project. 

Setting up an identity will also allow folders to generate points for themselves, which are generated based on the difficulty of specific work units. These points can be added to your chosen username or to a specific folding team. 

At OC3D, we have been proud partners of the Redline @ OC3D Folding team (team number 98860) for around a decade. Currently, this team is ranked at the 44th strongest team on the [email protected] project. Users of the [email protected] client can join any team they want, but if you're going to join the OC3D Folding Team, our number is 98860.  

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Folding Teams

[email protected] has a competitive element, allowing folders and folding teams to compete against each other to see who can finish the most work units or generate the largest number of calculation points. 

These points are designed to encourage folders to generate more points and increase the power of the distributed network. It also helps folding teams judge how effective their outreach efforts are, by allowing them to see how many active folders are on their team and how many work units and points their team is generating. 

Setting up a new identity, or changing your folding team

To create a folding identity, select "Set up an identity" when you first start the client or click the "change my identity" link within the [email protected] web client. 

For more advanced options, Folders can enter the [email protected] client's "Advanced Control" menu to access more detailed folding options. 

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Choosing a cause? 

Within the [email protected] client, users can choose to the causes that they would like to dedicate their computational power to. These options include Alzheimer's, Cancer, Huntington's and Parkinson's disease. Using this option will allow your system to be given work units for specific conditions whenever possible. However, it doesn't guarantee that all of your work units will be dedicated to a specific cause. 

Our recommendation is to keep [email protected] set to "Any Disease", as all of [email protected]'s causes are worth supporting. If a specific disease is close to your heart, set your preference to that disease, if not, set the client to support research into "any disease". 

Folding@home Quick Install Guide  

More Information

You can learn more about the [email protected] distributed computing project from the following sources. 

[email protected] Website: https://foldingathome.org/start-folding/

[email protected] Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/[email protected]

Redline @ OC3D Folding Team Sub-Forum : OC3D Forums

You can join the discussion on [email protected] on the OC3D Forums

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Most Recent Comments

03-03-2020, 22:55:53

Nice quick guide, hopefully we’ll get some new additions to team 98860. Bitcoin really stole [email protected]’s thunder. We appreciate the support, thanks!Quote

03-03-2020, 23:59:01

Very nice, good job! I see we've already had a nice influx of new users. If anybody has any questions, feel free to ask and one of us veterans will be more than willing to help. Quote

04-03-2020, 07:53:28

Will definitely join and hopefully, the Android client will see its relaunch soon!

Is the client updated via an auto-update mechanism so we get Corona automatically or how are updates handled?Quote

04-03-2020, 12:46:51

Aren't they currently trying to find a treatment for corona virus too?Quote

04-03-2020, 17:48:10

Originally Posted by Peace Ð View Post
Will definitely join and hopefully, the Android client will see its relaunch soon!

Is the client updated via an auto-update mechanism so we get Corona automatically or how are updates handled?
Not sure about the Android client specifically, but generally no updates are needed to the folding software. The client will download Work Units, crunch them, and then send the data back to the server, at which point it will receive a new work unit. These work units reflect the underlying research being done, so the data you're crunching can continually change without the client ever needing to be updated.

Originally Posted by dazbobaby View Post
Aren't they currently trying to find a treatment for corona virus too?
Yes, [email protected] has announced they are going to start sending out Coronavirus work units, however there is no ETA as far as I have seen yet. Obviously there is some urgency with this kind of research, so I'm sure they are working as fast as possible on it.Quote

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