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****Folding@home setup guide****

Discussion in 'Team OcUK Distributed Computing Projects' started by dekez, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. dekez

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    Team 10 Folding@home Guide - last updated September 2015

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    - Want to help find cures for diseases?
    - Do you have a high spec rig that you want to make the most of?
    - Need an excuse to buy more hardware?!

    Be part of a competitive and friendly distributed computing community - help OcUks folding@home team:

    Team 10 – the greatest team in the world!!

    Introduction to Folding@home

    Folding@home is a distributed computing project run by Stanford University - people from throughout the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world. This is then used to simulate the folding of proteins.

    When proteins do not fold correctly (i.e. "misfold"), there can be serious consequences, including many well known diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes.


    What is protein folding?

    Proteins are biology's workhorses - its "nanomachines." Before proteins can carry out these important functions, they assemble themselves, or "fold." The process of protein folding, while critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology, in many ways remains a mystery.


    How does folding@home work?

    1. Download and set up the folding@home with a username and team number (10).
    2. The client downloads a section of work to complete called a “work unit”.
    3. The work unit is then completed using spare CPU / GPU processing power.
    4. The work unit is uploaded to the project servers and points are credited to your username and team.


    Points and scoring

    Each work unit you complete has a value of a certain number of points. The more work units you complete the more points you get. This is where the competitive aspect of folding comes in. The points you collect are all recorded under your username and your team.

    There are leader boards for both teams and users, all striving to move higher up the leader board and “stomp” the opposition.
    When moving up the ranks within the team it is polite to “parp” a fellow team member a week or so before you stomp them, this gives them chance to up their game and try to defend their position.

    You will hear “PPD” a lot, this is “points per day” and is a standard way of measuring the performance of folder, team, CPU or GPU.


    Folding@home client download

    The Folding@home client can be downloaded from here:

    Download

    There are clients for all the major operating systems. The set up is easy and self explanatory but if you need more info installation guides and FAQs can be found here:

    Software Guide

    Passkey

    A passkey uniquely identifies you and enables you to get bonus points.

    To get a passkey (which you then enter into the client) from here

    Passkey FAQ

    Are there any risks to my hardware?

    Folding uses as much as your computers resource as you want it to. The main problem with running components at 100% load is the heat which is created. This heat is what will cause any problems, this is why I would not recommend folding on laptops or PS3s 24/7, as it is difficult to disperse this heat.

    Desktop users should not have any problems so long as their components are properly cooled, but it is something to be aware of.

    Constantly running components on full load may reduce their lifespan, but it might fail after, say, 10 years, instead of 15, in other words the technology will be surpassed anyway, so don't worry about it.


    Help

    If you need any help with setting up folding and the guides don’t have the answer just start a thread and someone will get back to you. It always helps to see any error messages you are getting along with the start of the log file which can be found in the client directory.


    Monitoring your Stats

    There are a few different stats websites that provide information such as the number of points you have and your current PPD. For everyday use most of us tend to use EOC.

    EOC Folding Stats

    Stanford Stats


    Monitoring your Clients

    The 3 main programs to use to monitor your client(s) are HFM.NET, FahMon and FahSpy. HFM.NET has the most features, including the ability to publish a website to check your clients remotely and an email notification system to notify you of EUEs (early unit end - unstable machine).
    All are available for Windows but only FahMon has Linux and OS X versions. You can also use windows remote desktop and programs like Teamviewer to remote in and monitor the client.

    HFM.NET

    FahMon

    FahSpy


    Stats signatures

    If you would like to show off your PPD or team rank you can do so in your signature.

    EOC Stats sigs

    Other links

    Folding@home server status
    List of folding tools
    Updates - new work units / server work
    Folding RSS feed: http://folding.typepad.com/news/atom.xml
    (Very) old guide archive



    and last but not least, remember to put your team number as team 10

    Welcome to the fold :)
     
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2015
  2. dekez

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    Hi all

    It's been bothering me for a bit that the current folding@home sticky is very out of date now, and any if any new members were following it they would be makeing registry edits and all sorts that is no longer necessary!

    So I've had a quiet morning at work and put this together.

    I'm working on the theory that it is better to have this as an overview explaining what folding is and linking to guides rather than containing detailed information itself, as it will be easier to update the links, rather than having to re-write whole sections everytime a new client comes out.

    So let me know what you think, any suggestions for improvements welcome, if everyone is happy I'd suggest archiving the old sticky and replacing it with this. Can a don help with this please?

    Cheers

    dekez
     
  3. dekez

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    reserved just in case!
     
  4. Biffa

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    First of all, dekez, you are...

    [​IMG]AWESOME!!!@#[​IMG]

    Notes:

    I'd get rid of Fahmon as its no longer developed and doesn't handle bonus points any more. Better to use FahSpy as an alternative to HFM.NET

    Maybe put a reminder to join team 10 at the end as well :D
     
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2010
  5. dekez

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    lol cheers Biffa :D

    I've made those amendments any other suggestions just let me know
     
  6. SiriusB

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    The SMP website I passed on to Sir-Les will probably need updating too. Assuming anyone still uses it lol.
     
  7. verbal

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    Good work, like you said this was very much needed.
     
  8. BrownSparrow

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    Nice one dekez, it's clear and easy to follow. It might make the difference to people who are thinking of giving folding a try.
     
  9. datalol-jack

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    An updated sticky was in order for some time. Thank you for the time, effort and the helpful info, dekez. Keep it up! :D
     
  10. 86JR

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    hi, whats the team passkey ? its asking me for one, i just pressed enter instead.

    Also im just folding on the 260gtx as the smp client for the cpu doesnt work properly, and the viewer is showing 1ns/day and fahmon is showing 0.0ppd even though test protein A is running fine ?
     
  11. Speed

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  12. datalol-jack

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    The passkey was introduced to prevent multiple users with the same user name from claiming each others' credit, amongst other issues which only a unique identifier could address. You don't have to use one, but it helps the system to tell who's who, basically.
     
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    Any ideas on the 0 ppd issue ?
     
  14. Biffa

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    If you start a new thread in the forum about the problem and paste your fahlog.txt into it should be able to troubleshoot the problem.
     
  15. Muzza1875

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    Do you guys reckon there would be any point to dedicating an old dual core and hd radeon 5550?Dont have a mouse for it yet but when I do I am hoping to get an additional 1 k ppd atleast.
     
  16. Frozennova

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    A dual core dependant on clock speed will give you 1-2k ppd. The radeon I'm not too sure of.
     
  17. dekez

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    To be honest it's probably not worth it for the cost of the power it would use unless you were using it for something else and it was on anyway.
     
  18. Muzza1875

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    Will give it a bash to see what i get , if its less then say 2k then i will sack it.
    Does anyone know if gpu3 clients will be available for ati cards?
     
  19. Biffa

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    No but v7 Client does.

    Ati is currently with the v7 client still not performing to expected performance levels and still has a big negative affect on cpu performance if trying to run both at the same time.
     
  20. Muzza1875

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    Can i run Both smp and gpu clients at the same time?I have an i7 950 and a ati 6950.Currently running the smp client but i had few problems with running both gpu and smp a few months back.


    Cheers
     


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