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Created On: 07/17/2006 10:02 PM
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 07/17/2006 10:02 PM
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Royal Flush
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Okay you apparently can have multiple computers (and gpu's apparently? Got one ti4200 waiting ) to run calculations.
Does this act as if having two processors maybe or is this more for running servers. I usually just play games nowadays since my photoshop was messed up so I was wondering if I should try this, I do have alot of older computers that I want to do something with.

Would this folding thing let my computer run generally faster?

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 07/19/2006 08:25 PM
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Folding doesn't have anything to do with making your PC faster, and as for doing it with the GPU, I think they are still developing that.

Folding in itself is erm...dang I always find it hard to explain this

Go to folding.stanford.edu and look at there explanation, it's pretty good.

But in general, your using your computer to find cures for certain cancers and certain diseases like alzheimers(I KNOW I didn't spell that right...)

It's good for using up extra CPU cycles...for instance if your on your computer and browsing the internet and listening to music heck well that's probably using like 20% CPU. Once you install the folding client, you can use the other 80% for folding. It uses whatevers available, no more, so you won't notice any slowdowns.

Get the text client, not the graphical one.

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 07/23/2006 01:53 PM
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technic: you actually did speel it right

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 07/24/2006 02:19 PM
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Originally posted by: Royal Flush
Okay you apparently can have multiple computers (and gpu's apparently? Got one ti4200 waiting ) to run calculations.
Does this act as if having two processors maybe or is this more for running servers. I usually just play games nowadays since my photoshop was messed up so I was wondering if I should try this, I do have alot of older computers that I want to do something with.

Would this folding thing let my computer run generally faster?



I'm back, blew off a little steam, but oh well!

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Originally posted by: Unknown Protein folding is the process by which a protein structure assumes its functional shape or conformation. All protein molecules are heterogeneous unbranched chains of amino acids. By coiling and folding into a specific three-dimensional shape they are able to perform their biological function.


Folding essentially simulates this process. However, this kind of work is done on supercomputers. Folding@home, Rosetta@home, and Ralph@home (beta of Rosetta) takes this concept and makes it so that it can be done on desktop computers. The work units are much smaller.
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