Help fight cancer with F@H! join team ECF today!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Team ECF Folding Forum' started by Thrasher, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. Thrasher

    Thrasher Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    So whats this all about?
    It's called folding at home and used by researchers to find cures for diseases.

    What is folding @home?
    it's a small program written by Stanford university you download, install and let run in the background while doing nothing.

    Years ago the researchers realized they cant compute this stuff fast enough, even with the fastest super computers in the world it would take untold decades, so someone had an idea, instead of trying to crunch all the data at once on one computer why not break it up into pieces and send them to peoples pc's, this way we can use all those wasted CPU cycles, in effect creating the worlds biggest supercomputer.
    You can pause it, set the amount of CPU to use, and even turn it off when you feel like it, or when it effects other things like gaming or videos etc. as long as it has a reasonable amount of time to finish the work it's fine, but too long (days) and the work is late and gets discarded.

    Does it work?
    Yes they have made many advances towards curing diseases with the help of this program, a similar effort was used to crack the human genome so quickly a few years back.

    How do i find more information about folding?
    Look here: Folding@home - Science

    Ok looks cool so i want to help out what do i do?
    simple, download here : Folding@home - HomePage
    there are Windows as well as Mac and linux versions.

    It will ask for the team number which is 223274. Enter that and your ECF name and your part of team ECF.

    How do I know my/our stats?

    Clicking on your name or team within the program will take you to the Main F@H stat server.
    It will show your standing with the team and the current team stats.
    But it will not show you anything under your name until you start to turn in work for the first time.
    There are also links to different stat pages and information in the sub forum.....

    Hey i noticed it wants access to the internet is it spying on me?
    No! there is no back door action, no advertisements, nothing, it simply needs to connect to receive work and send results.

    Is this popular?
    Yes there are well known teams from many of your favorite websites.
    in total there are almost 1.7 million people to date. and I have been involved for years.
    There are people so into the rankings they have built multi cpu computer arrays running nothing but F@H just to stay ahead of the pack.

    Ok so what's in it for me?
    beyond making a positive impact on research, we can quickly move up the ranks and become one of the biggest teams out there.
    Sometimes the fun is waiting for those 3 extra points so you can pass another team in the rankings.

    Look at it this way, wouldn't it be great to know years from now when you or a loved one or friend comes down with an illness-you helped cure it in the past? The disease you help cure today could be the one you wake up with tomorrow.........

    Ok what about more info?
    Visit the Folding@home SubForum here:

    Addendum by oldsoldier:

    Addendum by retired1

  2. scalewiz

    scalewiz Super Member ECF Veteran

    Excellent idea Thrasher. I have been grid computing for several years now, and will soon be approaching 100 years of run time from various computers. Began several years ago with folding@home, but moved to the World Community Grid. Both systems are designed to do mainly humanitarian research, studying many things like protein folding, malaria, schistosoma, cancer, muscular dystrophy, AIDS, etc.

    Having the ECF presence as a team effort in these projects would be great! Don't really want to switch back to FAH after all this time, but if ECF would start a team on WCG I would most certainly be willing to change teams and join in.

    Anyone else out there into grid computing? Check out his link above. It's for a great cause, and requires nothing on your part but to simply turn on your computer.
  3. justinred

    justinred Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Joined! My wife is on her 3rd year of fighting the big C, I truly appreciate what you're doing Thrasher. Cheers!
  4. beebopnjazz

    beebopnjazz PIF FORUM MODERATOR Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Ok- it's running but it doesn't show any movement in progress...normal?
  5. Thrasher

    Thrasher Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    sometimes, depending on the work unit it can take awhile to show some progress, i have had some cores (the work unit) take over a week to finish and others done in 10-12 hours so it depends what they sent you.
  6. Orobas

    Orobas Equine Disrespect Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I'm participating. At the very least I'll let it run overnights.
  7. icanbreatheagain

    icanbreatheagain Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    all set up and running
  8. lmorris

    lmorris Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Installed and running
  9. oldsoldier

    oldsoldier Retired ECF Forum Manager Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Current Work Unit
    Tag: -
    Download time: December 3 04:09:20
    Due time: January 11 04:09:20
    Progress: 94% [|||||||||_]

    I think I'm going to bed before this finishes...
  10. AttyPops

    AttyPops Yeah, I type stuff. ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    A great cause. I'd encourage everyone to investigate this. With so many multi-cpu systems around these days and the fact that browsing only uses a % of the cpu/gpu resources, it makes sense to donate the unused time particularly on desktop systems.

    I use World Community Grid, not F@H....[/email]

    Not to detract, but any chance of an ECF team there?

    NOTE: With all these things, watch your CPU temp. Most can be adjusted to "Max % CPU use" if your CPU gets too hot.....
  11. Eric Smith

    Eric Smith Hybreed Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I'm in........
  12. Xanthon

    Xanthon Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I'm in. :D
  13. Bovinia

    Bovinia Divine Bovine ECF Veteran

    This is an awesome thing! I'm in :)
  14. MattBott

    MattBott Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    You have my i7 and my HD4800x2
  15. tnt56

    tnt56 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I'd like to know about running multiple computers. I work for the state and most of the day I'm on a State owned machine. They have VERY strict rules and policies about downloading unapproved programs. I'm not on my personal computer very much anymore due to being moved to a place where "Big Brother" can keep a closer eye on me. If the time I do spend on my personal computer will help I'm all for it.
  16. Orobas

    Orobas Equine Disrespect Verified Member ECF Veteran

    As someone who hopes to eventually be accepted to a biology program after I get my associates, these projects are fascinating to me. I cut it on when I'm asleep or when I'm AFK.
  17. oldsoldier

    oldsoldier Retired ECF Forum Manager Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Results are starting to be posted and I've given some titles already. Please be sure to let us know what donor name you are using so I can give you the title on ECF.

    Once we get it a little more organized I'll start a thread for this but until thrasher gets back with me with more information on how we can verify the contributions ( I suspect the list on the team page is like a leaderboard and will only show the top contributors -- but I might be wrong) it is going to require a little more hands on interaction.

    So Far I've given titles to :
    thrasher (thrasherbill on f@h)
    eric_smith (eric_smith on f@h)
  18. oldsoldier

    oldsoldier Retired ECF Forum Manager Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    You can run it on multiple computers I'm running on two at home, just make sure you put in your donor name and team number when you configure the client.
  19. oldsoldier

    oldsoldier Retired ECF Forum Manager Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    more titles:

  20. Bovinia

    Bovinia Divine Bovine ECF Veteran

    Please let us know if "every little bit helps," or if slower running machines will hurt the team effort.

    I had to disable the GPU in my FAH settings and reduce my cores to keep from lagging out. I don't mind being at the back of the pack, but I don't want to hinder the team :blush:

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