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I'm placing this here as it dose concern a form of net working.

 

Crowdsourcing App Takes Aim at COVID-19
 

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By installing the Folding@home software program, anyone with a computer, gaming console, or even some phones and some compute cycles to spare can contribute to the work of coronavirus researchers around the world.

Folding@home is a distributed computing project from Stanford University's Pande Lab in Palo Alto, California, directed by Vijay Pande, PhD.

Participants can configure the Folding@home application to run in the background all the time or just when a machine is idle.

 


 

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"We need your help! Folding@home is joining researchers around the world working to better understand the 2019 Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) to accelerate the open science effort to develop new life-saving therapies," he wrote.

"By downloading Folding@Home, you can donate your unused computational resources to the Folding@home Consortium, where researchers working to advance our understanding of the structures of potential drug targets for 2019-nCoV that could aid in the design of new therapies," Bowman continued.

"The data you help us generate will be quickly and openly disseminated as part of an open science collaboration of multiple laboratories around the world, giving researchers new tools that may unlock new opportunities for developing lifesaving drugs."


 

 

 

 

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NVIDIA Calls On PC Gamers To Put GPUs To Work Battling Coronavirus, How To Join PC Master Race Or HotHardware 


 

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Earlier this week, we told you about Stanford University's Folding@home project, which is now providing CPU-based projects and workloads that you can use for COVID-19 (coronavirus) folding to battle the pandemic disease. Plenty of enthusiasts are open to using their spare CPU cycles for a good cause, and interest has been running high.

 

Now, however, NVIDIA has issued a call to action for enthusiasts with GPUs -- that should be most of you out there reading this -- to join in on the efforts. More specifically, NVIDIA is urging folks to join the PC Master Race (PCMR) team to put idle GPU resources to good use to fold for coronavirus-specific GPU projects. However you can also join us in the fight here at HotHardware as well. 

 

 

 

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Luckily, getting started with Folding@home is a simple affair, with the first step being to download the installer. And if you need help with getting up and running with the software, you can follow these handy guides for WindowsmacOS, or Linux. We should also note that you don't have to dedicate all available resources to folding, as there are LightMedium, and High settings that you can choose (with the expected hits to power consumption on your system). You can also set the program to work at all times, or only when your system is idle.

 

 

You can find out more about Folding@Home's efforts to assist researchers in the fight against COVID-19, here.
 

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abarbarian
2 minutes ago, securitybreach said:

There is even an archwiki entry for Folding@Home: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Folding@home

 

Yup there is also an entry for BOINC which I use for the World Community Grid stuff. I use max 50% of my cpu 24/7 and have done since I moved three years ago. Gives me no problems, I do turn it of for heavy duty games though. I can not see anyone having problems with the Folding Home stuff.Everyone would be able to allocate at least 10% of their cpu to this fine cause, that is if they were community minded of course. 😎

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Bookmem

I've got a whole lot of spare computing power.  What I don't have is any spare internet bandwidth.  I have three desktop computers and Pi4b 4gb running 24/7.  But I only have a LTE smartphone hotspot to connect them all to the internet.  And that is from a second tier ISP.  So the question is, can they use the computing power without eating up my bandwidth?

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I do not think that they use a lot of bandwidth but I could be wrong about that.

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abarbarian
11 hours ago, Bookmem said:

I've got a whole lot of spare computing power.  What I don't have is any spare internet bandwidth.  I have three desktop computers and Pi4b 4gb running 24/7.  But I only have a LTE smartphone hotspot to connect them all to the internet.  And that is from a second tier ISP.  So the question is, can they use the computing power without eating up my bandwidth?

 

You really only use up bandwidth when you are downloading and uploading the computational units, so not a great deal is used. An you can always control how you use the program.

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53 minutes ago, abarbarian said:

 

You really only use up bandwidth when you are downloading and uploading the computational units, so not a great deal is used. An you can always control how you use the program.

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Looks like I'm going to have to do some research.  I don't know anything about how it works.  Just thought I'd like to see some of my spare computing power put to good use.

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2 hours ago, Bookmem said:

Looks like I'm going to have to do some research.  I don't know anything about how it works.  Just thought I'd like to see some of my spare computing power put to good use.

 

Folding Home FAQ

 

https://www.overclock.net/forum/55-overclock-net-folding-home-team/1310828-how-much-bandwidth-does-folding-use.html

 

 
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I want to fold with my crappy setup (7770 and a fx 4100 @ stock) but my Internet is really crap (about 4mb download and 0.25 up) so what I was wondering is will this connection be able to cope?
I know my hardware isn't much, OK, it's nothing, but I'd like to help (:


it uses next to nothing, I've got 1mb down/ 448kbs up

and I have no problem

 

 

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Not much at all. You could easily run a folding machine off a dial up modem. There are even setups that dial up to get the work unit, then hang up the modem once it's gotten, then fold, then redial once it is done to transmit the results and get the next work unit.

 

Hope the above helps 😎

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