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Thank you to @agawthrop for the banner and @Wolfsbora Stanford quotes.


This wonderful project wouldn't be possible without the help from the following sponsors, thank you.
Your cooperation and willingness to help on this project is greatly appreciated by everyone this project aims to helping and myself.



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More to come...





Hi, welcome to my sponsored build log! wave2.gif

I will be building a folding farm. "What is a folding farm?" you may ask. Essentially it's a quantity of two or more computers running the Folding@Home software. Now you might be asking, what is folding and why would one want to do this. Well in short, when running this program, you're essentially doing research for many devastating diseases. If you want to know exactly what Folding is, I've put the description lower in this post.

This is what I will be doing. My first goal will be to build 10 computers to run the Folding@Home software. Here is a link you can check to be able to see what my current and actual PPD output is. Duality92 stats

This build log will be years long before I’m done, this will be a LONG journey and I welcome anyone that is willing to follow!

However, for more information I'll let the folks at Stanford University explain the science behind it in case you want to participate on your own too! (Click to show)
Source - Folding@Home
Quote:
Help Stanford University scientists studying Alzheimer's, Huntington's, Parkinson's, and many cancers by simply running a piece of software on your computer.

The problems we are trying to solve require so many calculations, we ask people to donate their unused computer power to crunch some of the numbers.

In just 5 minutes ...
Add your computer to over 171,000 others around the world outputting 40,000 teraflops of computing power to form the world's largest distributed supercomputer.
Quote:
What is protein folding?
Proteins are biology's workhorses- its "nanomachines." Proteins help your body break down food into energy, regulate your moods, and fight disease. Before proteins can carry out these important functions, they assemble themselves, or "fold." While protein folding is critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology much of the process remains a mystery.

When proteins do not fold correctly (misfolding), there can be serious health consequences, including many well known diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, AIDS, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, and many cancers.

If we better understand protein misfolding we can design drugs and therapies to combat these illnesses.

How you can help right now.
Start Folding by downloading and running the free Folding@home software from Stanford University. Once installed the software runs behind the scenes using otherwise unused computing time.

Your computer's calculations provide us valuable data for our research into protein folding.

You'll get feedback along the way if you want it, or you can just let it run. You might not even notice how much work is going on.

Every computer we add gets us closer to the cures.



500000 PPD met 2015-July-08 (see here)
500000 PPD met 2015-11-10
1000000 PPD met 201_-__-__
1500000 PPD met 201_-__-__
2000000 PPD met 201_-__-__
3000000 PPD met 201_-__-__
4000000 PPD met 201_-__-__
5000000 PPD met 201_-__-__



March 2015 (Click to show)
2015-03-23
First planned layout for the stacked builds

2015-03-27
Bought 2x DeepCool Gammaxx 200 for the dual 771 rig!

2015-03-31
Bought two Antec VP450 (for a total of 3!) One for the Foxconn board, one for the dual 771 and the other for the C2D rig.
April 2015 (Click to show)
2015-04-12
First test of the rigs folding on stacked shelves

2015-04-15
Rearranged my setup to be sturdier with two shelves wide instead of all stacked, much, MUCH sturdier.

2015-04-18
Changed my 7790 to perma fold with the c2d since the c2d itself isn't made for folding. It'll output a steady 70k ppd so it isn't that bad.
May 2015 (Click to show) June 2015 (Click to show) July 2015 (Click to show) August 2015 (Click to show) September 2015 (Click to show) October 2015 (Click to show)
2015-10-05
I managed to get my hands on two HD 7950's with EKWB! I shall be putting these into my rig when I get a chance!

2015-10-07
4x Corsair H50 mounted and first rig preview!

Novembre 2015

2015-11-06
Added to fold two 7950's and the Club3D 285! Should add around 400k ppd smile.gif






Link to the document



Notes (Click to show)
  • All feedback is greatly appreciated, if you want to do it via private message, that's fine also! Questions, comments are all accepted as long as they stay within the ToS.
  • These systems will not be folding full time during the hotter periods of the year (except OCN Foldathons of course). This should be May until September.
Examples of folding farms! (Click to show)


Terminology (Click to show)
PPD = Points per day. It is the method of measuring computational power output.
WU = Work Unit, which is a unit sent to be worked on by the Folding@Home software.
F@H = shortened Folding@Home Acronymn
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Subbed. I utilized a similar concept this winter. House has abysmal insulation, so rigs only kept things toasty if ambient temperature was above 28 F. Below that, and the rigs couldn't keep up. While it is a nice concept, folding rigs have horrible heating efficiency.
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Subbed. I utilized a similar concept this winter. House has abysmal insulation, so rigs only kept things toasty if ambient temperature was above 28 F. Below that, and the rigs couldn't keep up. While it is a nice concept, folding rigs have horrible heating efficiency.

Explain to me why you are saying they have horrible heat efficiency. All watts used are turned to heat. CPU only systems would draw between 100-200 watts depending on the PSU efficiency and what not.

My main basement room will be the living room, so it will be kept at a comfortable temperature.
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When I state that computers have horrible heating efficiency compared to traditional heating methods, I mean that methods such as space heaters or forced air are designed with specific intent, and are thus naturally more efficient. Space heaters and forced air radiate heat far better than a computer ever could, even consuming the exact same wattage. Superior radiance transfers heat several orders of magnitude more efficiently; think of how standing in the sunlight on a cool day feels considerably warmer than standing somewhere lightly shaded. Radiance is the reason why floorboard heating has been used for thousands of years; it's very, very efficient. I like your idea of running a floorboard loop from your rigs, very novel, but is going to take some work, and quite a few rigs. That being said, I will probably run several folding rigs as heaters next winter, but on a smaller scale. If pure electric is your only source of heat (as it is with me), it is far more defensible using folding rigs in lieu of radiant baseboards, *especially* if you have good insulation.
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When I state that computers have horrible heating efficiency compared to traditional heating methods, I mean that methods such as space heaters or forced air are designed with specific intent, and are thus naturally more efficient. Space heaters and forced air radiate heat far better than a computer ever could, even consuming the exact same wattage. Superior radiance transfers heat several orders of magnitude more efficiently; think of how standing in the sunlight on a cool day feels considerably warmer than standing somewhere lightly shaded. Radiance is the reason why floorboard heating has been used for thousands of years; it's very, very efficient. I like your idea of running a floorboard loop from your rigs, very novel, but is going to take some work, and quite a few rigs. That being said, I will probably run several folding rigs as heaters next winter, but on a smaller scale. If pure electric is your only source of heat (as it is with me), it is far more defensible using folding rigs in lieu of radiant baseboards, *especially* if you have good insulation.

I understand that and I totally agree. All the air will be gathered with a duct and sent in the basement living room. This also isn't meant to replace it entirely, it's just meant to replace it partially. I'd need probably around 50 systems to heat the basement entirely. I won't be putting up 50 systems, I can't justify the costs of that.
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I'm interested, subbed as well. You're water-cooling system will be immense though...
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Quite curious to see how this goes. Good luck with everything! I look forward to updates.
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I'm interested, subbed as well. You're water-cooling system will be immense though...

The watercooling phase is still a long way ahead, I need to get the system running and everything before I decide to do so for a good while too.
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Quite curious to see how this goes. Good luck with everything! I look forward to updates.

Thanks, I will be updating as much as I can with what I can for content.

The hardest part will be the next month or so because I will be moving in said house.
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Well I'll be watching this as it looks quite interesting since I plan to build my own house WAY later on but yeah this looks to be quite interesting. In addition to it being an awesome idea... you're folding would surpass mine.
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Well I'll be watching this as it looks quite interesting since I plan to build my own house WAY later on but yeah this looks to be quite interesting. In addition to it being an awesome idea... you're folding would surpass mine.

Thanks smile.gif I will be building my own one day too, that'll be in 5-10 years when my girlfriend establishes her clientele.

I doubt that, if I build this with my own budget, it would be a bunch of core 2 duo systems probably.
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