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I'm quite new to number crunching and I'm already on all of overclock.net's teams on various projects.....however....

I can't make up my mind as to what project I want to dedicate a majority of my computing power to. I want it to go to the most beneficial project out there. Some projects seem like a waste of my money via my electricity bill....but convince me otherwise. I WANT to HELP but ONLY if it's going to truly be beneficial to society in the short or long term.

I know I'm ignorant on these points so please enlighten me on how they are beneficial to humanity with examples if possible:

DNETC@Home - seems like a colossal waste as you are trying to break a code to find out "nothing".

Collatz Conjecture - I'm stumped on this one....a mathematical pattern of some sort? Crunching this helps with what?

AQUA@Home - Stumped on this one...even reading the homepage makes my head hurt. "analyze quantum computing algorithms" Huh? what are quantum computing algorithms even used in, what are there applications?

etc. etc. etc.

Why are so many projects so vague in their goals? Why don't they just have a list on every project page that says "By donating your computer time you will help to.........."

At least if I'm crunching for SETI I know what my computing time is going towards, sheesh.

What projects do you mainly crunch for and why? How do you feel you are helping humanity?

P.S. Sorry if my post seems so spread out and poorly structured.....It's late and I just wanted to get these questions off my mind.
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Definitely folding@home. In search of a better understanding of protein folding in the hope of curing diseases is good enough reason for me. I think curing diseases is of greater benefit to humanity than other projects.
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Definitely folding@home. In search of a better understanding of protein folding in the hope of curing diseases is good enough reason for me. I think curing diseases is of greater benefit to humanity than other projects.
Definitely: NONE!!! They're all a waste of time and energy.

If I had to pick one, it would be AQUA@Home because it's most closely related to my life (Physics). For the physics of 20 years from now, we need quantum computers that can crunch unbounded physics problems.
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Definitely folding@home. In search of a better understanding of protein folding in the hope of curing diseases is good enough reason for me. I think curing diseases is of greater benefit to humanity than other projects.
posting for them to fold in the boinc area of the forums.... are you serious?
    
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One of my personal favorite is Renderfarm.fi.
It deals with Blender and rendering, check that page for more info.

Here is a list of projects with info on them, choose what you like and crunch for them.
http://www.overclock.net/overclock-n...-projects.html

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Definitely folding@home. In search of a better understanding of protein folding in the hope of curing diseases is good enough reason for me. I think curing diseases is of greater benefit to humanity than other projects.
If you want to suggest something similar to Folding@Home then it would be the project Rosetta@Home which is for BOINC.
Other than that you posted in the wrong section to say that.
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DNETC@Home - seems like a colossal waste as you are trying to break a code to find out "nothing".

Collatz Conjecture - I'm stumped on this one....a mathematical pattern of some sort? Crunching this helps with what?

AQUA@Home - Stumped on this one...even reading the homepage makes my head hurt. "analyze quantum computing algorithms" Huh? what are quantum computing algorithms even used in, what are there applications?
A lot of these projects seem like a waste since most of us are unfamiliar with what the project is aiming to accomplish and/or the potential uses of the results of the projects.

For Collatz Conjecture, no one knows what the exact use of this could be. Take prime numbers for example, who would have guessed that numbers like 2,3, 5, 7, 11 (prime numbers)? In 1978, the RSA algorithm was created. Now it is used to protect our passwords and personal data on the internet. If you asked anyone around the time when they were hypothesizing if the number of primes is infinite or not, I doubt anyone would have said "Securing our private data on the internet". So basically the same principle could be applied to Collatz' Conjecture. Although we don't see an actual application of this TODAY, that doesn't mean that there isn't one.

For DNETC@Home, they have a few subprojects going. Project RC5 is a project that aims to find the answer to a 72-bit RSA key. RC5-56: 'The unknown message is: It's time to move to a longer key length' and RC5-64: 'The unknown message is: Some things are better left unread' were the past ones found. This "key challenge" is the " RSA Labs 64-bit secret-key challenge".

Aqua@Home - This one is about Quantum computing, I don't know too much about quantum to add anything more to that.
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I still perfer World Community Grid
    
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World Community Grid, Roseta, Ibercivis...
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I WANT to HELP but ONLY if it's going to truly be beneficial to society in the short or long term.
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posting for them to fold in the boinc area of the forums.... are you serious?
If he feels that other projects would be a waste of time... why not?
His i7 would be good at ripping through rosetta@home projects though. That project would probably be worth his time in helping society and has the same focus that folding does.
WCG could also be good.

But for the GPU... BOINC does not seem to have any projects with that sort of focus.


I run collatz on my 8800GTS for the hell of it. I am not really sure how it is going to help anything. It seems more like researching something trivial...
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currently most of the discoveries are accidental, that does not mean that investigating trivialities you find something really significant
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