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Okay maybe I should have looked this up, but I did try and it just frustrated me. Someone please tell me what folding is and why I should try it? All I know is that it is something about diseases and proteins...but what in the hell does that have to do with my computer...
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google has a lot of info on this. in short its basically using ur cpu and/or gfx cards to run a program that does computations in the name of science.
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In the essentials sticky.

Don't know what folding is? Read this thread.
Is Folding worth it? - If you ever wonder why we spend so much time, effort, and money on folding, this will answer your quest
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It's what's called grid computing, using many many computers to crunch all kinds of data. There is SETI at home which is another popular one
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I work in a computational biology lab so I can shed some light on it.

Folding is the use of computers to simulate biological molecular structures such as protein and nucleic acid structures. When you fold at home you are letting your computer do work for computational biology researchers, usually at stanford if you are doing the regular "Folding at home".

If you are a "boinc" folder then you use Rosetta, a different program than folding at home. This usually does work for researchers at the University of Washington. My lab uses Rosetta for its work. Rosetta has been shown in numerous benchmarks to be superior to the methods used by Stanford. There is a competition every two years called CASP where protein structure researchers benchmark their software against one another.

http://predictioncenter.org/

For some reason "Folding at home" is the popular software here. Everybody at OCN obsesses over benchmarks but whenever I bring up this topic about BOINC being superior to F@H all I hear are crickets...

I guess since folding has nothing to do with FPS nobody cares...
    
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For some reason "Folding at home" is the popular software here. Everybody at OCN obsesses over benchmarks but whenever I bring up this topic about BOINC being superior to F@H all I hear are crickets...

I guess since folding has nothing to do with FPS nobody cares...
If you want to talk about how awesome BOINC is we do have a BOINC section.
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I laughed.
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If you want to talk about how awesome BOINC is we do have a BOINC section.
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