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Support Cancer Research and the NCSU Wolfpack With Your Computer's Spare Time!

submitted by synapse on Tuesday, May 22 at 10:32 AM

If you're like most people you've got a computer that spends a lot of time idling on a blank screen or running a cool screensaver. Did you know it's possible to directly support Cancer, Alzheimer's, and Cystic Fibrosis research using your computer's idle time? The Stanford University Folding@home project provides a small piece of software which uses your computer’s spare processing power to run simulations and help researchers understand these diseases.

The NCSU Wolfpack Folding@home team has been ranked as high as 98th in the world but we were recently knocked out of the Top 100. While our team has had much success in the past, if we don't get some new computers and PS3s running soon we'll keep moving farther down the ladder.

Got a PS3? PS3s currently provide over 60% of the processing power in the Folding@home network! Each PS3 that joins the NCSU Folding Team provides a huge boost and brings us closer to getting back in the Top 100!

For more information and links please check this thread: message_topic.aspx?topic=118820

To download the software client and get started go here: http://folding.stanford.edu/download

Be sure to use the NCSU Team Number: 59

posted by mdbncsu on Tuesday, May 22 at 4:17 PM

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KRUZNBY
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Actually, I think we were as high as 83rd place at one time.

5/22/2007 5:04:47 PM

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ROLLPACK
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Ooh thats pretty cool, I only looked at recent history.

So were we really the 59th team to sign up for this?

5/23/2007 4:23:46 PM

KRUZNBY
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Yes, we were the 59th team to sign up. It looks like there are over 70,000 teams now from what I can tell from Stanford's site, so we have a rich tradition.

5/23/2007 9:38:18 PM

HowlRyou
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That is so amazing! Who thought of this ingenious idea anyways?!

5/31/2007 9:34:54 PM

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ROLLPACK
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Theres some pretty good information here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folding_at_home

6/4/2007 8:43:07 AM

Prospero
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Team 59 Stats in CSV format
http://folding.extremeoverclocking.com/csv/team_csv.php?t=59

Highest of #81, first week of May 2005

6/9/2007 1:12:12 AM

KRUZNBY
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^Nice find. I was close.

6/9/2007 6:54:48 AM

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ROLLPACK
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^^ thx for posting that. all kinds of good info there.

6/10/2007 6:08:23 PM

Seotaji
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so how much farther would we be ahead if i tasked my mini-cray?

6/15/2007 5:42:43 PM

KRUZNBY
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Everything from 1GHz to unlimited GHz helps.

6/16/2007 8:05:38 AM

drunknloaded
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my friend back home went out of town but he told me he'd put it on his computer when he got back

6/16/2007 9:08:20 PM

drunknloaded
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we need to get more people signed up...for a school with like 30k students we should not have so few users

6/17/2007 4:35:07 PM

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ROLLPACK
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hopefully it'll pick up more in the fall

6/25/2007 2:10:39 AM

Sweden
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HOLY SHIT

8/9/2007 8:19:59 AM

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