What is Folding@home?
Folding@home is a distributed computing project created to help and contribute to disease research. Users worldwide are collectively pulling together their resources and helping out by running simulation client programs that use their computer’s CPU, GPU, or both. By remotely pulling together all of these PCs collectively, they act as one very large supercomputer.
The client software can be run on any PC and can even be run from the Playstation 3. By running the client program on your own PC, you can help Stanford University researchers understand more about protein folding, misfolding, and related diseases.
When protein in a body doesn’t fold correctly, sometimes called “misfolding,” Alzheimer’s, Mad Cow, Parkinson’s disease and many cancers can develop in the body. A user in our discussion forum got involved in the project in December of last year and created the NotebookReview F@h team; in that short while, the team has had great success. It’s currently ranked 979 out of 208,995 teams, according to a statistics report generated today.
Joining the Team
To join, simply drop a note of interest in our main F@h discussion thread, download and install the client program, and run the program to start contributing. Stanford’s main folding research page can be found here, where you can find more information about protein folding as well as awards and success the project has already achieved. Below is a video that further explains protein folding and how the F@h project works.