Just decided to give Folding@Home a try, it’s a project which uses the spare processing time of thousands of private users PC’s to process calculations which help scientists study disease and in time cure them. More information can be found on the Folding@Home site. The project is run of the client PC’s using software which can be downloaded from the site for various o/s. The software then downloads sections of work from the project servers, works on the section using your PC’s spare processing time then uploads the results before downloaing another section to work on. As a user you gain points for the work your PC completes which you can then either assign to your own “Team” or join another Team of users. You can then track your personnal/Team results. I have decided to join the Team Ubuntu which has an id of #45104. First you need a user name, check that yours is unique by checking it here.

I have decided to use my server to help this project when it is not processing work for myself. The server is currently running a 32bit version of Ubuntu Jaunty [v 9.04]. I therefore downloaded the 32 bit version of the Floding@Home software from the above site currently at version 6.02 [20/12/09]. I then created a new Directory called Floding@Home in my home Directory and extracted the contents of FAH6.02-Linux.tgz to this Directory.

I then opened a [Terminal] and cd to the new Directory.

~$ cd Folding@Home

Then ran the following;

~/Folding@Home$ sudo ./fah6

This then asks the following questions;

User name [Anonymous]? Type in your username, then press [Enter].

Team Number [0]? Type in the number 45104, then press [Enter].

Passkey []? Leave blank, press [Enter].

Ask before fetching/sending work (no/yes) [no]? to make things automatic, leave at no and press [Enter].

Use proxy (yes/no) [no]? I’m not behind a proxy, so I left at no, and pressed [Enter].

Acceptable size of work assignment and work result packets (bigger units may have large memory demands) — ‘small’ is <5MB, ‘normal’ is <10MB, and ‘big’ is >10MB (small/normal/big) [normal]? again I left at the default of normal, and pressed [Enter].

Change advanced options (yes/no) [no]? and again left at default, pressing [Enter]. The program then ran, updated, downloaded the first batch of work and started to process…..

Note: works in Ubuntu Jaunty v9.04.


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