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A distributed computing project for disease research now has more data-crunching chops than the world's publicly known most-powerful supercomputer – IBM's Summit at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. How so? Well, just like the lunatics stripping toilet paper from shelves the world over, at times of crisis it helps to feel that we …

  1. ComputerSays_noAbsolutelyNo
    Paris Hilton

    Working from home ...?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IW3lhfVpLL4

    -> quite lucid Mitchell and Webb

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Working from home ...?

      Many don't work from work.

    2. Someone Else Silver badge

      Actually, I was reading El Reg, and ... what? That's not working? You sure???

      Look, they say the average German male gets 25% of his daily nourishment from beer (the good German kind, the stuff that follows Reinheitsgebot). So, whose to say that I can't get 25% of my daily IT information needed to do my job from El Reg?

  2. Jimmy2Cows Silver badge
    Go

    Added my i9 work rig.

  3. Fading Silver badge
    Terminator

    Completed

    A couple of covid-19 work units already. This i7 7820X with 1080Ti is certainly a lot faster for F@H then the previous machines I used for my first 100 work units.

    1. Tom 7 Silver badge

      Re: Completed

      I'm running on 1 cpu and it takes about 4 hrs to do one while I'm using the laptop. Tried all 16 cores over lunch (PV running well here) but it cant run the fan fast enough to keep it cool - you could say it gives it a fever and breathing problems!

      Need some compressed air to try and clean out fan and airways!

      1. UrethralAnts

        Re: Completed

        I changed my windows power settings on the "Balanced" mode max processor state to 99%, as this disables turbo boosting (at least on a Ryzen), so doesn't put as much heat onto the CPU. That might work for you?

  4. My other car WAS an IAV Stryker Bronze badge
    Unhappy

    I heard about F@H when it first started thanks to the User Friendly (comic strip) team of forum regulars.

    Until 2009 my hardware was too limited to be useful. After that, I just didn't care too much nor wanted to spend the electricity.

    But lately I have a new comp with cycles to spare, so I joined the CoVi mob and signed up last week.

    I think I've done two units; been mostly idle.

    If I'm leaving my new big-box running instead of sleeping, please send more work!

    1. My other car WAS an IAV Stryker Bronze badge
      Go

      Correction

      Since they fixed the stats server, I was able to check: 18 units!

      And I joined the Folding Vultures, too: "Biting the hand virus that feeds IT locks down the world."

      1. Tom 7 Silver badge

        Re: Correction

        158 as of just now.

        I'm breaking out my Jetson to see if I can get that working!

        1. Tom 7 Silver badge

          Re: Correction

          Shit - Nvidia are a bit of a problem Open Source wise - given the Jetson Nano is 1/2 terraflop for $120 they could score some brownie points here - my I7 is less than 1/10 that while screaming.

          1. GrumpenKraut Silver badge
            Thumb Up

            Re: Correction

            > Nvidia are a bit of a problem Open Source wise

            Understatement of the year.

            Still, my i7 (no grfx card) system gets work units since I started yesterday, with only small breaks in between. SWMBO's system with a Nvidia card get no work unit since many hours.

            Fun fact: one folding Vulture has the nick "UrethralAnts".

            1. UrethralAnts

              Re: Correction

              Hows it going :)

              I haven't had a WU for a while unfortunately...

              1. GrumpenKraut Silver badge
                Happy

                Re: Correction

                Hi! No WUs for me either, but as someone said here, this is good news as WU are finished as fast as they can pump them out. Their server(s) seem to be overloaded, not only do you get "Could not get an assignment" but sometimes a "Received short response, expected 512 bytes, got 0".

                Icon for you handle.

    2. Someone Else Silver badge

      Do these machines have to be Windows machines? I have spare cores available that are usually OFF, but they ore on a machine that runs Linux. Can they play?

      1. Postscript

        There are deb and rpm installers on their alternative downloads page.

  5. joeW

    Very worthy

    I've installed this now.

    Here's an idea, could we get an El Reg team going? Vulture Power!

    1. Hubert Cumberdale Silver badge

      Re: Very worthy

      Done! Folding Vultures are go, team number 250966. Join up, and let's get folding. My Ryzen 5 2600 is just about respectable (although clearly not earth shattering – the 24GB RAM might help though), but my GPU is nothing to write home about... come join in and see what we can do.

      1. joeW

        Re: Very worthy

        Done! Bringing a Ryzen 5 3600 with an RX-5700 to the table. Not the fastest thing out there but should crunch a few numbers.

        1. Hubert Cumberdale Silver badge

          Re: Very worthy

          Great :) Your CPU apparently has a ~17% edge over mine, but the GPU is all of 541% up... maybe I should upgrade :P

        2. Sgt_Oddball Silver badge
          Thumb Up

          Re: Very worthy

          I've added my 3700x and GTX1080 this morning and already managed 5 WU (6th and 7th currently being worked on now), tried adding my home server too but kept getting a 'no work order for this configuration error' so I've left it be for now.

          With regards to loads, after removing a stupidly noisy corsair fan from my system and replacing it with a spare from my last rig its barely any noiser than a decent gaming session (about 43db from where I'm sat) and it keeps my study nicely warmed. Win all round.

      2. UrethralAnts

        Re: Very worthy

        Lending my 3700x and 2070 super to the mix. Let's get folding!

      3. Bob7300

        Re: Very worthy

        Joined with a slightly old i7-4770k and a nVidia GTX780.

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      4. Tom 7 Silver badge

        Re: Very worthy

        I'm running 1 thread and its using less than 60MB so I guess lots of ram left on yours for 3d pron!

      5. cookieMonster

        Re: Very worthy

        Joined. Two machines, not the fastest, but better than nothing.

      6. John Gamble

        Re: Very worthy

        I'm in the middle of building a new machine. When and if I get the last few parts, I'll join in (my current machine is nowhere near capable). Thank you for creating the team.

        1. John Gamble

          Re: Very worthy

          Huh. It turns out my laptop is capable (albeit in 'light' folding power). Here we go.

      7. Hubert Cumberdale Silver badge

        Re: Very worthy

        Well this is awesome... according to the stats, we already have 44 members and have completed 17 WUs in less than 24 hours! We've reached the heady heights of team #11,947 of 242,342. Mine's sitting idle quite a bit at the moment, and apparently they're working to use their sudden jump in capacity, so I'm going to keep it running for when things get busier. Weirdly, I keep getting GPU units for my feeble card, but it only appears to be using 0.1–0.3% of it despite the slider being at Full, which amounts to almost nothing and means a WU takes a full day. Firefox is using more just sitting there (which probably says more about FF than anything else). It's actually using more of the CPU to keep the GPU fed (~1–2%)... Any suggestions on this front would be welcome.

        On the plus side, when I get CPU WUs, they totally max out all 12 logical cores, but balance the priority well enough that I didn't even notice the last one running. This was despite having multiple large Word documents open, an Excel spreadsheet, numerous FF tabs, and Texmaker occasionally compiling stuff. Impressed with that.

        1. Bob7300

          Re: Very worthy

          Check it with GPUz, my 780 is reporting 30% usage in windows and GPUz shows 99%.

      8. steviebuk Silver badge

        Re: Very worthy

        Joined the team. Only have an old i7. Had 64GB RAM but now down to 56GB as had issues with a stick a while ago. And only have a GTX 1060

        1. Hubert Cumberdale Silver badge

          Re: Very worthy

          Blimey. Only time I ever fill my 24GB is when some shoddy part of Windows 10 has a memory leak and I see silly levels of commit before having to reboot! My general tick-over for day-to-day work is 12GB committed, 3GB standby and 9GB free (with no pagefile – which may spark debate). 56GB has to be enough for some serious 4K video editing :P (And your "only" GTX 1060 is still six times the power of my pathetic Radeon 7750...)

          1. steviebuk Silver badge

            Re: Very worthy

            I only had 64GB RAM because I run a lot of VMs with VMWare Workstation on my PC :)

      9. GrumpenKraut Silver badge
        Go

        Re: Very worthy

        SWMBO joined Folding Vultures, team number 250966, with her "AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Eight-Core Processor" (from /proc/cpuinfo). ETA for one work unit is one hour.

        1. GrumpenKraut Silver badge
          Thumb Up

          Re: Very worthy

          First work unit done (GrumpyGirl): overall rank 2,331,555 of 2,331,555, LOL. No new work unit send right now, which is sort-of-ish good news for the project.

          Can anyone tell how useful a machine without graphics card is (sitting at a 6-core i7-8700K CPU @ 3.70GHz)?

          1. GrumpenKraut Silver badge

            Re: Very worthy

            Trying to answer my own question. Ryzen with Nvidia P400: 30 min per working unit, my machine (i7 as above) without graphics card: 2 h 30 min per working unit.

            I observe that while 5 cores are claimed only 4 cores have full load, core 5 just has max 10 per cent load.

            1. Hubert Cumberdale Silver badge

              Re: Very worthy

              I reckon it all helps. I've disabled GPU folding, because my card wasn't really able to get units done in time (and it didn't even seem to be using its full potential for some reason). I'd say 30min is great, and 2h30 is fine, as the timeout is usually 24h. I'm getting about 1h per unit with 12 logical cores (6 physical). I've found that even with all 12 cores allocated (manually) at the Full setting, I don't even notice the load during general working. Maybe it'd be different if I was photo editing or something, but it seems to have set the priority appropriately low so far.

              1. GrumpenKraut Silver badge
                Pint

                Re: Very worthy

                > ... I don't even notice the load during general working.

                Just observed that F@H runs with most friendly priority possible. If you do anything the load on the cores caused by F@H goes to zero, good!

          2. Bob7300

            Re: Very worthy

            I'm running a system with two graphics cards, and the processor often sits idle. I think some WU are GPU specific. But the processor does get one occasionally. I expect more will start arriving once they scale up the work allocation servers.

            I would just leave it on ready for the WUs when they arrive.

            Also you could look at sticking in an older GPU, I just added a GT640 and it's getting WU allocations.

      10. My-Handle Silver badge

        Re: Very worthy

        I've got no graphics to speak of, but how does a pair of 8-core 3GHz AMD Opterons and 24Gb of RAM in an HP Proliant DL385 sound?

        Downloading FAH now, be seeing you shortly :)

        1. My-Handle Silver badge

          Re: Very worthy

          Update: No work units currently available for my config :(

          1. Hubert Cumberdale Silver badge

            Re: Very worthy

            Patience, you must have. If you build it, work units will come. (With apologies for terrible cross-film cultural references.)

      11. JetSetJim Silver badge
        Windows

        Re: Very worthy

        Done, although have a fairly shit PC FWIW (i5 2500K @ 3.3GHz + 1GB RADEON HD 5770 - it was good about 8 years ago, I suppose). All the client web UI is showing is Cancer, Parkinsons, Huntingtons & Alzheimers - any idea how to get COVID-19 added to the list? Or is this to do with the shortage of Work Units?

        1. Postscript

          Re: Very worthy

          I left it set to "any disease" and it loaded up a C19 task pretty quickly.

          1. JetSetJim Silver badge

            Re: Very worthy

            Almost done my first WU now - having to rely on CPU only as GPU doesn't support double precision calcs

      12. skizzerz

        Re: Very worthy

        I'm mostly a lurker here, but threw in some of my compute at it to help out :)

      13. TheRealRoland

        Re: Very worthy

        Done.

        1. TheRealRoland

          Re: Very worthy

          weird though - team #250966, right? When looking at the team's members, don't see my handle :-/

          1. Hubert Cumberdale Silver badge

            Re: Very worthy

            Not sure if anyone will read this now... but there was a problem with stats for a while. It seems to be fixed now. I can't see you either though (unless your name is different on FAH) – have you created a Passkey? I've made a shortcut to an alternative stats site, anyway:

            http://vultures.baalamb.net

            Over 200 members and counting, and we just made it into the top 2,000 teams. I have a new GPU arriving today, too...

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: Very worthy

              Hiya, I noticed the folding@home's team's homepage has been switched to that. I was a bit puzzled as I thought that would point to ElReg...

              1. Hubert Cumberdale Silver badge

                Re: Very worthy

                Well, it's not an official Reg team, so I didn't want to seem like I was claiming it was. I'll change it back if people prefer... Maybe a hack could comment on whether they wanted to be associated with it!

                1. Marco Fontani

                  Re: Very worthy

                  This kind of "hack" says: no problem at all (in fact, even better) IMO: the 250966 team's mentioned in this article as being made up of a bunch of Reg commentards (well, "Reg Readers" - but that's different lingo), so go for it :)

                  Might be also nice to link to this article, rather than the homepage, too.

                  I'll shut up and continue crunching - the runner-up is getting perilously close.

                  1. Hubert Cumberdale Silver badge

                    Re: Very worthy

                    Good point. I've changed the link to take people to joeW's post where he suggested setting up the team. I've vaguely thought about setting up a landing page with a description and other links, but I've got actual work to do! All suggestions welcome, though.

                    PS – Great work on the points front. You must have an absolute beast of a graphics card to get 1.33 million points in one day on a single client yesterday! I'm gonna play the guessing game... I reckon an RTX 2080 or maybe a TITAN?

                    1. Marco Fontani

                      Re: Very worthy

                      NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, close enough!

                      I've not enabled the CPU ones as despite liquid cooling the fans go crazy and even I can hear them...

                      The graphics card is making some fan noise and it's disturbing my partner... so I might have to take the system down for a thorough cleaning during the week-end.

                  2. skizzerz

                    Re: Very worthy

                    Glad to give you a challenge ;)

                    I've got 3 systems I'm throwing at it, one of them only part time since the noise and heat would keep me up at night otherwise (plus it seems to have some overheating issues if it runs at full blast for too long despite having liquid cooling).

                    Part time i7 6700k with 2x 2080 Ti founders editions -- at least one of the GPUs tend to sit idle more often than not though

                    Full time VM on a dual xeon e5-2620 v4 with 8 cores allocated (need the rest for my other VMs)

                    Full time i7 8700b

                    So... beating all of that with a single 1080 Ti is rather impressive, so kudos :)

      14. Champ

        Re: Very worthy

        Just joined :-)

      15. Oli Stockman

        Re: Very worthy

        Just thrown in a spare work server. If I get a moment tomorrow I'll throw some more old servers in to the cause

      16. timbrwlf55

        Re: Very worthy

        16 Cores Xeon E5-2667v2 added to the mix and this is all it will be doing for the time being. This was to be a db / software server for project at work but covid hitting the fan derailed project start just before we were set to get things up and running. Got approval from the boss to dedicate it to this project until we're a go.

    2. Marc 13

      Re: Very worthy

      I'm in.

    3. jonathan keith Silver badge

      Re: Very worthy

      Added my Ryzen 3700 rig into the mix. Go Vultures! Awk! Awk! Awk!

      1. phuzz Silver badge

        Re: Very worthy

        It's bringing home to me quite how much spare capacity a 16 (logical) core CPU can have.

        When I do get a CPU workload for F@H, I can still use the computer for basic web browsing etc. with zero impact.

  6. jon909

    Anyone complaining about the extra leccy cost, bare in mind that a computer is hardly any less efficient than an electric heater at heating your home. So if your house is cold, fire up all your PCs, double bubble :)

    1. avakum.zahov

      The government of Ontario introduced a single flat electricity rate which is approximately half of the normal rate. I think it starts today and will be active for the next couple of weeks, at least. So, no excuse, time to join the team

  7. Tom 7 Silver badge

    When you say spare cycles...

    I used to run F@H but it just ran my system flat out - screaming fans etc. Is it possible to get it to only run a % of my capacity?

    1. JClouseau

      Re: When you say spare cycles...

      Indeed. I've been running World Community Grid (BOINC-based) for years and its very lean GUI allows you for choosing the % of CPU you allow it to use.

      The other day I've installed F@H (Win7) and I do think the GUI is not too clear and most of all the settings are a bit rough around the edges.

      At first ("Light" setting) it wouldn't use my GPU (GTX1060) at all and very little CPU so I thought something was wrong with my (old) PC, but then I found this page(*) that explains it and switched to "Medium". The CPU went to almost 90% and the GPU to 100% with all fans blowing at full speed.

      No, I didn't try "Full".

      It's not that I don't want to contribute, but if my main rig gets fried I have a 10-years old Fortnite pro at home who's going to be very pissed.

      May give a try with Rosetta@Home which uses BOINC. Still, the guys seem to have plenty of firepower already. Science is cool.

      (*) https://foldingathome.org/faqs/fah-v7/v7-introduction/web-control/folding-power-slider/

      1. Tom 7 Silver badge

        Re: When you say spare cycles...

        Mine started running as light but used 3 cores so I went into the confif and set it to one thread and its just turning the fan on a little - the kids are doing school work so I cant have it screaming like Dyson when he realises he cant import at the mo!

    2. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge
      Flame

      Re: When you say spare cycles...

      I'm running it (Folding @Home) at Medium, and my system isn't cranking too hard. When I ran BOINC, all the fans were blowing at full speed.

      1. JClouseau

        Re: When you say spare cycles...

        OK, perhaps I was a bit lazy at first, now I understand how this goes a bit better. Most of you probably know what's below already but just in case...

        Here (Win7, ancient Phenom II X6 + GTX1060) when set to "Medium" I have the CPU running at ~85% and the GPU at 100%. "On idle" unchecked.

        Both running at ~60°C.

        I understand there are options to throttle CPU usage so I'll be tinkering with that, but this is not possible for the GPU, it's all or nothing. GPUs don't have any of the fancy throttling mechanisms modern CPUs have.

        My solution is to use the very nice utility from Gigabyte to underclock the GPU.

        Still, with this I can compute a WU (GPU) in 3 or 4 hours so I will be generating one per day.

        As a comparison while the GPU was on 1 WU + 30% of the next one, the CPU was still chugging at ~25% of its first WU.

        Compared to BOINC I don't understand the notion of WU : BOINC uses one core per "task" for any given project, it's simple. Is a F@H WU a "task", meaning that it is balanced across all cores ? Or is it more complex than that ?

        Other than that Rosetta@Home works fine, it allows for "fine throttling" of the CPU, but it cannot use the GPU.

        Perhaps a good combination if you want to run this 24/7 without too much strain on the system would be Rosetta at, say, 70/80% of the CPU, and F@H with no CPU slot and an underclocked GPU ?

        1. Hubert Cumberdale Silver badge

          Re: When you say spare cycles...

          I installed Rosetta yesterday, and found it immediately fired up 12 tasks, each using 1GB RAM... my (pagefileless) system didn't enjoy it... Have squished it to 6GB, which seems to limit it to 6 threads. TBH, I'd rather it did one task across 12 cores than 12 tasks each needing their own chunk of RAM. Seems more friendly to working on my machine at the same time. This is a big advantage of FAH, in my opinion. Though I have 24GB to play with, I'm usually using 12 just ticking over with day-to-day usage. Maybe I should re-enable the pagefile, but I'm reluctant... old habits die hard. (Yes, I understand the reasons why not having a pagefile might be a bad idea, but if I can have 8GB RAM and a 16GB pagefile, surely I can have 24GB RAM and no pagefile... Space on my SSD is limited, and I'm buggered if I'm letting it scribble on my spinning rust. I'm prepared for things to suddenly die for want of RAM in extremis. I'd rather that than sudden disk dumping – it saves me time in the long run.)

          1. GrumpenKraut Silver badge

            Re: When you say spare cycles...

            With tasks accessing the memory in a more or less random way, disabling paging/swapping makes a lot of sense. Once any non-trivial amount of memory gets paged in and out (all the time), your cores are mostly idle, waiting for memory pages (thrashing). I have seen slowdowns by a factor of more than 1000, the computer basically doing nothing but testing how many operations the disk will survive.

            Dedicated "out of core" algorithms exist for certain tasks (e.g, for FFTs) but unless the documentation says they have that feature it is better to assume that it absent.

    3. Clunking Fist Bronze badge

      Re: When you say spare cycles...

      I'm running it on 3 machines.

      One is a Q6600 that we only use to watch netflicks on our dumb tele. I opted for full, but haven't noticed extra noise... but it is a noisy machine at idle anyway.

      The other is a i7-2600 for watching netflx on our other dumb tv, and that doesn't seem any noisy than usual.

      The third is a i7-6700 built in an old case that isn't particularly quiet, but doesn't seem any noisy than usual either.

      They are normally sleeping or hibernating, so having them on is noticeable if you are in the same room. But they aren't in bedrooms, so they can run all night without disturbing us. And keep us warm.

    4. bombastic bob Silver badge
      Devil

      Re: When you say spare cycles...

      how much higher was your electric bill? I estimated $50-$100/month running things like that... screaming fans, CPU maxed out, etc.. There were a couple o' projects from the mid noughties I tried, Seti@Home being one of them. But modern CPUs have lightweight power usage during idle states, so no screaming fans, no high electric bills from leaving them on all the time... unless you run stuff like this.

      and the other thing: It's a fair bet (in my mind) that these work units weren't coded using the MOST EFFICIENT TECHNIQUES. for all I know, they're doing the research scientists' equivalent of a BUBBLE SORT. So before they ask for my computer time to be donated, I'd like to see some peer review on their algorithms...

      besides - the BEST research is being done by physicians in hospitals with various experimental (but promising) treatments on real patients right now. "Feel Good"-ism might warm up your house in the vicinity of your computer, but how much good is it REALLY doing?

      /me proposes that ONE good programmer and data analyst is worth a MILLION 'screaming fan' machines... given a reasonable amount of time, coming up with efficient algorithms and simulations, rather than throwing data against a wall of computing resources, which is [in my opinion] VERY likely to be the case.

      We're not cracking ENIGMA, which sometrimes involved a lot of repeated-trial-and-error until they found the one that worked. But then again, THEY made THEIR process efficient, back then, and were reading Hitler's mail in real time! And so we should do that NOW, make the virus research algorithms as efficient as possible, BEFORE recruiting a bunch of donated CPU resources.

      1. My-Handle Silver badge

        Re: When you say spare cycles...

        Look, if you don't want to use it then don't. But please don't disparage people who are putting a lot of effort into trying to help. It might be entirely useless, but running this thing actually doesn't impact me (or a lot of people) much at all. And it's pretty likely to have some kind of a positive effect.

        As to your proposal that one good programmer and data analyst is worth a million machines... how does one good programmer and data analyst with the power of a million machines match up?

        ...

        I just fed the troll, didn't I?

        1. Hubert Cumberdale Silver badge

          Re: When you say spare cycles...

          Protein folding simulations involve stochastic processes, and what FAH essentially does is throw random numbers at the wall to see what sticks. Each folding operation is pretty efficient, but yes, there will be >99% non-world-changing data generated. However, to get that remaining <1%, we have to throw a lot of computing power at it. I can tell you one thing: it's a damn sight more useful than coin mining. If we could somehow throw all the exaFLOPS used for mining at this, the world would be a better place.

          1. GrumpenKraut Silver badge
            Pint

            Re: When you say spare cycles...

            > If we could somehow throw all the exaFLOPS used for mining at this, the world would be a better place.

            Amen to that!

  8. Flywheel Silver badge
    Thumb Up

    Can't get the work (units)

    I flung my combined room heater and phat old server into it and have been crunching Covid-19 work units that they've allocated 3 days for in less than 6 hours. Only problem is they keep running out of work units, so now it's sat idle for more time than I'd like, but it's great to know that a community like this can (safely) come together to hopefully make a difference!

    1. Vikingforties
      Pint

      Re: Can't get the work (units)

      Check out Rosetta@Home on the BOINC distributed computing client. They're working on Covid-19 too. If there's no Folding@Home work units you can switch over to Rosetta. The projects are complimentary - Rosetta calculates protein shape and Folding, well, folds them.

      1. Timbo

        Re: Can't get the work (units)

        Just be aware that Folding @home and BOINC are two quite different systems - so both need to be installed separately.

        Folding allows you to pick certain tasks although any one can be downloaded to your PC for crunching.

        [url]https://foldingathome.org/iamoneinamillion/[/url]

        BOINC supports many different projects, of which two are making efforts to tackle Covid-19 issues - Rosetta@home is already up and running and TN-Grid will be doing something similar. Both can be chosen to be installed via the BOINC Manager interface that needs to be installed.

        [url]https://boinc.berkeley.edu/[/url]

        [url]http://boinc.bakerlab.org/rosetta/[/url]

        [url]http://gene.disi.unitn.it/test/[/url]

  9. Ian Johnston Silver badge

    I signed up yesterday. According to the log files the client completed 99% of its first assigned task, then gave up. It seems to be hung now, so I have killed it off.Sorry, guys, but if I am going to give you access to my computer it will have to be with something I can trust not to fuck up.

    1. Clunking Fist Bronze badge

      They haven't fucked up: they are running out of bandwidth and are working with a number of folk (incl Linus TechTips with their 10Gb fibre link) to move some of the server load off-site. They are also in the process of ramping up the work pipeline, as they are pleasantly overwhelmed by the sudden uptake: at least 3 publications have highlighted what they are doing, all at the same time (some folk have switched from SETi to fold@home). Plus they are a university programme, not a corporation. So maybe give them a break?

      1. Giovani Tapini
        Go

        also encouraged by BBC news & BBC world service

        While talking about the sad ending of Seti@home for now

  10. stewwy
    Go

    For those at home with a good rig

    Just let it run for a few hours it WILL pick up work as it is available - over the last 2 days mine has been working about 70% of the time, set on medium while I'm browsing.

    Medium settings (on a 3950x/vega 64,32gb memory) runs at 30 cores leaving 2 cores for me :-)

    Using the creators settings on ryzen master my average temp is around 60 after 2 hours or so.

    Also a nice test for your rig :-)

    I'm also investigating using my 3d Printer too make facemasks or ventilators,Some guys in Italy have designs undergoing tests.

    1. phuzz Silver badge

      Re: For those at home with a good rig

      Hey! Someone else with a Vega 64! *waves*

      Mine's water cooled, so even running full tilt the core hasn't quite hit 60C

  11. IgorS

    Would be amazing, if true.

    Since most of the compute come from gaming hardware with very dismal fp64 FLOPS capacity, 470 fp64 PFLOPS would be more like 20 fp32 EFLOPS! (and most compute is likely not fp64)

    I find that really hard to believe.

    I could not find any concrete stats to back this up.

    1. Fading Silver badge

      Depends on the GPU...

      Any gamers using the AMD Radeon VII will be donating 3.45 Tflops of double precision compute performance. My lowly 1080 Ti can only manage 354.4 Gflops. But that's the beauty of distributed computing - the power is in the numbers not the individual.

  12. Jamie Jones Silver badge
    Devil

    FreeBSD port

    Make sure you update your ports tree, and then:

    cd /usr/ports/biology/linux-foldingathome && make install clean

    Unfortunately, a pkg install isn't available, as their restrictive license forbids it...

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: FreeBSD port

      And it fails with a kernel too old message on 11.3, the current production release.

      I'll try a manual install later. If that fails, I'll considering updating to 12.1 unless anyone has other options to try.

      1. Jamie Jones Silver badge

        Re: FreeBSD port

        Ah, that's a shame. It doesn't seem to depend on anything other than the linux base and emulation, so I'm guessing it needs a more recent linux emulation than 11.3 has, in which case you're probably stuck unless you upgrade....

        12.1 is a production release too :-)

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: Academics

    Colour me skeptical that the nerds of the world are going to rush in and save everyone like some episode of The Last Ship. This is the real world, not some science fiction fantasy.

    1. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge
      FAIL

      Re: Academics

      -1, Troll

    2. Richard 12 Silver badge
      Boffin

      Re: Academics

      The nerds of the world are the only way out of this.

      Where exactly do you think vaccines and treatments come from?

      This specific project may not succeed in finding anything quickly enough, but unless many teams of "nerds" search in many different ways, millons will die.

      1. stiine Silver badge
        Happy

        Re: Academics

        I agree with your sentiment, but sometimes they come from wonderful mistakes.

        1. Richard 12 Silver badge
          Boffin

          Re: Academics

          It still takes someone to say "that's strange", and investigate the happy mistake.

          Most normal people would just toss out the mouldy sample and start over. We'll never know how many did just that before Sir Fleming spotted something a bit strange.

    3. localzuk

      Re: Academics

      I think you may not understand how scientific and medical improvements are made... It is nerds that do that. Mostly in labs, yes, but there's a lot of computing that goes into it all these days. So, yes, the "nerds of the world" are going to rush in and save everyone. That's their job.

    4. Aqua Marina

      Re: Academics

      It's not as much the nerds rushing in to save us all that bothers me, it's who gets to profit from this afterwards? It's all very well everyone making a concerted effort to crowdsource the work required for a cure, only for some corporation to step in at the 11th hour, patent it and withhold it to maximise profits for a few shareholders. I can't really remember the last time a cure for anything didn't come with a patent attached. Maybe Lorenzo's Oil perhaps.

      1. tel2016

        Re: Academics

        The results are public domain

    5. Someone Else Silver badge

      Re: Academics

      What? Do you think tRump is going to magically lead our way out of this?!? Puh-LEEEZE!

      1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

        Re: Academics

        Why not? He knows about this stuff. He's very good, Very very good. His uncle was a scientist after all, so of course he knows this stuff.

    6. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Academics

      Most of the computer nerds you speak of - me included - have no idea how to research a vaccine.

      We do, however, know that those who do know, need oodles of CPU power to test their simulations, so we are helping out..

      Just like 50,000 people giving money to a cancer charity doesn't mean said 50,000 people are going to personally cure cancer.

      Is that really so hard to grasp?

  14. Roger Kynaston Bronze badge

    got to work now

    Tasks: 310 total, 2 running, 250 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie

    %Cpu(s): 8.9 us, 9.5 sy, 65.5 ni, 16.1 id, 0.1 wa, 0.0 hi, 0.0 si, 0.0 st

    KiB Mem : 16005364 total, 8189480 free, 3927256 used, 3888628 buff/cache

    KiB Swap: 999420 total, 999420 free, 0 used. 10942376 avail Mem

    PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND

    5623 fahclie+ 39 19 428184 173880 13548 R 292.4 1.1 11:14.56 FahCore_a7

    4679 rkynast+ 20 0 2905864 283376 123000 S 25.7 1.8 11:39.29 Web Content

    4504 rkynast+ 20 0 4159288 503024 207480 S 7.3 3.1 37:57.16 firefox

    1. Someone Else Silver badge

      Re: got to work now

      Interesting. Now take you random piles of lower-case ASCII and get of my lawn!

    2. Steve K Silver badge
      Joke

      Re: got to work now

      Hmm - those METARS look like weather is bad over rkynast

  15. Mmm interesting

    Have used BOINC for years contributing to fighting AIDS and all sorts of cancer projects. Glad to help and adjusting the settings is simple on the gui. Never interfered with my work so would reccomend. Have stealth installed on clients pcs (hide system icon) as well with no repercussions yet....

    1. ragnar

      You shouldn't do this.

    2. AndyMM

      I have been doing seti and boinc for more than a decade. But putting it on clients system is asking for serious criminal charges (you are stealing their electricity). Please do not do this, apart from anything else it will give other distributed@home a bad name.

      1. JClouseau
        Go

        Corporate Crunching ?

        Agree. What could be done is to ask officially your employer (major IT vendor here) to install whatever useful grid computing software on some big iron in demo rooms, test/PoC labs, currently idle or much less used because of the confinement.

        It would be more symbolic than anything, but a nice symbol.

  16. Bob7300

    I seem to remember this was available on the early PS3, but was removed. They should look at rolling it as an app for ps4 & Xbox One.

  17. StargateSg7 Bronze badge

    One company is doing its part by using highly advanced supercomputers to simulate/explore the use of lipid molecules to encase Ethyl and Propyl groups. The lipids that have a specific affinity for the surface proteins of the Corona Virion will attach ONLY to that protein bundle and not other body cells/structures.

    The lipid that contains Ethyl/Propyl alcohols will encase the entire virion or the spiky projections of the Coronavirus Virion which will then allow the Ethyl/Propyl groups to release onto and then denature the Virion itself, blowing it apart and poisoning/disconnecting the interior RNA/DNA sequences so it cannot replicate. They've already had much success and are seeding parts of the new-found knowledge to teams worldwide.

    I'm not the medical/physics guy so that's MY blurb on what they're doing!

    P.S. Corona is a word that means CROWN of which MANY have spiky bejeweled projections coming out from the base - ergo, you get Crowned-Virus as the origin of the word!

    ..

  18. tel2016

    Installed and joined Team El_Reg

    Team number 250966

    My laptop is measly, but every little helps

    1. karma mechanic

      Re: Installed and joined Team El_Reg

      Same here, machine is far too powerful for just pr0n so this gets the cobwebs out of the fans.

      Might get the old Dell laptop to do its bit shortly. Can sit around it and toast marshmallows later.

    2. werdsmith Silver badge

      Re: Installed and joined Team El_Reg

      My raspberry Pis probably won't be worth engaging, nor will this laptop.

      I have signed up for the NHS volunteers through Goodsam though. Such a shambolic process it was, I doubt they will ever manage to put 250,000 people to good use.

      1. Shadow Systems Silver badge

        A question about the Raspberry Pi.

        Please foregive my ignorance on the matter, I can't seem to configure my RPi worth a damn.

        Is it possible to configure an RPi to work as a F@H client & run 24/7/365 to donate it's admittedly meager computational nudges to the overall effort?

        Could a person create their own small farm of RPI's (a server farm of Pi? A PiFarm!) & configure them to run lots of nudges to the effort?

        What kind of effort could a (small) army of geeks/nerds all contributing their PiFarms to the totality do to benefit even moreso than just using their gaming/workstation rigs to do their parts?

        Is a PiFarm even possible, or do I need to take my dried frog pills again?

  19. Esme

    Just joined the team!, and spreading the word to folks I know!

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I have a couple of nice rigs at work, off-corporate network; normally used for FEA. Before our office closed down (ahead of the gov't) advice; I pointed the lot at F@H.

    Apparently F@H now has so much processing capability it can't keep up with recieving the results and dishing new work out.

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Remember kids

    Virus scan than downloaded exe file!

    - Joke

    1. Astarte

      Re: Remember kids

      Not a joke - I scan such files when they arrive in my download folder.

      Just seems like common sense to me.

      1. phuzz Silver badge

        Re: Remember kids

        On Windows most browsers notify the OS when they download a file, and it's automatically scanned by whatever virus checker you have installed before it's saved to disk in the final location.

        eg, in Firefox it's controlled by the browser.download.manager.scanWhenDone setting.

  22. Camilla Smythe

    No CUDA No libOpenCL No GPUs :(

    OS Arch: AMD64

    10:07:50: GPUs: 0

    10:07:50:CUDA Device 0: Platform:0 Device:0 Bus:7 Slot:0 Compute:6.1 Driver:10.1

    10:07:50: OpenCL: Not detected: Failed to open dynamic library 'libOpenCL.so':

    10:07:50: libOpenCL.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or

    10:07:50: directory

    Ryzen 2700X 16 cores available. GEFORCE GTX1050

    Linux Mint 19.3 How do I get the GPU on the case?

    1. molletts

      Re: No CUDA No libOpenCL No GPUs :(

      Are you running the nvidia official drivers?

      Also, a Reddit post here suggests that you need to install the OpenCL client drivers with "sudo apt-get install ocl-icd-libopencl1".

      (Disclaimer: I don't use Mint so I can't test this.)

      1. Camilla Smythe

        Re: No CUDA No libOpenCL No GPUs :(

        Tah. Used: sudo apt install ocl-icd-opencl-dev

        Not sure what is going on but now I show 1 GPU slot and 1 CPU slot running. I had to mess about in config, override -1 on some settings to get the GPU up. Again no idea as to what it did. The only indication that the GPU is doing something is the progress bar is moving and the temperature has gone up from 50C to 67C even though GPU utilisation is stuck down at 3% when I wiggle the mouse.

        13:33:14:<config>

        13:33:14: <!-- Client Control -->

        13:33:14: <fold-anon v='true'/>

        13:33:14:

        13:33:14: <!-- Folding Slot Configuration -->

        13:33:14: <gpu v='false'/>

        13:33:14:

        13:33:14: <!-- Network -->

        13:33:14: <proxy v=':8080'/>

        13:33:14:

        13:33:14: <!-- Slot Control -->

        13:33:14: <power v='full'/>

        13:33:14:

        13:33:14: <!-- User Information -->

        13:33:14: <team v='250966'/>

        13:33:14: <user v='Camilla_Smythe'/>

        13:33:14:

        13:33:14: <!-- Folding Slots -->

        13:33:14: <slot id='0' type='GPU'>

        13:33:14: <cuda-index v='0'/>

        13:33:14: <gpu-index v='0'/>

        13:33:14: <opencl-index v='0'/>

        13:33:14: </slot>

        13:33:14: <slot id='1' type='CPU'/>

        13:33:14:</config>

        13:33:37:WU00:FS01:0xa7:Completed 10000 out of 500000 steps (2%)

        13:34:14:WU01:FS00:0xa7:Completed 240000 out of 500000 steps (48%)

  23. baud Bronze badge

    Does Folding @Home generate a lot of network trafic? Before starting I'd prefer to be sure I won't impact the other users of the home network.

    1. Camilla Smythe

      Presumably only to download and return work files. My first download was only 4.5MByte. System monitor on my box shows no additional network anything whilst the thing is heating up my computer. Go for it.

      1. baud Bronze badge

        Thank you. I just installed it.

  24. TheProf Silver badge
    Thumb Up

    Waiting time

    I waited in a queue for 2 hours before finally downloading the first work unit.

    Let's hope that's the only queuing we see from now on.

  25. Camilla Smythe

    Yay!1!

    https://stats.foldingathome.org/donor/Camilla_Smythe

    1. phuzz Silver badge

      Re: Yay!1!

      That seems overloaded, you can also try this third party site:

      https://folding.extremeoverclocking.com/search.php

  26. 96percentchimp
    Pint

    My PC is *THIS* big!

    I had no idea this would turn into such a cock-waving contest!

    But seriously, well done everyone, and don't forget you can still give blood during the crisis. They need it just as much as ever - and it counts as an essential journey if you want to get out of the house ;)

    1. Cassini

      Re: My PC is *THIS* big!

      And mine is even bigger!

      I have a Linux 32 cpu AMD core system with 256 GB RAM and over 26 TB of disk space on ZFS. Beat that! :)

      Seriously though, I have joined Rosetta, but can't find an El_Reg team to join. Is it called something else, or should I set one up?

      1. JClouseau

        Re: My PC is *THIS* big!

        Hi,

        A "Linux 32" ? Bah, I only run Linux 64-bits :)

        I found team "Vulture Central XV", not sure how active it is but the name definitely rings a bell.

        1. Cassini

          Re: My PC is *THIS* big!

          I've joined Vulture Central - let's see what happens. Anyone else going to join?

      2. Hubert Cumberdale Silver badge

        Re: My PC is *THIS* big!

        Folding Vultures! Team 250966.

        1. JClouseau

          Re: My PC is *THIS* big!

          Cassini was asking about Rosetta@Home (BOINC)

          1. Hubert Cumberdale Silver badge

            Re: My PC is *THIS* big!

            Ah, my bad. Should've RTFP.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: My PC is *THIS* big!

      "[...] and don't forget you can still give blood during the crisis."

      UK. A friend who has always been a blood donor - has been told she can't donate at the moment because she is over 70.

  27. riffrafff

    I can typically complete one Work Unit, then it spends the rest of the day simply trying.

    "ERROR:WU01:FS00:Exception: Could not get an assignment"

    1. Making Bacon

      You are in the queue to be assigned a WU ... Patience my young padawan, it will connect and download soon enough

  28. Hubert Cumberdale Silver badge

    Folding Vultures update

    Just to say, Folding Vultures (team 250966) now has 84 members and has entered the dizzy heights of the top 10,000 teams. Whoever AgentMyth is... wouldn't mind a bit of your system – it's responsible for nearly half the team points so far! Nice work.

    1. Drewski84

      Re: Folding Vultures update

      I've been lurking here for about 10 years, created an account to say I'm in too. Unfortunately only with an fx8320, gtx970 & gtx760 - curiously the 760 picked up a job, but the 970 is say idle.

    2. diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

      Re: Folding Vultures update

      Oh cool - thanks a lot, everyone! We'll see if we can get some more gear involved.

      C.

      1. NetBlackOps Bronze badge

        Re: Folding Vultures update

        Glad to back on the team again.

  29. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge
    Linux

    No love for Linux?

    The F@H Linux software is too old to run on modern Ubuntu and some other distros. Similar projects on BOINC not only work on Linux, but get most of their compute power from it.

    1. Blitheringeejit
      Linux

      Re: No love for Linux?

      >>The F@H Linux software is too old to run on modern Ubuntu and some other distros.

      Not my experience - I have it running fine on latest Ubuntu, and a Mint 18.x machine, but when I tried on my old Ubuntu 14.04 box, the Control app wouldn't connect to the Client.

      But I would like to know more about platform comparisons - eg is there any difference in performance or usefulness between running it on Windows and linux machines, and would I be better running multiple VMs or a single host on full whack - any knowledgeable folks out there?

      1. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge

        Re: No love for Linux?

        Ubuntu 19+ doesn't support the python-gnome2 package that it needs.

    2. riffrafff

      Re: No love for Linux?

      I have it running on Ubuntu 18.04.4. It runs on the CPU fine (when I can get a WU), but will not recognize my Vega 56 GPU. :(

      1. riffrafff

        Re: No love for Linux?

        And suddenly, the GPU is working. First time ever. After weeks (months?) of re-enabling it in Config. WTF.

        Anyways, it's all good now, I guess.

    3. Esme

      Re: No love for Linux?

      It's running fine on my main desktop OC (Linux Mint) and my teeny Lenovo mini-laptop/tablet running a forked version of Ubuntu (cant recall the distro name now, it wasnt one I'd heard of but was the only one that installed with the screen the correct way up rather than rotated 90 degrees). It's also doing SOMEthing (only just installed it and so not sure if it's actually working ok until it gets its first WU) on my backup desktop PC which is very venerable indeed.

      Folding Vultures seem to be racing up the board - ranked 1,325 when I looked at the stats a little while ago. Well done all, keep it up!

  30. Angry IT Monkey

    Been running this anonymously for a few days, had no idea El Reg had a team.

    Running in a tower with a GTX 1050 Ti the fan is hardly noticeable on medium. Quadro in the work laptop is though!

  31. llama1911

    The original El Reg Folding@Home team: Vulture Central 2.2

    Set up in 2007; join the old timers!

    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/04/27/grid_cancer_research_results/

    https://stats.foldingathome.org/team/69263

    https://folding.extremeoverclocking.com/team_summary.php?s=&t=69263

    No matter what team you join, it's for a damn good cause.

    1. diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

      Re: The original El Reg Folding@Home team: Vulture Central 2.2

      Cool, thanks a lot!

      C.

  32. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    BOINC

    Been running BOINC for ages with no problems. However, after 3 days of waiting, I'm still not getting any WU from F@H.

    Good news is that there is a BOINC project - Rosetta@home, that is also doing COVID stuff, not sure it's the same stuff as F@H.

    So for now, I'm sticking with the BOINC stuff - every bit helps, but my spirit is with you guys!

    1. Fading Silver badge

      Re: BOINC

      Must be aiming for particular GPU's on F@H - my 1080 Ti gets a WU every time I connect (don't have it on 24/7 as need to keep the noise down during conference/video calls) .

  33. Tom 7 Silver badge

    Cant get any assignements today!

    I take that to be a good thing!

  34. Miss Config
    Holmes

    Public Service Donation

    What surprises me is that no big IT company such as Google has said to vaccine researchers :

    You want a ton of computing power ? Here it is. Be our guest.

    It is not only a definitive case of Public Service but it would be both great Publicity AND a place in the history books to be able to say :

    The company whose computers helped find the covid-19 vaccine

    1. JClouseau
      Thumb Up

      Re: Public Service Donation

      A tad smaller than Google, but definitely doing something about that :

      https://www.hpe.com/us/en/newsroom/blog-post/2020/03/challenging-times-call-for-clear-heads-purpose-driven-priorities-and-a-focus-on-communities.html

      Mind you, with their "legacy" HPC and now the Cray people and resources, I believe they can do interesting things. Not to mention Aruba wireless deployments in makeshift "hospitals", etc...

      Antonio Neri seems to be a rather decent fellow, especially compared to others CEOs. I guess the fact he's Italian only added to the incentive.

      Publicity, genuine good will, whatever, anything goes to fight against this little biatch.

      1. JClouseau

        Re: Public Service Donation

        Missed that one, and the link is actually on this very site's frontpage (NextPlatform. I never click, it's usually serious stuff) :

        https://www.nextplatform.com/2020/03/23/bringing-330-petaflops-of-supercomputing-to-bear-on-the-outbreak/

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Public Service Donation

      We're most definitely not Google, but we've knocked up a >150 core server cluster and set it off folding ... hopefully it helps!

  35. martin777

    I'm folding. Team 250966. Project 13861. Linux.

    Cheers.

    Oklahoma City. USA

  36. ADRM
    Go

    AMD Crunching

    Got my 2 main systems running 24/7 and added a third PC that was not in use. Ryzen 2700X and a EVGA 970 an 8350 and EVGA 960 and a 8320 and a Gigabyte Gt450. In less than 24 hours got 65K points. Have a Radeon HD7770 sitting spare but not sure about to different video cards in one machine. May be I'll have to knock up a system out of a case just to put that video card to use. Joined Team 250966 Folding Vultures.

    1. Hubert Cumberdale Silver badge

      Re: AMD Crunching

      You can run multiple GPUs with FAH – each GPU gets a separate work unit – and modern systems (with an appropriately rated PSU) should handle it. I've just got myself an RX 580 (not super high-end, but fairly cheap on eBay at ~£80), and that runs at around 450,000 points per day (assuming it can get the WUs). It seems that GPU folding is way faster than CPU.

      1. GrumpenKraut Silver badge

        Re: AMD Crunching

        > It seems that GPU folding is way faster than CPU.

        Judging by point-count you cite that seems to be true. But there may be situations where CPU only is not that bad. From the top of my head, if the FPU can do transcendental functions (exp etc.) that would be an advantage against GPU when needed, or when tons of communication between threads is required, or when there is a lot of conditional branches in the code.

        1. Hubert Cumberdale Silver badge

          Re: AMD Crunching

          I'm not saying GPUs are good at everything... just folding! I gather they're better at doing repetitive, relatively (numerically) simple, embarrassingly parallel stuff. Otherwise we'd've all given up on CPU architecture by now. But yes, I've turned off CPU folding since getting a passable GPU. However, I do believe that there are some WUs that require a CPU. So people shouldn't all abandon CPU folding.

          But anyway... I'll wait until I get a better CPU cooler before turning it back on... and maybe some better exhaust fans too. Since I've now got what is essentially a 180W heater sitting under it, at full load my CPU was heading for throttling territory at 95°C. I undervolted it to 1.0V (which I was surprised it dealt with stably) and that's improved things a bit, but that's no real substitute for a good cooling system!

          1. GrumpenKraut Silver badge
            Boffin

            Re: AMD Crunching

            > ... wait until I get a better CPU cooler ...

            Top tip: disallow the CPU frequency boost partially or (better) completely.

            That top end of he freq. range is very energy-inefficient compared to (up to) base freq. For my machine (i7-8700K, 6 cores), base freq. 3.7 GHz, boost 4.7 GHz, the difference at full load is "almost silent" versus "WOOOOSH!". Really, give it a try, you may skip buying a new cooler altogether!

            Not science, but I like that icon.

      2. ADRM
        Mushroom

        Re: AMD Crunching

        It is the PSU or anything hardware its the drivers. Putting both AMD and NVIDIA video drivers on one system is asking for trouble.

  37. Bloody Typical

    Had the docker image running on my UNRaid box for a few days now so thats giving the G8 Microserver's xeon a workout, the ol GTX770 in my desktop is showing it's age as it's taking about 9 hours per WU, the i7 3770 chomps through one in under 2 hours which isn't so bad.

    1. GrumpenKraut Silver badge

      Note the there seem to be separate WUs for CPU and GPU.

      Right now the (CPU-)WUs come in without any delay.

  38. Camilla Smythe

    Just about to dip below rank of 1000

    Was about 12,000 on the 25th.

  39. Esme

    Folding Vultures now ranked 985th

    We're through the 1000th mark! Yaay!

    1. GrumpenKraut Silver badge
      Pint

      Re: Folding Vultures now ranked 985th

      There are two vulture teams, 250966, Folding Vultures (the new team) and 69263, Vulture Central 2.2 (the old team).

      As jobs keep coming me and SWMBO keep our systems running day and night.

      Celebratory beer -------->

  40. GrumpenKraut Silver badge
    Mushroom

    Tze w00t!

    2.3 exaFLOPs as of April 8. Let's burn the fucker.

  41. paulch2

    Still ticking along - 415th as of today

    Wonder if it'll break into the top 300.

    1. RuffianXion
      Go

      Re: Still ticking along - 415th as of today

      Given that the overal no.1-ranked folder has joined our team (and seems to be folding for us exclusively) - https://stats.foldingathome.org/donor/1437 - I'd say that was pretty likely. I wouldn't want their electricity bill landing on my doormat!

      1. tel2016
        Pint

        Re: Still ticking along - 415th as of today

        The No1 folder is not a specific person, but anyone who hasn't set up a username, so is folding as the catch-all 'Anonymous'.

        However, some of those have chosen to fold as part of team 'Folding Vultures' (team 250966).

        Have a virtual beer on me though, because as I write, the team is ranked 379 out of 253,437.

  42. Bodestone

    Re: Need to really P!$$ them off so they go elsewhere

    I notice we've tripped a UK billion: 412,426 go to Team Folding Vultures's total of 1,003,224,566

    I've only switched to the Vultures since the post lockdown news.

  43. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Team has hit #241

    I've had a 10CPU VM running the FaH appliance on some spare blade capacity in our on-prem DC, just added a second VM as we have the bandwidth.

    Used the instructions here to create a lightweight VM.

    https://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2020/03/how-to-manually-install-folding-home-on-vmware-photon-os.html

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