That's it? Nobody else here is interested in a computational dick wagging contest? One that actually provides important health science research? Okay, lets make it more interesting.
As of right now, the NerfHaven stats page
puts me at 388 points after finishing 4 work units. Each work unit is worth a point total between 10 and 600 (currently) that reflects the relative amount of CPU time required to process it. Points are based on the formula (110 x days_to_complete_on_P4_2.8) so if you have a P4 2.8 you should expect to get a little under 110 points per day, less for slower machines and more for faster machines. I have a 5 day head start, having installed my first client on Friday afternoon. Today I added another couple of (relatively slow) machines.
The first person other than me to hold the #1 point total ranking for the NerfHaven team for seven consecutive days will win their choice of one of the following:
- 30' of PETG
- 1 NIB BlastFire
- 1 NIB Max Shot
To win this contest you will either need a fairly fast computer, or be able to talk one or more of your friends or family into letting you install the client on their computer too. The single rule is that multiple NH members can not work together under the same Folding@Home User ID.
Come on, the NH team is already ranked 11645 of 38951 teams with less than a week of my CPU time, lets see how high we can get it!
The client runs as a low priority service so that it runs 'in the background' and doesn't slow down your system. If you're listening to mp3s, it takes the other 70% of your CPU, if you're playing a FPS, it gets practically nothing, if you go make a sandwich, it takes 100% until you get back. It's all seamless and you don't need to do anything about it. If you want maximum performance under windoze, download the "no-nonsense text-only console" since it's faster than the graphical and screensaver versions.