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Nerfers Nerfing Disease Team NerfHaven Folding@Home

#1 User is offline   cxwq 

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Posted 05 July 2005 - 03:48 PM

I created a NerfHaven team (#45293) for the Folding @ Home project a few days ago and wanted to encourage everyone participating in F@H to join the team. If you're not putting your unused CPU cycles to work on anything else, this is a pretty worthwhile cause that may go a long way towards understanding and curing a number of diseases. Folding @ Home uses the computers of hundreds of thousands of volunteers to study protein folding problems related to Alzheimers and some types of cancer, among others.

Teh Contest:

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When I wake up on Christmas morning, I will check the team stats and send a PM to the person with the highest point total who isn't named cxwq. I will ask them which of the fine prizes (listed on the first page of this thread) they would like shipped to them at my expense.

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  • 30' of PETG
  • 1 NIB BlastFire
  • 1 NIB Max Shot


How To Install: link

How Points Are Calculated: link

Dial-Up, Security, etc: link

Stats links:

Official F@H NH Team Page

NH Team Page @Extreme OC

NH Team Page @Forum PCs
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Posted 06 July 2005 - 06:06 AM

It's gonna take me a few days to get things straightened out, but I have two P3's in my server that rarely get used. I've been trying to find a use for them, but other then running my own mail server, FTP client and a nice little proxy web service for my buddies (with limitations of course) it's pretty much dormat. That doesn't stop the thing from creating enough heat to melt the aluminium. I'll sign up for it eventually, it's just going to take me a week or two to run some diagnostics to see exactly how active it is at what hours of the day. The logs look pretty much empty, but I just recently started a service which will auto update virus and OS updates on the wintel machines of my friends. Needless to say I'm very new to Linux administration, so it's pretty much all hood-rigged. It could be useful. It's able to run alot of stuff, it just does it slower then I'd like. If anyone has a duel P4 Xeon motherboard floating around with enough memory, let me know. Untill then, I don't have the 6 grand to upgrade it.

Ah well, it's fun. I'll see what I can do.

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 02:25 PM

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!

Mini FAQ:

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.
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Posted 06 July 2005 - 03:47 PM

You guys can count on my laptop's CPU time. While it is nowhere near as powerful as a desktop, I'm pretty proud of it. I have a 1.6GHz Pentium M with 1GB of RAM, which isn't bad at all for a laptop.

I think when cx did the nerf group at SETI, I was one of the few that actually joined him. Come on guys, let's get Haven higher on that team list.
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Posted 06 July 2005 - 03:53 PM

i'm up for a challenge, that and an NIB Blastfire as an incentive always makes a contest worthwhile :mellow:
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Posted 06 July 2005 - 05:05 PM

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If you're listening to mp3s, it takes the other 70% of your CPU...
But I want to listen to soft rock, and Bob Geldof now! Screw helping.

No seriously, I'm up for it. I have a P4 3GHz up for the cause, but I think my modem will let me down, even though I read the relevant FAQ snippet. I just found out I might have Marfan's disease so I think we all can lend a hand where we can.
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#7 User is offline   cxwq 

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 05:13 PM

taita_cakes, on Jul 6 2005, 05:05 PM, said:

I think my modem will let me down

The work unit I'm currently crunching consisted of a ~500k download which will take my Athlon XP 2200+ about two days to process before I have to download more. With your CPU, definitely enable the large work unit option - it will reduce the number of times you have to fetch new data from their servers.

Sucks about possibly having Marfan's... that's pretty rare, isn't it?
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Posted 06 July 2005 - 05:16 PM

alright, i've joined the team, currently crunching WU 1 (Frames: 400), currently on 20 of 400, 2 comps running it at the same time
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Posted 06 July 2005 - 05:22 PM

cxwq, on Jul 7 2005, 12:13 PM, said:

taita_cakes, on Jul 6 2005, 05:05 PM, said:

I think my modem will let me down

The work unit I'm currently crunching consisted of a ~500k download which will take my Athlon XP 2200+ about two days to process before I have to download more. With your CPU, definitely enable the large work unit option - it will reduce the number of times you have to fetch new data from their servers.

Sucks about possibly having Marfan's... that's pretty rare, isn't it?

I'm using the text only console version. I'll have to fiddle with it later.

Yeah Marfan's is pretty rare. But it's slightly more common in America, with odds being 1:5000. It's all pretty fun, early death, blindness, but I dont want to live till I'm old and vegetative, I've seen that happen to too many of my family.
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Posted 06 July 2005 - 06:58 PM

I used to run SETI and the Golem project( did any one else use that), I had those on my old box. I havn't put any on my aleinware which is a shame cause it is unused most of the day, perhapes I shall use this as an oppertunity to put some of those spare cycles to use.
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Posted 06 July 2005 - 09:27 PM

I've downloaded it and its running. How do I get to join your team though?
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Posted 06 July 2005 - 09:41 PM

Should have had that option when setting up the client... it asks for a team number.
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Posted 07 July 2005 - 05:56 AM

Ok, I can't access the site from my work machine, however I think getting any client to work is going to be a bit of an issue.

What kind of client is this thing? I'm running Red Hat 9 on my server, so it could turn out to be an issue. Unless they have the binary files I'm pretty much SOL. I'll check it when I get at home, but they must have some kind of nix support for this thing. Most of the UltraSparc systems could out perform a standard Van Newman Intel machine any day of the week with flying colors.

I'm also timid as to security issues. The server acts as our home network router and I've got the firewall set up pretty damn strictly. I'm ok with opening a port up, but unless the client is using CHAP authentication, it's not going to happen. I'm already timid enough about opening up ports for SSH and HTTP. I'm not hosting highly sensitive data here, but it's taken me a long time to get all these systems to co-exsist and I'm not ready to go through data tapes to restore lost configuration that's taken me almost 6 months to get.

As much as I understand the cause and I'd like to help, I'm just going to need to understand the client and it's processes first.

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Posted 07 July 2005 - 07:35 AM

Fine, Fine, You get my PC's and a few of my friends. Once I get home from work. I think I'll put it on 7 machines. 1 AMD sempron 3100+, 1 athlon XP 2000+, 1 Celeron D 335 2.8ghx, 1 P4 2 gz, 1 P3 500mhz, and 1 P2(?) 335 mhz.

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Posted 07 July 2005 - 08:08 AM

I'm in. I'll try to get my other comp in it, but for now, I'll put my 2.8 ghz in for it (my other computer is monitor-less at the moment, and it would take a very long time to install FaH without a screen). I won't win, but hey, it's for a good cause- thanks for letting me know about the site.

Lastly, how long does it take before your name is shown under the team members page? I actually kind of skipped over the whole name step, so I'm currently owner...

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