Please read here ( https://foldingathome.org/2020/03/10/covid19-update/ ) for all the information on the Folding@Home fight to simulate druggable protein targets for COVID-19.

Snip from https://foldingathome.org/about/

“Folding@home (FAH or F@h) is a distributed computing project for disease research that simulates protein folding, computational drug design, and other types of molecular dynamics. As of today, the project is using the idle resources of personal computers owned by volunteers from all over the world. Thousands of people contribute to the success of this project.”

Read more here: https://foldingathome.org/2020/03/10/covid19-update/

The Folding@home GitHub project page is located here https://github.com/FoldingAtHome/coronavirus

Setup Folding@home

Warning running Folding@home on your completer all the time may cause the computer to over-heat, die (or have a shorter life).  If you do not want this risk then don’t install Folding@home. Use at your own risk.

Go to https://foldingathome.org/start-folding/ and download the 

Installer.exe

Open the installer and click Next

Welcome to the FAH setup screen

Read the Licence Agreement and click Next

Licence Agreement Screenshot

Select Custom install then Next (for more information)

Choose Express of Custom Install Option Screenshot

Choose a folder to install to (I chose my fastest Hard Drive a PCIE-4 SSD) and click Next

Choose a folder to install to screenshot

Choose where to install the configuration data and click Next

Choose where to save the configuration data

Choose how to start the Folding@home client. Automatically as login, at boot time or manually.  I chose Automatically at login.

I also ticked Enable Folding@home screen saver and click Install

Choose how to start the Folding@home client. Automatically as login, at boot time or manually.

Folding@home will install.

Installing Screenshot.

Folding@home has installed, click Finish 

I chose to start the Folding@home app

Folding@home is installed.

Folding@home Screen Saver

The Folding@home screensaver displays the current scientific package simulation.

Folding@home screen saver screenshot.

Windows System Tray icon

You can use the Folding@home system tray icon to start/stop any scientific work projects and review other settings.

Folding@home system tray screenshot.

Active Protein Viewer

Thew protein viewer will show the active scientific protein simulation.

Demo protein viewer.

Demo protein simulation

Warning

The Folding@home app will consume a fair amount of processing power.

On my system I have processing power to use set to the default of “Medium” and it is working 11 of my 16 CPU threads heavily.  I have an 8 core 16 thread AMD 3700X processor

My video card  (a Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080) is about 45% busy.

Video card is showing 45% busy in Task Manager.

The Folding@home Advanced Control app allows you to reduce the CPU usage

Folding@home Advanced Control, Screenshot.

Web Control

By opening the Folding@home System Tray icon then clicking Web Control I can see a good overview of the projects being simulated and the status.

Folding@ home web control screenshot.

You can dedicated your system to run projects from a specific project (e.g Alzheimer’s or Cancer etc)  but to contribute directly to Corona Virus at this time, leave the project as “Any”  COVID-19 work is coming

Warning

Warning running Folding@home on your completer all the time may cause the computer to over-heat, die (or have a shorter life).  If you do not want this risk then don’t install Folding@home. Use at your own risk.

It is advisable to check tour processors temperature core temp (I use Core Temp)

CPU frequency and Tempertures

With all processor cores busy my processor is hitting 72c (warm but not hot). I might turn up the fans on my Processor cooler.

My video card is running about 51c, this is low because it is water cooler.  I use GPU-Z to show my GPU temperatures.

Video card temperature and usage

You can configure the Folding@home client to slow down if need be, the following settings are

  • Light
    • CPU is Folding at half speed, GPU Folding is off.
  • Medium
    • CPU is Folding at three-quarter speed. GPU Folding is on. This is the default setting, and recommended for most users.
  • Full
    • CPU is Folding at full speed. GPU Folding is on. This is the most productive setting. Will cause fans to run faster and may produce more heat.
  • While I’m working
    • Folding is enabled to run at all times, based on the slider position.
  • Only when idle
    • Folding starts only when the system has not been used for several minutes.

If tempoeratures are high you can 

Can I just work on COVID-19 simulations/projects (not Alzheimers, Cancer, Huntingtons or Cancer)?

No, not at this time as the interface does not allow this yet (it’s coming) but you can add a few expert settings to grab the beat projects if they are available.  Most of the COVID projecds are in BETA.

Right click on the Folding@home SysTray Icon and click Advanced Control then click Configure button then click the Expert Tab, under Extra client options click Add and add these values.

Name: client-type

Value: bigadv

Click OK then Save.

It should look like this.

View of the expert value applied

How does Folding@home work

Folding@home will use your CPU and or GPU in the background to do science.

Does Folding@home work?

Yes

Happy folding.

Links

Read about other expert configuration values here

Here are some handy Folding@home links

 

11.0 Initial Draft

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