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Folding@Home in Guinness Book of Records

Folding@Home in Guinness Book of Records

Folding@Home is recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as being the most powerful distributed network ever.

Folding@Home, a system which allows gamers and geeks everywhere to contribute spare CPU power towards a system made to investigate protein-folding and how this complex science can be used to battle diseases such as cancer, has now been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records.

The Folding@Home project has proved very popular with gamers and PlayStation 3 owners especially, the efforts of whom more than doubled the power of the system. Just a few weeks ago Folding@Home passed the PetaFlop milestone for both PC and PlayStation 3 owners. PlayStation 3 owners reached the PetaFlop mark by themselves shortly afterwards.

Now the project is recognised by the folks at Guinness as being the worlds most powerful distributed computing network in the world.

"To have Folding@home recognized by Guinness World Records as the most powerful distributed computing network ever is a reflection of the extraordinary worldwide participation by gamers and consumers around the world and for that we are very grateful," said Vijay Pande, associate professor of chemistry at Stanford University and Folding@home project lead in a press statement.

"Without them we would not be able to make the advancements we have made in our studies of several different diseases. But it is clear that none of this would be even remotely possible without the power of PS3, it has increased our research capabilities by leaps and bounds."

There are currently more than 670,000 PS3 users signed up to the effort. If you want to sign up your PC or PlayStation then you can do so here, but be sure to join up with Team Bit-Tech (Team: 33346). Find out how to do that by clicking here. Then you can boast about your contribution in the forums.

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Jamie 1st November 2007, 11:38 Quote
bit-tech folding team stats

How long before people start to question the additional power consumption and the carbon footprint of all that processing?
Shadow_101 1st November 2007, 11:44 Quote
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bit-tech folding team stats

How long before people start to question the additional power consumption and the carbon footprint of all that processing?

:) dam hippies /hugs petrol
mikeuk2004 1st November 2007, 11:46 Quote
Id do it but i has so many issues with AOL limiting me, somedays I cant get a webpage to load. This would kill my bandwidth or would it?? I havnt read much into the folding lark.
Jamie 1st November 2007, 12:10 Quote
It doesn't use much bandwidth. The client downloads a small chunk of data and then the processing happens without using the internet.
DXR_13KE 1st November 2007, 12:36 Quote
this could be put into gov and school computers....
mclean007 1st November 2007, 12:45 Quote
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this could be put into gov and school computers....
So taxpayers could foot the additional power bill? I don't think so mate
C-Sniper 1st November 2007, 13:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
this could be put into gov and school computers....
So taxpayers could foot the additional power bill? I don't think so mate
Most school PCs are on 24/7 anyway so there would be a very minimal increase in power consumption.
Bluephoenix 1st November 2007, 15:16 Quote
in the US, some companies can actually get a tax break if they devote the non primary processing time to folding@home

the company I'm currently doing part-time design work for actually hooks in the tesla unit it has to folding@home when it isn't needed for its primary job.

the same thing is done with the single Quadroplex, and all the workstations.
DXR_13KE 1st November 2007, 21:36 Quote
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So taxpayers could foot the additional power bill? I don't think so mate

taxpayers already foot the power bill for stupid things... at least this one is is useful.
Jamie 1st November 2007, 23:35 Quote
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Most school PCs are on 24/7 anyway so there would be a very minimal increase in power consumption.

I think a computer idling will use far less power than a computer at 100% load.
boiled_elephant 2nd November 2007, 00:37 Quote
Precisely. And with a problem as huge as carbon emissions, it's less PCs in schools and LAN parties that are the problem, and more...y'know...the entire western world.
Anyone who spouts off at ME about carbon footprints gets a slap with a wet article.
steveo_mcg 2nd November 2007, 10:39 Quote
You know what they say, the longest journey an all that.
I seen a comment on this on /. some one calculated the cost of running this on a ps3 24/7 at something like $400. Multiply that by UK energy costs and by the number of computers at schools and this would be an incredibly expensive proposition, surely the better option would be to just shut down school computers when they are not in use and if people want to donate to the system then that's their business.
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