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    #1  Edited By Leone

    When I first heard about this, I thought it was pretty cool; it was an actual application of the Playstation 3's computing power that wasn't devoted to games.. and given that I'm majoring in biochem, it caught my eye (yeah, big science nerd here).

    Long story short, when I got my PS3 back from Sony, this was one of the first things I installed and I generally try to let it run in my spare time.

    For those who are unaware, here's the overview from Wikipedia
    "Folding@home (sometimes abbreviated as FAH or F@h) is a distributed computing (DC) project designed to perform computationally intensive simulations of protein folding and other molecular dynamics (MD). It was launched on October 1, 2000, and is currently managed by the Pande Group, within Stanford University's chemistry department, under the supervision of Professor Vijay Pande. Folding@home is the most powerful distributed computing cluster in the world, according to Guinness, and one of the world's largest distributed computing projects. The goal of the project is "to understand protein folding, misfolding, and related diseases."

    So, are you a part of the some 1.7 million users contributing with their PS3? And do you think we'll be seeing more applications like this for the Playstation 3? It'd be cool to see what other "good" can come from a game console.

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    I do it, and I love it. Someone should make a group!

    And if your a fan of F@H, your gonna love 'Life with PlayStation', prob heard about it before but its an interactive globe, like the current one but with Google Earth like quality, that displays real time weather reports world wide (clouds, rain etc), as well as world wide news reports. You zoom in on an area and the news and weather will be displayed, sounds pretty sweet. Best part is, you can F@H while doing this! AND listen to music from your HDD. Free too.

    So this will be major news, especially for people use F@H a lot.

    Supposedly out before the end of July, so they only have a week or so left. Bet it will be delayed but we'll see.

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    I do use folding@home on occasion. It's a great feature that provides great long term benefits (with participation). I used to leave my Ps3 on during the night to fold or while I was at work, but later stopped because WU were in the 8 hour range and I hated constantly leaving my Ps3 on 24/7 (yes I do baby it like that =/). The stat tracking they provide can make it enjoyable as well (if your into that). I doubt there will be more applications like this in the future though. Stanford was interested in this concept from the first moment they understood the Cell Processor's ability and could utilize it. It would be a great idea if more were included in the future, unfortunately I just can't fathom any other concepts or educational organizations that would be interested.

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    #4  Edited By tomchis

    I use it some of the time. My ps3 makes a wierd buzzing noise while using it anyone else get that?

    Anyway yea its a nice feature good to know we could be helping in someway (probably).

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    #5  Edited By fr0br0

    I would use it more if I could play my own music. Their music isn't bad, but it gets annoying after a while.

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    #6  Edited By TomServo

    no, because I'm afraid it will jack my performance

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    #7  Edited By thelastguy

    I do it sometimes if I remember.

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    TomServo said:
    "no, because I'm afraid it will jack my performance"

    Nah, it doesn't do a damn thing. Its just like playing an online game, uses your net connection while launched.


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    "I would use it more if I could play my own music. Their music isn't bad, but it gets annoying after a while.
    "

    Ummm, you CAN play your own music, you have been able to do that for a LOOONG time now. :P

    The2ndB4TheCrash said:
    "I do use folding@home on occasion. It's a great feature that provides great long term benefits (with participation). I used to leave my Ps3 on during the night to fold or while I was at work, but later stopped because WU were in the 8 hour range and I hated constantly leaving my Ps3 on 24/7 (yes I do baby it like that =/). The stat tracking they provide can make it enjoyable as well (if your into that). I doubt there will be more applications like this in the future though. Stanford was interested in this concept from the first moment they understood the Cell Processor's ability and could utilize it. It would be a great idea if more were included in the future, unfortunately I just can't fathom any other concepts or educational organizations that would be interested.
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    I actually know people who have left theres on for more then a week, so I dont think you should worry, as long as your PS3 is in an open area .
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    #9  Edited By Buzzer_Beater

    I put mine on when I get bored of playing games. I've only completed like 2 work units

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    #10  Edited By verybadbeetle

    I do it on occasion. Usually between play sessions in the evening and until I go to bed. I don't leave it on overnight though.

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    #11  Edited By mrzeal

    I don't... but I will, although I don't like leaving my PS3 on without doing anything with it...

    I do SETI@Home and some other stuff through my computer though...

    :)

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    #12  Edited By fenixREVOLUTION

    No, it just never occurs to me to turn it on before I leave for work or anything. =/

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    #13  Edited By Leone
    fenixREVOLUTION said:
    "No, it just never occurs to me to turn it on before I leave for work or anything. =/"
    Admittedly, this was my problem at first- I tend to be absent minded, so I never got around to it, but I finally sat down one day and installed it (within a day or two of getting my PS3 back) and since then I've been trying to run it any time I head out for an extended amount of time. I'll probably eventually leave it running overnight at the very least.

    Good to see other people are trying it out as well :D
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    I couldnt be bothered doing it

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    #15  Edited By epic_pets

    I didnt know what to do.

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    #16  Edited By Termite

    Being a science nerd myself, just the thought of protein folding turns me on

    Bummer I don't have a PS3, or I'd be all over it

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    #17  Edited By Mattzz10

    Everyone knows that they can run this on a regular computer also right?

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    #18  Edited By Schadenfreude

    I leave Folding@Home on whenever I'm not using my PS3. I have over 1000 WUs completed. :)

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    #19  Edited By drewm135

    Yeah I'm a constant F@H person. I also leave my PS3 on just to do it

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    #20  Edited By Jotun

    I haven't really used it since it came out. Maybe a few times but that's it.

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    #21  Edited By aku

    I did when it first came out. Not recently though. I will again if they put in trophy support :) hehe just imagine how many people would if they put in trophies on there.

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    #22  Edited By LiquidPrince

    I don't because it causes my PS3 to get too hot.

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    #23  Edited By Teqonix

    I used to leave my PS3 on 24/7 Folding when I wasn't using it, but I heard that Sony isn't repairing or replacing 60GB consoles that die, and I don't really want to take the chance. I might start folding again if I get another non-bc PS3 at some point, but I don't see that happening for a very long time, if at all.

    However, I did just get a new video card for my computer, and I hear it can run Folding@Home, so I might try that.

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    #24  Edited By zerok

    Everytime when charging a controller while not being motivated for gaming ;-)

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    #25  Edited By roylink

    Well I heard you can also use for computer to do that Folding@home program. 

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    #26  Edited By warxsnake

    With the amount of extra pollution and electrical use all these PS3's (and PCs) are emitting from being constantly on, it's hard to decide whether to participate or not.
    I wont do folding at home with my PS3, but since I keep my computer on all day anyway, I will wait for ATI's new 4870x2 card to come out with CUDA support, and use the massive dual GPUs to do the folding. 4870x2 has 2 teraFLOPS of computing power I guess folding@home will benefit massively from that, and anyone who has a current gen ati/nvidia card

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    #27  Edited By Joker19

    nah, cant be bothered with it and i still don't know what it does really hehe

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    #28  Edited By Carlos

    Don't use it and I'm not planning on using it

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    #29  Edited By grainger

    its fun looking at all the dots for about 10 seconds then you just think to yourself 'i want to beat the hell out of some french people on COD!' which in my opinion is more satisfying than curing serious illnesses :D haha

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    #30  Edited By LiquidPrince

    It works 100% of you CPU and the system get's too hot for my liking. I have only one complete fold.

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    #31  Edited By DisAbiLityFisHy

    Yes. ReTarDedFisHy likes to leave on his PS3, mainly to leave things downloading. Oh, and contribute processing power to F@H. He doesn't worry about his PS3 getting too hot because he just leaves the AC on all the time, he likes it chilly.

    ReTarDedFisHy thinks we should make a GB group.

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    #32  Edited By AaronBelfast

    Nah, still need to understand what it does to my PS3 (I get worried to easy)

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    #33  Edited By LiquidPrince
    ReTarDedFisHy said:
    "Yes. ReTarDedFisHy likes to leave on his PS3, mainly to leave things downloading. Oh, and contribute processing power to F@H. He doesn't worry about his PS3 getting too hot because he just leaves the AC on all the time, he likes it chilly.

    ReTarDedFisHy thinks we should make a GB group."
    Why does ReTarDedFisHy speak in third person?
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    #34  Edited By turboman  Staff

    I used to... but I don't do it regularly

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    #35  Edited By grainger

    mines only at like 2.17% and has been for some time now

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    #36  Edited By DisAbiLityFisHy
    LiquidPrince said:
    "ReTarDedFisHy said:
    "Yes. ReTarDedFisHy likes to leave on his PS3, mainly to leave things downloading. Oh, and contribute processing power to F@H. He doesn't worry about his PS3 getting too hot because he just leaves the AC on all the time, he likes it chilly.

    ReTarDedFisHy thinks we should make a GB group."
    Why does ReTarDedFisHy speak in third person?
    "

    Because ReTarDedFisHy has always spoken in third-person, and alway will. You don't think it's actually possible for a FisHy to talk in first-person do you?
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    #37  Edited By DisAbiLityFisHy
    LiquidPrince said:
    "ReTarDedFisHy said:
    "Yes. ReTarDedFisHy likes to leave on his PS3, mainly to leave things downloading. Oh, and contribute processing power to F@H. He doesn't worry about his PS3 getting too hot because he just leaves the AC on all the time, he likes it chilly.

    ReTarDedFisHy thinks we should make a GB group."
    Why does ReTarDedFisHy speak in third person?
    "

    Because ReTarDedFisHy has always spoken in third-person, and alway will. You don't think it's actually possible for a FisHy to talk in first-person do you?
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    #38  Edited By grainger
    ReTarDedFisHy said:
    "LiquidPrince said:
    "ReTarDedFisHy said:
    "Yes. ReTarDedFisHy likes to leave on his PS3, mainly to leave things downloading. Oh, and contribute processing power to F@H. He doesn't worry about his PS3 getting too hot because he just leaves the AC on all the time, he likes it chilly.

    ReTarDedFisHy thinks we should make a GB group."
    Why does ReTarDedFisHy speak in third person?
    "

    Because ReTarDedFisHy has always spoken in third-person, and alway will. You don't think it's actually possible for a FisHy to talk in first-person do you?"

    honestly i didnt think fish could talk in first person or third
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    #39  Edited By Leone
    AaronBelfast said:
    "Nah, still need to understand what it does to my PS3 (I get worried to easy)"
    You download the software package which'll run like any game from the XMB, from there it'll update, then you may get disconnected from PSN as the connection to the distributed computing network is established. From there your Playstation 3 is given a task (work unit) to help emulate/render a protein folding sequence. It'll take a couple of hours if you do it from start to end, especially depending on exactly what it is modelling. At the same time it'll have a spinning map of the earth that shows other users and it plays a little mood music.
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    #40  Edited By DisAbiLityFisHy
    grainger said:
    "honestly i didnt think fish could talk in first person or third"
    ...Oh.
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    #41  Edited By DisAbiLityFisHy
    grainger said:
    "honestly i didnt think fish could talk in first person or third"
    ...Oh.
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    #42  Edited By Leone
    ReTarDedFisHy said:
    "...Oh."
    ReTarDedFisHy said:
    "...Oh."


    And now you're an echoing, talking fishy. Who suspiciously looks like my angry Red Devil that eats any other fish that enters its tank. And watches my PS3, whether or not I be doing Folding@Home.
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    #43  Edited By Logan_Aybara

    One of the first things I did once I got my PS3.  I'm a high school science teacher though, so I have no excuse not to use it.

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    #44  Edited By NinjaMunkey

    Ipesonally dont, not becuase I am tight or anything, I just dont like leaving the console on when i am not around for hours.

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    #45  Edited By Quadrifoglio

    I think I have, like, three folds. So no, I don't use it.

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    #46  Edited By shadows_kill

    nope i dont. i havnt even installed it. i may after i get the hard drive =/

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    #47  Edited By ocdog45

    no interest in doing this even if it helps to cure cancer

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    #48  Edited By brukaoru

    Yes, I fold@home. I use to leave my PS3 on 24/7 with a couple of breaks every month. Now I have cut back to leaving it on in the day time and turning it off at night. I followed the advice of someone who left their PS3 on 24/7 (except in thunderstorms) and their PS3 fans died. He recommended I stop folding@home, but I think just running it for 12 hours a day now will help reduce the risk of the fans failing... At least I hope so.

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    #49  Edited By shadows_kill
    ocdog45 said:
    "no interest in doing this even if it helps to cure cancer"
    tisk tisk. you dont want to help people in need. at least im interested in doing it.
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