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Folding@Home Milestone: 10 Million Points


Folding@Home.

A milestone in protein folding today as I hit 10 million points in about two years of effort.  Cumulatively, I’m number 608 on the leader board out of 1,421,000 contributors to Folding@Home with a run-rate in the top 200.

I’ll never get to the top of the leader board; that’s pretty well held down by 350,000 anonymous Sony PS/3 contributors.

What is protein folding?
Proteins are biology’s workhorses — its “nanomachines.” Before proteins can carry out these important functions, they assemble themselves, or “fold.” The process of protein folding, while critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology, in many ways remains a mystery.

Protein Model

For history, the current run-rate in points per day for various CPU and GPU clients running at 100% utilization 24×7 are:
17,511 Intel Core i7-980X
10,990 Intel Core i7-870
10,160 Intel Core i7-930
~9,500 nVidia GTX 285 (2)
7,024 AMD Phenom II 1055T
6,800 Intel Core 2 9550
5,865 nVidia GTX 250
4,766 nVidia 9800 GT
~4,500 Intel Core i5-650 (2)
1,943 nVidia 8600 GT
~1,750 AMD Radeon 5870 (2)

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