#4267 - 04/20/0207:32 AMSETI, RC5, and automobiles
QWe set up MacMinute teams for SETI@home and RC5 many months ago but have never plugged either of them (unlike our friends at MacNN, who pursue such distributed computing projects with much gusto). <br><br>How many of you partake in such an effort? Is there any interest in seeing what MacMinute's teams could do (would you join)?<br><br>
I think an excellent choice for distributed computing is the Folding project at Stanford.<br>http://folding.stanford.edu/<br><br>It really is doing some good solving protein folding problems which works on one of my favorite subjects, solving the mysteries of cancer.<br>Check it out. If someone were to go and make a "Macminute" team I would point my processors towards it. I would do it but the dog is going in a depression because I promised a run in the woods.<br><br>
added: only works in OSX, either screen saver, stand-alone etc.<br><br>Now you have a reason to upgrade that box and go to X, "but boss, I gotta help out finding the cure for Alzheimers before I forget".<br><br>
OK, I just made a "MacMinute Cafe" team at the Stanford folding protein project. If you already have this running and want to contribute your points to MacMinute then just switch your prefs in the software to team "3264" (without quotes).<br>It will take a few days before I can switch over my labs stuff to this new one. (Meanwhile my points go to Satan's spawn, just kidding.).<br><br>To join and get give your unused cpu over to a good cause just go to http://folding.stanford.edu and download the software. Runs on several flavors of wintel but looks most excellent on Mac OSX. The screen saver or standalone grapical are very slick. If you change the prefs to "wire frame" the molecules slowly dance and fold all night long. And they really are doing something important.<br>Short story: Besides the DNA which is the blueprint for who you are the rest of you is protein. (All the rest is just filler). those proteins are encoded by only 20 amino acids. So how can you get breasts, brains and bunions? Different arrangement of the amino acids and how they "fold". One amino acid change and it folds wrong so your chances of metastatic breast cancer go through the roof. <br>So to see what goes wrong we need to see what goes right. And so the folding program is trying to work through all the different ways proteins fold until they fit. (Without breaking a lot of rules).<br>Lunch gotta go ...<br><br><br>Paul Morrison ... truth should never get in the way of a good story
Cool, when your first data packet is done and shipped back you will be in first place by Sunday afternoon. It's easy to go back and look up team stats. Just have to remember the team number. Very interesting that it is the 5th and 6th number in the common geometric progression for computer memory etc.<br><br>3264<br><br>2,4,8,16, 32,64, 128,256.<br><br><br>Paul Morrison ... truth should never get in the way of a good story
#4274 - 04/20/0205:46 PMRe: SETI, RC5, and automobiles
Ain't binary great?<br><br>I'll look into Folding -- I've read about it but haven't checked it out. In the mean time, here are the links for our SETI and RC5 teams, if anyone's interested (yes, they are very small right now .<br><br>http://stats.distributed.net/rc5-64/tmember.php3?team=875184014<br><br>http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/cgi?cmd=team_lookup&name=MacMinute+Crew<br><br>
nb. I named the folding team "MacMinute Cafe". Should I change it to "Macminute Crew"? Knowing nothing about your historical lineage here I don't want to come in as a "newbie" and rename yourselfs.<br>Sometimes I come off as a total horse's ass know-it-all. At least that's what my wife says. and she's right <br><br> your obediant servant <br><br>Paul Morrison ... truth should never get in the way of a good story
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