Monday, March 23rd 2020

Folding@Home Now More Powerful Than World's Seven Top Supercomputers Combined - Join TPU!

This one here is another shot in the arm when it comes to faith in humanity. Folding@Home, the distributed computing project where users can donate their spare CPU and GPU cycles for a given cause, has hit an absolute bonkers milestone. According to Greg Bowman, Director of Folding@home, the network has reached a peak compute power amounting to some 470 petaFLOPS - more than double that of the world's current supercomputing record holder, the Summit supercomputer, which dishes out 200 peak petaFLOPS. Folding@Home's 470 Petaflops means users donating their spare cycles are delivering more computing power than that which is available in the world's top 7 supercomputers combined.

After some slight service outages where users weren't getting any work units due to the increased number of donors over the last few days, the computing service now seems to be running at full steam ahead. Remember that you can select the causes for which you are donating your computing power: whether cancer, Alzheimer's, Huntington, or Parkinson's disease, as well as some other non-selectable projects.
The latest threat to be added to the computing list for Folding@home, however, is the current SARS-CoV-2 virus, responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic that's currently running through the world with the same ease as a bushfire. If you want to donate your spare cycles, it's easy: just go to the Folding@Home web page, download the installer for your system of choice, and voila. While you're at it, remember to fold aggregated to the TPU team, if you so wish: we're currently 37# in the world, but have plans for complete world domination. You just have to input 50711 as your team ID. This is a way to donate efforts to cure various diseases affecting humanity that's at the reach of a few computer clicks - and the associated power cost with these computations. Source: Greg Bowman @ Twitter
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22 Comments on Folding@Home Now More Powerful Than World's Seven Top Supercomputers Combined - Join TPU!

#3
NZKshatriya
Been folding for a while
Waiting on more units
waiting.......
(Edited to show team change)

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Lightofhonor
Ramped up my folding unit, but then wasn't able to get WU for 24hrs as they were all taken.
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#6
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
But the latency kills it...
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#8
Crowley
Time for more people to join Team TechPowerUP #50711 and help the TPU Team climb the ranks!

Lightofhonor
Ramped up my folding unit, but then wasn't able to get WU for 24hrs as they were all taken.
This is the one unfortunate side effect of everyone helping with their respective team. I have two machines one is my gaming PC and the other is a only used for F@H and testing I need to do for various reasons
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#9
Object55
Signed up, started to fold 3 days ago. Can't seem to get more work atm.
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#10
madness777
Currently at 38 million points from my side :rockout: :lovetpu:
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Raevenlord
News Editor
Vayra86
Ready set go


NZKshatriya
Been folding for a while
Waiting on more units
waiting.......
(Edited to show team change)


Liviu Cojocaru
Hope it helps :

Object55
Signed up, started to fold 3 days ago. Can't seem to get more work atm.
Thanks a lot, guys. So long as the queues are full, it's a good sign - a sign that we're helping so much they can't even cope with the lot of us!

Thank you for all the new entrants for team TPU, it's great to have you onboard for something so selfless as this. :rockout::rockout::lovetpu::lovetpu:
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#12
phill
Welcome to team TPU all the new comers :)

My name is Phill, I do the FAH and WCG Pie charts every day and I must say it's become rather busy of late!! :)

Any problems please find you way over to the FAH and WCG sections.. Everyone here is brilliantly nice and will do their best to help in whatever way possible :) See you in the top 10 soon ;)
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#13
Flanker
wiyosaya
The BOINC project Rosetta@home is also doing coronavirus computations for anyone interested. https://boinc.bakerlab.org/
Is this one easier to get work comparing to F@H?
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#14
Blueberries
How long before a nation state realizes this and compromises their systems to initiate cyber attacks or crack government and military encryption?
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#15
Caring1
Blueberries
How long before a nation state realizes this and compromises their systems to initiate cyber attacks or crack government and military encryption?
Who says it isn't already? ;) :p
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#17
Dragonsmonk
Flanker
Is this one easier to get work comparing to F@H?
Takes about 90 secs in total after download ;)
That is what I am currently running, have only had other projects in there beforehand, hence the numbers still low.
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#18
AusWolf
I'm in the game with a water-cooled Core i7-7700 and a GTX 1660 Ti. My home theatre rig with a Core i3-2120T and a GT 610 is currently folding for the Linus Tech Tips team.
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#19
okidna
Been off from crunching for a long time. Now doing some CPU crunching with Rosetta and folding with my GPU.
Stay safe everyone.

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#21
animal007uk
As much as this makes my GPU hit 70c with fans going 100% it's worth it if a cure can be found :D
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#22
theoneandonlymrk
animal007uk
As much as this makes my GPU hit 70c with fans going 100% it's worth it if a cure can be found :D
I think the fact folding at home just went exaflop make's it all worth while.

I quoted you because your a fine example of humanity clearly :)

Nice that a load of people in bedrooms beat every nation to an exoflop of compute isn't it,, , beat all 103 top ten together never mind top ten.

https://www.tomshardware.com/uk/news/folding-at-home-breaks-exaflop-barrier-fight-coronavirus-covid-19
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