As you may or may not know, the TR community contributes quite a bit to Stanford University’s Folding@home project. Using spare processor (and graphics processor) cycles, TR’s team 2630 managed to reach sixth place in the global FAH rankings several months ago. However, we’ve slipped to eighth place since then.
Finding cures for diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and cystic fibrosis is clearly the most important part of folding, but crushing other teams with our sheer computing might comes as a close second objective. That’s why we’re calling on all TR readers to, er, join the fold and help us take our rightful place at the top of the team rankings table.
We have more tools than ever at our disposition to advance the cause, too. Stanford recently released its GPU folding client, which allows folks to tap the graphics processors in Nvidia GeForce 8, AMD Radeon HD 2000-series, or newer cards for folding purposes. On certain workloads, GPUs can be orders of magnitude faster than modern CPUs. And of course, Stanford also offers software folding clients for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X 10.4, and Sony’s PlayStation 3.