Well I made a team for The Tech Report on Folding at Home 2.0, we're team # 2630, and currently I'm in the lead. :)We chose Folding@Home because it's an especially good cause. For the uninitiated, here's the deal on the Folding effort:
Folding at home is a pretty good (IMHO) distributed client program to get into, it's gonna, hopefully, help most people out in the long run. Basically it's an extension to Genome@Home, where they're taking the information learned from the Genome project and attempting to learn how proteins fold. What this will do, is hopefully lead to better insight on how proteins fold, and what happens when that 'folding' goes wrong.
It's available in Mac, Linux, and Win os's flavors. Screen saver and Console for Win/Mac. Console only AFAIK for linux.
To grab the binaries head here.
General information on Folding at Home: http://folding.stanford.edu/
Currently we're ranked 627th against all the other teams. We should be able to get into the top 100 relatively easily, but it's gonna take a bit of work to get into the top 10.
For information on our team, and team members go here.
Folding at Home is a distributed client computing effort by Stanford University to help understand how proteins assemble or 'fold'. Exactly how the proteins assemble themselves is a mystery, and why the proteins sometimes fold improperly or 'misfold' is also a mystery. Quite a few serious diseases are related to the misfolding of proteins such as, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's disease to name two. By donating the spare time of your CPU, you are donating to the effort to understand how the proteins fold, which is the first step to understanding how basic proteins work, and the beginnings of a more thorough understanding of these diseases.Two of the people dearest to me in life suffer from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, and I can't think of a better way to donate my CPU's extra cycles.
We'll have some more detailed information about how to set up the client soon, including info on making it run as a service in WinNT/2K/XP. The basic GUI client is dead simple to set up, though, so go get it and join the team! If you have questions or want to discuss things, drop into our DC forum.