What is Folding@Home and will we cure cancer, Alzheimer’s and other diseases by helping these guys?

What is Folding@Home

Written By Nurse007

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  • Ashley January 24, 2009, 6:42 pm

    Well, you download it and run the program. It then takes up the extra CPU cycles your computer has, but is not using.

    Press Ctrl+Alt+Del, go to Processes, and scroll down to the bottom where it says "System Idle Processes". These are the extra cycles that the CPU is not using, to do run any of the programs your using. So, if you download a program to take up these extra cycles, instead of doing nothing, it will use these to run the program. Programs like this have a VERY low priority, usually 1 (out of 10, 10 being the highest). For example, a screen saver runs at priority 4, so a priority of 1 is VERY low. You will not notice any difference in computer funstion, in speed or efficiency, but your CPU will run at 100% permentently.

    If you have a dual CPU computer of laptop (like I do), then you should install and run 2 copies (called 'instances') of the program, one assigned to each CPU processor.

    Anyway, it helps research into the shape of proteins. Proteins are basically what we are, they make up just about everything about us – all DNA does is code for proteins to make us, thats it. All enzymes, cellular structures etc etc are proteins. So, if we know the structure of these in detail, then we can help cure diseases such as the ones you mention, as this is the sort of stuff the scientists need to know.

    So, go one, PLEASE download the program. I cant, as I already have a different program running on my two CPU units, however, I think I might change one of them to F@H now I know about it. Incedentily, I run a Mersenne Prime Program:

    http://www.mersenne.org/

    I have Cystic Fibrosis, so you downloading that program will be personally helping my life for the better –

    Hope this helps

    Ashley