With the current COVID-19 Pandemic, there has been a lot of interest in the Folding@Home distributed computing project. There has been a huge upsurge in the number of donors that are lending CPU and GPU resources to the project. Because of this, I though it would be useful to aggregate some of the latest Folding@Home news in one place.
Folding@Home has a web site, a Twitter feed, and a Facebook page. There was also a recent Reddit AMA about Folding@Home and COVID-19. Finally, there is an official support forum here. They have some pinned statements here:
- The Folding@home team knows about the work unit shortage.
- It’s happening because of an approximately 20x increase in demand.
- The Folding@home team are working on it and hope to have a solution very soon.
- Keep your machines running, they will eventually fold on their own.
Third Party News
There have been quite a few recent stories about Folding@Home and COVID-19.
- Folding@Home Reaches Exascale: 1,500,000,000,000,000,000 Operations Per Second for COVID-19
- Folding@Home Network Breaks the ExaFLOP Barrier In Fight Against Coronavirus
- Folding@home Storms Into ExaFLOP Territory As PC Warriors Battle COVID-19
- Here’s How YOU Can Help Find a Cure for COVID-19!
- YouTube Search Results for Folding@Home
- Green Folding@Home (good blog about Folding@Home hardware)
My Blog Posts
I have written several recent blog posts about the SQLFamily Folding@Home team (that you can join). Our Team ID is 236388.
- Building a Home Computer Lab
- Hardware for Folding@Home
- Folding@Home Power Usage
- Help Find a Cure With Folding@Home
From my research and real world experience with Folding@Home, it seems pretty evident that it heavily favors GPU performance. Relatively recent vintage Nvidia GPUs, such as the GTX 1060 and higher will give you a lot of points per day (PPD) at a reasonable power usage figure.
I would love to hear more details about the system(s) you are using for Folding@Home. I also want to thank everyone who has pitched in on this effort!