News Folding@Home Network Breaks the ExaFLOP Barrier In Fight Against Coronavirus

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This is purely epic. Wondering if they'll dish out other work unit types for other diseases in the meantime until they ramp up more COVID-19 units. I also hope this level of involvement continues past this pandemic.
 

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Wondering if they'll dish out other work unit types for other diseases in the meantime until they ramp up more COVID-19 units. I also hope this level of involvement continues past this pandemic.
My understanding is that covid-19 WU are included under the "other diseases" focus and that while you can bias your PC towards one of a couple of causes, F@H will send other WUs per availability. Given the current strain on their servers participants will get whatever WU is first in queue. This effort to focus on covid-19 will undoubtedly result in a lot of progress for research on other diseases.

I think one of the big things that had held F@H back has been public awareness. Now that the public is aware and they are making headlines like this I would hope that this enables increased momentum going forward.
 
Another anticle !!!!!:crazy:
Long time folder here and love all the interest we can get for Folding.
Thanks for bringing folding to more peoples attention.
Have Crashman or one of the reviewers do a number on cooling tweeks. Folding is putting your computer to max load and we are getting a lot of forum posts about peoples computers overheating from folding. Just a thought.
And to everyone else
THANKS FOR FOLDING
 
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I tried it today but saw now reference to covid 19 on the settings, only cancer and alzeimer.
Why is that?
They have not updated the software to select just CV-19.
Just select all diseases for now. You will get some CV-19 work units but not all will be for it.

With the huge rush of folders in the last few weeks the volunteers there have been doing everything in their power to meet demand for work units.
Things are a little better today and hopefully will improve over the next few days.

Folding @ Home is mostly run and supported by volunteers and donations. It receives some government funding. But that does not include money for servers or storage or salaries for people to program/run/repair/network etc... the computer systems we connect to.
So please Everyone, we should be giving these people a standing ovation!!!
Not bickering and complaining amongst ourselves about the lack of work units and our points going down

We hit a major computing milestone today in computing power all supported by VOLUNTEERS !!
 

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Thanks Toms for joining the massive pool of ignorant reporting on the "worst pandemic in modern history". You should've stopped that paragraph at "runs in the background." Who knows, maybe by modern history you meant the last 20 years? You'll still be wrong, be at least you wouldn't sound uninformed. For anyone interested in that dumb little thing that the media can't get right, facts, check out the W.H.O.'s report for infection rate and deaths (currently sitting at less than a 4.5% mortality rate) at:

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200325-sitrep-65-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=2b74edd8_2

Also, if modern history is allowed to extend 100 years ago unlike the 20 years or so used by this author, read about the Spanish flu of 1918 that killed 25 million people in 6 months with a total of an estimated 50 - 100 million, and a total of infected estimated at 500 million. That's just one and the list is a lot longer. For the easily triggered sensitives out there, this does not take away from the caution one should have in this current "pandemic". One should ALWAYS practice the cleanliness guidelines that were put out by the CDC. As far as the Folding@Home report goes, it's awesome that so many have volunteered their spare computing power to find a cure for COVID-19. I hope that the same enthusiasm is exhibited when other virus' are discovered and that more people stay online after this to try and discover cures for current diseases and ailments.
 
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Another anticle !!!!!:crazy:
Long time folder here and love all the interest we can get for Folding.
Thanks for bringing folding to more peoples attention.
Have Crashman or one of the reviewers do a number on cooling tweeks. Folding is putting your computer to max load and we are getting a lot of forum posts about peoples computers overheating from folding. Just a thought.
And to everyone else
THANKS FOR FOLDING
Got a link for the cooling tricks. I've stress tested my 3700x machine to 100% cpu and 100% GPU and the temps stayed normal. With folding@home and a cpu load, the cpu was only at 83% but my cpu temps went into the mid 90c range even with the side off and a big fan blowing in. I set the affinity to just one core and it dropped to 10% cpu, but the temps stayed in the 85c range, still a bit warm. Folding must use aspects of the cpu (like integer/fp?) that normal workloads don't lean on as much. About the only thing I could do is water cool it, but that'd be a major job since its in a case you can't remove the back of, so I'd have to pull the motherboard.

My 6700K with a huge water cooler on it is keeping up <80C and my 6700 rig with a large air cooler stays around 78C, but I sure would like to get the 3700x into the mix.

Also need more work units! I had all 3 of them on all day the last few days and only caught about 8 hours of work units.
 
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Got a link for the cooling tricks. I've stress tested my 3700x machine to 100% cpu and 100% GPU and the temps stayed normal. With folding@home and a cpu load, the cpu was only at 83% but my cpu temps went into the mid 90c range even with the side off and a big fan blowing in. I set the affinity to just one core and it dropped to 10% cpu, but the temps stayed in the 85c range, still a bit warm. Folding must use aspects of the cpu (like integer/fp?) that normal workloads don't lean on as much. About the only thing I could do is water cool it, but that'd be a major job since its in a case you can't remove the back of, so I'd have to pull the motherboard.

My 6700K with a huge water cooler on it is keeping up <80C and my 6700 rig with a large air cooler stays around 78C, but I sure would like to get the 3700x into the mix.

Also need more work units! I had all 3 of them on all day the last few days and only caught about 8 hours of work units.
Certainly seems to put a different stress on the CPU than does some of the benchmarks. I can run my 3950x at 4.4 all core and run Cinebench and cpu-z stress tests without issue but doing so with Folding running a job will crash the system.
And agreed on the work units. That 10x supercomputer power spends most of the day twiddling its thumbs. Fully closing and restarting the client seems to have a greater success rate in getting WU for either the CPU and/or GPU vs. just waiting.
 

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I tried it today but saw now reference to covid 19 on the settings, only cancer and alzeimer.
Why is that?
The client program has not been updated to show Covid as a choice. Make sure to set up CPU as a folding client and you are sure to get Covid work. GPU is more mixed.
 

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The CPU client doing mostly Covid work is using the AVX instructions, which are huge power consumers (e.g., 512-bit multiply). I would just let it run. 85C is hot, but the chip has excellent throttling circuitry, and you have not hit throttling yet.
 
A quick check of the stats today at Folding@Home reveals the network is now theoretically capable of 1.5 exaFLOPS from CPUs, powered by 4,630,510 CPU cores, and is augmented by 435,563 GPUs.
The network might "theoretically" have that level of computing power, but from the sound of it, most of these computers are sitting idle most of the time with the back-end unable to provide work for them to do, so the actual level of computing power being utilized is far lower. Comparing the network's theoretical performance versus other supercomputers performance doesn't serve much purpose if you don't know how much work these systems are actually doing.

And of course, there's the question of how much of the work that's getting done is even related to coronavirus research, the headlining thing that many people are running the software for. It's probably a rather small portion, compared to other research efforts running on the network.
 
Cooling tips !!!!
Most stock CPU coolers will make the CPU run very hot when folding. In cases with poor airflow they can overheat very quickly.
Install the biggest Air/Water cooler you can get in your case.

Install the highest CFM fans you can install . You want to get cool air in and hot air out as fast as possible.
I use Aerocool shark fans for high volume semi low noise cooling. 82.6 CFM @26.5db , 1.23mm static pressure. for a 120mm model.
The new black Noctura Industrial line is also a good choice.
Manage air flow. Which will vary by case layout.
If all else fails remove both side panels and point a house fan blowing in the motherboard side.
 

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