NOTE: It is no longer necessary to add your username to this wiki page. The process for identifying new users and their contributions is now automated. HOWEVER, if your BGG username and your folding@home username are different, please send Stelio a geekmail and let him know.
Team Geekdō (A lot of your questions about folding can be answered here.)
- First of all, Why fold?
- This is a great guide to get a basic client started. (Don't forget to add our team ID during setup.)
- In case you have more in-depth questions visit the Folding@Home FAQ
There are three software components that are required for folding. A client, a work unit (WU), and a core.
- First, the client is the software that you initially download from the folding@home website in order to start folding. It is your interface to the other two components. There are both CLI (command line interface) and windowed options for most popular operating systems.
- Second, the WU is a segment of a folding operation. Folding@Home works by taking a protein simulation and breaking it into small, manageable pieces and sending these work units to various computers whenever the client requests them.
- Finally, the core is what takes care of the actual simulation of the protein folding. It is the piece of software that does the heavy lifting, execution-wise. It is automatically downloaded from the F@H servers for given subtypes of WU.
So, in brief, the folding process goes like this:
- User downloads and installs client software.
- User starts up client software.
- Client software requests WU from the F@H server.
- Once WU is received, client downloads required core if not already present.
- Execution begins.
- Once execution is completed, client transmits completed WU back to F@H servers and requests a new one. (Start again from step 3)
Earning GeekGold and Microbadges
The first step is to get the client installed and start folding.
- Don't forget to add our team ID during setup.
- If your BGG username and your Folding@Home username are different, send Stelio a GeekMail to let him know.
As you fold, you will earn points based on your contribution. (See FAQ)
Your score is what determines how much GeekGold you will receive and if you are eligible for a microbadge.
GeekGold is awarded each month and is based on the amount of work contributed. The lowest contributor gets 5 GeekGold, the highest contributor gets 10 GeekGold, and everyone else is placed on a logarithmic scale between 5 and 10.
Process Used to Identify User Contributions