Posts Tagged ‘Folding@Home’

Bitcoin and all the rest…

By K2 on May 17th, 2014 at 5:06 pm EST

Since December 2013 I’ve been playing around with cryptocurrency, the most popular one being Bitcoin. You may have heard about it on the news or on the internet here and there over the last few months. Bitcoin has been around since early 2009, but didn’t really go mainstream until last fall when the price shot up to over $1100 a coin. I decided to jump into the game with a few rigs that do nothing but ‘mine’ Bitcoin and other alternate coins based off of it.

Because of this, we now have a new sub-forum entitled ‘cryptocurrency’ and have seen an influx of new users to the site. There are a few posts in that forum already, showing off everyone’s mining rigs, how-to’s for certain programs, etc. If you have any questions about mining for digital currency, or want to post about your own experiences, feel free.

So now, we have an alternate coin that just went live less than a week ago that has more of a purpose than just solving an evermore complex mathematical problem that doesn’t do any good for anybody other than the coin it produces. Those of you reading this may remember when Hardfought created its own Folding@Home team (it’s still alive thanks to Grant :) ). What is ‘folding’? In this particular instance, it’s a process in which you use your computers CPU and GPU to help solve all of the different ways a protein can ‘fold’ into different shapes, and how they fold determines how they interact with other proteins. There isn’t a supercomputer on the planet that has enough computational power to solve all the ways even a single protein can fold in a quick amount of time. That’s where Folding@Home comes in – they devised a method of distributed computing in which each persons home computer takes a small piece of the problem, works on it, solves it, uploads it to the F@H servers, then grabs another piece. So on and so forth. So what once would have taken years if not decades to solve now only takes months. Folding@Home has been active for almost fifteen years now, with millions of computers working on cures for diseases such as many forms of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s just to name a few. And the only compensation all of these ‘folders’ have received for their time and money spent, is knowing that they are helping to find a cure. Nothing more.

Enter Curecoin – a cryptocurrency developed by a small team of people who are passionate about the Folding@Home project who have worked out a way for folders to earn Curecoin while folding. You can mine for this coin just like you can for Bitcoin, also. I wont go into all the technical details here, but I will say that this is unlike any other digital currency to date. The work you’re doing to earn coins actually has a purpose; the work is not wasted, and actually benefits everyone. There are a couple other coins out whose proof of work has purpose (Primecoin, Namecoin), but this is the first one that actually HELPS people.

To learn more about Curecoin, see the announcement thread here – https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=603757.0, their official forums can be found at http://www.curecoin.us, a great how-to and knowledge base site – http://www.curecoin.net, and the pool most of us mine at can be found at http://cure.cryptopools.com https://cure.united-miners.com. I’ll post in this news post thread where you need to go to start earning Curecoin via folding.

Happy folding :)

Folding@Home with Team Hardfought

By K2 on May 10th, 2009 at 7:07 am EST

Hiya gang. Just a heads up about Hardfought’s participation with the Folding@Home project. Jenn and I both have upped our work unit output considerably since we started using the GPU client as well as running the normal CPU in conjunction with it. Nad has joined the team as well as a couple others… our ranking has climbed about 60 points over the last couple weeks and continues to rise. You can see our team stats to the bottom right of the news posts – we could break back into the top 1000 if we could garner some more participation.

Soooo… for those of ya that have never folded with us before, or have but stopped for whatever reason, join our team and start folding with us. Our team number is 46304 and it’s simple to join. It’s for a great cause, helping scientists figure out all of the different ways various proteins ‘fold’ so that we can better understand how they interact with other proteins, help find cures for all sorts of diseases. So join up! Put those idle hours your computer sits and does nothing to some good use.

Other news – I have 30 days from this post until I am officially done with active duty in the Army. Muhahah ;-) Almost all the pics I took while in Iraq my second time around have been posted in the gallery, so have a look if you’re interested. Also, go see the new Star Trek movie… it fuckin’ rocks. Cya.