Some of you nerds probably already know about distributed computing programs. I have decided to start a Solstice Team at Folding@home.
Folding@home - Main
Stanford has a distributed computing program called folding@home that you download and install on your computer. It takes your unused processor cycles and uses them to work on protein folding problems, then sends the results in via the internet.
When your body's proteins do not fold correctly (i.e. "misfold"), "there can be serious consequences, including many well known diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes."
Basically, you are donating your electricity to help do research on a number of medical issues. The processing power they have harnessed with this approach makes you part of the most powerful computer on earth. There is also a new program for the Play Station III, if you have one, which leverages the super-parallel processor in it to perform many times faster than a regular PC. I have been running it on 2 computers for several days now, and have noticed no slowdown. You can also set it to only run when your screensaver is on.
Now for the fun part.
When you setup the program, you name your computer, and punch in a 'Team Number' if you want to have your processing credited to a team.
Our team number is )107615
Our website is teamsolstice
Our team statistics page is Team Solstice Stats
You can see I only have one work unit done so far. Depending on the random size of the work unit the program downloads, it could take anywhere from a few hours to a few days to complete one. I hope you will consider joining the over 250,000 people running this program, and let your computer do something good for all of us.
The biggest car based team is mustangworld.com, with over 300 people contributing, some of them with some serious hardware.
I'm going to post this on the Sky Forum and see if the Sky brethren wish to compete with us, or maybe start a new team Kappa. Hope to see your computers on the team stats page soon! (you'll show up after you complete one work unit)