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Folding@home simulates protein folding. We do not entirely understand how proteins actually operate, but one important step is to study how proteins self-assemble or "fold." This is an extremely computationally intensive task since proteins take in the order of microseconds to milliseconds to fold, yet we can only routinely simulate over nanosecond to microsecond time scales. This system provides a new way to simulate protein folding that can break the millisecond barrier by dividing the work between multiple processors. Thus, with 1000 processors, we can break the millisecond barrier and help unlock the mystery of how proteins fold.

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  •  14 Oct 2004 04:10

    Release Notes: This release added more features and more science.

    •  21 Dec 2003 14:34

      Release Notes: Feature enhancements were made. Error handling was improved. Some bugfixes were made. The AltiVec speed was increased by two to three times since the last major release.

      •  03 Jan 2003 13:32

        Release Notes: This release adds many major changes.

        •  02 Mar 2002 08:56

          Release Notes: An OSX port was added and proxy/firewall issues were addressed.


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