Lured by a recent article in PC World news, I have installed the [email protected] program from Stanford University and begun simulating folding proteins. So far, I’ve completed about 1% of my first work unit, so nothing much has been accomplished yet, but I’ve given the program permission to use about 80% of available processor power, and it estimates completion in a little over five days (!). That means, unfortunately, more like ten or fourteen days, since this computer is off more than half the time, but progress is progress. Being part of a One Petaflop (yes, I said “Peta”) computing project does wonders for one’s ego; helping solve complex problems in the spare time of one’s computer (and I might try convincing friends and family, too, and form a team) gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling that the world is full of cooperation and achievement, and you’re a part of it.
I’m Officially [email protected] (and @Work)
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