SpeedGuide Distributed Computing Teams
This page is dedicated to the collective effort of our members contributing CPU time to research, helping humanity in the search for ET intelligence, as well as protein folding, which might help us in finding cure for various diseases. These research projects rely on a collective of PCs running at the same time to process the enormous amount of computations necessary. With all of us contributing the idle CPU time of our systems, we are doing our small contribution to these scientific research projects. Feel free to join our efforts, it only amounts to installing a small program or two, which uses the idle cycles of your processor, not needed for any other task.
These projects are research for the benefit of humanity, sponsored by Stanford University, Berkley and various related institutions. The results you contribute are not some proprietary information owned by any private company, rather an open collective research for the benefit of mankind. With all that said, here are the details:
Folding @ Home - Understanding how proteins self-assemble (fold)
This project is dedicated to protein folding, which will help people better understand proteins, DNA, find cure for various diseases, etc. To sign up for the SpeedGuide Team, you need to download the program, it uses the idle cycles of your CPU to contribute to the project, without interfering with any other programs.
To get started follow these instructions:
(1) Download the client software For all versions download page - Click here
(2) Run the downloaded program (double click on the icon in the location where you saved it or click "open" on your download window, when download is complete)
(3) The installation program will ask you some questions (e.g. what username you'd like, team number, if any). It is recommended that you choose the default values wherever appropriate, the important thing to remember is when asked for a team number, type 15 in order to join the SpeedGuide team.
The program will install itself into the directory where it's downloaded, creating a few additional files. You can choose any user name you like, as long as it contains only letters or numbers (to insert a space, you can use the underscore "_" character). If you choose your email as your username, just the part before the @ sign will be used in any stats listing, etc. Again, when asked for a team number, if you'd like to join our group you have to type: 15
Once the console version is installed, you can create a shortcut to it and place it in the "Start>Programs>Startup" menu in order for FaH to start automatically each time you boot, there are ways to minimize it to the system tray or run it as a service in NT/2k... If you require additional help installing or tweaking the software, feel free to ask in our team forums.
Useful FaH links:
Genome@Home - The Genome project has been incorporated into the new Folding@Home project. You do not need to do anything in addition to running the Folding client program to participate in both projects. Previously, there was a separate SG Genome team ( #334848599) but the legacy separate project has been phased out.
SETI @ Home - The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
SETI@Home, or the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence @ Home is a scientific project aiming to determine whether there is intelligent life out in the universe. The project uses data recorded on high-density tapes at the huge Arecibo Radio telescope in Puerto Rico, filling about one 35 Gbyte DLT tape per day. The data tapes are sent by snail-mail to Berkeley, and then 0.25 Mbyte chunks of data (work-units) are sent from the Seti@Home server over the Internet to people around the world to analyze. Basically, the client software looks for radio signals that might be coming from ET.
To help in this project, download the program from the link below, and once you have it installed join our team by following this direct link: Seti@Home - Join the SG Team
Team Signatures - the SG team stats page and personalized signature images have been retired for the time being, due to lack of broad interest.