March 30, 2003


:: [email protected] ::

kcgeek's main distributed computing project is [email protected] ([email protected]), a distributed computing project from Stanford University, the main goal of which is to use the power of individual participants' home computers (to quote the site), "to study protein folding, misfolding, aggregation, and related diseases. We use novel computational methods and large scale distributed computing, to simulate timescales thousands to millions of times longer than previously acheived. This has allowed us to simulate folding for the first time, and to now direct our approach to examine folding related disease." kcgeek was recently one of the top producing teams in the world in the now-defunt sister-program, [email protected], with our local group besting many teams that were alliances of entire countries. Needless to say, we're quite proud and would love for you to participate in the cause.

For more details about the project specifics, please check out the project's home page at Stanford.

:: How to Help ::

Getting signed up for the kcgeek [email protected] team is easy. Simply download the client and install it.

There are multiple versions of the client for many operating systems, but we suggest using the 'no-nonsense text-only console' to maximize your output.

The first time you run the client, it will ask you for your username. Feel free to choose anything you like, bearing in mind that the name you choose will be the one that will show up on the Team kcgeek stats page in the future. When you are prompted to enter your 'team number', enter in: 177

Make sure you get this exactly right or your work -- while still going to the project itself -- will not show up under Team kcgeek. The remaining questions can likely be 'Enter'ed through, unless you have some sort of particular fancy networking setup to work around. After entering that information, the client will start and you will begin to crunch some units

:: Internet Connection ::

Since [email protected] is a distributed computing project, you'll have to be connected to the internet at least occasionally to participate. The first time that the [email protected] client runs you must be connected to the internet so that the client can download its first unit to 'crunch' (work on). Once a unit is downloaded, the client will crunch happily whether offline or on. However, please note that to get 'credit' for your units, they must be uploaded back to Stanford. The client will handle this automatically if you are online when it finishes a gene, but if you are on dial-up (or any other non-persistent internet connection) you'll need to select 'Send Work' from the Start Menu option after getting online.

:: Getting Credit for Work ::

Neither your name nor any of your units will show up on the stats pages until you have uploaded your first work unit (gene). After the client uploads the completed work unit(s), you will see credit for them within a few hours reflected on the Team kcgeek stats page. Then it's time to head to the Forums and recieve your well-deserved congratulations for helping the kcgeek and [email protected] cause.

Also please feel free to visit the Distributed Computing Forum or hop onto and ask any questions that have not been answered fully here.

We look forward to your participation!

Posted by Lev at March 30, 2003 04:04 PM