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Postby Jwb52z » Sat Jul 22, 2006 2:28 am

7/19/2006 Great intro to biology: Inside the cell. The NIH has put out a great book which gives an introduction to cell biology, aptly called Inside the Cell, http://publications.nigms.nih.gov/insid ... e_cell.pdf . It also features Folding@Home on p. 24. Also see their html version, http://publications.nigms.nih.gov/insidethecell/ , of the document and you can also get a hardcopy, http://publications.nigms.nih.gov/order/ , from the NIH.

7/18/2006 Network switch over today at 11am Pacific Time. We will be switching over networks on some machines today at 11am PST, so you may notice some FAH servers down briefly. Notably the main AS and web server will need to be switched, so stats may be delayed for a while.

7/17/2006 Link between Alzheimer's Disease and Diabetes. There was a very interesting result recently announced at a conference strengthening the possible link between diabetes and Alzheimer's Disease. This has enormous ramifications as there is now a very large and growing group of people with diabetes (especially among young people); the scary implication is that the huge rise in diabetes in the youth of today will lead to a huge rise in Alzheimer's in the future. Check out this Google News link, http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=u ... earch+News , for more details.

7/13/2006 Major new result . We have a significant new result which just came out today in Science magazine. See the papers, http://folding.stanford.edu/papers.html , page for more details (it's also significant as this marks the fortieth paper for FAH!).
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Postby Jwb52z » Wed Sep 06, 2006 6:51 am

8/23/2006 PS3 client announced today.

Today in Germany, Sony demoed their Folding@Home client for the PS3. For more details, check out our PS3 FAQ. Using the Cell processor of the PS3, we should be able to do more folding than what one could do on a PC. Also, since the PS3 has a powerful GPU, the PS3 client will offer real time visualization for the first time. Check out the PS3 FAQ for some early movies of that.

The PS3 client and GPU client are together part of our new broader goals to push Folding@Home to the next stage, reaching calculations on the petaflop to 10 petaflop scale. We have some preliminary details on our Folding@Home Petaflop Initiative (FPI). We will release more details on all of this as the new software rolls out. We are beta testing the ATI GPU client software internally at the moment and will likely announce an open beta in four to five weeks (end of September).
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Postby Jwb52z » Wed Dec 20, 2006 11:51 am

12/15/2006 Assignment Server (AS) code update
We've been seing some serious misassigns with the AS code, so we have made some major changes. The upside is that it should not be possible (as far as we can tell) to get assigned to a server that the client can't run WU's from. This is important especially these days, as there are a large variety of types of clients, cores, ports, and each have certain limitations and restrictions.

In the past, when the AS got stuck, it would simply assign to the "default server," assuming that there would always be a server which could handle anything. In the old days of FAH, that was easy. Now, that's almost impossible. So, instead of just going with the default (and hoping for the best), the AS goes through a logical set of conditions and if it can't find a match, it assigns to 0.0.0.0, which means the client will just try again later.

So far, this is looking good, with one major drawback. Right now, we are very low on jobs that work with the v4 client. Due to some modifications in v5, certain calcualtions can only run in v5. V5 has been out for quite a while, so most of our science is based on v5-enabled functionality. Right now, v4 clients will likely get assigned to 0.0.0.0 as there is a dearth of v4 available WU's. We are working to see how we can fix this (and whether a few WUs can be made v4 compatible). But, in the mean time, if you are running v4 and are getting assigned to 0.0.0.0, the best and simplest thing to do is to upgrade your client ASAP.

All of this is going on late PST Friday night, so it may be a rough weekend, but we're keeping an eye on all of this and will do so until it looks like this is working well. So far, so good.
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Postby Jwb52z » Thu Sep 20, 2007 4:07 am

9/12/2007 New blog spot, please go here
I've set up a new blog for news. It's better than what Stanford offers (RSS feeds, etc), so I'll plan to make that the main page. The site is http://folding.typepad.com/. See you there. (if it works well, we'll change the News links on the site to point to it).
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