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Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, International (2009)
Rome, Italy
May 23, 2009 to May 29, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4244-3751-1
pp: 1-8
Adam L. Beberg , Computer Science Dept, Stanford University, USA
Vijay S. Pande , Chemistry Department, Stanford University, USA
Daniel L. Ensign , Chemistry Department, Stanford University, USA
Siraj Khaliq , Computer Science Dept, Stanford University, USA
Guha Jayachandran , Computer Science Dept, Stanford University, USA
ABSTRACT
Accurate simulation of biophysical processes requires vast computing resources. Folding@home is a distributed computing system first released in 2000 to provide such resources needed to simulate protein folding and other biomolecular phenomena. Now operating in the range of 5 PetaFLOPS sustained, it provides more computing power than can typically be gathered and operated locally due to cost, physical space, and electrical/cooling load. This paper describes the architecture and operation of Folding@home, along with some lessons learned over the lifetime of the project.
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Adam L. Beberg, Vijay S. Pande, Daniel L. Ensign, Siraj Khaliq, Guha Jayachandran, "Folding@home: Lessons from eight years of volunteer distributed computing", Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, International, vol. 00, no. , pp. 1-8, 2009, doi:10.1109/IPDPS.2009.5160922
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