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Alright Coronavirus, this has gone on long enough. It's time to kick your arse. Want to help? We've made a team on [email protected] for you to spare your unused CPU/GPU cycles for research.

Hold on, what is this Folding stuff? It's a distributed computing project that simulates protein dynamics, including the process of protein folding and the movements of proteins implicated in a variety of diseases. It does this using your hardware and then sends all the data back to them—for science! It can help people working on diseases to better understand them. A good time to remind people on this, with everything going on right now and they have special simulations setup for Coronavirus.

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How to get involved: Head to the official site to download it for Debian /Ubuntu/ Mint and Redhat / Centos / Fedora. If you're on Arch/Manjaro, you can see a guide on the Arch Wiki. If you're on NVIDIA, and it won't use your GPU, ensure you have OpenCL installed.

When you're setting it up and it asks you for a team ID, enter "245680" (stats page) which is the GamingOnLinux ID and we can work together to make a better world. Right now, my GPU is purring away working on Folding, come and join me.

You might see errors and delays, as they've been a little overwhelmed. Eventually though, it should assign your PC some work to do to help. They did a little FAQ thread recently on Twitter.

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pete910 3 Sep, 2020
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Quoting: scaineI haven't re-installed since I got my new AMD card.

Do you know if we still need to use the proprietary AMD driver in order to fold using the GPU?

Yes and no

You will need to use AMD's Opencl from the prop driver .

Un-install mesa opencl.

Any noob-proof guides on how to do this? 😬 It sounds very much like one of those things that I'll try on my own, only to find myself with two hours later reinstalling my system 😅

Do you know what this entails in terms of performance and stability outside of folding? E.g. will the fact that I'm using Mesa via Kisak-PPA bork the system? I really wish [email protected] and AMD would get this working OOTB with the default/OSS driver 😇

No clue on *buntu based , don't use it.

Manjaro here, it's a case of pacman -U opencl-amd (IIRC)

Or go in the package manager and search for opencl-amd then install. Not sure how much easier you could make it tbh.

Stability wise it's solid, perf I have no Idea compared to mesa-opencl , I use the prop driver version as a few things have failed to work on the open stack opencl driver.
Valck 9 Sep, 2020
Quoting: GuestI wonder how many of that Linux power comes from mainframes or supercomputers lent to that project.
My gut feeling says: about ninety-nine-point-something percent

If you look at only the number of CPU cores, the ratio of Mac vs. Windows is on the order of ten percent.
Now assuming the market shares that are getting reported over and over again are somewhere close to the truth, we'd have to put the Linux share at some fraction of the Mac. According to the figures you posted, it is about a thousand times higher than what would be expected from that.
I'd say it's safe to say that most of it is due to supercomputers that do not appear in the market statistics of Steam or whoever else publishes OS shares...
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