Folding@home Update

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We are all very excited here for the release of the new Folding@home (FAH) client for the PS3! This latest update addresses issues in two major areas: user requests and improving the accuracy of the core that we have running on the SPU. In addition, we totally revised the rendering engine for the molecules and added a more sophisticated display format, which is closer to the imagery you find in biology textbooks. This actually required a protocol change and the protein needs to be described in much more detail from Stanford University’s side of things.

We’re lucky to have a very dedicated group of FAH users and many of you have submitted requests, and ideas, for improving the application. While it’s challenging to address every issue raised, we did try to address your burning ones, especially those that interfere with the science or slow down the performance of the PS3 computation network.

Another really cool feature that was also requested by the FAH community is the support of PSP Remote Play. In this latest version we enabled this feature so you can now access FAH remotely from your PSP (that you already own, since it’s such a cool little gadget) which is an awesome combination since the CELL processor is actually doing the Folding job, but the PSP fully controls the UI so you can carry it around with you.

Of course, we still kept all the familiar and useful features of previous versions, such as the IP lights and Multilanguage support for all PS3 supported languages.

It is heart-warming to watch the community rally behind this project – this passion is in turn encouraging us to continue to look for ways to make it better.

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  • We’re hearing that some folks haven’t received the FAH update yet. It will take a while before everyone receives the update, please wait a while and then quit and restart the application and check again. Thanks for your patience.

  • Interesting. I’ll take a look tommorrow (If it’s up). All remote play really needs now is game support. So I can play a game and watch TV at the same time. : )

  • @Noam

    Thanks, that’s all I was wondering about.

  • No update for me in Canada either….and yes, I know how to update my FAH client….I got it to 1.1 didn’t I ? :P

  • Great update I hope this improves the experience and gets other to fold at home also. Thank you for posting this message.

  • My update was stuck at 0% for ages. If anyone else has this problem hit O (Back) and then restart the PS3 then try it again, it should work fine then.

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  • To the whiners. This is great news. The PS3 client is starting to get advanced calculations. Prior to the update it mostly ran indeterminate GPU like calculations. this means that advanced users can set the PS3 to run deeper calculations.

    I love this update to FAH and to the Blog post. This is more of what I want to see on the Blog. Articles on Playstation and Playstation experience, not news that Lair went gold.

  • f olding at home is very boring i do not see a purpose in doing it
    At the begining i did it and i got no joy out of it
    i understand it is not supposed to entertain me and it might very well help stanford with finding cures for diseases
    But there is no insentive to do it
    i would do it if u could play music or something while it folds or whatever
    i used to just charge my controlers with the program running but it got old soon and i just quit

  • IVE GOT THE GREATEST IDEA!!!!

    Sony, F@H team, whoever:

    There seems to be some complaints that F@H is a “waste of time” or “boring”. Some people have no idea what its doing and why they should even bother. And although i think its great we having something the PS3 can do (for a great cause) while we’re not using it, i understand their concerns.

    So while playing Super Stardust HD (awesome game, if you dont have it BUY IT!!) I realized…why not add some gameplay to F@H!?!?!

    Like SSDHD, there can be some shooter elements to keep “the bored” busy while they fold. Shooting the stuff that causes cancer or whatever can be fun!!

    Maybe keeping track of high scores that people get can keep people interested. After all, most owners of PS3’s are gamers.

    Hey, i think its a great idea. What do you think guys? How about you Sony and F@H team, sounds cool eh?

  • Cool. Being able to activate F@H during Remote Play was what I was wating for.

  • Glad to see the updates coming to F@H, it’s a great client and I run it whenver I’m not using my PS3 and I’ve even begun runnng it on my computers too! :) Definitely worthwhile!

  • I was wondering when my F@H update would be coming. Still don’t have mine yet, thanks for the info Noam.

  • Well 5:30 here still no update yet :(

  • Xplosneer said:

    “Madness
    Yeah right.
    I have been running folding for a WEEK. 24/7. And it’s 4 inches from wood.”

    Brilliant. That must mean leaving electronic devices on unattended for numerous hours at a time has absolutely no fire hazard risk at all! TWAAAAAAAT!

    WOW!!!!!!!

  • Nice idea to use the PSP. Definitely will try it out.

  • @thiassi
    It’s just not as big as he makes it out to be. I mean really if there was a fire then the PS3 wouldn’t be working probably.

  • This is another good update to the client. I’ve completed 303 units since March.

    The remote play addition is a good start….BUT It would be nice to be able use the PSP to access the PS3 remotely while folding.

    Anytime I’m not using the PS3 it is folding. Now the issue is on Thursdays I use my PSP to start downloading the new content in the store remotely. Currently I have to leave my PS3 in the remote play mode which means no folding.

    It would be great to leave my PS3 in F@H and still be able to start remote play with my PSP. Then I could use the PSP to start the downloads, reload F@H, and quit remote play.

    Overall a good update for the F@H client. Remote Play needs more functionality with the PS3!

  • Way off topic.
    Bioshock coming to PS3? Oh yeah!

    http://n4g.com/News-61148.aspx

  • @Raven4960 that would be cool if when u use remote play on your psp u could play ps3 games.

  • Does RP in F@H work by setting the PS3 to remote play, then choosing F@H from the PSP’s XMB? It would be cool if Folding@home always had Remote Play running in the background, so that you could leave the client folding on your PS3 when you leave the house, then check it with your PSP whenever you feel like it.

  • Like others have pointed out, the ability to multitask while folding (at whatever performance penalty) would be a welcome addition. The new visuals are a great idea, but alas, I’ve yet to see them since the update hasn’t reached my neck of the woods.

  • 6:30 no update. :(

  • Thanks for the update, this is all certainly good news. I am running one of the new WUs in advanced mode now, it is huge (750,000 Frames) and VERY fast (0.0361S/Frame). I have to agree with some of the others on the remote play. I think we may have gotten this one backwards. The current rp feature will only really prohibit folding. We need the ability wake the PS3 from folding to rp, then have the system return to folding after remote play is complete. I’m not about to sacrifice all that valuable folding time, leaving my console doing nothing but waiting for a rp connection. That seems like a terrible waste.

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  • I am running the advanced client anybody know what the difference between the pink and blue lines on the graph are

    thanks

  • can u guys make it where when u turn off ur PS3 fold@home is on????

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  • Do you think folding @ home could or would work a deal with google and get the google earth on home. I know there have been a few of us asking about that before. There are some people that are worried about their privacy. I heard that the yellow dots only show where the IP address is at and not the persons real location. If so why not try, alot of people would love this upgrade!

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  • LOOKS AWESOME!

    p.s. RELEASE A 6-AXIS PINBALL GAME ALREADY ON THE PSN. GEEZ! THERE SHOULD OF BEEN A
    GO! PINBALL version already. You guys should email me the development tools and i will crank out some decent games.

    People will buy pinball especially if you can tilt the game by shaking the controller.

    Your welcome.

  • LOOKS AWESOME!

    p.s. RELEASE A 6-AXIS PINBALL GAME ALREADY ON THE PSN. GEEZ! THERE SHOULD OF BEEN A
    GO! PINBALL version already. You guys should email me the development tools and i will crank out some decent games.

    People will buy pinball especially if you can tilt the game by shaking the controller.

    Your welcome Sony.

  • 8:19 and finally got the update!

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