Saturday, December 19, 2009

Folding @ Home on Ubuntu: Cancer Research Made Easy

"Instead of a single computer taking a million days to calculate a problem, distributing the research load can allow for the same problem to be solved in ten days by a fraction of the machines.

"Contributing to Folding @ Home on Ubuntu is very simple, and can be done in just a few short steps. There are packages in the main Ubuntu repositories that support installation, management and removal of the Folding @ Home clients. Before I get into these, I'd like to outline what Folding @ Home actually does.

"To understand how the system works we first need to understand a few key underlying principles. Perhaps the most important is to answer the question: What are proteins?"

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