Folding@Home Update

The F@H processing power exceeded 2.6 (x86)exaFLOPs or 1.3 native exaFLOPs, which makes it the world’s first exaFLOP computing system! production history

A month has passed since I started participating in Folding@Home. Meanwhile I’ve got my gaming PC, my file server and an old MacBook Pro (that’s just running to download iCloud Photos) folding full time. That is, if there are any work units available. There are so many new participants that it’s a hard task for Folding@Home to blow up the scale of their operations that much – especially when it’s uncertain how many people will stick around.

Folding@Home made several improvements to handle the massive increase in clients. They were getting more work servers and collection servers running.
Also Linus Tech Tips collaborated with the team and deployed their own Work Unit server (YouTube link).

In the overview for my username are – if reachable, statistics aren’t a priority right now – four machines, but that’s just because I’ve got the client installed on my main machine, an old style MacBook Air, too. This computer hasn’t got any folding slots but is just there for me to monitor the other machines from my couch.
Extremeoverclocking does a great job of getting this data via an API and making it very presentable. Currently I’m somewhere near place 3.100 of nearly 30.000 in the LTT Team or near 30.000 of about 177.000 overall. This is primarily due to the gaming machine with the i7-9700K and one RTX 2070. user summary

I hope people keep contributing to F@H even after the pandemic gets overcome. Especially with high end/gaming rigs this would probably end up being noticeable on the power bill. But with regular home and office PCs there shouldn’t be that big of a difference in power consumption. I sure plan on letting the client run on my file server and probably also on the MacBook Pro indefinitely.