the life with playstation [email protected] project concludes

Sunday, November 4th, 2012, was the last morning when [email protected] on Life With Playstation received my Playstation 3’s last completed work unit. One of the selling points for my reason of getting a PS3 was the capability of donating more CPU power to the distributed computing project.

I took these last screenshots to preserve the memory of the application on my Playstation. I continue to contribute to the project on a regular basis by donating the CPU power of Diode, my trusty file server that has been folding proteins since I built it back in 2007, and occasionally from c0rey foldman, my desktop computer with a Phenom quad-core processor.

I have built and used many desktop computers that have contributed to Stanford University’s [email protected] project. I started donating around 2001-2002 with an Athlon Thunderbird 1.4  processor that I still have stored away somewhere but has been retired for years. I have used a couple Athlon XP’s and a few Athlon 64 X2’s (including the one in Diode that still folds on), and an Phenom X4 that I burn up maybe a couple months a year these days when the temperature drops considerably.

I was excited to gain a Playstation 3 back in 2008, because that fulfilled my dream of having the machine that folded using the Cell, the multi-core processor used in the PS3. I managed to donate 1533+ work units over the years with my Playstation. The images provided here are a little deceiving. I had a system crash that required me to reinstall Life With Playstation and lose the completed count from the first round. I can only recall that I was in the triple digits before that unfortunate incident.

When I fired on the Playstation today, I wanted to see if any changes were made to Life With Playstation since I last checked on Sunday. I read the news around the end of October that the program was ending, so I was not surprised. I was waiting for the actual end date which had to have occurred some time this week if not today. I started the LWP application, and it required an immediate update. After the 11MB file downloaded and installed, running the program again displayed this message:

Folding proteins on my Cell microprocessor has finally ended. Technology is always evolving, and this milestone marks the end of a five-year relationship that I was proud to participate in.

^_^

On a numerological note: 1533 is the same sequence of numbers in 1.533GHz, the stable overclocked speed of the first processor I used for [email protected], my Athlon Thunderbird.

the 4 million points earned

I just checked my [email protected] stats, and I just reached 4 million points today. w00t! I’ve been folding since 2001, and points did not accumulate very quickly until multi-core processors surfaced. Typical work units will earn around 150-250 points each, but the ones I usually fold now will earn almost 2000 points each. Those numbers should give you an idea what it takes to get to 4 million points.

My donator rank based on Stanford’s [email protected] site is 1916 of 1374571, so that puts me in the top 0.001% of the project. I’ve been donating computing power to for 8+ years now and have invested in building computers especially for the cause. I deserve some bragging rights, right? =D Peace out.

the kingston 8gb datatraveler deal

Finding the best prices on computer accessories can easily turn into an online scavenger hunt. Knowing where to find something on sale may not always be apparent. The worst surprise is when you make the purchase and find out that the price dropped even more only a week later.

Portable storage is necessary in the mobile world today. Fast data transfer and a compact method of transportation is desired when information has to be physically moved from one place to another as quickly as possible. Flash drives are the best solutions when storing data in a small object that can easily be taken on the go.

The Kingston DataTraveler series of USB flash drives is one of my personal picks for pocket-sized storage. Only about nine months ago, I wrote about the 4GB version being available for under twenty bucks. At the time, I thought it was an awesome deal.

Right now, the Kingston 8GB DataTraveler is available for a penny less than 17 bucks. Buy.com sweetens the deal even more with free shipping. I really believe in these flash drives for everyday use. My fastest [email protected] machine, c0rey, stores everything on a 4GB DataTraveler, and I have yet to have any major problems with the storage device. The operating system even runs off the flash drive!

Whether you plan on using a USB 2.0 flash drive for storing some of your most important files in a safe backup location, copying videos for friends to check out, or running the latest version of Ubuntu, owning one of these devices is a must. Don’t miss out on this deal. Buy.com is known for selling out of their sale items due to their amazing prices and free shipping.

the boy you hit pay dirt

I haven’t been writing much about my life in here lately, because it’s been pretty monotonous and unexciting for the most part.

K$, Mare and I watched The Onion Movie followed by The Love Guru tonight. Both comedies had a couple similar elements. The ones I noticed were the penis jokes galore and elephants.

I wrote this post back in May for a writing contest and recently got the news that I won. The prize is my choice of either a Wii, PS3 or 360. [email protected] Fanboy #1 is definitely going with the PS3. I also like the fact that the PS3 has a Blu-ray player and I think Life with Playstation is kind of neat:

I’m not much of a gamer, so the PS3 seems to have the bells and whistles that attract me more than the other two consoles.

This was coincidental with a comment I made yesterday to Mare about how I’ve been able to obtain things without exchanging money. My Altec Lansing 5.1 computer speaker system was given to me in exchange for designing a business card. The bed I sleep on was won by making a short video that advertised the mattress. Those are just a couple pricier items I own that I did not spend a dime on. I can look forward to adding a Playstation 3 to that family of belongings.

I am happy that I will own a Cell processor that will compute for the cause. The last gaming system I owned was the Nintendo 64 with my family.

DQ Blizzard by MC Chris has been stuck in my head for a while now:

the foldman finishes his first fold

c0reyfoldman (machine ID 5) for sigmarevenge (Team 32):
May 24, 2008 9am – 1,760 points

[08:12:45]
[08:12:45] + Processing work unit
[08:12:45] Core required: FahCore_a1.exe
[08:12:45] Core found.
[08:12:45] Working on Unit 01 [May 22 08:12:45]
[08:12:45] + Working …
[08:12:45]
[08:12:45] *——————————*
[08:12:45] [email protected] Gromacs SMP Core
[08:12:45] Version 1.74 (November 27, 2006)
[08:12:45]
[08:12:45] Preparing to commence simulation
[08:12:45] – Ensuring status. Please wait.
[08:12:46] – Starting from initial work packet
[08:12:46]
[08:12:46] Project: 2605 (Run 9, Clone 179, Gen 54)
[08:12:46]
[08:12:46] Assembly optimizations on if available.
[08:12:46] Entering M.D.
[08:13:03] al work pa- Starting from initial work packet
[08:13:03]
[08:13:03] Project: 2605 (Run 9, Clone 179, Gen 54)
[08:13:03]
[08:13:04] Entering M.D.
NNODES=4, MYRANK=0, HOSTNAME=c0reyfoldman
NNODES=4, MYRANK=1, HOSTNAME=c0reyfoldman
NNODES=4, MYRANK=2, HOSTNAME=c0reyfoldman
NNODES=4, MYRANK=3, HOSTNAME=c0reyfoldman
NODEID=3 argc=15
NODEID=0 argc=15
NODEID=1 argc=15
NODEID=2 argc=15
Written by David van der Spoel, Erik Lindahl, Berk Hess, and others.
Copyright (c) 1991-2000, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
Copyright (c) 2001-2004, The GROMACS development team,
check out http://www.gromacs.org for more information.

This inclusion of Gromacs code in the [email protected] Core is under
a special license (see http://folding.stanford.edu/gromacs.html)
specially granted to Stanford by the copyright holders. If you
are interested in using Gromacs, visit www.gromacs.org where
you can download a free version of Gromacs under
the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) as published
by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License,
or (at your option) any later version.

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[08:43:25] Past main M.D. loop

M E G A – F L O P S A C C O U N T I N G

Parallel run – timing based on wallclock.
RF=Reaction-Field FE=Free Energy SCFE=Soft-Core/Free Energy
T=Tabulated W3=SPC/TIP3p W4=TIP4p (single or pairs)
NF=No Forces

Computing: M-Number M-Flops % of Flops
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VdW(T) 1365206.268165 73721138.480910 16.7
RF Coul 548660.228024 18105787.524792 4.1
RF Coul [W3] 2041.717397 200088.304906 0.0
RF Coul + VdW(T) 608759.577645 39569372.546925 8.9
RF Coul + VdW(T) [W3] 286048.380738 37186289.495940 8.4
RF Coul + VdW(T) [W3-W3] 764537.359365 244651954.996800 55.3
Outer nonbonded loop 240018.112809 2400181.128090 0.5
1,4 nonbonded interactions 1059.002118 95310.190620 0.0
NS-Pairs 507354.520058 10654444.921218 2.4
Reset In Box 3876.077520 34884.697680 0.0
Shift-X 77423.154846 464538.929076 0.1
CG-CoM 1765.285305 51193.273845 0.0
Sum Forces 116280.232560 116280.232560 0.0
Bonds 13248.026496 569665.139328 0.1
Angles 15591.531183 2541419.582829 0.6
Propers 5376.010752 1231106.462208 0.3
Impropers 1006.002012 209248.418496 0.0
RB-Dihedrals 14114.028228 3486164.972316 0.8
Virial 38814.077628 698653.397304 0.2
Update 38760.077520 1201562.403120 0.3
Stop-CM 38760.000000 387600.000000 0.1
P-Coupling 38760.077520 232560.465120 0.1
Calc-Ekin 38760.155040 1046524.186080 0.2
Constraint-V 38760.077520 232560.465120 0.1
Constraint-Vir 25213.550427 605125.210248 0.1
Settle 8404.516809 2714658.929307 0.6
———————————————————————–
Total 442408314.354838 100.0
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NODE (s) Real (s) (%)
Time: 174614.000 174614.000 100.0
2d00h30:14
(Mnbf/s) (GFlops) (ns/day) (hour/ns)
Performance: 20.475 2.534 0.495 48.504
[08:43:25] Will end MPI now
[08:44:25]
[08:44:25] Finished Work Unit:
[08:44:25] – Reading up to 3721200 from “work/wudata_01.arc”: Read 3721200
[08:44:25] – Reading up to 1775276 from “work/wudata_01.xtc”: Read 1775276
[08:44:25] goefile size: 0
[08:44:25] logfile size: 24717
[08:44:25] Leaving Run
[08:44:30] – Writing 5525593 bytes of core data to disk…
[08:44:30] … Done.
[08:44:55] – Shutting down core
[08:44:55]
[08:44:55] [email protected] Core Shutdown: FINISHED_UNIT
[0]0:Return code = 100
[0]1:Return code = 0, signaled with Quit
[0]2:Return code = 0, signaled with Quit
[0]3:Return code = 0, signaled with Quit
[08:45:36] CoreStatus = 64 (100)
[08:45:36] Sending work to server

[08:45:36] + Attempting to send results
[08:57:45] + Results successfully sent
[08:57:45] Thank you for your contribution to [email protected]
[08:57:45] + Starting local stats count at 1

the last of the 3hirty or the record high

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The challenge has been conquered. With a less than two hours left in the day, I am writing the thirtieth post for April.

I’m gonna try to keep this short, and I’m sure I will since I didn’t post too long ago. This month went by fast as expected.

I’m gonna wrap April up with a small list of this month’s highlights from my perspective:

  • K$ made the Pluckers Wall of Flame.
  • I purchased and received enough comics to probably last me ’til 2009. (But I ain’t stoppin’!)
  • I turned 26.
  • My sister gave me a Buddy Christ bobblehead.
  • My brother put together an excellent BBQ birthday party extravaganza equipped with burgers, bratwurst, and keg.
  • Two words: ROCK BAND.
  • The third and fourth volumes of Thrice’s The Alchemy Index was released.
  • Sleepercar’s debut album, West Texas, was released.
  • Alkaline Trio released their Agony and Irony EP with a catchy single, Help Me.
  • I told Pluckers about how awful one of their waiters was by filling out one of their comment cards, and they apologized by sending me a $25 gift card.
  • Uncle Sam gave me some of my hard-earned dollars back plus approved me for one of his bonus checks.
  • Two ‘Zas of the Week.
  • I was excused from jury duty and had a fantastic half-day off.
  • I saw these great bands in no particular order: Thrice, Dynamite Boy, Cruiserweight.
  • I experienced why I do not like performance art.
  • Two words: ROCK BAND. (listed twice intentionally ’cause it r0xx that hard!)
  • Rivers Cuomo stole the main riff from Portside Scout’s R2D2 song to use in his single, Pork and Beans.
  • Working where I work wasn’t so bad for the 21st month in a row.
  • I purchased a new machine, c0rey foldman, whose creation is strictly intended to contributing to the [email protected] project.
  • I spent way too much time in the MoSo WP CMS by challenging myself to write thirty posts this month and successfully pulled it off like the über g33k that I am.

This is the most posts in one month on Modern Soapbox which matched last June. Maybe I’ll go for 31 in July. I’ll be taking it easy from this next month to concentrate on my other projects that matter more, but I won’t abandon y’all. I promise. Peace out.

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the c0rey foldman

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Over the weekend, I went over to my favorite computer-shopping heaven on the www, Newegg.

For the past couple weeks, I was itching to build a Beowulf cluster, but the passion died down a bit after reading through some of RGB’s Beowulf book. The assembly will going to be very expensive, and I am unable to construct one of these beasts right now.

I still really want to move up in the ranks amongst the [email protected] community, so I purchased another machine.

“c0rey foldman” (I am naming it this.) will be built with the following:

  • ASUS M3A78-EMH HDMI motherboard
  • AMD Athlon X2 BE-2300 processor
  • Kingston HyperX 1GB DDR2 SDRAM
  • Kingston DataTraveler I 1GB flash drive
  • A black mid-tower case with silver trim and a 350W PSU

I was going with absolute simplicity and low-power consumption with this configuration.

Where’s the video card? Integrated on the motherboard.

Where’s the hard drive? I don’t need one. The flash drive will be loaded with Knoppix and [email protected]

The parts should be arriving tomorrow and/or the next day. I am excited to build this computer, because I haven’t built a desktop this simple before. I hope all goes well. I’ll post pictures when this baby is born.