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While listening to the debate last night I was poking around here when I found information on Stanford School of Medicine's Folding@Home (FAH) distributed computing project. This is a SETI@Home-like project, but instead of looking for alien signals in the cosmic background radiation, participants are modeling how proteins are made (or mis-made) -- in the service of medical research.

Click for full-size image I thought, I have a bunch of CPU cores that mostly just run up the light bill. Why not?. I installed the Linux FAH client on the household file server, and created three Linux virtual machines to run the software as well (my VM server is a quad-core box; the Linux distro I'm using is 32-bit, and the FAH client only supports SMP for 64-bit Linux; thus the best way to tap into this multi-core chip's power was to stand up multiple VMs. Each VM is running one of the cores at about 98%. The VMs are, of course fold, spindle and mutilate.

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