It took us exactly 31 days from the initial foundation of Heise Falter (number 251999) to the 100th place of the strongest Folding @ home teams. Another half a week later and Heise Falter are in 93rd place out of 252,649 with almost 5 billion points.
Since March 25, 2020, around 4,500 heise-online and c’t readers have joined the fight against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus from home: The F @ H client runs on their processors and graphics cards Washington University in St. Louis regularly receives computing tasks to simulate various protein models. For example, scientists use hardware performance to simulate the effects of various substances on the spike protein of the coronavirus. This means that the active ingredients can be circled, which are actually tested in laboratories.
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Full steam ahead
The 93rd place is far from over: Heise Falter is currently doing so many so-called work units, i.e. computing tasks, that they collect the tenth most points per day worldwide. The average of 298,343,257 points per day corresponds to 0.86 percent of the entire computer network. According to the operators, the latter has a maximum capacity of 1.36 FP32 ExaFlops – that is 1.36 trillion floating point calculations per second. However, the total computing power of Heise Falter cannot be derived exactly due to the bonus point system.
The c’t editorial team has upgraded in the past weeks and days. There are currently 19 processors and 20 graphics cards in the office (see overview below). We had to take several systems with Ryzen 3000 processors (3950X, 3900X, 3600) and a dual server with two Epyc 7742-64 cores off the net for other benchmarks this week.
By the way, one team member managed to provide even more computing power: “Flying cow” at number 1 on Heise Falter. We would like to know which hardware you run Folding @ home on!
If you have not yet participated, but would like to join Heise Faltern under team number 251999, You can find instructions on how to set up Folding @ home here.