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[WINNERS ANNOUNCED] Community Challenge: Folding@home

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🎉🎉🎉UPDATE 12 May 2020: Winners have been announced! Thank you to all who participated! 🎉🎉🎉




UPDATE: We have been blown away by your participation in this cause! Your folding has even helped bump the Cisco Meraki team into the top 400!


To celebrate your success and encourage even more participation, we've decided to add 3 additional chances for you to win swag. 


Everyone who joins the Cisco Meraki team and earns at least 200 "Credits" towards fighting COVID-19 will be entered into a random drawing for a Meraki Cloud Pin set:


Meraki Cloud Pin SetMeraki Cloud Pin Set



When the contest ends on Friday, June 12th, we will announce the top 3 ranking winners and ALSO the 3 randomly selected winners from the rest of the Folding@home Cisco Meraki team. That means, even if you aren't able to contribute at a high enough level to compete for the top ranks, you'll still have a chance to win sweet swag! 


It's anyone's race now, so get folding and tell us your username in a comment on this post today!



A major hurdle for researchers trying to defeat COVID-19 right now is access to computer power; running analysis and simulations on complex proteins takes a lot of time and computational resources that limit researchers' ability to make progress with their work. Folding@home is an organization that allows you to donate CPU/GPU cycles on your own computers/servers to run portions of these simulations for researchers and speed up results. By crowdsourcing processing power, researchers can complete simulations that would take days to weeks in just a couple hours. Dozens of our own Merakians have formed the Cisco Meraki team, which has already ranked 590 of 253,120!


We think this is an excellent cause and that it should absolutely involve swag. Therefore, over the next 30 days, the three community members who achieve the highest ranks among fellow members by donating their processing power towards Cisco Meraki team 243108 will be awarded fabulous Meraki prizes. 


Check out our first, second, and third place prizes:


First Place — Osprey Ultralight Stuff PackFirst Place — Osprey Ultralight Stuff Pack


Second Place  — Magnetic Desk SculptureSecond Place — Magnetic Desk Sculpture


Third Place  — Thermal Water BottleThird Place — Thermal Water Bottle


How to enter

If you have access to gaming computers, servers and/or even just a home PC, get started by following THIS link. Once you’ve set up your account, share your username in a comment on this blog post before 11 a.m. PDT on Friday, June 12th. Only points credited to Cisco Meraki team 243108 will be counted. To join the team, simply enter “243108” into the client setup when you install the client. 


On June 12th, we will announce the top three ranking community members, as determined by Folding@Home’s scoring. You must post your username here to be eligible. Note that your comment on this blog post containing your username will be public and visible throughout the contest. 


The fine print:


For more information regarding Folding@home, please see useful links below:


Folding@Home FAQ

Creating a User and Joining Team 243108

Folding@Home Reaches exaFLOP of computer power

Here to help

@ChrisLaird  it all makes sense now lol. I wish i wasn't so lazy and aggregated all my machines into a single console. 

A model citizen

@ChrisLaird how did you deploy to all of thoughts computers? 😈

Here to help

@Network-dad  Fun question. The Macs I deployed through JAMF. Took about 48 hours to get a working deployment that will drop the correct config in place. For some reason that kept breaking the ability to launch on its own. The final version will check the config and if it’s wrong, reinstall and unload/reload the daemon. Bummer that macos can’t fold using the gpu. 

windows machines I did by hand over RDP. I had the installer and accessory  files in a network share to make it quicker, and used a .bat file to update firewall rules and move the config into place. To use the GPU I couldn’t install it as a service, so if those reboot I can tell in my central FAHcontrol and can log back in. 

I have 1 Linux VM running using the fling appliance. I gave it the whole host, which is normally great at being a vm host, but is surprisingly terrible at folding. 

Just browsing

miwi for team 243108 😉

Here to help

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A model citizen

I wish I would have got an earlier start.. but on a positive note today I moved into the top 30 on our team and I'm the 7 highest producer.... added 8 more computers today. My goal is to to finish in the top 20 😎

A model citizen

Me over here folding like crazy trying to catch up be like....


A model citizen

Did any one notice we are now ranking #350!!! Way to go everyone!!!! Lets keep it up!

Head in the Cloud

I've got all my cores on the job!

Building a reputation

i threw an extra GTX1050 into the game 😉


Really have to try to get in the top75+ 😉

Here to help

@Network-dadwelcome to the top 20! Didn't take you long at all to make it to your goal (although there's still a few days left)

A model citizen

@ChrisLaird  Top 10 hear I come!      giphy

Here to help

Go go go go. !!!! Fire in te hole !!




Team 243108

A model citizen

Last Day!!!!!! Folding like there is no tomorrow!!!!! All machines set to full power!


Head in the Cloud

Come on team!!!

Building a reputation

GO GO GO GO !!!! 😄 


P70 is the target now 😉 

Here to help

Trying to crack 25 mil and the top 10! Got to PUSH! I really wanted that desk sculpture too 😄

Kind of a big deal

I fold


Here to help

@JMalcore I really wanted the bag. lol


The Curecoin team is over 1 trillion. Wow!