[WINNERS ANNOUNCED] Community Challenge: Folding@home

MeredithW
Community Manager

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

 

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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

 

Thermal Water BottleThermal 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

182 Comments
Frankthetank
Here to help

Is there a Meraki team also set up for Rosetta@home  on Boinc? The reason I ask is because I have been having trouble getting CPU tasks with Folding@Home for quite a while (most of the systems I have available don't have GPU's) and Rosetta@home seems to have plenty of jobs available and also is going towards covid-19.

Jwiley78
Building a reputation

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jwiley78, didn't see a way to  actually register so hopefully that's correct.

CN
Meraki Employee
Meraki Employee

@Frankthetank, unfortunately, we don't have a good way to compare the points between the two platforms. While F@H is ramping up the number of work units that they have, sometimes the CPU ones aren't immediately available. Personally, I've found that pausing the folding and then resuming can force the Folding at Home client to reattempt the download.  

 

@Jwiley78, looks good to me! Once you've completed some work units the points earned will update and will start to reflect towards "Team Cisco Meraki."

BrechtSchamp
Kind of a big deal

Great idea! I'm folding... Will post nick later on.

 

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cwf
Getting noticed

I'm joining the fold as well. My username is cwf. How predictable.

jdsilva
Kind of a big deal

I'm in!

 

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mmistretta
Conversationalist

Folding! mmist76

Are we supposed to select just COVID, or all research?

jriordan
Conversationalist

JohnR is on the case.. : 😎 and running

afarsang
Comes here often

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TimBecker
Conversationalist

timbeck2 - Folding.... now!

jonesr1
Conversationalist

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jriordan
Conversationalist

and again  24 CPU's top that..

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JMalcore
Here to help

My username is Ppipanman

Folding@Home in ...3..2..1 gl everybody!

jdsilva
Kind of a big deal

@jriordan HAHA ok well I can't win... Might as well turn everything off again 😛

mmistretta
Conversationalist

Has anyone tried the VM?

i get an unhandled exception when i try to deploy it.

viking
Here to help

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Johnfnadez
Getting noticed

I`m in!

 

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BeachBum
Here to help

I'm folding as BeachBum

thedistrict
Just browsing

I've started folding as JohnKeller!

Volztage
Comes here often
Marcel
Here to help

I'm folding as Marcel_Thomas

 

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DHAnderson
A model citizen

I'm folding as:

DHAnderson
Team 243108
Julian
Getting noticed

Folding..

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JohnGeorge
Here to help

Please don't tell my wife that I am folding at home, let's just keep this our little secret - shall we ?.?.

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UCCREW_ANDY
Comes here often

I'm folding as:

 
AndySFolding
 
Team 243108
Julian
Getting noticed

@mmistretta

me, I deployed the vm without problems.. wich error do you have?

wperry1
Here to help

I'm in!

 

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brylle
Comes here often

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francktls
Getting noticed

francktls 🙂

turipriv
Conversationalist

Here I am

 

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nealgs
Building a reputation

folding now in operation:

 

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👍

tylerpennewill
Just browsing

Folding as 'mtnflyerman'

You
Comes here often

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Victor_Poulsen
Just browsing

I'm joining aswell, Let's hope my i7-9700k and RTX 2070 can do some research.

 

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KeenLogic
Conversationalist

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I'm in!

MathiasT
Comes here often

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Jason-Jerrys
Conversationalist

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Phill_Northwood
Here to help

Phillippedemouse is now folding in the Meraki team!

Andrew_Chandler
Comes here often

 

 

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AlejandroAr
Conversationalist

Estoy doblando como

 

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danhosking
Here to help

Folding as MerakiComp  🙂

 

 

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AlejandroAr
Conversationalist

Porque los usuarios de latín américa no son elegibles para optar por los premios?

Leigh_Gilbert
Comes here often

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LeighGilbert

GustavoRomero
Comes here often

Hello... Folding as GustavoRomero

 

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Fabian1
Here to help

Hey guys,

 

folding as Fabian1

STL
Conversationalist

I'm in

 

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DietmarWeinhofe
Here to help

As in general this would be a good cause, the first thing what i thought was, does nobody have any security concerns?

We are hard trying to keep everybody out of our networks and computers, with placing all kind of state of the art security mechanism, to then grant someone we really don't know to sit on our computers. And this probably as a root application.

Any thoughts about this?

GergelyK
Getting noticed

It's great to see that Meraki is also helping out. I'm doing Folding@Home in a different team, so I wouldn't change that at this time. 🙂

Roger_Beurskens
Building a reputation

Folding as Roger_B

 

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svennerski
Here to help

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AnythingHosted
Building a reputation

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Roger_Beurskens
Building a reputation

@DietmarWeinhofe 

 

Real valid point

 

Running it on a seperate machine in dmz over here.

Got a spare HP DL360G8 laying around with 2x E5-2650 😉

 
JorgeAConceicao
Comes here often

I'm in.

 

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DietmarWeinhofe
Here to help

@Roger_Beurskens 

 

Ok good solution, unfortunately I don't have a spare system.

omer
Conversationalist

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M_Williams_UK
Comes here often

m_williams_uk folding@home

Guillaume6hat
Here to help

I'm in ! 

I'm folding as: gsauvage6hat

MMoss
Building a reputation

Folding under MMoss

 

Out of curiosity what is everyone folding on right now?

 

i9-9900k

MSI nVidia RTX 2080

 

If I install an OS on my Dell 620 I'll add in a pair of E5-2690's and maybe an old Radeon RX 570 if I get bored lol

BlueLakeNetwork
Conversationalist

Started Folding BlueLakeNetworks

 

Go Team Meraki - Great Idea!  Keep them coming.....

KeenLogic
Conversationalist

@DietmarWeinhofe I created a separate VM running the software and it is running in my DMZ

RafaelM
Meraki Employee

@AlejandroAr 

 

A nosotros nos gustaría que todos los países puedieran ser elegibles. Sin embargo, debemos seguir la guía de nuestro equipo legal, que ha proporcionado la lista de países que pueden ser elegibles para concursos como este, de acuerdo con las leyes que rodean el sorteo y otros factores.

Andrewbluepiano
Getting noticed

Folding as andrewbluepiano

lctronico
Conversationalist

I'm folding as:  lctronico

 

Team 243108

 

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JanVincent
Here to help

I am folding as Only1jva

JimWise
Comes here often

I'm folding

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Andre_S
Here to help
Jai1
Conversationalist

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nikiwaibel
Getting noticed

nww

Jwiley78
Building a reputation

A little over 9K.  Should be at 10K soon.  🙂

SAdLJr
Conversationalist

Hello my friends

 

Let's help our world against COVID-19!!! #StayAtHome

 

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Cyrus
Comes here often

Folding under the name DreggCyrus

 

Update: Now folding under the name Dishcraft.  I brought in our AI servers that are otherwise idle.

ChrisLaird
Here to help

I have also started folding as  Moravian_College

JMalcore
Here to help

 

@Jwiley78 I just passed 1,800,000 .... and I'm not even in first 😭 lol

 

Kelon521
Comes here often

Im Folding as -  Kelon521

sebastianfranco
Here to help

Hola mi user sebastianf

 

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CN
Meraki Employee
Meraki Employee

Wow! We are now in the top 500. As I post this, we are now ranked 497! Awesome folding everyone.

JanVincent
Here to help

@ChrisLairdhas a small army of machines. He's running away with this competition.

BrechtSchamp
Kind of a big deal

@JanVincent you're not doing too bad yourself ;). But yes, the competition's end results will likely be clear sooner than later depending on who has access to most compute power. Still it's good that we all collectively help a good cause! @MeredithW might also add one or two random winners?

MMoss
Building a reputation

I no longer have the compute power I did when I was messing around with GPU miners, but I find folding to be somewhat enjoyable. I may even build a smaller rig with old parts I have scatters around to keep at it once all is said and done. Either way it's a good cause to put some compute power into. Shame it's not winter because it puts off the heat even with a single GPU.

JanVincent
Here to help

@BrechtSchamp haha thanks. Definitely gunning for that bag so I could use it as a gym bag. Maybe the Meraki marketing team has more than one collecting dust in the closet. lol

AldoSalinas
Conversationalist

Happily folding for the Cisco Meraki team as CHOGUMA

 

 

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Jwiley78
Building a reputation

Turned my off for a few days.  Server is loud while folding and concerned with straining it for too long.

ArteckMX
Conversationalist

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We are in!!!

Kelon521
Comes here often

Im Folding as Kelon521

MeredithW
Community Manager

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.

 

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!

sebastianfranco
Here to help

Yes !! Sweet Swag !

 

My user is sebastianf.

 

Successful to all !

 

Thanks

bladd
Comes here often

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Thanks!

spencerrees
Comes here often

Happy to help!

 

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Paul727
Comes here often

PCMR and LTT are doing good enough, let's get Meraki into the top 100!.

 

 

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