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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

Head in the Cloud

I am underway!


Obviously as a man with a large imagination I joined as Nick. Seems suitable as its my name 😃


Go Team Meraki!!!!



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A model citizen

Anyone notice that points are not updating on there work stations? also it looks like online too?

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@Network-dad ive seen others reporting on Twitter that updating has been broken for the last 24-48 hours 

A model citizen

Thanks @ChrisLaird  glad to know I wasn't going crazy...

A model citizen


@ChrisLaird  it looks like its still working here maybe

Here to help

@Network-dad nice find!! And look at that, we broke a billion points sometime in the last few hours!!! 

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points standings on the normal page appear to be fixed today.

A model citizen

@ChrisLaird did you crank up the power since I added my RTX 2070. 


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@Network-dadI wish I could push it a little more, but I've actually had to slow down a bit. For a few days there I was at ~13,000,000 a day, but I ran into some cooling issues so I bumped a bunch down to "low", so I'm currently around ~9,500,000 a day

A model citizen

@ChrisLaird Only 9,500,000 a day. giphy  haha

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Confused, where are you guys seeing 9,500,000 a day? At the bottom left in the FaH Console?  Where are you getting that number from?


ExtremeOverclocking has you @Network-dad averaging about 700k per day.

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@JanVincent  I check it in both places. ExtremeOverclocking is good at tracking the 24hour average, but I'm not sure it's entirely accurate. In the FAHControl application, it says I'm at 9,173,000 for today. I think ExtremeOverclocking actually took about 72 hours for the 24 hour average to catch up and "match" the estimate from FAHcontrol.


edit: I mean I do think EO is accurate, I'm just not sure it updates as quickly as I expected to large changes in daily point totals.




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I think EO is more accurate since it averages out your points for WUs you've completed and submitted. 

Whereas that estimate in the App itself is basically that, an estimate of how many points you would get per day based on the current value of the WUs you are working on. 


Even still, I must be looking at something wrong because the most I've ever seen estimated in the App on my rig with an RTX2080 is around 900k points per day. No where even close to what you are estimating so I'm at a loss as to how yours is arriving at that number. Perhaps you have your App configured to manage all of your FaH installs? 


i don't have mine centralized so I just look at each rig individually.

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@JanVincentah yes, sorry I didn't mention that. My FAHcontrol is configured to monitor about ~130 machines, with machines ranging anywhere from the 20,000 per day to the 750,000 per day.

A model citizen

@JanVincent I'm only pushing 700K to 1.4M a day I was talking about @ChrisLaird running 9.5M.. I only have one RTC2070 and 2 GTX1050TI and about 10 servers with about 50 combined CPU cores across the servers.. No where near the super computer that @ChrisLaird is running.

Building a reputation

I can run just over 2 Million daily with a Nvidia 2080 and a i9-9900k. It really makes me wish I still had my GPU mining rigs though. I've actually set my gpu to run at 65% power and still manage to do around 1.9M with less wattage and heat. I generate so much heat in the little room its in I can't even run it all the time because its a shared home office 😞

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@Network-dad    no supercomputer here lol, just a lot of empty classrooms during covid shutdowns and an interest in trying to help somehow.