Why do You Fold?
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August 27, 2007, 08:41 AM
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: folding in GTA
I got started a couple of years ago when I got interested in oc'ing and built my first rig from scratch - a p4 3.0 prescott. I had played with oc'ing with a few rigs i had bought for the kids but without a lot of success and had been working with pc's at work since ibm first introduced them (I worked for IBM).
Since i had all this horsepower that was largely underutilized except for some ripping/encoding apps, I looked around for the dc projects my brother had told me about. Folding seemed like a project that was more likely to have tangible results to me than seti so i started folding on the 1 rig. After a couple of months i decided to join a team ... looked for a canadian team but couldn't find one with a presence so i joined up with OCF where i had found most of my learnings on oc'ing.
Since i had a few other computers around, i started folding on them. Then i incrementally started adding rigs as oc'ing projects. At this point, it would be fair to say that i also got hooked on the competition that the points system creates. A few more used rigs were bought as oc'ing projects, but when the oc'ing was completed, they were put to work folding rather than replacing the hardware for the next oc'ing project. As the number of rigs grew, so did the need for management, so i built a ghetto rack, wired up a basement storage room with a few dedicated circuits and consolidated all the folding rigs in to my caseless rack setup.
Since i work in IT at a fairly senior level, it don't get to touch things much directly at work ... so my little home datacentre lets me get my hands dirty. And i use it to play with virtualization (vmware), linux, managed networks, large scale cooling (including a work in progress geothermal system). And folding is my production target that let me focus the output of these projects on something tanglible. The realities of $ to buy and operate it all, and time to manage/build it have led me to a self imposed limit on the number of rigs i run.
So my interests in all aspects of computing have an underlying goal which is to maximize the folding i can do within my current budgetary constraints.
While the results of folding are not likely to help people like me or my friends/family who have battled cancer, parkinsons, alzhiemers, huntingdons, etc etc diseases, I do expect it to benefit possibly my kids or at least their kids. So while i can't directly fulfill my need to find causes and cures to these diseases, folding lets me feel that at least some of the effort I put into my computing hobbies, will have some positive lasting effect.
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