Genome@home Classic & Folding@home 3.0:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Genome@home Classic and Folding@home 3.0:

What exactly is going on here?

The software development effort behind the Genome@home project is merging with the Folding@home team. A scientific "core" executable which runs the same protein design algorithm as the Genome@home project will be included in the Folding@home project, from the release of the F@h3.0 client on. The current Genome@home client will remain, with no major changes, indefinitely, as "Genome@home Classic". Nothing is being taken away from the Genome@home distributed computing project. What's happening is that we are moving our current and future development over to the Folding@home infrastructure and distributed computing project. Very little further development will take place on the original Genome@home client.

What's this about team numbers greater than 100,000?

If you run the Folding@home3.0 client configured with a valid G@h team number (i.e. greater than 100,000), all your workunits will be from Genome@home and all your credits will go towards your Genome@home stats. See here for more info. If you're not part of a Genome@home team, but would still like to remain exclusively within the Genome@home stats system, use team number 100,000 itself.

This allows Genome@home users to run the F@h3.0 client while still remaining part of the Genome@home project.

Is Genome@home ending?

No. Not at all. The scientific research effort behind Genome@home is alive and well, stronger than ever. As well, the Genome@home distributed computing project will continue, with no major changes.. The only difference is that any new software development that we do as part of our research effort will be done as part of the Folding@home project.

What is Genome@home Classic?

The existing Genome@home client (version 0.99) will be renamed "Genome@home Classic". This client will continue to be made available indefinitely.

I'm a Genome@home user. How will this affect my stats?

It won't affect them at all. The Genome@home project will continue as is. Because the project is simply continuing, the stats will be unaffected. They will not start over from zero; they will continue on from where they are now. If you continue to run the Genome@home client (currently version 0.99), you'll see no differences whatsoever. If you run the Folding@home3.0 client, as long you've entered a valid G@h team number (i.e. greater than 100,000), all your complete work units will be credited to your G@h stats.

I'm a Folding@home user. How will this affect my stats?

It won't affect them at all. The stats for Folding@home will continue on from where they are now, whether you run the F@h2.x client or upgrade to the F@h3.0 client.

I've been Genoming since Day One! Why are you screwing with us?

We're very conscious of how hard many users have worked to help Genome@home be as successful as it is, and that's exactly why we're continuing to make available the Genome@home "Classic" client. The client is fairly stable, many users love it, and the data we get are extremely useful, so there's no reason for us to discontinue it now. We'll continue to support Genome@home Classic as long as the conditions above hold true.

Why are you merging with Folding@home?

The Folding@home project, especially the 2.x infrastructure and it's new updated 3.0 client, has been the major focus of the Pande Group's software development and methods research efforts over the last three years. The client and server software is more stable, versatile, and advanced than G@h Classic. Most importantly, as the research efforts of the Pande Group broaden and mature, and the Folding@home research project evolves, we need to avoid duplicating the efforts of our researchers. By running all our biomolecular simulations within one infrastructure, we can consolidate the considerable overhead of running distributed computing projects into just one main project.

What is Folding@home 3.0?

F@h3.0 is just the new Folding@home client. It is not a whole new project, like the jump from 1.0 to 2.0. The Folding@home website, stats, servers, etc. will not change. The main difference for the Genome@home research effort is that the F@h3.0 client will be able run a new "scientific core" which contains the Genome@home protein design algorithm. We encourage Genome@home users to switch to the Folding@home project, as this will be the focus of future software development associated with the Genome@home research effort.

Can I nonet/sneakernet with Folding@home3.0?

No, not in the same way as the G@h Classic (0.99) client. This is one of the reasons that we're continuing with Genome@home Classic; for all the hardcore nonetters out there!

I don't want to join the Folding@home project. Can I stay exclusively with Genome@home (now G@h Classic)?

Yes, of course. You can run one or the other, or both if you like! We gladly welcome veteran Genomers to stay aboard and new users and teams to join at any time.

Why should I run G@h Classic? Are the results useful?

Yes, the results from G@h Classic are just as useful as those that will come from F@h3.0 and will continue to be so for the duration of the project.

Will my existing or future Genome@home stats count towards Folding@home?

It depends.

Completed workunits from the Genome@home Classic client will have nothing to do with Folding@home stats. Workunits generated by the G@h Classic client (currently version 0.99) will continue to count exclusively towards the Genome@home stats, on this website.

If you run the Folding@home2.x/3.0 clients with no special configurations, you will receive a mix of F@h and G@h workunits. All completed work will count exclusively towards Folding@home stats, no matter what core generated them. For example, workunits generated by the particular F@h3.0 core which runs the G@h protein design algorithm (Core_c9.exe) will count towards the Folding@home stats, and will never enter the G@h Classic system.

However, if you configure the F@h2.x/3.0 clients with your existing Genome@home team number (i.e. a number greater than 100,000), you will receive exclusively G@h workunits and all your completed work will be credited to your existing Genome@home stats. This allows Genome@home users to run the F@h3.0 client while still remaining part of the Genome@home project.

Why can't I migrate my existing Genome@home stats over to Folding@home and just combine everything?

This presents several problems. First of all, the way that accounts are identified in the G@h and F@h infrastructures differ, and for users that run both projects, it's impossible to get a one-to-one matching between existing G@h and F@h accounts. If an existing G@h user wanted to create a new F@h account, and migrate their G@h stats over to that account, it would be unfair to existing F@h users who have never run G@h.

Why don't you do x instead?

Let us know if you have ideas or concerns. Email me (smlarson@stanford.edu) or go to the Genome@home Yahoo forum.