Folding@Home

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If you haven’t heard of Folding@Home, it’s a pretty cool and unique project. Set up by Stanford University, the project is a distributed computing project where people around the world can download software to create a supercomputer of sorts. The “folding” deals with research through folding proteins. Through this research, folks at Stanford hope to find solutions to diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, forms of cancer, and more.

So how does this relate to Bethesda or any of our games? Well, on Planet Elder Scrolls, and within our forums, The Elder Scrolls community has come together to create a team to help with folding projects (the more computers you have, the faster projects can get completed). If you’re interested in participating, you’ll want to join Team Elder Scrolls (ID #52286). Oh yeah, and if you’re using a PS3, you can help with this project too!

Reader Comments

  1. I have to say, when I first caught wind of this, it blew me off my feet. Such a great idea….those Stanford kids never cease to amaze me. I mean, first Google, now this. The concept of everyone sharing some processing power to manage all this data is amazing. Sometimes I wish I was on the West Coast… there’s nothing amazing going on in the DC area. :-P

    Well, maybe I’ll come work at Beth someday, if you guys ask nicely. :D

  2. I’m actually participating in another (similar) project called Rosetta. I already have a team though. It’s a great way to fully use my quad cores (that’s why it’s such a good application for a PlayStation 3).
    Coincidently running the program (Boinc) is the one of two ways my computer doesn’t freeze up. The other is disabeling three of my four cores.