Chimp Challenge 2011: Rules and Dates

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The Chimp Challenge is an annual multi-way competition between [email protected] teams, during which we all join together to score as many points as possible in the allotted time. We’d like to invite everyone, whether they be part of our team yet or not, to participate in what is always a fantastic, good-natured and fun competition. See below for an explanation of what [email protected] is, what the rules are for the Chimp Challenge, and how  you can join in and help team 32!

What is [email protected]?

[email protected] is a distributed computing project run by Professor Vijay Pande at Stanford University. The project uses spare CPU and GPU time on computers belonging to thousands of volunteers. Essentially, the project aims to find out more about how proteins, essential structures in all living things, assemble themselves into the correct shape to perform their task, by running massive computer calculations on these structures. The calculations are broken down into tiny packets (known as work units) which are distributed to a number of volunteer systems. Once all systems have completed their part, the results are assembled and interesting and exciting conclusions can be drawn from the outcome. The Pande lab. have published well over a hundred peer-reviewed articles in top journals like Science, Nature and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. The official [email protected] homepage can be found here.


Bijiont's Folding Hardware
Bijiont's Folding Hardware

Sfu's Folding Hardware
Sfu's Folding Hardware



Chimp Challenge: Rules and Important Dates

A forum thread on this subject can be found here.

TeamCaptain[email protected] User Name
Maximum PCFull_taoermaximum_monkey
Overclockers AustralialeroyxxMonkey_Bollocks
CPC and Bit-TechcoolamastaCustomBitChimps
Hardware CanuckschriskwarrenBeavers_Gone_Bananas
TSC! RussiaHilTSCCh!mp
Tech Power UpBUCK NASTYChimPowerUp

The rules are as follows:

  1. Each team will fold for 10 days solid for the duration of the contest.
  2. The start time for the contest is Thursday, May 5th at 12 pm, Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7).
  3. The finish time for the contest is Sunday, May 15th at 12 pm, Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7).
  4. A “Chimp Points” system will be used to determine the placings (see below).
  5. The victor gets to claim the lucky jaded monkey as the prize. Tales have been told of untold wealth and fame that comes with this. The victorious team is allowed to display in any honorary fashion the jaded monkey, the losing teams are forbidden to display it.
  6. The losing teams are bestowed the dreaded monkey’s paw, which is said to be cursed.
    People have been known for have very bad luck with this paw!
  7. n the event of a close race, a Stanford daily_user_summary.txt file will be the official source for points information.
  8. Only team captains are allowed to make changes to rules and will be looking out for any “foul play”.
  9. Have fun and keep it positive!

Chimp Points are calculated as follows:

  • The total points of each parent team is taken from the months of October 2010 to February 2011.
  • One-tenth of a percent (0.1%) of the respective team’s 5-month total will be the points required to earn one (1) Chimp Point.
  • The team with the most Chimp Points earned at the end of the 10 days will be declared the winner.
  • EVGA – 2,189,018 = 1 Chimp Point
  • – 1,103,028 = 1 Chimp Point
  • – 687,521 = 1 Chimp Point
  • Maximum PC Magazine – 598,692 = 1 Chimp Point
  • TSC! Russia – 740,887 = 1 Chimp Point
  • CustomPC & BitTech – 653,039 = 1 Chimp Point
  • Overclockers Australia – 241,621 = 1 Chimp Point
  • TechPowerUp! – 217,346 = 1 Chimp Point
  • Hardware Canucks Forum – 232,244 = 1 Chimp Point

How Do I Join In?

If you want to participate, either:

  • Switch your hardware that is already running [email protected] to Username:T32monkeys and Team: 32. Use Passkey: 63db8ce5557ac843556921df5f3a5f95.

If you’re new to the project, start a thread in our [email protected] Team Forum and we’ll be happy to get you started!

David, Forum Moderator and Chimp Challenge 2011 Team Captain.

About David 21 Articles
I am an Editor and OCForums Super Moderator. I help prepare articles for publication, as well as writing the odd article, news piece or review myself. I'm very keen on maintaining a high quality of writing in the articles on, and emulating the objectivity and clear writing style of scientific journals. If you're writing for and need some help with preparing your piece, or presenting data, please feel free to email me.I'm a chemist by trade, having completed a degree at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 2008. I'm currently studying towards a PhD at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland) in Physical Organic Chemistry on the topic of substrate structure/activity relationships in ruthenium-alkylidene catalysed olefin ring-closing metathesis. In my spare time I like to relax with a book or browse the forums.

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