The Chimp Challenge is an annual multi-way competition between Folding@Home 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 Folding@Home is, what the rules are for the Chimp Challenge, and how you can join in and help team 32!
What is Folding@Home?
Folding@Home 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 Folding@Home homepage can be found here.
Chimp Challenge: Rules and Important Dates
|Team||Captain||Folding@Home User Name|
|CPC and Bit-Tech||coolamasta||CustomBitChimps|
|Tech Power Up||BUCK NASTY||ChimPowerUp|
The rules are as follows:
- Each team will fold for 10 days solid for the duration of the contest.
- The start time for the contest is Thursday, May 5th at 12 pm, Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7).
- The finish time for the contest is Sunday, May 15th at 12 pm, Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7).
- A “Chimp Points” system will be used to determine the placings (see below).
- 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.
- 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!
- n the event of a close race, a Stanford daily_user_summary.txt file will be the official source for points information.
- Only team captains are allowed to make changes to rules and will be looking out for any “foul play”.
- 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
- Overclock.net – 1,103,028 = 1 Chimp Point
- Overclockers.com – 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 Folding@Home to Username:T32monkeys and Team: 32. Use Passkey: 63db8ce5557ac843556921df5f3a5f95.
- Download Folding@Home from the Folding@Home download page and enter Username: T32monkeys and Team: 32. Use Passkey: 63db8ce5557ac843556921df5f3a5f95.
If you’re new to the project, start a thread in our Folding@Home Team Forum and we’ll be happy to get you started!
– David, Forum Moderator and Chimp Challenge 2011 Team Captain.