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Supercomputer Folding?

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Feb 26, 2002
Birmingham, Alabama
I was reading the follow section of a paper:

"The amount of processing power going to waste around the world is not to be sniffed at. Working together, SETI@Home’s 2m machines are equivalent to a supercomputer running at around ten trillion operations a second (ie, ten teraflops). In other words, they are roughly comparable to ASCI White, which is currently the fastest computer on the planet."

A couple of questions:
What would happen if we got a supercomputer folding?
Why don't we?
one of the IBM blue supercomputer (1000+ cpu) is folding. I saw the news a few days back.
Sure, good plan, tell us when you've raised the umpteen million you need to buy one, then we'll come round and have a sauna party in your basement when you've got it installed, providing the power stays on :D

Seriously though, supercomputers are expensive, supercomputer time is expensive, if there was a hope in hell of persuading anyone to give up enough time to run the folding project, on a supercomputer, Stanford would have done it already and not bothered with this messy distributed computing thing.

Road Warrior