Folding@home is a distributed computing project — people from throughout the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world. Every computer takes the project closer to our goals. Folding@home uses novel computational methods coupled to distributed computing, to simulate problems millions of times more challenging than previously achieved. Moreover, when proteins do not fold correctly (i.e. “misfold”), there can be serious consequences, including many well known diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes.
The work unit we used was a p6054 which is part of the SMP high performance client for Folding@home.
Benchmark Results: The Phenom II X4 975 BE is able to come close to the performance level of Intel’s Core i5 750 processor in this Folding@Home work unit. The X4 840 is also able to match the performance of the Intel Core i3 2100 CPU.