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 Post subject: The Folding@Home Dictionary
PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:45 am 
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As you can tell, Folding@Home has a LOT of jargon that you eventually will become familiar with. I'm going to list some of the common jargon that you may experience as a forum poster in this Folding@Home section to help out new posters or posters that may not know some of the jargon. As always make sure you read the top stickies explaining what Folding@Home is and the tips sticky. If you have any suggestions, or would like a word added, please let me know. If any of the other teams want to copy/modify this, feel free to do so.

Borg or Borging
The process of installing Folding@Home on a computer you own or alternatively installing it on a computer you have permission to Folding@Home on to (never install Folding@Home without permission from the owner).

Console client or Single Core Client
Console client can refer to a variety of clients, but most likely the single core non-graphical-interface client.

Collective
A collection of various people folding under one common username to accumulate the most stats and points per day.

Clients
Clients refers to the particular Folding@Home application that is downloaded. For example, GPU2, SMP, console client, etc.

Dumping
The process of deleting a work unit in hopes of getting a better one. Highly looked down upon.

Early Unit End or EUE
A work unit that has improperly ended.

EOC
The most used stats site used on the Maximum PC team. Just type your name into the Name Search and click Search. Make sure you click on your username before you link to your stats though.

FAHRemote
FAHRemote is a software program that allows you to send your Work Unit (WU) information to a place where you can easily check the status.

FAHMon
FAHMon is a folding progress monitor that allows you to check local and remote work unit percentages.

FCF
An acronym of Stanford Universities Folding@Home forum.

Final Deadline
The last date that Stanford University will give you credit for the work unit. It will also be reassigned before this deadline so they are sure to get results from the work unit.

Flags
Additional lines of text that are added after a pathway to add additional functionality, such as -verbosity 9 which makes it wordy, -forceasm which makes it force SSE instructions.

Folder of the Month
A monthly "pat on the back" given to a person that has made a positive impact on the team.

Folder or Folders
A person running Folding@Home.

Folding Username
The chosen username by a person running Folding@Home. The username should be the same if running multiple computers and ideally should be the same as your forum username.

Frame times
Every work unit has a set number of frames, the lower the frame times the higher the points per day. Next to the percent of the work unit is the number of steps, which also refers to this.

GPU Folding
Folding on a graphics card.

GPU1
This is the first version of GPU folding that took place until early June 2008. It only supported up to the x19xx cards and is no longer in production.

GPU2
GPU2 folding is the new power-house folding and supports all of the newer NVIDIA and ATI graphics cards with CUDA. Supports all the newer graphics cards starting with the 8 series NVIDIA cards.

Gromac
One of Stanford's many different types of cores. The second major type of core, which is extremely common.

GUI client
The graphical user interface client commonly associated with single core folding. May also be used with GPU2 folding and any other clients that have some sort of graphics and do not run in the console.

iter/s
A point, or points is what a particular work unit (WU) is worth. Stanford assigned points to the various WU's to foster competition, which equals more results for them. (Credit Newbie1Kenobi)

Log file or Folding logfile
The main Folding@Home logfile, it is commonly found in the directory in which you installed Folding@Home. It is usually named FAHlog.txt. If you can't find it, do a search with Windows.

Points
The credit given for completing a work unit. These points vary on the work unit.

PPD
PPD is the 7 day average of points in a day. It is most commonly referred to from EOC as the 24 hours points average.

PRCG
The project, run clone and gen of the work unit you are running. Found in the directory from which you are folding in, in the logfile FAHlog.txt.

Preferred Deadline
The date Stanford University would like the completed work unit.

PS3 folding or PS3 client
The PlayStation 3 can also fold and when people use this they are referring to this client.

Qfix
A simple utility to help submit a work unit that has improperly ended during an early unit end. Most useful for Windows SMP. Instructions can be found Here.

Six, R&M Collective, [Ch]amsalot, Chams, [Ch]ams and Number Six
The founder of the Maximum PC Folding@Home team. Also an Administrator on the forum.

SMP, SMP Client, or SMP Folding
SMP is a really technical term, which means Symmetric MultiProcessing. In folding terms, it is an advanced client that takes advantage of dual cores and above.

Spotlight
An informational, interview-style post where you tell about yourself in hopes that everyone on the team knows who you are.

The Monkeys, Monkeys, Team Monkey, etc
The Monkey Federation team which includes a number of "folders" that like to cause trouble and have fun while doing so. Be careful of them!

Tinker
The first core produced by Stanford, which is still common in today's Folding.

WU, work unit, wu, or any variation of this
Work Unit is the thing you are folding when you run Folding@Home.


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Wow, great job! I didn't even know a few of these! This deserves a stick to help educate our new folders :)


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ravenhawk82 wrote:
Wow, great job! I didn't even know a few of these! This deserves a stick to help educate our new folders :)


Yeah, the goal is to have all the common definitions of jargon that Folding@Home power users constantly use. By having them all in one common place we make it easier for new users to become power users. The faster that the new folders become power users, the faster the folding addiction happens and also the happier they are.

If anyone has any definition that I overlooked, please let me know. I am human (at least that is what I tell myself)


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PRCG and FCF would probably be helpful :)


AND SMP = Symmetric MultiProcessing


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Nice work Hackman. Once this is done where do you think it should go? Thread of threads link, Ultimate Tips or as a sticky?

You have FAHremote maybe FAHmon should be included?


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@smartcat99s: I hate to look stupid, but what are PRCG and FCF? Oops on SMP.

@Satchboy: I'm not sure where this would go. Forgot about FAHmon, thanks.


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Borg/Borging


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whitneymr wrote:
Borg/Borging


Forgot that one too, thanks :) .


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hackman2007 wrote:
@smartcat99s: I hate to look stupid, but what are PRCG and FCF? Oops on SMP.


PRCG = Project, Run, Clone, Gen line from the client

FCF = Stanford's (well, the main community) forums


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Ok, I added the two terms that cat supplied.

I think this is pretty much done (unless anyone else has terms to add?)


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Dude, this is awesome.


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Nice. I knew what an EUE was, but didn't know where those letters come from.


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w00t, teh munkayz made the list!


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my GPU client gives me speed, what does this mean, iter/s?

also, mind me if im being dense, but what exactly is a point?


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Denis63 wrote:
my GPU client gives me speed, what does this mean, iter/s?

also, mind me if im being dense, but what exactly is a point?


iter/s is iterations per second, I believe.

A point, or points is what a particular work unit (WU) is worth. Stanford assigned points to the various WU's to foster competition, which equals more results for them.


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ahhh, that explains it.... thanks!!!


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