The satisfaction of helping promote Dogecoin, giving to others, and encouraging helping the scientific research in the fight against diseases that have made humanity suffer for too long. Our folding efforts are competing against many others and our team's success will attract the attention of others to Dogecoin and Folding @ Home.
As of April 9, 2016 the Dogefolders team is ranked 489 of 224243 teams with 44 active CPUs in the last 50 days!
We have an automated reward system that pays out the current reward amount once per week on late Saturday CST. The automated system collects the folding points for each Dogefolders team member with a valid Dogecoin wallet address as a folding user name. The current reward amount is split between those team members proportional to their points compared to the rest of the team's points for the week. If you made 20% of the team's points for the week, you will be automatically be sent roughly 20% of the reward amount!
The reward amount is meant to encourage continued donations as well as include portions of larger donation funds each week. We are currently in a testing phase and gauging participation, so the size of each week's portions isn't determined yet.
We had some technical difficulties starting out and have abandoned our previous reward plans. Due to lack of direction, admin help, and technical difficulties, it looked like the project may fade away incomplete, even though many donations were already collected. A rally was made for admin help and the reward system was re-envisioned. An automated system was created from scratch, new documentation was written, and a new plan was formed. Dogecoinfah was brought back to life! We still intend to go back and reward folders previous to the change as fairly as possible.
You can fold with either your CPU, your GPU (AMD and nVidia brand graphics cards), or both. Graphic cards fold faster, but the difference with CPU folding is not as noticeable as with crypt-currency mining.
You can also fold with your CPU at the same time you GPU mine crypto-currencies or you can fold with both your CPU and GPU at the same time as you mine crypto-currencies with an ASIC.
No. ASICs are specifically made to generate cryptographic hashes using specific algorithms such as Scrypt and SHA256. Folding consists of mathematical operations to simulate protein behavior and that has nothing to do with cryptography hashes or common crypto-currency proof of work algorithms.
This depends on the hardware and configured folding power. Folding seems to be much easier on your hardware than mining. The Control interface allows you to set your folding power from light, to medium, to full.
Typically you won't notice a slow down of your computer with CPU/GPU mining and can even watch video such as YouTube while GPU mining. Some really old CPUs, like Intel i3 or older, may lag slightly if folding at full power. Folding @ Home detects when you are using the computer and tries to scale back work until the computer is idle.
When GPU mining, full screen games and applications that require exclusive access to the GPU may not work properly. You can always use the Folding @ Home control program or web interface to lower your folding power or pause your folding work if you need full performance from your machine. Just be sure to remember to un-pause it when your done!
Unless you are folding at full power you likely won't generate much heat. Yet, you should take care that your system is properly cooled by regularly blowing the dust out of your heat sinks, fans, and video card and check that your system has good airflow. If folding with a laptop, be sure not to cover the cooling vent and take extra precautions to prevent overheating. If you have an older system, are folding with a laptop, or are going to fold at full power, you might want to find a temperature monitoring program for you CPU/GPU to gauge how mining effects your system.
The automated system is an open source LAMP web application created by /u/SoCo_cpp. It currently polls folding statistics from both Stanford's official stats and ExtremeOverclocking.com's folding stats API. The authoritative value for your week's folding points is currently the Points-Week value provided by ExtremeOC.