Earn crypto the fun way: FoldingAtHome (F@H)

What is protein folding?

What happens if proteins don’t fold correctly?

How does this help science?

Hold up, you mentioned crypto currency, how does that come in?

Introducing Banano

Step 1. Get a wallet

  1. Kalium App , a mobile wallet for Android and iOS
  2. BananoVault , a web-based wallet
  1. Download the Kalium App on your mobile device.
  2. Launch the app and select “New Wallet”
  3. Follow the security messages and then copy and store your Secret Phase. This is a backup to get into your wallet if you forget your login.
  4. Select “I’ve Backed it Up.”
  5. Create a 6-digit pin.
  6. You now have a wallet ready to receive Banano.
  7. Press the Receive button on the bottom to see your Banano wallet address. This is prefixed with “ban_XXXXX”

Step 2. Get a BananoMiner User ID, Team, and Passcode

  1. Go to bananominer.com
  2. Enter you banano wallet addresss on the home screen. This will come from your Kalium app or banano vault.
  3. Once entered, you will be provided with your User ID and your Team ID. Write these down.

Step 2b: Setup a passcode (Optional).

  1. Go to https://apps.foldingathome.org/getpasskey
  2. Enter you User ID for Name and your Email
  3. You will be emailed a passcode. Write this passcode down.

Step 3. Download the Folding@Home Client

  1. Go to https://foldingathome.org/#downloads
  2. Select the operating system you are using on your folding machine.
  3. Run the setup and install the Folding@Home Client.

Step 4. Configure the Folding@Home Client

  1. Launch the Folding@Home Client. By default, this should open a web browser to client.foldingathome.org to display your web control.
  2. Select Change Identity, or enter if prompted:
  3. Name — User ID you created with bananominer.com
  4. Team Number — Team Number provided by bananominer.com
  5. Passkey — Passcode sent via email
  6. Save.
  7. You should now see your details in the web control to confirm you are folding under your account.

Step 5. Fold and wait…

Step 6. Collect your Banano

Step 7. Key things to know

  1. If you are folding, you are using electricity. More than you usually use day-to-day. So expect that your electricity bill will come up. You may get lower rates to use electricity during non-peak hours so check with your provider to determine if you should folding overnight instead of during the day.
  2. Payments aren’t immediate. From my experience they send out payments twice a day for completed Work Units. So don’t expect to see your wallet with pending transfers immediately after you finish a work unit. Give it half a day and you should see the transfers in the morning.
  3. Better CPU/GPU means better performance which means more Banano. For reference, I’m running these folds on a AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core processor and a NVIDIA RTX 260 Super GPU. Work Units generally take my computer 4–8 hours to complete. Out of curiosity, I setup a Raspberry Pi 4 to run the ARM build of Folding@Home Client. The Raspberry Pi took roughly 2–3 days to complete a work until and paid out about 3000 points, vs the 35000 points my gaming rig can output. I’ll try and write-up a tutorial for using a Raspberry Pi next!
  4. You can pause folding and resume your folding later. This is the only way to properly shutdown your computers and continue the work later. Don’t force quit your Folding@Home Client. You’ll need to complete the full Work Unit to earn any points.
  5. Your PC will get hot. Your computer is basically running full throttle to use as much resources as possible to run these simulations. So you’ll probably hear some fans turning on and feel some heat off your tower or case. Make sure you put your tower or case in a well ventilated area so that it doesn’t over-heat. If you are concerned about it getting too hot or using too much resources, I’d recommend turning down the power option or running the client on your GPU or CPU only instead of both.

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