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The project Folding@home of Stanford University simulates the spatial folding of proteins. This spatial structure requires the function of the individual proteins. By understanding these folding processes, the scientists hope to find indications on how artificial polymers can be produced with similar properties as well as approaches to possible therapies for diseases such as Alzheimer. The project is based on the Cosm framework.

The project has already received some awards.

Folding@home was the first project to release GPU clients (see below).

At the end of 2007, Folding@home got an entry in the Guinness Book of Records, as it reached the performance of 1 petaflops. That's more processing power than all BOINC projects put together (~0.7 PFlops). This enormous computing power is due in particular to over 500,000 PlayStation 3 consoles, which have almost quadrupled their performance in 2007. In mid-2008, the first supercomputer reached the magic limit of a petaflops. There are only 2 systems in the 2009 top500 list that had more than one PFLOP. Per June 2018 there are already 272!

Project overview

InfoIcon.png Folding@home
Name Folding@home
Category Biochemie/en
Goal Simulation of folding processes in proteins
Commercial   no

Uni.jpg Pande Lab, Departments of Chemistry and of Structural Biology
Stanford University, Kalifornien, USA

United States01.gif    This project is conducted in California, USA.

Project status

InfoIcon.png Project status
Status   active
Begin 2000/01
End still active


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Operating systems

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Icon linux 16.png   Linux on ARM Checkbox 0.gif  
Android.jpg   Android Checkbox 1.gif  
Icon raspberri pi 16.jpeg   Raspberry Pi Checkbox 0.gif  
Icon ps3 16.png   PlayStation 3 Checkbox 1.gif  
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Icon macos 16.png   MacOS X Checkbox 1.gif   Es ist auch ein SMP-Client mit separatem Installer im Beta-Status vorhanden.
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Icon freebsd 16.png   BSD Checkbox 1.gif  
NVIDIA.gif   CUDA Checkbox 1.gif   Nur für Windows
Logo opencl.png   Atistream.png   OpenCL Checkbox 0.gif  
Logo opencl.png   Intel.png   OpenCL Checkbox 0.gif  
Atistream.png   ATI Stream Checkbox 1.gif   Nur Windows
Icon solaris 16.png   Solaris Checkbox 0.gif  
Icon java 16.png   Java (OS independent)  Checkbox 0.gif  
  • Note on Linux64: The client is in beta status. The project operator has optimized it for quad-core CPUs, with dual-core CPUs producing various bugs. In this case, please operate two normal Linux clients, see instructions.
  • Comment on ATI & CUDA: There are instructions on how to use ATI and nvidia graphics cards to also crunch on Linux.


Client properties

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program can be executed normally Checkbox 1.gif
can be used as screensaver Checkbox 1.gif
commandline version available Checkbox 1.gif
personal Proxy for work units available   Checkbox 0.gif
work units can be exchanged also by email Checkbox 0.gif
source code is available Checkbox 0.gif
can be used offline Checkbox 0.gif
checkpoints Checkbox 1.gif




Published versions

The most recent clients can be downloaded here. News about the latest changes can be found here.


  • 13.04.2009: 6.24.1 Mac OS X
  • 28.01.2009: 6.24 beta Linux (x86) and BSD *combined one-Prozessor and SMP client* (64-bit build)
  • 26.11.2008: 6.23 Windows
  • 03.07.2007: 5.91 beta5 (GPU and SMP Client)
  • 18.10.2005: 5.04 (consoles only)
  • 09.11.2004: 5.03 (GUI only)
  • 11.08.2004: 5.0
  • 31.12.2002: 3.24


Antivirus problems

Attention: This client can be auto-detected [1] on corporate networks with Sophos Antivirus and its Add-on Client Control and be shut down centrally [2].


This and that



For recent news look up the news page of the project.


Quality control

Checked: November 9th, 2018