Frequently asked questions

How do I install it ?

To install the client, you can follow our guide. Its a fairly quick process. You can find our guide, click here

Is my computer powerful enough?

Most likely yes! 

Generally speaking, the system requirements are quite low for Folding@Home:

  • Windows XP SP3 or newer, 32 or 64 bit
    • Folding@Home supports Windows, Linux and Mac operatings systems.
  • Intel P4 1.4 GHz processor or newer, or AMD equivalent (modern multi-core processors recommended)

While the more powerful the computer, the more work units it s able to simulate. Things that increase performance:

  • Faster/Newer CPU’s
  • Faster/Newer GPU’s
    • Nvidia Video Cards
    • ATI/AMD Video Cards

Our experience has shown even 10-15 year old computers can run the client and contribute to FAH.

For those who feel their system isnt fast eanough to contribute to Folding@Home, please see out answer to Can I fold on my Raspberry Pi?

This solution will work with older systems.

What about the security?

Foldingthenorth has done an assessment of the FAH client, including network traffic assessments; and is confident in it’s security.   Summary:

  • Folding@home client and server software written and tested by Stanford University.
  • Client software only available from Stanford; or in certain cases, from commercial partners such as Sony, NVIDIA, and ATI.
  • All Folding@home Servers are protected, hardened and contain digitally signed hardware. 
  • Work Units are digitally signed (@2048 bit) between Assignment Server and client
  • Client validates source/destination before sending data back to Stanford Collection Server.
  • Internet connections are only open to access and upload new work units. No connections are left open.  Once the transaction with the server is complete, the connection is closed. 
  • There’s been no reported cases of breech/improper access in the 20 year history of FAH

Of course, end users are ultimately responsible for the security of their systems; and Foldthenorth is not responsible for any action or activity related to FAH.

Can we use work devices?

The use of work devices is governed by the Policy on Service and Digital and the Directive on Service and Digital (formerly The Policy on Acceptable Network and Device Use) and managed per department. 

The FoldTheNorth team has not requested nor endorses the use of work devices.

Can I fold on my Raspberry Pi?

On RPi3 and 4 install the https://boinc.berkeley.edu/ client, and connect to the GOC team on the World Community Grid (Join Our Team Link). 

To view our World Community Grid Team stats, click here.

Please contact@foldthenorth.ca for more info

Who can I contact for help?

How does this help fight Covid 19 ?

Individual contributions are combined to simulate proteins which lead to potential vaccines and therapies. 

What other diseases can I help?

According to their website, the Folding@Home project allows you to contribute to the following research:

  • Cancer
    • Breast Cancer
    • P53
    • Epigenetics
    • Kidney Cancer
  • Infectious Diseases
    • Dengue Fever
    • Chagas Disease (African Trypanosomiasis)
    • Zika Virus
    • Hepatitis C
    • Ebola Virus
    • COVID-19
  • Neurological diseases
    • Alzheimer’s Disease
    • Huntington’s Disease
    • Parkinson’s Disease

The application allows you to select where your focus is, and if you select “Any disease” (see image) the Folding At Home servers will give you work against various diseases including Covid-19

For more information go to https://foldingathome.org/diseases/