Welcome to “The Fold.”

We are scientists. Citizens. Gamers. Thinkers. Parents. Friends. Family. We've joined forces to donate our unused computer power to help uncover the mysteries of protein folding and fight diseases. We are Folders, and this is our home.

Get support, join a team, and learn how your computer and (as of today) 176,342 others outputting 38,859 teraflops of computing power, contribute to finding cures for some of life’s most threatening illnesses.


If you aren’t folding yet, don’t wait! Watch the video, download the software, and ...

Folding@home News

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Over the weekend, we had an issue with one our key servers that handles the stats update.  The sysadmins have […]

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Community Support

Here's where you start making your connection to the hundreds of volunteers that keep Folding@home running and the hundreds of thousands that donate their unused computer power to make it the world's largest distributed super computer. Dig in, get the help you need, and when you're … Learn more.

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One of the best ways to help Folding@home is by recruiting your friends and family. Start by sharing our project with them. Then join a team or even start your own team. The more points you and your team earn, the closer we come to finding … Learn more.

Learn about the Science

Proteins help fight disease by first assembling themselves or "folding." When proteins misfold, there can be serious health consequences.

If we better understand protein misfolding we can design drugs and therapies to combat these illnesses. ... Learn more.

Learn about the Software

Folding@home software aids research by simulating protein folding. The calculations are immense so we break them into small "work units" and pass them to individual computers like yours to solve.

Stanford computers assemble data from thousands of work units into meaningful answers to important scientific questions. ... Learn more.

Donate

Some people have asked how they could donate money to help Folding@home. First and foremost, you can … Learn more.


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Add your computer's power to over 327,000 others that are helping us find cures to Alzheimer's, Huntington's, Parkinson's and many cancers ...

... in just 5 minutes.

Step 1.

Download protein folding simulation software called

Folding@home

.

Step 2.

Run the installation. The software will automatically start up and open a web browser with your control panel.

Step 3.

Follow the instructions to Start Folding.

Stanford University

will send your computer a folding problem to solve. When your first job is completed, your computer will swap the results for a new job.

Download the protein folding simulation software that fits your machine.

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