Folding@Home and Banano

The What’s and Why of Folding At Home

By Terry Kepner | Terry-Kepner | 4 Jul 2021


(Last updated 2021/12/10)

Warren Buffet, one of the richest men in the world, has said, "If you don't find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die."

[email protected], and earning Banano coins, is one way to make money while you sleep, or add to your normal earnings while you work. It has the added advantage of helping doctors find cures for deadly diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, cystic fibrosis, cancer, BSE (Mad Cow disease), and many others.

This article will explain the program. After this short preface will be

1. How does [email protected] work,

2. Recognition,

3. What Does It Cost

4. Getting Started (with fourteen screenshots)

5. Power Usage for [email protected]

6. Am I Going to Kill My Computer With This?

7. Banano Payment Calculator

8. Using Multiple GPUs

9. Slot Customization Options

10. Changing Your Payment Destination

11. Some Important Addresses

The [email protected] project (FAH) is dedicated to understanding protein folding — the diseases that result from protein misfolding and their aggregation (clumping together). It also uses novel computational methods to develop new drugs in general.

[email protected] is a run by scientists across the world (at Temple University’s Chemistry Department, Sloan-Kettering Institute, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Illinois, Kth Royal Institute of Technology, University of Virginia, and Notre Dame, to name only a few). They are trying to solve problems that need a supercomputer — problems that require trillions of calculations per second to solve in anything short of years or decades on a regular computer.

Unfortunately, they haven't the funding money to buy that time, their project isn't rated high enough to get on the list for that time, or it would simply take months or years before they could get time on a Supercomputer. So, they created the [email protected] Project.

1. How does [email protected] Work?

Proteins are strings and necklaces of amino acids, long-chain molecules. They are the basis of how biology gets things done on a microscopic level. As enzymes, they are behind all of the biochemical reactions that make biology, and life, work. As structural elements, they are the main component of our bones, muscles, hair, skin, and blood vessels. As antibodies, they recognize invading elements and allow the immune system of your body to get rid of the unwanted invaders.

But how can we understand what these proteins do and how they work?

In order to carry out their function (e.g. as enzymes or antibodies), they must take on a particular shape, also known as a “fold.” Proteins, therefore, are truly amazing machines: before they can do their work, they must assemble themselves! This self-assembly is called “folding.”

Many diseases, such as the ones already mentioned, result from protein misfolding — putting themselves together, wrong! When proteins misfold, they can clump together, or aggregate.

Basically, the [email protected] Project is a distributed computational project. It uses the easy-access of the internet to link thousands of home computers together to work on a single project. By doing that, they get the functional equivalent of a supercomputer, capable of millions or billions of calculations per second, without destroying their budget, or waiting months for results.

This can be especially important when dealing with new diseases, such as the recent introduction of COVID19.

Thus, when you join the [email protected] project, it uses the computer cycles you aren't using in your computer to work on those computer-intensive protein-folding problems. In exchange for your time, they award you points based on the difficulty of the calculation.

For example, I have 8-logical-threads in the four-CPU core in my computer (an Intel i3 10100). Usually, I run at about 15% of my CPU's total capacity. When I joined the folding project, they started using the remaining 85% of my CPUs abilities to work on cures for cancer, Alzheimer's, COVID19, and other diseases. It hasn't slowed my computer down at all and uses minimal internet connectivity (in fact, you can go offline while a project is running — but you need to re-connect to report your results and get your points, as well as pick up a new assignment).

You are directly helping scientists create cures for diseases, while you are at home, at work, or even on vacation!

2. Recognition

If you are an altruist, that's really great! All you need to do is load the [email protected] program into your computer, and run it. You freely donate your folding time on your computer, on your schedule, at your convenience. You can start and stop at any time, the only requirement is that you finish a folding assignment in the time allowed (usually several days, so your computer can work at folding while you sleep or at work). More on that in a moment.

If you're like most people, however, you want some sort of recognition for your contributions to society.

The developers of the cryptocoin Banano decided to recognize those contributions by setting up a funding a system to reward folders for the points they earned with each completed assignment (a Working Unit). Ark, Dogecoin, and Curecoin are currently the only coins other coins I know of that reward for Folding.

Thus, in exchange for that donation of your computer's CPU and GPU abilities you can collect the Banano cryptocoin. Every assignment I complete on my computer, for example, not only helps scientists devise cures for diseases, but I earn about 8-9 Banano coins every day, 9-13 cents.

Dogecoin's reward system only rewards the top point-earners out of the thousands of Doge-folders. Payouts are weekly. The June 19, 2021 payout was 50 Dogcoins spread out through 557 folders. Number 557 folded 325,703 points and earned 0.02 dogecoins — for a week's worth of folding. For comparison, I've earned about 250,000 points in a week, which is about 35,000 Point per Day (PPD). That has rewarded me with me just a fraction over 56 bananos in that same week.

Dogecoins are only nineteen times more valuable than bananos, $0.31 vs $0.0122 per coin. So, making 56 of then versus 0.02 of one Dogecoin makes collecting them far more rewarding. Especially as according to the Dogecoin ranking system, I wouldn't have earned any Dogecoins.

Curecoin, when I crunched the numbers, gives you fewer Curecoins than you would earn Bananos, but at a higher price per coin, $0.061. For example, you would need to fold 350,000 points per week to get 1.5 Curecoins, or $0.09. Payouts are weekly.

Ark is similar. Payouts are weekly. Only 100 coins paid per week with 200+ folders, at ~$1.00 per coin. So, you might get 0.5 Arks in a week if they don't prioritize by PPD. If they do pay higher PPDs more, and your computer is at the bottom of the folder PPD, you'll get far less.

3. What does this cost?

Well, at 16 cents per kilowatt, I burn about thirty-eight cents of electricity a day running [email protected] 24 hours a day (leaving only the cpu on when I'm not actively using the computer myself — you know, turning off my monitor, turning off my printer, unplugging the USB keyboard and mouse, and so forth). Which, if I've done my math right, means I am spending about $1.33 a week on electricity-usage based on the current market price of $0.010 per banano.

However, to make sure I wasn't spending more money on electricity that I could afford, I found a way to save money in my budget. Instead of buying a half-liter (16oz) coke for a dollar at McDonalds or the Quick Mart near work, I changed to buying a two-liter (two-quart) bottle at the market for two dollars, and off-loading it from the fridge into a vacuum bottle, half-a-liter (16ozs) at a time. Which means my coke costs fifty cents a day instead of a dollar. I'm actually saving money at $2.17 a week.

A word of warning. You need a fast computer to do this. A cellphone or tablet computer is simply not powerful enough (I tried with my tablet Windows 10 computer and it exceeded the time-limit for completing a Work Unit). Similarly, unless you have a gaming laptop computer, it probably isn't worth the effort as it will fail to complete the Work Unit fast enough.

Here's how to get started at saving lives, doing good for humanity, and earning rewards for your contribution.

4. Getting Started Folding.

First, if you don't have one already, you need a Banano web-wallet for your desktop computer. You can get one from Banano Vault (https://vault.banano.cc/) (See Figure 1, below), or a Kalium wallet (https://kalium.banano.cc/, see figure 2, below), for your android (Google Play) or iPhone (Apple Store). I don’t suggest using an Apple computer for [email protected] unless you want to just contribute your time. Their Terms of Service for the Apple Store prohibit the distribution of cryptocurrency rewards because they don’t make any money on it. Also, as tempting as it might be, don't use an use exchanges, tip_robots, or other non-Wallets to store your bananos. If it's not your Wallet that means you don't control the keys, which means your bananos could disappear at any time and leave you nothing. (see Section nine (9) below for more information). As they say in the different cryptocoin forums, "Not your Wallet, not your keys, not your cryptocoins."

Figure 1. Banano Desktop Wallet

Figure 1. Banano Vault Wallet.

Figure 2. Kalium Phone Wallet

Figure 2. Kalium Phone wallet.

Keep track of your Seed, Password, Account address, and 24-word Mnemonic! If you lose those you will lose access to the wallet. There is no way to recover the lost wallet, no one else but you has access to that wallet. There is no security back-door to recover a password. Once it’s lost, its lost. Print out a hard copy and place it with your important papers, like your birth-certificate, passport. Don’t put it “somewhere safe” unless it is with other important papers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve put something “somewhere safe” and then been unable to find it later because I forgot which “somewhere safe” I used.

Second, go to Banano Miner (https://bananominer.com/) and get a User ID and Team Number. You will need the Banano address for your wallet (see figure three, below). Banano Miner will regenerate the same User ID and Team Number for your banano address if you forget or lose your original notes. (To collect banano cryptocoins, you need to be on team 234980 — there are thousands of teams working with [email protected] for different groups, like schools, work groups, clubs, and associations volunteering their time.)

Figure 3. BananoMiner Screen.

Figure 3. BanonoMiner.

Third, the [email protected] project has programs for Windows, MacOS, Linux (Debian, Mint, UbuntuRedhat, Centos, FedoraRM Linux, Raspberry Pi, Docker for GPUs, and vSphere (See figure four, below). Download the appropriate "[email protected]" program (https://foldingathome.org/start-folding/) for your device, and start it. It should automatically start to run the Web Control in your browser (see figure five, below).

Figure 4. Systems that run F@H

Figure 4. Systems that run [email protected]

Figure 5. Starting Web Control.

Figure 5. Starting Web Control.

You might have to click on Direct Access if the Web Page doesn't automatically load in your browser when you first launch the program (see figure six, below). You can also click the "[email protected]" icon (which looks like a bunch of balloons but is really a molecule) on your task display (usually found at the bottom of your regular screen, see figure seven, below), and select either Web Control or Advanced Control.

Figure 6. Failed to auto connect Web Browser.

Figure 6. Failed to auto connect Web Browser.

Figure 7. Task Bar F@H Controls

Figure-7 Task Bar [email protected] Controls.

The Web Control will look like figure eight, below. The Advanced Control will look like figure nine, below.

Figure-8 Direct Connect or WEb Connect to F@H Panel.

Figure 8. Direct or Web Connect to [email protected] Web Control Panel.

Figure 9. Advanced Control Panel.

Figure 9. Advanced Control Panel.

Fourth, click on the "Change Identity" text below " I'm folding as" (see figure ten, below) in the Web Control shown in figure eight above. Fill in the ID and team number you got from bananominer (above), and select a passkey.

Figure 10. Change ID in Web Control.

Figure 10. Change ID panel in Web Controls.

This is very important. You won’t get the full points awarded for any assignment if you haven’t selected a passkey.

If you are in Advanced Control, click the button at the top of the Window labeled "Configure", which will display the Configuration Window (figure eleven). Select the tab labeled "Identity". Fill in your identity and team number from BananoMiner. Select a passkey. It will get sent to your email in a few seconds, then you can go back to the configure settings and put the passkey into the settings.

Figure 11. Advanced Control Preferences

Figure 11. Advanced Control Preferences.

Folding starts when the program starts, so at this point it is already folding. It can be paused at any time in Web Control or Advanced Control. If you turn off the computer, either on purpose or due to power outage, it will resume folding the next time you turn the computer back on. Turning off the computer does not cancel folding, doing so only pauses it. You can also select to finish the current project and have the program do nothing until you give it the go-ahead or you restart the computer.

To help protect the data accumulated by the program during a folding assignment, the program regularly saves the data to disk. This way, if there is a power failure of any kind and the program has to restart, the data isn't lost. Which means the program doesn't have to restart the assignment at the beginning. When you first load the [email protected] program this regular save time is set to fifteen (15) minutes. You can change this time to anything between three (3) and thirty (30) minutes. 

To do this, first go to the Advanced Control Panel (figure 9) and select Configure to get the Configure Panel (figure 11). Looking at the row of tabs, select the one that says Advanced. You will see the Advanced Panel (figure twelve).

Figure 12. Advanced tab screen.

Figure 12. The Advanced Tab in the Configure Panel.

On this screen, you can change which Cause you prefer to support. Do not change this option unless it doesn't reflect the Cause you selected in figure eight. Next is Folding Core Priority. This option is to be used ONLY if you are using your computer to run another distributed computing application and you are running into a conflict where [email protected] is not running.

Third is Checkpointing Frequency. This is a slider bar and can be moved to the time you prefer. Be forewarned that more frequent save times will have an impact on how fast you complete an assignment. I suggest changing it from the default fifteen (15) to thirty (30). I change it down to three (3) when I suspect something might interrupt the power (primarily during thunderstorms). If you have the time interval at thirty, have an Uninterruptible Power Supply (otherwise known as battery backup) hooked to your computer, and the mains fail, pull up the Advanced Control, Configure, Advanced tab, and move the tab immediately to three. It will immediately save the data. It should be fast enough to to give you plenty of time to then halt the program with Pause, and power-off your computer safely. 

There are two components to the folding program. One uses your CPU, the other uses your GPU (graphics card). As you can see from figure eight, above, my graphics card does not have the ability to do anything, and the program has turned it off.

The “Power Slider” lets you select how hard your CPU or GPU work. You can also select if the [email protected] program can work while you use the computer, or not. On my computer, I can't tell the difference, so I let it run at full speed all the time.

While your computer is running a WU assignment, it saves its work at time intervals of between three (3) to thirty (30) minutes. This is set by clicking the "Configuration button, then selecting the "Advanced" Tab in Advanced Control. Shorter intervals impact folding speed. You can also select the Cause to support, Folding Priority, and turn Battery Saver on or off if you are using a laptop.

As a newbie, you must complete two (2) Working Units ([email protected] assignments) in the time limit specified for each one on your [email protected] Web Control Page before you will be credited for your work, and your points rewarded. Points/WUs aren't credited to your wallet for at least two-to-three days, so be patient! My first drop included five WUs over two-and-a-half days, and I got nine bananos.

You will notice, in both figures eight and nine, that there is an estimated number of points you can earn for the assigned Work Unit. Points are based on how difficult the folding calculations are for this particular Work Unit.

Estimated Points in the Web Control Pane, see figure eight, is what the current WU will earn when completed, if the passkey is enabled.

The Advanced Control Pane (figure nine) lists Base Credits, Estimated Credits, and Estimated Points Per Day PPD). Base Credit is the number of points the folding-program estimates you will get, assuming you do not have a passkey enabled. Estimated Credit is what the current WU will earn when completed, if the passkey is enabled. Estimated PPD are the estimated points per day your computer can earn, IF it folds non-stop and IF it folds at the rate it is right now. Any pauses or delays in downloading or uploading files will make this number change, as will using the computer for something else while it is folding.

Also, as a newbie, you will only get one-third the points listed until you finish ten (10) Working Units with an ACTIVE passkey. So, if you haven't done so already, get an active passkey! You can check if your passkey has been recorded here: https://apps.foldingathome.org/bonus. The number of WUs applied to that passkey will be listed. Inactive means you either didn't select a valid passkey in the [email protected] Web Page or Advanced Control, or you haven't yet completed ten (10) working Units.

Make sure the passkey recorded on the Web Control Pane matches the passkey in Advanced Control. They have to be the same. If not, your Working Units won't be properly assigned to the correct passkey. (It happened to me when I changed [email protected] teams and my folding team's username changed.) Again, you can verify that your passkey is enabled, or not, by visiting the [email protected] Bonus Status (web page https://apps.foldingathome.org/bonus).

If you change active passkeys, the new passkey will start with zero (0) WUs. You will receive only one-third the points for folding until you get ten (10) WUs on that new passkey, then you will get full points again.

When points are first dropped, there will be a large deposit for all the points earned in the previous days' work.

After the first drop, bananos are doled out every twelve hours on completed folding assignments in that period of time. No assignments completed? No bananos.

For a complete history of the banano payouts to a specific [email protected] ID, see Monkey2Monkey (https://www.monkey2monkey.com/fh-stats/). You'll need your Folding ID from bananominer.

When you first start out, you'll get about 2-4 banano for 8K-25K points for the first drop recorded. 75K points will get you 12 banano. If your computer folds at higher point levels, your banano will be higher. The banano rewards scale up slower than the points awarded. This is to prevent extremely fast computers from soaking up all the banano. There are some that can rack-up a million points, or more, in one 12-hour period.

If you happen to have idle computers around (including old ones), you can add them to your account. From the [email protected] website: Question: "I’m running multiple machines behind a firewall. Can they all have the same username?" Answer: "Yes. They can all have the same name." Which means if you have ten computers, you can assign them to the same username, same team, same passkey, (make sure their folding slots and so forth are all set as they need to be). What you SHOULDN'T do is assign a different username to each machine in an attempt to get more rewards assigned to you. Doing that will get you banned from getting banano. [email protected], on the other hand, doesn’t care.

5. Power Usage for [email protected]

I used a watt-meter to measure my system's performance for several days. It is an HP Slimline computer (8 logical CPUs and four physical CPUs, built-in GPU not recognized by [email protected], cost $367) with two monitors, a sound system, and inkjet and laser printers. It runs at about 140-150 watts. At night, I turn OFF the monitors, turn OFF the sound system, and make sure the printers are off. My usage drops to ~70 watts. After 167 hours of running (and using the computer ~12 hours a day), the average wattage was ~90 watts -- less than your bedroom's light bulb, I would guess.

At 16.7 cents per kilowatt, that works out to about 38 cents a day -- much less than most shops charge for a cup of coffee or a soda. As I mentioned earlier, buy a vacuum bottle, start buying your sodas (or making your own coffee) by the liter and filling the bottle instead of wasting money elsewhere. You'll save more than what your [email protected] is spending in electricity.

6. Am I Going to Kill My Computer Doing This?

If you're running a Windows machine, get HWiNFO64 version 7.04. It will give you all sorts of information about your hardware. When you start it, select, Sensor Status (that's all you need). In sensor, it will give you the temperatures of the physical CPUs in your machine, Min, Max, current, and Average. There is also a line further down that will report your CPU fan speed. Clicking the Close Box shuts it off, but there is a preference setting in the Full Suite that will only minimize it instead of closing. So, if you want HWiNFO64 to remain a process in the background for other utilities to use, run the Full Suite, set it to minimize instead of close, and then load only the Sensor Suite.

Intel says anything below 70C is fine for your computer. If you run 70C-80C, keep an eye on it. If you regularly run in the 80C-90C range, you have cause for concern. Turn off your monitor(s), turn off sound system, turn off printers. These will reduce stress on the CPU and let it run cooler. Maybe even mount a fan blowing air into the case (that’s what I did, just to be safe).

One folder I know likes to put frozen bottles of water in the open case (with a towel under it for condensation, of course) and uses that to keep his computer from overheating.

So, the answer to the question is, no, with the caveat that in warmer climes where room temperatures exceed what most people regard as comfortable, you must keep a close eye on your computer's internal temperature. Continuous operation at temperatures over 80C will eventually burn out your CPU. As an example, my current room temperature is 75F, or 23.8C. My CPU average temperature across all the threads oscillates around 68-71C, at this moment! I have removed the case, and a small, hand-sized fan is blowing air into the CPU area of the case. Without that fan, the average temperature is about four degrees, higher.

7. Banano Payment Calculator

If you want to know how many Bananos you will get for your Points Per Payout, https://colab.research.google.com/drive/1N2O7AtsZnLxSiObkYwPVCQp8o533GKf1?usp=sharing#scrollTo=MRXQDnEcgnOF has a graph that is updated after each payout. You'll immediately notice that there is a high and a low range on the rewards given for a set number of points. Neophytes to folding will receive the lower payments, long-term folders will receive more. The difficulty of the Work Unit is also factored in. If you move your mouse over the graph, the pointer changes to a cross hairs. Placing the cross hairs over a bubble will tell you the points generated for the last payout, the payout in bananos, the total points that particular person has folded in total so far, and their username. The day I checked the highest payout was for 5.3 million points and 188.82 bananos, while the lowest was 3,310 points and 0.88 bananos. There was one person who had 8 million points, but they received only 131.36 bananos.

Once you get a feel for the number of Points Per Day your computer generates, you can use

https://turtlebyte.github.io/bananocalculator/?mode=pp&points=23297 to calculate how things might change if you changed graphics cards.

8. Using Multiple GPUs

There are many folders who put more than one GPU card in their PC in order to execute multiple WU projects simultaneously. This is fine and can be very successful at accumulating many millions of points per day. However, [email protected] is not like crytpocurrency mining in terms of its workload and how it uses the CPU and GPUs.

To work at the best speed possible, each GPU cards need to be in a slot that provides at least 4x PCIE lanes. Failing to use slots rated at least 4x will result in low the points-per-day. As an example, I saw one installation with four identical cards that ranged between 3.6 million and 2.0 million PPD because of this issue.

Thus, using a standard PC with 1x risers for [email protected] will sacrifice a large amount of points-per-day. Attempting to run multiple cards off of a normal motherboard requires using PCIE risers rated for 16x slots, or NVME m.2 PCIE 16 adaptors, or similar, for optimal operation.

Then there is the subject of how fast the individual WU project work unit is for the GPU. Different causes and projects reward different PPD and the averages reported are just that . . . average . . . so an individual card can have lower or higher points-per-day than the identical card beside it.

If you are trouble-shooting your cards because of PPD differences that appear unusual, remove all the cards. Plug only one card into a 16x slot and let it run long enough to accept and clear a Work Unit. Compare that result to the expected PPD.

Do not over or under clock the card, set the fans on the card to around 70%, and monitor the temperature of the card to test if the card has GPU or RAM hotspot issues. If there are thermal issues, there could be throttling on that card, and it may need to be repasted or padded, or the fan thermal-response curves may need to be adjusted.

Repeat this for each of the cards planned for use in the system.

Also check the drivers. If there isn't an improvement in PPD running just one card, it may be necessary to manually reinstall the GPU card's drivers.

However, using a PCIE 1X slot will always result in low points-per-day.

9. Slot Customization Options

The [email protected] program in your computer does have some advanced operating features that give you more control over how the program operates in your computer. Below is a list of the most common options, and their valid values (table one).

Table 1. Most Common Slot Options.

Table 1. Most common options applied to a slot.

You should not change these options unless instructed to do so by a [email protected] Technician. However, if your computer is being assigned WUs are taking long periods of time, or your computer occasionally fails to complete a WU on time, you might want to change the maximum packet-size assigned to your computer. Or you might want your computer to only fold when it is plugged into the mains.

Should you want to change the settings for a slot, you will need to load the Advanced Controls panel (figure nine), then select the Configuration panel (figure eleven). Next select the tab marked Slots to get the panel in figure thirteen, below.

Figure 15. Configuring Slots screen.

Figure 13. The Slots Configuration Panel.

There are two options in this panel, although your computer might have more if you have one or more GPU units installed. In the lower right-hand section of the screen are the buttons Add, Remove, and Edit. Below them are two buttons Save and Cancel.

In any event, the options for each are mostly the same. Click or select the zero (0) slot first. It is the slot for your CPU. The next panel is the Configure Folding Slot for the CPU (figure fourteen).

Figure 16. Configure Folding Slot panel for the CPU..

Figure 14. Configure Folding Slot panel for the CPU.

If the number of CPU thread shown in the selection box is an odd number, decrease it to an even number. The [email protected] program only uses CPU threads in pairs and ignores the extra odd thread. If it is an even number and you would like to reserve one thread for you to use without impacting the [email protected] program, reduce it by two — one for you to use and the other that will be an odd numbered thread and ignored by [email protected], anyway.

My computer has eight threads, so I reduced it to six. I use one for my work, the extra odd one is ignored anyway, and the program can run in the background with the remainder. If you selected the GPU slot, you will see the panel in figure fifteen. You will have the opportunity to select how many CPU threads this GPU should use. It is best to let the [email protected] program choose.

Figure 17. Configure GPU folding slot

Figure-15. Configure GPU folding slot.

In the Configure Folding Slot panel for the CPU (figure sixteen), normally, the Extra Slot Options box is empty (see figure sixteen). Options that are currently running in their default option will not display. Using the CPU this example, the maximum packet size (max-packet-size) desired for this computer is set to small.

To add an option, click or select the Add button. To remove one, select Remove. To cancel without making any changes, select Cancel. Naturally, to save your changes select Okay. Failing to click Okay will have your changes ignored.

In the Configure Folding Slot panel for the GPU (figure seventeen), you should see the slots available. My computer has one PCI slot and and the PCI bus. As with the CPU Slot Options, to add an option, click or select the Add button. To remove one, select Remove. To cancel without making any changes, select Cancel. Naturally, to save your changes select Okay. Failing to click Okay will have your changes ignored.

In both cases, CPU and GPU, the Okay button will return you to the Slots Configuration panel shown in figure fifteen. For your changes to be saved and implemented, you MUST select the Save button in the lower right corner. Leavijng this panel without selecting the Save button will see your changes discarded.

Making any changes to any of the tabs shown in figure 11 will result in the Log file being updated. If you go to the Log tab shown in figure nine, and select it, you will see the changes you have made, as in Figure sixteen, where I changed the max-packet-size from normal to small.

The log file also records the current conditions of the [email protected] program, as shown in figure sixteen.

Figure 18. FAH Sample Log, my configuration.

Figure 16. [email protected] Sample Log, my configuration.

Note the line saying "Removing old 'configs/config-20210608-212847' saying the my changes were recognized and implemented. Immediately below that is a summary of the settings that are not set to default. Note also that my checkpoint is set to three, at the moment.

Below, figure seventeen, is the log file entries whenever a new WU assignment is started. This is a summary of the technical information on the Folding program, itself, as well as your computer.

Figure 19. F@H Sample Log file.

Figure 17. [email protected] Sample Log file.

There are other options available, but you will need to consult with a [email protected] technician for their names, valid values, and uses.

9. Changing Your Payment Destination 

Recently, the owners of the Banano "tip bot" on both Internet apps Telegram and Twitch decided to discontinue them. Many people used the tip bots' "bank" to store their bananos, instead of a proper Wallet. All the bananos stored by people with those two robots lost their bananos if they didn't move them, immediately. There was no warning beyond one day (remember, if it's not your Wallet that means you don't control the keys, which means your bananos could disappear at any time and leave you nothing). Those people had to switch to a new location to keep their accumulated bananos and for their new rewards to go to. Many people lost their bananos simply because they didn't sign-in over the weekend.

If you need to change the destination where your rewards for Folding are sent, it is easy to do. Unfortunately, it will set you back in your reward amounts as if you were starting anew. That is, your rewards will be at the neophyte level of one-third the regular payout until you finish ten (10) Working Units.

There are two types of identities in [email protected]:

  • Your User ID, e.g. your public identity.

  • Your passkey, e.g. your private identity.

Bananominer has access only to your public identity The user Identity you get from inputting your wallet address on the Bananominer website is your wallet address — just shortened and encoded. To get your folding rewards paid to a different wallet, you will have to create a new (public) identity in  Bananominer, and start from scratch. There are no ways around this.

[email protected] rewards points to your username, but you can (and should) keep using your present passkey with your new username. Only [email protected] knows your passkey, and which usernames are associated with it.

You're earning will be reduced to one-third for the first ten (10) WUs with the new username, but after you finish that, it should earn you the same as the old username did.

10. Some Important Addresses

https://stats.foldingathome.org

https://apps.foldingathome.org/cpu

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