Case study: Folding@home

by gwern 1 min read15th Sep 201140 comments


Latest in an irregular series, some of whose previous entries were and the Girl Scouts...

I examine the Folding@home distributed computing project with reference to the costs (electricity resulting in air pollution causing deaths) and benefits (some papers): is not about helping. Additional data on either side of the cost-benefit is welcome.

(I also recently split out my essay describing things I have changed my mind on.)