Just under a month ago, I put out the call: AnandTech's readers were needed once more to defend the honor of the site in the most nerdy of contests: a Folding@Home race.

The distributed computing platform has been around for over a decade now, and it has taken on a new life as the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has shut down a significant part of society. In light of the now global pandemic, the project has turned its eyes to trying to simulate the virus and potential treatment avenues for it, in order to hopefully speed up the development of a cure. A task that has been met with great enthusiasm from the public, as the combined power of the Folding@Home project has recently surpassed 2.4 ExaFLOPS, making it over an order of magnitude more powerful than any supercomputer in the world.

Overall, the project’s coronavirus research has come not a moment too soon, as many of us find ourselves essentially confined to our homes. And, after more than a month of this, we’re all starting to go more than a little mad. So mad, in fact, that AnandTech and Tom’s Hardware agreed to race each other over a four week period to see who could contribute the most to the Folding@Home project.

Those four weeks are finally up, and I am proud to report that Team AnandTech has emerged victorious, defeating our loyal opposition by over a billion points. It was, perhaps, never too close of a race, but I also know that the Tom’s Hardware readership (and its leadership) is never one to underestimated. So while Team AnandTech can take this moment to enjoy a victory lap in defeating its favorite punching bag for the third time in a row, it was a hard-fought race on both sides, and ultimately it all went to a good cause.

Folding@Home Race Results
Team Points
Team AnandTech 5,513,255,966
Tom's Hardware 4,419,576,007

As always, I’d like to thank the AnandTech readers who chipped in to help with this race, as well as the Team AnandTech members who supplied their own computing power, as well as contributing to the stats tracking and other functions needed to host a proper race. To say that AnandTech couldn’t have done it without all of you is an understatement, and this is ultimately your victory.

Meanwhile, although we’re still not out of our home quite yet, hopefully the combined 9.9 billion points worth of work completed by Team AnandTech and Tom’s Hardware gets us one step closer to developing effective treatments for COVID, and getting everything at least a little bit back to normal.

Carousel Image Courtesy of: CDC/Alissa Eckert, MS

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  • blaktron - Thursday, April 16, 2020 - link

    Gamer's Nexus is doing 7m a day with a single box lol.
  • hehatemeXX - Thursday, April 16, 2020 - link

    I'm not here to call you out, but what box is doing 7m a day? My 32/64t server doesn't even get that.
  • drexnx - Thursday, April 16, 2020 - link

    two tesla V100s and a 3990x, iirc

    "We recently saw Linus getting involved in Folding @ Home with 6 Titan Vs doing 15-16 million points per day, so we decided to turn on two of our Tesla V100 video cards and contribute about 7.6 million points per day. We’re hoping that we can soon follow-up with an extreme overclocking F@H challenge" -GN news article
  • mode_13h - Friday, April 17, 2020 - link

    Maybe AT should team up with Toms against Linus. If we'd still be hopelessly outmatched, maybe enlist STH or others.
  • TennesseeTony - Thursday, April 16, 2020 - link

    A single RTX2080Ti gets just over 3M ppd under Linux. Likewise an EPYC Rome with 128 threads also gets about 3M ppd.
  • blckgrffn - Thursday, April 16, 2020 - link

    Considering how hard it was to get consistent WU's, this was far from a set it and forget it race. Great work everyone :)
  • nandnandnand - Thursday, April 16, 2020 - link

    The race isn't over until a vaccine is created and deployed, in around 36 months.
  • Drumsticks - Thursday, April 16, 2020 - link

    Anandtech's team was generating 196M points a day, on average, it looks like. Toms generating 157M a day. There was plenty of trouble getting work units too, I think, so it's hard to say what the true potential of any given setup was.

    It might not be a single box, but every computer piling in helps!
  • blckgrffn - Thursday, April 16, 2020 - link

    Considering how hard it was to get consistent WU's, this was far from a set it and forget it race. Great work everyone :)

    (repost because I meant this to be a top level comment)
  • LordanSS - Thursday, April 16, 2020 - link

    Indeed... left alone my machines would go hours (sometimes over 12-14hrs!!) without receiving a new WU.

    I was happy to help AT a bit and will keep churning whenever I can for the next several months.

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