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 LATEST TOPICS |  FORUMS » FOLDING @ HOME » GETTING STARTED: UBUNTU - GUIDE TO INSTA...
Subject: Getting Started: Ubuntu - Guide to installing the V7 Folding at Home client
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Tim_H Aug 16, 2012 08:10 PM Reply | Bookmark
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So if you're reading this and aren't sure what the folding at home program is all about, I'm not going to try and explain it. There are others who have explained it better than I can so here's some links:
Our team home page:
http://www.ncix.com/article.php?mode=folding_team_center
About Folding at Home homepage:
http://http://folding.stanford.edu/English/About

So you've decided to Fold... the next step is to install the client.
There has been a release of a new client refered to as V7 and i must say that it is very easy to set up.

Here are the main goals of the new Foldingchome client:

1. To make the installation and startup user-friendly for the Novice.
2. To integrate the user interface into a single Monitor/Control? program that manages the functionality previously contained in separate clients.
3. To create  a forward-looking design that can be readily expanded to incorporate new FahCores without the need to issue new client releases.
4. To greatly improve previously problematic aspects including support for SMP, GPU, and the 3D viewer.

There are also other features that will be covered in more detail later on.

This guide was done on a Ubuntu desktop 12.04 64 bit system running in a Virtual Machine, however the install would be exactly the same on a dedicated system. You can also use a 32 bit version, It will require you choosing the 32 bit client when you select  the download.

There is some new terminology that goes along with this new client as well. (Copied From http://folding.stanford.edu)

New Terminology for V7 Client
The V7 software really changes the concept of how people interact with FAH. And with new concepts come new or updated terms to describe  those concepts. Learning new references is part of the process for change and improvement.
•FAHControl - This is the new unified graphical interface (front-end). FAHControl will configure and monitor one or more client (slots), on one or more computers. FAHControl interface (FCI) can also control when the FAHClient starts and stops.
•FAHClient - This is the (back-end) client software managed by FAHControl and typically runs behind the scene. This is a truely unified client (slot) manager. FAHClient (FCL) starts one or multiple instances of a Fahcore and manages the work assignments for each of these client "slots."
•FAHSlot - aka "slot" - Each FahCore and the data associated with it is called a slot. For example, one FAHSlot (FSL) can be associated with a GPU and another slot associated with the CPU. Each folding slot can download, process, and upload results independently. The FAHClient manages each slot, and the FAHControl monitors and displays their progress independently.
•FAHViewer - This is the new and fully functional work unit viewer. FAHViewer (FVR) is modeled after the very popular PS3 viewer, and continues the many rendering options, ball and stick, space fill, zoom, rotation, etc., and adds snapshot capture and cycling to show folding in action.

Installing foldngphome on a Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop system is a little different than on a Windows system. In this case I went with the Desktop version of Ubuntu as it makes it easier to do things like controlling the client and monitoring temperatures.

Just a reminder the that though the Linux client is quite stable, it is still a beta client

NOTE: THE VERSION FOR FOLDING AT HOME HAS CHANGED AND ADDED A SLIDER TO SET THE POWER THAT THE SYSTEM IS USING. THIS DOES CHANGE THE OPERATION OF THE CLIENT SLIGHTLY BUT THE INSTALL PROCESS IS THE SAME (Except the version number)

First things first, go to the Stanford site and get the client.
Click on the green arrow in the middle of the page. This will give you a dialog box.



Inside the dialog box, select  the version that you need for your system(either .deb or .rpm). In our case we are going to Choose the .deb packages for Ubuntu. You will need to downlod two files, fahclient_7.1.52_amd64.deb as well as fahcontrol_7.1.52-1_all.deb



Save them both where you can find them.



Browse to the downloads folder.



Right click on fahclient and select  "Open With Ubuntu Software Center"



Now we are in the Software Center in Ubuntu and we can install the client from there. select  Install from the right side of the screen.



You are asked to enter your password. Do so here.



Now we see a message about the package being bad quality. We can ignore this. select  'Ignore and Install'. This will install fah as a service so every time you start the system it will begin/resume folding.



Now you should see a dialog box prompting you for your foldingphome username, password and passkey. Go ahead and fill them out with your information. (Don’t forget to fill out the team number as 37412  ) Due to Linux not having support for the GPU client (yet) select  SMP from the “How would you like to attempt to utilize your hardware” field.

Don’t forget your Passkey to get those bonus points on the SMP/UNI(uniprocessor) WU’s.

And last but not least in this section, you will see the option to start FAHClient automatically.
When you are happy with your select ions click ‘Forward’



Now, that’s the part of the install that will do all of the work. Now we want to be able to control it. So what’s next?

Well remember we downloaded two packages earlier? Well if you don’t remember we (or at least I) did and one of them is called FAHControl. Want to take a guess at what that’s going to be good for? You guessed it, controlling the client running on your system. So let’s go ahead and install that so we can get some Control.

So, back to the download directory, select  fahcontrol



Right click and select  open with Ubuntu software center



Next you will see the little icon on the left shake back and forth, click on it.

select  Install



You will see a prompt to enter your password again, once you enter your password the install will commence
Once the install is complete we can run FAHControl by select ing ‘Dash Home’(the big icon in the top left) and typing in ‘FAHControl’ then click on the icon that is labeled ‘FAHControl’



Now we see the FAHControl window running



Congratulations you are finished the basic setup.

If you have any questions feel free to ask away

This message was modified by the poster at 04 08, 2013 01:02 PM

This message was modified by the poster at 04 08, 2013 01:03 PM

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Entz Aug 16, 2012 08:14 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Very nice writeup

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Dead Things Aug 16, 2012 09:26 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Stupendous!

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10e Aug 25, 2012 07:24 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Much appreciated, Tim_H!

When I finish my move in a few weeks I will sit down and sink my teeth in this one.

Great work!

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Tim_H Aug 25, 2012 09:29 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Thanks guys, I am also planning a linux CLI version as well, for those of us who like to run headless. there will also be one outlining how to change some of the advanced/expert settings.

10e - Moves are always fun, all I know is I'm hiring movers again for the next time. It made life so much easier.

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updated to add note:
NOTE: THE VERSION FOR FOLDING AT HOME HAS CHANGED AND ADDED A SLIDER TO SET THE POWER THAT THE SYSTEM IS USING. THIS DOES CHANGE THE OPERATION OF THE CLIENT SLIGHTLY BUT THE INSTALL PROCESS IS THE SAME (Except the version number)

If you have any questions feel free to ask

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