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Pandacoinfah - Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does the community earn from this project?

The satisfaction of helping promote Pandacoin, giving to others, and encouraging helping the scientific research in the fight against diseases that have made humanity suffer for too long. Our folding efforts are competing against many others and our team's success will attract the attention of others to Pandacoin and Folding @ Home.

2. What is the current position of the Pandafolders team?

As of May 31, 2018 the Pandafolders team is ranked 16814 of 227935 teams with 24 active CPUs in the last 50 days!

3. What about the rewarding system?

We have an automated reward system that pays out the current reward amount once per week on late Saturday CST. The automated system collects the folding points for each Pandafolders team member with a valid Pandacoin wallet address as a folding user name. The current reward amount is split between those team members proportional to their points compared to the rest of the team's points for the week. If you made 20% of the team's points for the week, you will be automatically be sent roughly 20% of the reward amount!

The reward amount is meant to encourage continued donations as well as include portions of larger donation funds each week. We are currently in a testing phase and gauging participation, so the size of each week's portions isn't determined yet.

4. Did the reward system change?

We started out with 1 point equals one Pandacoin reward, but we now are incorporating an automated payment system based on our donated funds. Payments will vary a bit based on our sponsors and donations, but every effort will be made to reward our folders fairly and regularly.

5. What hardware can I use to fold?

You can fold with either your CPU, your GPU (AMD and nVidia brand graphics cards), or both. Graphic cards fold faster, but the difference with CPU folding is not as noticeable as with crypt-currency mining.

You can also fold with your CPU at the same time you GPU mine crypto-currencies or you can fold with both your CPU and GPU at the same time as you mine crypto-currencies with an ASIC.

6. Can I fold with my ASIC?

No. ASICs are specifically made to generate cryptographic hashes using specific algorithms such as Scrypt and SHA256. Folding consists of mathematical operations to simulate protein behavior and that has nothing to do with cryptography hashes or common crypto-currency proof of work algorithms.

7. Is folding labour intensive on the computer?

This depends on the hardware and configured folding power. Folding seems to be much easier on your hardware than mining. The Control interface allows you to set your folding power from light, to medium, to full.

Typically you won't notice a slow down of your computer with CPU/GPU mining and can even watch video such as YouTube while GPU mining. Some really old CPUs, like Intel i3 or older, may lag slightly if folding at full power. Folding @ Home detects when you are using the computer and tries to scale back work until the computer is idle.

When GPU mining, full screen games and applications that require exclusive access to the GPU may not work properly. You can always use the Folding @ Home control program or web interface to lower your folding power or pause your folding work if you need full performance from your machine. Just be sure to remember to un-pause it when your done!

Unless you are folding at full power you likely won't generate much heat. Yet, you should take care that your system is properly cooled by regularly blowing the dust out of your heat sinks, fans, and video card and check that your system has good airflow. If folding with a laptop, be sure not to cover the cooling vent and take extra precautions to prevent overheating. If you have an older system, are folding with a laptop, or are going to fold at full power, you might want to find a temperature monitoring program for you CPU/GPU to gauge how mining effects your system.

8. How does the automated system work?

The automated system is an open source LAMP web application created by /u/SoCo_cpp. It currently polls folding statistics from both Stanford's official stats and ExtremeOverclocking.com's folding stats API. The authoritative value for your week's folding points is currently the Points-Week value provided by ExtremeOC.