SXPFAH – Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does the community earn from this project?

The satisfaction of helping promote the Solar ecosystem, giving to others, and helping scientific research in the fight against diseases that have made humanity suffer far too long. Our folding efforts are competing against many others and our team’s success will attract the attention of others to SXP and Folding@home.

2. What about the reward system?

SXPFAH is purely donation funded. We have an automated reward system that distributes the current donations and sponsorship rewards once per week, late Sunday nights.

This system collects our team’s weekly folding points from Folding@home and uses this to verify participation. Only folders for the SXPFAH team #1063467, with a valid SXP (native) wallet address as their folding username, will be considered for rewards.

The reward amount is a combination of different donated or sponsored contributions. Some are distributed proportionally by your percentage of the team’s folding points for the week.

Rewards are funded by donations from the Solar Block producers and the Solarians like you! Sponsorship by contributing a donation each week can have a lasting impact! See the Sponsorship page for information about the options we have to help you to donate regularly in several ways.

3. Where did the SXPFAH idea come from?

In addition to supporting scientists in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, we hope this is a way to help us promote Solar Ecosystem to the masses.

Imagine when we have 1,000 participants or more. They will try to download the Solar Desktop Wallet to access their balance. These thousands of people will learn about Solar Ecosystem and share information with their friends.

4. What hardware can I use to fold?

You cannot fold with a smartphone (Android/iPhone). You can fold with your CPU, some GPUs (graphics cards), or both. Graphic cards fold faster, but the difference with CPU folding is not as noticeable as with cryptocurrency mining. Windows, Linux, and macOS operating systems are supported.

5. Is folding labor 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, and pause it when needed.

Typically you won’t notice a slow down of your computer and can even watch videos such as YouTube while folding. Some really old processors 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.

Unless you are folding at full power or with a laptop, you likely won’t generate much heat. Yet, you should always monitor your computer’s temperature first, until you know it will handle the extra load safely. Most systems have an automatic temperature shut-off of some kind. Laptops are known for having poor airflow leading to poor cooling. If you are using a laptop, overclocking your system, or have disabled thermal protections, please take extra care.

6. How does the automated system work?

The automated system polls our team’s folding statistics from Folding@home’s API and compares each team member’s total points to their previous week, using this weekly point value for reward calculation.

7. How can I tell how much I’m folding and will get rewarded?

You can’t know for sure how much you might get rewarded, but by knowing how many points you will have made this week, you can make some guesses based on recent payouts to participants with similar weekly points.

You can view information about your current folding points from Folding@home’s web-stats, or more detailed analytic statistics from Extreme Overclocking.