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Python software project for folding@home remote client

After a long time of not programming and just configuring software – and working as a manager in a heavily growing company – I started a new python software project for the folding@home project.

I was inspired first by the folding@home project itself. This project supports heavily finding new vaccines and other drugs while calculating protein folding activities. These computations are also related to the COVID-19 desease.

So please join and contribute the idle time of your computer(s)@home to the project!

Python software project for folding@home

Second I wanted to learn python for a long time already.

So I thought why not combining these two ideas, specifically during the not so busy corona time (that’s not completely true, as I’m in the luxury position to be still 100% busy at work ;-))

Methods learned

The methods I learned so far are quite a lot:

  • Python programming itself, including object oriented programming (I’m sure there are still plenty of things I don’t know)
  • Kivy, a library for a GUI, based on python, where you are able to produce applications for different mobile operating systems
  • Working with threads in python for regulary polling the clients
  • Virtual environments for python
  • Working with GIT for the first time as a version management system, and using github as a cloud version
  • Implementing a telnet client to connect to multiple processing folding@home clients (the API is sometimes a bit weird)

The idea is to compile an app that can be used on any mobile device to control folding@home clients in your local network – or also from outside your network as long as you have access to the folding@home clients via an IP V4 address.

For the time being you always have to have a folding@home client running at your local machine to control other clients. With my app you can control the clients also just with any mobile device.

I have some long ago experience with C++ and Java, but honestly working with python is much easier and makes much more fun!


If you want to contribute to the project, just let me know. I will publish the source code soon on github.

The first prototyp with some GUI and some telnet commands is already running 🙂

Von Gerhard Vogt

Born in Munich, but living more then 10 years now in the lovely Stuttgart area.
Grown up in a technical environment, moved then into the project and people management.
I'm interested in plenty of outdoor sports like sailing, biking, skiing, hiking, but also ball sports like tennis and badminton.
Travelling the world, and making photos is another hobby.
Never get bored! :-)

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