In order to speed the stats updates, we've suspended the updates for the project WU counts. This does not affect WU counts or points, just the stats pages which tells donors how many WUs they have contributed to each project.
We have polled donors in the past regarding this issue, and there was overwhelming support for this change, especially if it could significantly increase stats updates speeds. After doing some in house tests, we expect that this will greatly enhance stats updates speeds, so we have rolled this out.
Even if this is the main culprit for the slow stats updates, we may put this back in time, once we work out a better scheme for how to update this information and/or get hardware better suited for it. The main issue here is that this is a lot of information, with data going back many, many years, and it has become unwieldy.
For now, this should lead to a pretty dramatic difference in stats update times. It looks like we can now get it done in about 20 minutes, rather than the ~2 hours it was taking previously, for 3 hours worth of stats accumulated.
If this looks good, we will likely switch stats updates to occur more frequently in the future, starting with every 2 hours.
We also plan on updating the osstats page to include both the Native FLOPS (which is on there now) and the more common x86 FLOPS, which allows for a more "apples to apples" comparison of FLOPS.
Note that since x86 FLOPS are generally higher, this would increase our FLOPS estimate for FAH overall. Our initial goal with our FLOP count was to try to be very conservative with FLOP counting on GPUs, but the motivation for x86 FLOPS is to try to be more consistent with other FLOP counting.
In addition to those donating computer time, we have been very grateful to people who have also donated funds to the Folding@home project. These funds have been important in purchasing equipment (eg servers) or services (eg professional programmers) that are traditionally difficult to purchase from grants from NIH or NSF.
In coordination with Stanford's development office, Stanford has made a special donation page just for Folding@home:
This new web page makes donating funds to Folding@home a lot easier, since one does not have to do input special codes to make sure that the funds are directed to Folding@home.
Stanford is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity and thus a donation of money to Folding@home is tax deductible. Stanford's Federal Tax ID number is 94-1156365. Also, many companies help individuals donate to Stanford by providing matching funds.