I posted this in the other thread about Folding@home, hoping to start a discussion about it here....
From the PS3 FAQ for Folding@Home:
How long do I have to complete it?
Note that Work Units "expire" after a certain amount of time. This means that after a certain amount of time, if the WU has not been returned, we assume it's not coming back and our server moves on from there. This is necessary due to the fact that future work units depend on old ones and so we need to eventually give the work to someone else to get it completed. The times to complete a WU for the PS3 is short (8 hours), so the deadline time is also correspondingly short (2 days).
Am I reading this correctly? Does that mean if I don't finish the Work Unit (that takes 8hrs to complete) within 48hours, then its worthless because the server as already expired it and moved on? I'm not planning on running my ps3 1hour of folding for every 5 hours off. Was hoping to get maybe an hour of folding work a day without leaving it on overnight.
BTW, my Kill-A-Watt device said that the ps3 folding uses about 220w of power and used approx. 2.2kwh last night (7.5hrs) or about $.22 at my kwh rate.