F@H: Featured Folder - Monday, February 16, 2004 Ė Bathomps
Posted on Sunday, February 15 @ 22:00:00 PST by Nattiebo
Happy President's Day all! What an eventful weekend... first Friday the 13th, then Valentine's Day, then the birthday of one of our own, and back to Monday again.... If you have a day off today, enjoy it, if not, then I hope that this exciting interview helps pass some time today while at work!
This week, I am introducing the one and only top dog Folder here at LWD, so he probably doesn't need an introduction... but for those of you who are not or maybe you are just lacking Folding knowledge, here is the leading man, Bathomps!!
Nattiebo: Hey there, Bathomps, would you mind giving us some details about yourselfÖ - Age, Sex, Student/Career?
Bathomps: I am a 29 year old male and work as a software engineer.
Nattiebo: Do you have any hobbies or interests other than computers?
Bathomps: I probably spend most of my time with my wife and three kids. We are expecting another girl in a couple of months, which will take even more of my time. Before I had kids I used to ski a lot, but donít have the time and money for that anymore. I like to dabble in photography and home video. Having three kids gives me a lot of photo subjects. I also like to tinker with woodworking and fixing or remodeling the house. And I am really into home theater, but my budget and wife donít support that habit very much.
Nattiebo: Congrats on the next baby! Thatís pretty exciting! Have you selected a name for her yet or are you still deciding? Or do you and your wife not share the name till she arrives?
Bathomps: We usually donít share it, but this time we also donít have one picked out yet. I guess after three kids we ran out of names we liked.
Nattiebo: What is your favorite woodworking project that you have completed?
Bathomps: Probably the family room I finished in my basement. I did a lot of Wainscoting and some shelves in there. It definitely took me the longest time.
Nattiebo: How did you get the name Bathomps?
Bathomps: Hehe, well its not a very flashy name. Its actually the name I was assigned with my first computer account back in school. In the CS department you came to be known by your userid and so it kinda just stuck. I then received the same id with the company I went to work for after school, so I still use it.
Nattiebo: Where did you attend school?
Bathomps: BYU in Utah.
Nattiebo: When did you become a Folding phreak?
Bathomps: Well I read about it a few years ago on littlewhitedog. The team was a lot smaller back then.
Nattiebo: Where did you learn to Fold (or first hear about it)?
Bathomps: Littlewhitedog.com had a blurb about it on the main web page. I liked what I read about the project and decided to see how I would rate against others on the team. Pakii was the top dog back then, I didnít ever think I would ever come close to his output, but more and more machines became available to me, and I started to fly up the charts.
Nattiebo: On how many machines are you currently Folding?
Bathomps: Good question. I am not quite sure. I run it mostly at work, and I keep loading it on anything that comes along. The machines occasionally get repurposed for some reason or other so they may stop folding from time to time. I check on them ever couple of weeks and restart any that may have been turned off. I would guess that at any given time I have about 16 or so computers with various numbers of processors and Hyper Threading.
Nattiebo: Are you an overclocker?
Bathomps: Used to be, but just donít have the time or desire anymore. Trying to squeeze out ever last bit of performance takes too much effort for the reward in my opinion.
Nattiebo: Do you use any of the Folding add-ons to keep track of stats?
Bathomps: Not really. I check the stats that Hummer posts in the newsgroup from time to time. I really appreciate the work he and others do for that, itís a great summary.
Nattiebo: Do you ever read about any of the proteins or look into which ones you are folding? Any favorites?
Bathomps: Not really.
Nattiebo: What do you personally hope to accomplish by Folding?
Bathomps: When I started I just wanted to get a high rank in the team. Well I guess I achieved that goal . Now I just want to help the team out, and help keep the team rank high.
Nattiebo: Do you ever think that you will be caught up to by one of the LWD members?
It would be awesome to find that the program as a whole actually solves some medical mystery or cures a disease.
Bathomps: I wouldnít doubt it. I wasnít really paying attention over the holidays and throughout much of January, and many of the other members started kicking my butt on production. But it would probably take a while to catch my overall amount.
Nattiebo: In terms of global rankings do you have any goals, or rankings you would like to reach in the near future?
Bathomps: I have found that it is very difficult to move up once you reach around the top 50 or so. I have bounced around there quite a bit. Lately I think I have lost lots of ground in that regard actually, I think I am somewhere in the top 70 now.
Nattiebo: Have you participated in or would you ever consider any other computing distributions?
Bathomps: I had done some Seti before Folding, but Folding is a lot more appealing to me. I want my computers to crunch on something that can help society in a shorter time frame than Seti might.
Nattiebo: What is the most exciting aspect about the LWD folding team?
Bathomps: Bugging Ghoonter about his output being lower than mine.
Nattiebo: What does your significant other or good friends think about your Folding habits?
Bathomps: Actually my wife doesnít really care, and I was able to talk Ghoonter into joining after showing Folding to him.
Nattiebo: Have you had any success in recruiting people to LWD?
Nattiebo: How did you find LWD in the first place?
Bathomps: Somebody sent me a link to an article on the site a few years ago. I thought it was pretty great site for news items and other information. I have been a lurker ever since.
Nattiebo: If you could improve or change anything about the Folding@Home Project, what would it be?
Nattiebo: What do you think the best thing is about LWD?
Bathomps: The community is really strong. Everyone here seems to be very supportive and knowledgeable.
Nattiebo: Well, thanks letting us get to know you a little better. Do you have any final comments (free reign here)?
Bathomps: There are only 10 types of people in the world. Those who understand binary and those who donít.
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by Webster on Monday, February 16 @ 19:28:14 PST
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|Nice to meetcha, Bathomps...here's hoping for 4 happy childhoods, more time to ski, and more machines that don't get turned off!||