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How to install [email protected] on Raspberry Pi

In the current pandemic situation, scientists are trying their level best to defeat the deadly coronavirus by slowing down its spread and also develop vaccines to cure the affected individuals. You obviously want to help these scientists in this noble cause and for you it’s not necessary to be a scientist to help them in their efforts.

Nowadays, the advent of more powerful and intelligent computing technologies have come up with the idea of using your processing power to help the scientist in their research and the research involves conducting simulations and analyzing the findings of deadly viruses. [email protected] is one such technology which allows everyone to play their role in supporting the researchers and scientists to work efficiently and more purposefully. It is a distributed computing technology developed by the Stanford research center and its main aim is to utilize your system power resources and do research to fold the proteins required to battle the viruses.

How to install [email protected] on Raspberry Pi

This tutorial is made to help you in successfully installing [email protected] on Raspberry Pi and it will require the following steps to be performed in order to make it happen.

Step 1: First, you will need to enable the SSH service on your Raspberry Pi device and it can easily be done through the menu of the Raspberry Pi device. Go to the menu option and go to the “Accessories” where you will find the “Raspberry Pi Configuration”. When you click on the configuration, it will open the configuration of your device and you will need to go on the “Interfaces” tab and enable the SSH service by dragging the cursor to the right side and then click on “OK” to accept the changes.

Step 2: Now, ensure that the packages on Raspberry Pi are updated to the latest version and if you forget to update them, you will be required to execute the following commands in the terminal that will do the rest for you.

$ sudo apt update

Now upgrade using:

$ sudo apt upgrade

Step 3: After updating the packages, it’s better to go with creating a separate directory on your device where you are going to download and install the [email protected] To do this, the following command will need to be run on the terminal.

$ mkdir ~/fold && cd ~/fold

Step 4: In the next step, you will require to download the [email protected] installer from the wget command by executing the following command in the terminal.

$ wget https://download.foldingathome.org/releases/public/release/fahclient/debian-stable-arm64/v7.6/fahclient_7.6.20_arm64.deb

Step 5: Once the deb file is downloaded, use the dpkg command to install the package. The complete command which will need to be executed in the terminal is shown below.

$ sudo dpkg -i fahclient_7.6.20_arm64.deb

If you experience the above error while installing the deb package then there might be a problem with your architecture. Because you are installing the above deb file which is of arm64 version but your system supports armhf version then you will need to change the architecture from armhf to arm64 by executing the following commands in the terminal.

$ dpkg --print-architecture

$ sudo dpkg --add-architecture arm64

After changing the architecture, you can then run the dpkg installer again and it will install the [email protected] successfully on your Raspberry Pi device.

After installation you will see the following screen, leave the username as “Anonymous”:

Provide “Team Number”:

The 0 means no team, we have given 2:

Now, provide the “Passkey”:

Select the resource you want to use of your device:

If you want to start FAH automatically select “Yes”:

And here the interface of [email protected]:

Conclusion

The Raspberry Pi device can be utilized to help humanity and this would become a perfect option when the world is facing the corona virus outbreak. [email protected] is created so that those who have a desire to help the scientist in their efforts by allowing them to use their system resources and efficiently boost their computing performance. The above steps will guide you to successfully install [email protected] on your Raspberry Pi device and join hands with the scientist to cure the virus.

About the author

Awais Khan

I'm an Engineer and an academic researcher by profession. My interest for Raspberry Pi, embedded systems and blogging has brought me here to share my knowledge with others.