Folding at Home Chimp Challenge Starts Today

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For those of you not familiar with Stanford's Folding at Home distributed computing project, you can get up to speed here.
In short, the project relies on the computing horsepower of many in
hopes of finding cures to common diseases, like Alzheimer's,
Parkinson's, and many more. Stanford's Folding client taps into your
PC's unused CPU and/or GPU cycles, and can even be run on a Playstation
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Pentium 0

It's Team 11108 for those that don't know.

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soccer1105

So GPU folding is still fater than CPU right?  I'm running a Radeon 3870, and a Core i7-920.  Video card is a bit old and obviously my CPU is pretty new, but the GPU should still be faster, right?

Also, is there a good whay to run both at the same time?

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jcollins

Yes and no.  I don't think it is quite an apples to apples comparison.   The GPU does process work units faster, but they are usually different WU's than what the CPU one gets.  My understanding is that some GPU's are limited in terms of the size of work unit, so you usually get a smaller work unit than the CPU (I get 353, 500, etc. point units on my GPU, I get 1800 point units on my CPU).   My GPU can process those units in a couple hours, my CPU in a day or so.

In your particular case, you can run a Core i7 with 4 VM's (2 processes per VM) and get a boatload of points processing. 

In re. running both, if you've got a system that can do it, the more units processed the better.   You could get 5 work units processing with what you've got vs. 1 GPU.

 

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Denis63

 Lets get folding everyone!      -Denis

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Defiant

Then fix your servers ;) Run your gpu client too on that 9600.

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Denis63

mind if i bring one up to fix this weekend? i wanna get that radeon x600 in my celery and have it working, im tihnking XP pro, 32 bit, or MAYBE Windows home server, but i dont think that WHS will get along well with another WHS machine on the same network....

And why don't you get your i7 and your 8800 going? heh heh heh      -Denis

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Defiant

Sure bring it if you want. I can't see 2 home servers conflicting for any reason..

My i7 idles at 40 and goes up to 82 under load, I'm concerned running it that hot, and its in the HAF with the stock cooler AND using cable management behind the motherboard tray, there is nothing between those fans and it... 

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