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SMP & PS3

Postposted on Mon Jul 16, 2007 9:45 pm

Got 1 machine converted to SMP this weekend. My points per days should just about double between the SMP goodness and the PS3 I just bought this weekend. I've been setting in the top 40 for quite some time, but hoping to get into the top 30 soon. I just started folding the PS3 yesterday, but it is already putting out more points per day than all 12 of my x86 CPUs combined (DAMN IF THAT AIN'T HOT!).
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Postposted on Mon Jul 16, 2007 10:27 pm

How many points is the PS3 putting out per day for you? And the new SMP box? Also, what're the specs on the box.
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Postposted on Tue Jul 17, 2007 6:46 pm

Nitrodist wrote:How many points is the PS3 putting out per day for you? And the new SMP box? Also, what're the specs on the box.


Hard to say for sure on the PPD of the PS3. With 12 x86 machines, I was averaging about 1500 PPD. The first full day of folding with the PS3, my daily output jumped to 3800. The second day (Yesterday) I got a total of 3000 points. So my initial estimate for the PS3 appears to be between 1500-2500 PPD. Other reports online (Stanford & other forums) estimate 900 points per 8 hour WU.

The SMP box isn't new, just upgraded an AMD 3500+ to an AMD X2 4200+. It's and old Asus A8V MB, 2 GB of RAM, a WD Raptor 37GB and an old 6600 AGP card in it.
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Postposted on Thu Jul 19, 2007 4:21 pm

scellio: Are you sure about 900 points / 8 hours? That sounds too good. I thought it was more like ~900-1100 PPD. Somewhere in this forum there's a thread talking about their output, but maybe things have changed since back then.

As for my brag, I'm finally in the top 49 again. Still, it has been a long time that I've been hovering over ~1512th - 1530th place in overall standing, and I'd sure like to be able to get under 1500th. I'll have to finally get my A64-3200 working again, though I can't figure out what the problem is. Once I get that working, then maybe I'll have to buy a replacement dual core for it since that's probably the cheapest way to increase my output. But then I'll have a spare CPU again. :lol:
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Postposted on Thu Jul 19, 2007 8:41 pm

Ragnar Dan wrote:scellio: Are you sure about 900 points / 8 hours? That sounds too good. I thought it was more like ~900-1100 PPD. Somewhere in this forum there's a thread talking about their output, but maybe things have changed since back then.

As for my brag, I'm finally in the top 49 again. Still, it has been a long time that I've been hovering over ~1512th - 1530th place in overall standing, and I'd sure like to be able to get under 1500th. I'll have to finally get my A64-3200 working again, though I can't figure out what the problem is. Once I get that working, then maybe I'll have to buy a replacement dual core for it since that's probably the cheapest way to increase my output. But then I'll have a spare CPU again. :lol:


Check this link http://folding.stanford.edu/FAQ-PS3.html for rough details on the PS3's PPD. Plus this machine is doing nothing but folding 24x7 right now as I have no games for it.

Additionally, my 24-hour average PPD has jumped from 1400 to 2400 in just 5 days. I have also had three 3000+ days so far this week and one of those was almost 4000. I've never seen anything close to that many points in one day prior to adding the PS3.
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Postposted on Thu Jul 19, 2007 9:31 pm

Well, according to
FAQ-PS3 wrote:It seems that the PS3 is more than 10X powerful as an average PC. Why doesn't it get 10X PPD as well?
We balance the points based on both speed and the flexibility of the client. The GPU client is still the fastest, but it is the least flexible and can only run a very, very limited set of WU's. Thus, its points are not linearly proportional to the speed increase. The PS3 takes the middle ground between GPU's (extreme speed, but at limited types of WU's) and CPU's (less speed, but more flexibility in types of WU's). We have picked the PS3 as the natural benchmark machine for PS3 calculations and set its points per day to 900 to reflect this middle ground between speed (faster than CPU, but slower than GPU) and flexibility (more flexible than GPU, less than CPU).


Which is what I thought. So your gains from the PS3 look about where they should be.
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Postposted on Thu Jul 19, 2007 10:30 pm

There was a firmware update since the FAQ was initially written. Word is the update did wonders for performance.
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Postposted on Fri Jul 20, 2007 4:11 pm

Wonders as in double-digit increases, or wonders as in increases unimaginable enough to produce enough more points that the original FAQ should be modified? Because scellio's increase is apparently in the range of 1000+ PPD according to his last post. The FAQ says 900 PPD, and if I remember rightly I've read some in here report up to 1100, which would be an very impressive increase.
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Postposted on Fri Jul 20, 2007 5:20 pm

Broke the 800PPD barrier... With all this extra juice that just one SMP client is providing me with, I might have to pick up a 939 Opteron or a Pentium D for my 775 board (no Core support unfortunately)
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Postposted on Fri Jul 20, 2007 10:35 pm

My PS3 has pushed me over the 2000 ppd barrier. Now I'll be adding another Windows SMP client soon, so hopefully that will get me up over 3,000 ppd and into the Top 20 list :)
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Postposted on Sun Jul 22, 2007 7:47 am

150,000 Points on the Dot! Wow.....
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Postposted on Wed Jul 25, 2007 11:52 am

Woohoo ... first time ever in the Top 20 for 24 hr avg!
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Postposted on Wed Jul 25, 2007 12:14 pm

Made it into the top 200 :D
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PS3 PPD

Postposted on Wed Jul 25, 2007 8:07 pm

Ragnar Dan wrote:Wonders as in double-digit increases, or wonders as in increases unimaginable enough to produce enough more points that the original FAQ should be modified? Because scellio's increase is apparently in the range of 1000+ PPD according to his last post. The FAQ says 900 PPD, and if I remember rightly I've read some in here report up to 1100, which would be an very impressive increase.


After a solid week of folding with the PS3, my average daily points per day according to EOC Statistics jumped from ~ 1450 to ~ 3250 and that is without the SMP change. I nixed the SMP since I was having trouble monitoring progress on it.

It definitely APPEARS to be more than the 1100 PPD that the FAQ indicates.

Needless to say this impressive increase also vaulted me into the top 20 list. WOOHOO!
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Postposted on Mon Jul 30, 2007 9:34 pm

Hm. Almost makes the thing worth the money just for folding. Almost. But I don't think I could stand wasting money like that, being raised by Depression parents as I was. Maybe if I could figure the electricity cost into the equation... :o

My brag is that for the last few days I've finally stayed among the top 1500 folders. It will, unfortunately, probably end soon because I finally returned a machine I fixed which the owner hadn't picked up for a number of weeks, and I'm also getting a lot more poor WU's for my Linux SMP client in recent weeks so my point production isn't what it had been.
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Postposted on Sun Aug 05, 2007 2:44 pm

Nitrodist wrote:Made it into the top 200 :D

i left town for 2 weeks, and there was a power outage. :(
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Postposted on Mon Aug 06, 2007 2:05 am

Hey, I broke 200k today (or yesterday... hmm)! :o I miss your competition eitje, come back :(
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Postposted on Thu Aug 09, 2007 9:30 pm

oh, gosh... was that a 5k point day??

my bad. ;)
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Postposted on Fri Aug 17, 2007 1:06 pm

Ah, two more slow 3600x2's to add Well maybe I'll be able to add enough to get back into the top 10 producers...
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Postposted on Fri Aug 17, 2007 4:41 pm

So last night, My bro added a couple of boxen, we spiked the SOB output to the tune of 87.102 M cEMs/sec FOR THE DAY. Tes the spike you see on the Team page is somehow my contribution. :o
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I've got something to brag about!! I've seen a whole bunch of threads/posts stating that you cant build a system without cutting yourself at one point or another. Altho I had only build from scratch one PC, I've done a bunch of medling with hardware and whatnot. Last night I was switching my optical drive and, lo and behold, pushed a little too hard and sliced my finger open really good. haha. luckely it took a second or two to START bleedings, so i dont think any fell in my case, however there was quite a thick trail from my kitchen table to the sink. hurt like an SOB, but it was worth it. my first blood sacrifice to the computer gods! :lol:
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Postposted on Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:34 pm

Today my PPD was 2630. That's lower than it would be, but Stanford has recently decided to give my best folding machine nothing but crappy WU's that take forever, and as reward give fewer points.

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Postposted on Tue Nov 20, 2007 9:13 pm

Early congrats on the 1,000,000 mark there too btw... looks like you are less than a week away.
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Postposted on Thu Nov 22, 2007 12:28 am

Thanks for the congrats. That 6400 is rather impressive. I think the dual-channel memory is helping a bit with Project 2608/2609 WU's. If I ever get the thing installed properly, I hope to increase its clockspeed some more, though it's not looking too good from experiments I've done past 3.0 GHz.
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Postposted on Thu Nov 29, 2007 12:33 am

Bumped my PPD from <100 to 1400+. \o/
Recently I added a PS3 and SMP box. Just had a A64 3000+ going before. Closing in on 100,000.

The PS3 doesn't fold all the time though. It actually gets played.
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Postposted on Thu Nov 29, 2007 7:40 am

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Postposted on Mon Dec 03, 2007 2:24 pm

Hey Ragnar! Pretty cool that your PPD was 2630. 8)
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Postposted on Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:46 pm

[01:47:20] Completed 125000 out of 500000 steps (25 percent)
[01:59:04] Writing local files
[01:59:04] Completed 130000 out of 500000 steps (26 percent)
[02:10:44] Writing local files
[02:10:44] Completed 135000 out of 500000 steps (27 percent)
[02:22:24] Writing local files
[02:22:24] Completed 140000 out of 500000 steps (28 percent)
[02:34:10] Writing local files
[02:34:10] Completed 145000 out of 500000 steps (29 percent)


:o :o :o

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two days later edit:

Well here's the log of my VMwared Ubuntu folding thing:

http://pastebin.com/f39e65d26

I'll summarize below:

[21:38:07] Completed 0 out of 500000 steps (0 percent)
[21:50:27] Writing local files
[21:50:27] Completed 5000 out of 500000 steps (1 percent)

....
....

[17:51:29] Completed 495000 out of 500000 steps (99 percent)
[18:04:10] Writing local files
[18:04:10] Completed 500000 out of 500000 steps (100 percent)
[18:04:10] Writing final coordinates.



22.5 hours on a 2605. My older 2605 units would do it in about 24-25 hours, so that's a 10% improvement and it's reduced the CPU usage by 5-10% as well.
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Postposted on Wed Dec 19, 2007 12:50 pm

Well, several years after starting, I finally made it to a million points. I thought it was never going to come.

My production has gone way up lately. I installed a Q6600 a few months ago to replace my dual core proc, but after I did it my daily production went down to around 900 ppd using the Windows SMP client. I finally reformatted my computer to install Vista x64 and my production is now at almost 2200 ppd. Obviously something didn't go well back when I installed the new processor.
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Postposted on Wed Dec 19, 2007 2:08 pm

Congratulations on joining the millionaires club! Looking at your ppd, I take it you're running the Q6600 at stock speed?
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