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New to folding... list of random questions

Postposted on Fri Jun 26, 2009 5:13 am

A little while ago I ripped out Slot 1 PIII CPU and replaced it with a Core2 E7400. Well, I had to replace a few other parts too. Wanting put the new hardware to good use, I loaded the Windows folding at home program. With no special effort I am generating 400 or so points per day. Eager to increase my points per day I loaded the F@H client on my Vostro 1500 laptop.

Q 1) I read that the Linux version gets more points per day, is that really true and if so...
1a) What is a good Linux distro that is an XP look-a-like so the wife can surf the web. The E7400 does not have VM :-? so I do not think I have the option of running Linux in a VM window.

Q 2) The laptop is only showing 50% CPU usage even with the slider at 100%. The laptop is running Vista. How do I improve that.

Q 3) What does a 10,000 point per day set-up look like? Is it hard to do?
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Re: New to folding... list of random questions

Postposted on Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:37 am

Dagwood wrote:A little while ago I ripped out Slot 1 PIII CPU and replaced it with a Core2 E7400. Well, I had to replace a few other parts too. Wanting put the new hardware to good use, I loaded the Windows folding at home program. With no special effort I am generating 400 or so points per day.
This seems like you are running the single core client on the E7400. You should use the SMP client instead. More on that later.

Dagwood wrote:Eager to increase my points per day I loaded the F@H client on my Vostro 1500 laptop.
Make sure you have good ventilation around the laptop as the more cramped design is not necessary good to handle Folding.

Dagwood wrote:Q 1) I read that the Linux version gets more points per day, is that really true and if so...
1a) What is a good Linux distro that is an XP look-a-like so the wife can surf the web. The E7400 does not have VM :-? so I do not think I have the option of running Linux in a VM window.
For the SMP client, yes, the Linux version seems to do a little bit better (the gap has shrunken but it is still there), but for the Linux version, it is only available in 64-bit only. Intel CPUs cannot do 64-bit VMs (guest OS) without VT, so 64-bit Linux SMP goodness is not available to you. IMO, to balance between respectable CPU folding and the wife being comfortable, stick with Windows SMP. You missed the download link at the bottom of the regular download page about High Performance Windows Clients. Go and grab the "V6 Beta SMP/CPU clients" if you want to do CPU folding, but that is not necessary "the best". Even more on that later. ;)

Dagwood wrote:Q 2) The laptop is only showing 50% CPU usage even with the slider at 100%. The laptop is running Vista. How do I improve that.
Referring to above, that is because you are using a single core client, so on a dual core machine of course you are only doing 50%.

Dagwood wrote:Q 3) What does a 10,000 point per day set-up look like? Is it hard to do?
This is where the fun/money/pain lies. Mega folding nodes are achieved by GPU folding. So if you have a Nvidia 8-series and up GPU or AMD HD 3000-series and up GPU, you are eligible for GPU folding. On the same High Performance Windows Clients page, grab the appropriate "V6 GPU2" client. If you have an above average GPU like >=HD 4830 or >=8800, then a few thousand points per day on a machine is very much possible. Midrange GPUs like the 9600GT/GTS250/HD4650 may still outproduce CPU SMP clients so it may still be worth it to do GPU folding. You should probably test it out yourself to see which one gives you more points.

There are 2 problems that I can see right now with GPU folding however: heat/power consumption and GPU reliability. If you have a relatively high-powered GPU and you use it for folding, system power consumption will increase and the GPU will generate more heat compared to loading the CPU. The 2nd problem sort of relates to the first, there have been reports of more frequent failures of video cards when people fold on them (some even overclocked generating more heat). There seems to be something about cutthroat manufacturing and stressing those cards too hard. If you are concerned, then you can try folding on the GPU part time or just stick with CPU folding.

When a GPU folding client is running, it loosely takes over one of the CPU cores for data to go back and forth. So for even better results, you run a GPU folding client and then a single core client to get a few more hundred points per day. Those with tris/quads can most certainly do a GPU folding client and an SMP client. So how do you get 10k+ ppd per computer? Multiple GPUs of course. If you do have those CF/SLI boards, you can buy two or more higher-end video cards and make your Folding beast! On Vista though, you may need to play a trick to get the 2nd/3rd/4th card to play along, but it is a small price to pay compared to the thousands more points you can get. If you have the stomach (and the pocketbook) for it though.

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Re: New to folding... list of random questions

Postposted on Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:20 pm

Fantastic information.

Right now I've got the E7400 at stock speed and the motherboard reports that it is using 18 watts! Not sure if I believe that, but the CPU temp is 49 degrees C with the fan at 1650 rpm (with it sitting in a 78 degree room folding 24/7 ).

Translation-- no one even knows the difference.

However, installing a GTX275 with a 100% load on it sounds like it would definitely be noticed.
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Re: New to folding... list of random questions

Postposted on Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:13 am

WEll...
First attempt at installing FAH SMP client results:
...................................................................................................

C>cd fah

C>dir
Volume in drive C is OS
Volume Serial Number is E073-4670

Directory of C:\Users\DERWOOD\FAH

06/26/2009 10:51 PM <DIR> .
06/26/2009 10:51 PM <DIR> ..
06/26/2009 10:32 PM 5,187,724 FAH6.23beta-win32-SMP-mpich.exe
02/05/2009 10:45 AM 422,912 Folding@home-Win32-x86.exe
03/15/2007 08:56 AM 106,496 foo.exe
02/14/2007 05:32 PM 81,920 GkSui20.EXE
03/13/2007 08:31 PM 71 install.bat
01/31/2007 12:54 PM 1,196,032 mpich2.dll
01/31/2007 12:54 PM 102,400 mpich2mpi.dll
01/31/2007 12:54 PM 1,175,552 mpich2shm.dll
01/31/2007 12:54 PM 1,380,352 mpich2shmp.dll
01/31/2007 11:29 AM 1,158,144 mpiexec.exe
07/28/2008 09:14 AM 16,050 readme.rtf
01/31/2007 11:29 AM 1,135,616 smpd.exe
06/26/2009 10:51 PM 13,826 UILANG1.UDB
06/26/2009 10:51 PM 35,352 UninstallB286.DAT
14 File(s) 12,012,447 bytes
2 Dir(s) 95,803,109,376 bytes free

C>install.bat

job aborted:
process: node: exit code: error message:
0: localhost: 1: Fatal error in MPI_Init: Other MPI error, error stack:
MPIR_Init_thread(247)........: Initialization failed
MPID_Init(82)................: channel initialization failed
MPIDI_CH3_Init(31)...........:
MPIDI_CH3I_Progress_init(303):
MPIDU_Sock_listen(930).......: unable to create a socket
easy_create(143).............: WSASocket failed, The requested service provider
could not be loaded or initialized. (errno 10106)

job aborted:
process: node: exit code: error message:
0: localhost: 1: Fatal error in MPI_Init: Other MPI error, error stack:
MPIR_Init_thread(247)........: Initialization failed
MPID_Init(82)................: channel initialization failed
MPIDI_CH3_Init(31)...........:
MPIDI_CH3I_Progress_init(303):
MPIDU_Sock_listen(930).......: unable to create a socket
easy_create(143).............: WSASocket failed, The requested service provider
could not be loaded or initialized. (errno 10106)

job aborted:
process: node: exit code: error message:
0: localhost: 1: Fatal error in MPI_Init: Other MPI error, error stack:
MPIR_Init_thread(247)........: Initialization failed
MPID_Init(82)................: channel initialization failed
MPIDI_CH3_Init(31)...........:
MPIDI_CH3I_Progress_init(303):
MPIDU_Sock_listen(930).......: unable to create a socket
easy_create(143).............: WSASocket failed, The requested service provider
could not be loaded or initialized. (errno 10106)
Press any key to continue . . .

C>path
No Path


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Re: New to folding... list of random questions

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Re: New to folding... list of random questions

Postposted on Sat Jun 27, 2009 2:57 am

First guess is "did you open the Command Prompt in 'Run as Administrator' mode?"?
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Re: New to folding... list of random questions

Postposted on Sat Jun 27, 2009 6:19 am

Dagwood wrote:However, installing a GTX275 with a 100% load on it sounds like it would definitely be noticed.


A GTX275 is a bruiser. If you want something more innocuous, buy a GTS250 or possibly a GTX260-216.

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Re: New to folding... list of random questions

Postposted on Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:02 pm

Yes, FF that was it. I did not open it in Admin mode. Once I did that I got it running on the laptop. Then I wished I hadn't! The laptop fan never spun that hard even when running games.

I went back to the non-beta client for the laptop. Maybe I will have it fold for Frankenbot in October. Until then I think I limit the folding on the laptop.

I have not loaded the beta SMP client on the desktop yet. That whole beta-software-may-crash-thing has got me reluctant. Now, I need to get some sleep for the night shift.
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Postposted on Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:34 pm

Dagwood wrote:Yes, FF that was it. I did not open it in Admin mode. Once I did that I got it running on the laptop. Then I wished I hadn't! The laptop fan never spun that hard even when running games.
Yes, that's why we don't generally recommend folding full time and all out (100% CPU allocated) on laptops.

Dagwood wrote:I went back to the non-beta client for the laptop. Maybe I will have it fold for Frankenbot in October. Until then I think I limit the folding on the laptop.
You mean switch back from SMP back to single core client on the laptop?

Dagwood wrote:I have not loaded the beta SMP client on the desktop yet. That whole beta-software-may-crash-thing has got me reluctant. Now, I need to get some sleep for the night shift.
Unless your system is indeed unstable (I am assuming you have not overclocked yet so everything is stock), I have never seen the Folding client's "crashes" BSOD the system, so it should be mostly ok. Generally when the beta client "dies" you just get a non-counted WU and/or you just need to delete the work files and re-download a new WU. But to each its own of course. What GPU do you currently have on your desktop system?
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Re: New to folding... list of random questions

Postposted on Sat Jun 27, 2009 6:00 pm

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Dagwood wrote:Yes, FF that was it. I did not open it in Admin mode. Once I did that I got it running on the laptop. Then I wished I hadn't! The laptop fan never spun that hard even when running games.

Yes, that's why we don't generally recommend folding full time and all out (100% CPU allocated) on laptops.

It's been a while since I've run the Windows SMP client -- does it support the CPU throtting option? Running the SMP client with the CPU usage throttled back to keep the fan from spazzing out will probably still give you better production than the single-core client.
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Re: New to folding... list of random questions

Postposted on Sat Jun 27, 2009 10:02 pm

FF wrote:
Dagwood wrote:I went back to the non-beta client for the laptop. Maybe I will have it fold for Frankenbot in October. Until then I think I limit the folding on the laptop.
You mean switch back from SMP back to single core client on the laptop?


Yes

FF wrote:Unless your system is indeed unstable (I am assuming you have not overclocked yet so everything is stock), I have never seen the Folding client's "crashes" BSOD the system, so it should be mostly ok. Generally when the beta client "dies" you just get a non-counted WU and/or you just need to delete the work files and re-download a new WU. But to each its own of course. What GPU do you currently have on your desktop system?


The glorious and famed Intel integrated graphics!

but I do have my eye on this ....
EVGA 512-P3-N841-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814130325
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Re: New to folding... list of random questions

Postposted on Sat Jun 27, 2009 10:45 pm

Dagwood wrote:but I do have my eye on this ....
EVGA 512-P3-N841-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814130325


There are MUCH better options in that price range. Like a brand new HD4850.
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Re: New to folding... list of random questions

Postposted on Sun Jun 28, 2009 12:10 am

Skrying wrote:
Dagwood wrote:but I do have my eye on this ....
EVGA 512-P3-N841-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814130325


There are MUCH better options in that price range. Like a brand new HD4850.


It was my understanding the Nvidia stuff was a better deal if folding is the main concern. http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/640/7

and the 8800GTS should be an even mach for a HD4850 for games. and it comes with a nicer cooler.
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Postposted on Sun Jun 28, 2009 12:13 am

Dagwood wrote:It was my understanding the Nvidia stuff was a better deal if folding is the main concern. http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/640/7

and the 8800GTS should be an even mach for a HD4850 for games. and it comes with a nicer cooler.


While from an efficiency stand point this might be true you're still going to expect about the same point out put overall. The 8800GTS not near the HD4850 in gaming. If you really want to go with an Nvidia card there are still better options than the 8800GTS. Like a used GTX 260 or a new GTS 250.
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Re: New to folding... list of random questions

Postposted on Sun Jun 28, 2009 12:36 am

Skrying wrote:
Dagwood wrote:It was my understanding the Nvidia stuff was a better deal if folding is the main concern. http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/640/7

and the 8800GTS should be an even mach for a HD4850 for games. and it comes with a nicer cooler.


While from an efficiency stand point this might be true you're still going to expect about the same point out put overall. The 8800GTS not near the HD4850 in gaming. If you really want to go with an Nvidia card there are still better options than the 8800GTS. Like a used GTX 260 or a new GTS 250.



This page would seem to disagree with you. Also note the 8800GTS listed is probably a G80 based card. The one I linked is G92 and should be at least on par with a 9800GT that produces 5K per day to the 4850's 3K.

As far as gaming goes...
http://techreport.com/articles.x/15651/5 at higher resolution the 4850 is inbetween a 9800GTX+ and a 9800GT. That makes by my fuzzy math a 8800GTS close enough to a HD4850 to call them equal. Granted on adverage a HD4850 is going to be faster than a 8800GTS that is why Nvidia upped the clock speed on the 9800GTX+. However we are 5-10 frames per second difference. A fairly small price to pay for a nicer cooler and better folding performance I would say.
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Re: New to folding... list of random questions

Postposted on Sun Jun 28, 2009 12:24 pm

You're using Call of Duty 4 as an example when it is an exception. I owned a 8800GTS 512MB and I can personally tell you there were no magical properties to the heatsink.

Even then, you completely ignored my follow up sentences where I directed you to other certainly superior in every way options such as a used GTX 260 or a brand new GTS 250. A brand new GTS 250 is on sell at Newegg for $99 and some odd cents right now. The card is most certainly faster, built on a smaller manufacturing process, and will give you more folding points that you strongly desire. You can read the TR review right here that confirms all of this: http://techreport.com/articles.x/16504
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Postposted on Sun Jun 28, 2009 5:04 pm

With the GTS250 you have a good point. I am going to pass on that EVGA card.

In other news. I have the SMP client up and running on the desktop. Speedfan reports the same 50 degrees temp as with the single core client only the fan speed went up from 1650 rpm to 1700 rpm. I am too lazy to use the benchmark tool so I will have to wait to see what the points per day average out to be.
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Re: New to folding... list of random questions

Postposted on Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:00 am

Dagwood wrote:With the GTS250 you have a good point. I am going to pass on that EVGA card.

In other news. I have the SMP client up and running on the desktop. Speedfan reports the same 50 degrees temp as with the single core client only the fan speed went up from 1650 rpm to 1700 rpm. I am too lazy to use the benchmark tool so I will have to wait to see what the points per day average out to be.


Hi Dagwood and welcome to Team TR! :D I have a 260 GTX/192 running in my main PC and it gets 5-7K ppd when running the GPU client 24/7. It does generate a good amount of heat so it is not so fun on the hot days. :lol: I don't have any overclock of the CPU or GPU. I manually set the GPU fan to run continuously above 50%.

I have not seen any ppd numbers for the 250GTS, but I imagine it will produce similar to the 260GTX with less heat generated.

A PC with 3 GPUs like the 8800GTS will produce 12-16k ppd when running 3 GPU clients 24/7.

Once again, welcome to Team TR and may the folding bug bite you hard! :P
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Re: New to folding... list of random questions

Postposted on Mon Jun 29, 2009 11:43 am

I am still working on getting the CPU version running. I thought I had it working once, then out of force of habit, I shut the machine off, when I started it back up it complained bitterly about improper shutdown. After that, it then sent the 30% it had completed to Stanford, thanked me for my contribution to science and restarted another new batch. Then new batch then proceeded to stop at 3 percent. I think it might have had some sort of argument with windows auto update.

Now I am going to try and reinstall FAH back on the laptop, I messed that all up, I put two different versions in the same directory.
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Postposted on Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:41 pm

I recently re-installed everything on my desktop at home. I set up 2 linux SMP VMs (thank you notfred) and the GPU client. On my Phenom 2 x4 940 + a 9600GT, FAHMon tells me i'm averaging around 8200 PPD. i'm thinking that's not too bad.

i was pulling another ~2000 ppd from my little dual core ESX box, but i turned that VM off. having a VM max out the cpu 24/7 caused weird problems for the other VMs.
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Postposted on Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:29 am

8K out of a quad core and a 9600GT -- cool, gives me something to aim for. Right now I will just be happy to fiddle with getting the SMP clients running quietly and efficiently.

When I restarted the SMP client on the desktop, it picked up from 3 percent. That was encouraging, hopefully it was just a fluke that it dropped the WU the first time. But from what I read, that is why the SMP version is called a beta.

I sure picked a good time to start folding! Ambient in town was 108 yesturday :D I put off getting the laptop to fold.
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Postposted on Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:15 am

I usually make sure I Ctrl-C the SMP client and let it clean up first before rebooting/shutting down the computer.
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Re: New to folding... list of random questions

Postposted on Tue Jun 30, 2009 10:55 am

Dagwood wrote:8K out of a quad core and a 9600GT -- cool, gives me something to aim for. Right now I will just be happy to fiddle with getting the SMP clients running quietly and efficiently.

When I restarted the SMP client on the desktop, it picked up from 3 percent. That was encouraging, hopefully it was just a fluke that it dropped the WU the first time. But from what I read, that is why the SMP version is called a beta.

I sure picked a good time to start folding! Ambient in town was 108 yesturday :D I put off getting the laptop to fold.


Smart move with the laptop. 108 degrees!! :o :o
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Re: New to folding... list of random questions

Postposted on Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:22 pm

18 hours and I get 25% done!!! is this normal???


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C:\Documents and Settings\Dagwood\My Documents\FAH>folding@home-win32-x86.exe -s
mp

Note: Please read the license agreement (folding@home-win32-x86.exe -license). F
urther
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2 cores detected
If you see this twice, MPI is working
If you see this twice, MPI is working


--- Opening Log file [June 29 15:59:48 UTC]


# Windows SMP Console Edition #################################################
###############################################################################

Folding@Home Client Version 6.23 Beta R1

http://folding.stanford.edu

###############################################################################
###############################################################################

Launch directory: C:\Documents and Settings\Dagwood\My Documents\FAH
Executable: folding@home-win32-x86.exe
Arguments: -smp

[15:59:48] - Ask before connecting: No
[15:59:48] - User name: Dagwood (Team 2630)
[15:59:48] - User ID: 1F684A296E465E84
[15:59:48] - Machine ID: 1
[15:59:48]
[15:59:48] Loaded queue successfully.
[15:59:48]
[15:59:48] + Processing work unit
[15:59:48] Work type a1 not eligible for variable processors
[15:59:48] Core required: FahCore_a1.exe
[15:59:48] Core found.
[15:59:48] Using generic mpiexec calls
[15:59:48] Working on queue slot 02 [June 29 15:59:48 UTC]
[15:59:48] + Working ...
[15:59:48]
[15:59:48] *------------------------------*
[15:59:48] Folding@Home Gromacs SMP Core
[15:59:48] Version 1.74 (March 10, 2007)
[15:59:48]
[15:59:48] Preparing to commence simulation
[15:59:48] - Ensuring status. Please wait.
[16:00:05] - Looking at optimizations...
[16:00:05] - Working with standard loops on this execution.
[16:00:05] Examination of work files indicates 8 consecutive improper terminatio
ns of core.
[16:00:11] - Expanded 2427838 -> 12895909 (decompressed 531.1 percent)
[16:00:11]
[16:00:11] Project: 2653 (Run 23, Clone 168, Gen 120)
[16:00:11]
[16:00:13] Entering M.D.
[16:00:19] Calling FAH init
[16:00:21] Read topology
[16:00:21] (Starting from checkpoint)
[16:00:21] Read checkpoint
[16:00:22] Protein: Protein in POPC
[16:00:22] Writing local files
[16:00:22] Completed 16392 out of 500000 steps (3 percent)
[16:00:25] Extra SSE boost OK.
[16:40:13] Writing local files
[16:40:13] Completed 20000 out of 500000 steps (4 percent)
[17:40:02] Writing local files
[17:40:02] Completed 25000 out of 500000 steps (5 percent)
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[09:42:23] Writing local files
[09:42:24] Completed 105000 out of 500000 steps (21 percent)
[10:53:29] Writing local files
[10:53:29] Completed 110000 out of 500000 steps (22 percent)
[11:53:58] Writing local files
[11:53:59] Completed 115000 out of 500000 steps (23 percent)
[12:55:10] Writing local files
[12:55:10] Completed 120000 out of 500000 steps (24 percent)
[13:53:09] Writing local files
[13:53:09] Completed 125000 out of 500000 steps (25 percent)
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Re: New to folding... list of random questions

Postposted on Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:51 pm

Dagwood wrote:18 hours and I get 25% done!!! is this normal???

[16:00:11] Project: 2653 (Run 23, Clone 168, Gen 120)

[16:40:13] Completed 20000 out of 500000 steps (4 percent)
[17:40:02] Writing local files
[17:40:02] Completed 25000 out of 500000 steps (5 percent)
[18:42:11] Writing local files
[18:42:11] Completed 30000 out of 500000 steps (6 percent)
[19:30:10] Writing local files
[19:30:10] Completed 35000 out of 500000 steps (7 percent)
[20:25:15] Writing local files

Definitely not normal. You are taking about an hour for each percent on your E7400. My E2160 @3GHz is doing about 20 minute/%. At this rate your client's output will be 1760 / (18/.25/24) = 586.67 ppd, whereas mine on the same 2653 project is 1760 / (.3/.01/24) = ~1260 ppd. Considering the E7400 stock speed is 2.8GHz, it should not be that slow. Are you running something else eating up CPU cycles?
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Re: New to folding... list of random questions

Postposted on Tue Jun 30, 2009 2:36 pm

Flying Fox wrote:
Dagwood wrote:18 hours and I get 25% done!!! is this normal???

[16:00:11] Project: 2653 (Run 23, Clone 168, Gen 120)

[16:40:13] Completed 20000 out of 500000 steps (4 percent)
[17:40:02] Writing local files
[17:40:02] Completed 25000 out of 500000 steps (5 percent)
[18:42:11] Writing local files
[18:42:11] Completed 30000 out of 500000 steps (6 percent)
[19:30:10] Writing local files
[19:30:10] Completed 35000 out of 500000 steps (7 percent)
[20:25:15] Writing local files

Definitely not normal. You are taking about an hour for each percent on your E7400. My E2160 @3GHz is doing about 20 minute/%. At this rate your client's output will be 1760 / (18/.25/24) = 586.67 ppd, whereas mine on the same 2653 project is 1760 / (.3/.01/24) = ~1260 ppd. Considering the E7400 stock speed is 2.8GHz, it should not be that slow. Are you running something else eating up CPU cycles?


Look at this:

"[15:59:48] Work type a1 not eligible for variable processors"

Does your PC have some sort of power saver feature that is implemented?

Also, are you using the -smp flag?
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Re: New to folding... list of random questions

Postposted on Tue Jun 30, 2009 2:50 pm

jeffry55 wrote:"[15:59:48] Work type a1 not eligible for variable processors"

Does your PC have some sort of power saver feature that is implemented?
I see that all the time on my machine, I don't think it matters.

jeffry55 wrote:Also, are you using the -smp flag?
He would not be getting a Project 2653 WU if he did not.
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Re: New to folding... list of random questions

Postposted on Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:04 pm

Yes, a svchost (system) is using a fixed 50 percent. :-?
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Re: New to folding... list of random questions

Postposted on Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:12 pm

Dagwood wrote:Yes, a svchost (system) is using a fixed 50 percent. :-?

Time to fire up Process Explorer or other tools to figure out which Windows service is hogging so much CPU.
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Re: New to folding... list of random questions

Postposted on Tue Jun 30, 2009 9:55 pm

What are some good tools and instructions for doing this... maybe I should check out the windows forum ehh?

Well just for kicks I killed the process and all associated trees... what ever that means :o

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