Multi-core folding made easy

— 4:13 PM on August 30, 2006

We normally reserve our weekly tidings post to report on happenings in the TR forums, but we've noticed that gerbil newcomer Spartan970 put up a guide this morning that outlines the process of setting up Folding@Home to utilize multiple processor cores. Since a fair number of folks in our folding team have likely made the switch to dual-core processors by now, this guide should come in handy. The process—albeit not as simple as it would be if FAH supported dual-core chips out of the box—is fairly straightforward. It involves making a couple of sub-folders in the FAH directory, putting a copy of the text-only FAH client in each, configuring them as directed, and rebooting. Starting/stopping the clients can be done with simple batch files, and monitoring is possible via third-party apps like FahMon.

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