The Linux SMP client is not only more efficient, it is also a great deal more reliable. I have never had a problem with my Linux SMP client except when the thing expired and I wasn't aware that had happened. After figuring that out (a problem Stanford has in getting its announcements spread about properly because they don't announce things where they ought to, in my opinion), updating the client or at worst stopping the current client, deleting a core, and then restarting it is all one has to do. Easy.
The big push to using the Linux SMP client came from a user here named Hotdog
. He wrote a thread called "Hotdog's Experiences
" and got me and a few others interested in it. After that he faded away, though, and I haven't seen word from him in quite a while. After that thread, Tarx
's stickied thread
became the place to go to get people started running a virtualized Linux SMP client.
The change with the new folding core (software), though, has made it a much bigger gain to run the Linux SMP client. I used to get 1180-some PPD on my Opteron and ~2100-some PPD on my C2D, but with the new core they're both producing a heck of a lot more now. The Opteron is ~1600 PPD now, and the C2D is doing above 2700 PPD. Until they produce a new folding core for Windows, it's a huge waste to run it at all, now. The new folding core, FahCore_a2.exe, is kicking ass all over the place.