just brew it! wrote:
Need to start getting serious about my new workstation, and while this has been fun it is a distraction.
Mmm...? As long as you're not sneakernetting WUs in and out it should be pretty much fire-and-forget. I just check my systems once a day to make sure they're running. Not much of a distraction at all.
Not sneakernetting work units. But the laptop, even running at only 75% is noisy in the living room. The Q6600 desktop is not so noisy, but I'm currently using a different hard drive for that system; the folding system is not my production system, and I prefer to keep it this way while I await news from the front of the upcoming Great Windows 8 War.
I am mentally, hardwarally, and softwarally "in-between" right now; trying not to make major changes to my systems only to have to rebuild things in a month or so.
I don't like heat and noise in my house. So on Fridays, when I know I'm going to be home a lot over the weekend, I will stop the folders from accepting new WUs so that they can finish up and I can have a nice cool and quiet house. Sunday night as I am preparing for the workweek, I'll fire up the folders again. I have not yet gotten my first electric bill, but this is a concern.
Folding is a distraction all right but it's a good kind of distraction at least. I really do hope that our efforts help Stanford to break new ground in terms of medical discoveries. I don't know Jack about medicine or drugs or biology but I do know who to keep a computer Folding
Yes, it IS a good distraction. And I am definitely
enthusiastic about folding, and I'm glad to have had the chance to contribute to Frankie this year.
On my desktop, folding is currently set up on my Windows 8 trial boot drive, partly for testing, and as my comment above says, partly because I'm not yet prepared to set myself up with a userid and key, then monitor heat and noise, and make long-term adjustments in my systems.
Additionally, I never intended to continue using the laptop for 24/7 folding because I can't seem to get good information on how well the Asus G73 will stand up to the heat and wear-and-tear potential that comes with 24/7 high CPU and GPU usage.
The old Q6600 machine is doing fine, but I didn't really spec it for 24/7 high use of CPU and GPU either. This just was not part of my world when I built it back in 2007. To mitigate this somewhat, I have made some "quickie" adjustments to limit folding to 75% of CPU core usage for both machines, but I have not throttled GPU usage. I must admit that I have a lot of trepidation about breaking my machines because aside from my iPad and my company laptop, these are currently my only machines. This is also why I do not overclock, except for maybe the occasional "factory overclocked" GPU card.