Posted by: theovalich | October 19, 2008

Folding@Home team update, new stats page ;)

I’ve been a fan of distributed computing since late 1990s, with SETI@Home running on every computer that I ever had. However, the real attractive proposition to me was running distributed computing applications on graphics cards. GPUs are much more efficient in stream computing than any CPU you could find, and I’ve tried DC apps on computers with DEC Alpha, Intel Pentium onwards, AMD K6-II onwards etc etc., but biggest jump in performance was Folding@Home on ATI Radeon X1800XTX graphics card.
With the launch of this blog and the new website, I’ve decided to launch a new group, number 69864. Current name is the name of this blog, but as soon as I am able to disclose the name of the new company, you’ll be the first to know ;-)
I invite you all to join team 69864, and in near future this will be much more than just a group. As the new website develops, so will this team. So far, my goal is to enter Top 1000 by end of 2008, and we’re on good way to achieve that.
If you are interested, the site to download CPU clients is here, while the GPU clients are here. If you have Nvidia-based graphics card (compatible from GeForce 8000 and above), then download this version. I’ve tried both console and the regular version, and there isn’t much difference in performance. Of course, unless you leave the display version running.
Performance-wise, Nvidia is destroying ATI at this moment, which is something I already addressed here. Let’s hope ATI will optimize Folding performance in their upcoming drivers. We doubt this will happen before the release of next generation of Radeon hardware, but who knows.
After you install the client, the configuration is really easy. If you have higher-performing hardware, then always use the large packet option, as shown in picture below.

Initial option screen... put your name in, and the group is 69864 ;-)

Initial option screen... put your name in, and the group is 69864 ;-)

If you have 256MB or more video memory, check this box

If you have 256MB or more video memory, check this box

MachineID is important if you plan to run more than one client (multi-GPU setups, CPU/GPU combo etc.)

MachineID is important if you plan to run more than one client (multi-GPU setups, CPU/GPU combo etc.)

After configuration, you’re good to go. The stats page is located at KakaoStats.com – yes, Kakao means Cocoa in Croatian ;-). You can also see the official one here, but the official stats page isn’t always available, since F@H servers suffer from tremendous load.
Let’s fold together and hopefully simulate enough nanoseconds that become seconds that become minutes, hours, days, years… who knows, our CPU or GPU time might help scientists tofind cure for Alzheimer or Parkison’s disease (focus of F@H group at Stanford). We might even help ourselves in the future.

Unofficial stats over at KakaoStats.com - enjoy this "always available" stats page... even if you're not in our group ;)

Unofficial stats over at KakaoStats.com - enjoy this one even if you don't use our group #.

Pay it forward. You’re free to ping me at theo.valich @ gmail.com for a chat or if you have any questions. Always glad to help ;)

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Responses

  1. Well, as you know, I’m BAAACK;) …so let’s kick some BUG ass :P

  2. Well Fajitas, it’s true… and it’s not the only group that will get its arse kicked…

    As soon as the new site is up, I will have some exciting news for current and future folders ;)

  3. lol those pesky bugs r gonna get some ss kicked by my nvidia ;)

  4. Well, everybody is welcomed – the more of us fold, the better…
    “Be the good citizen and fold – would you like to know more?” ;-)

    IT Troopers Folding Command

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  8. Sub 300 group! Congrats!

    Hey Theo….

    Don’t look behind you….I’ll have my sights on 4th, soon after I tackle 5th….probably in a few days.
    (Theme song from Jaws playing) ;o)

  9. I am looking ;)

    Excellent Effort RJ… but I am bringing a Tri-SLI setup ;)

    • You’re gonna need something to stay ahead of my 2 9800GTX’s and a 9800GT! I still have another 9800 up my sleeve….not sure if I’ll need it yet. ;)

  10. I just looked at your kakoastats page…. I seem to be doing pretty darn well! I’d be in better shape, if I didn’t have to shut down one rig to reload the OS on a friend’s computer one night! It seems that Boris has a safe enough lead for now, when I’m only doing 50% more than he is in the past week. I think after I pass a few more people, I’ll kick in that 4th vid card. :p


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