Archive for November, 2007

30
Nov
07

F@H Stats update every 2 hours now!

Stanford had just announced that the F@H site stats will be updated every 2 hours instead of hourly!

Also, they mentioned trying to make their stats page more “high performance(?)”.  And if everything looks fine, they might bring back the simultaneous database access during the update time too.

We’ll see if this will have any impact/error to all the 3rd party stats page (EOC, [H], Kakao, etc.)…..

29
Nov
07

Folding Community Forum, Backup Forum…..

Since the Folding Community Forum had been down for awhile, Stanford and the Mods have decided it’s best to have something up and running until the new forum is done. So they created a new Google group for now. Yeah, it’s non-ideal, but better than nothing!

Here’s the group address –> http://groups.google.com/group/foldingathome

19
Nov
07

Time to ramp back up!

Now that the SETI guantlet is over make sure to ramp back up for FAH! You can close SETI by setting it to “No new tasks.” I let mine finish what it had. Time to get back into action since we’ve let our production drop and let some of those other teams gain ground.

17
Nov
07

New Power Folder on the rise!

It looks like we have a new Power Folder on the rise!!   Just check out Flexy’s latest stats and you’ll see why!   The latest “street rumor” is, his folding army consists of 1000+ machines!!! 

Check out this thread….

12
Nov
07

F@H Demo new GUI and GPU client!

Folding@Home demoed new GUI and GPU clients at the Supercomputing 2007 event!!

Here’s the major news about these new clients:

  1. A new GUI for the GPU and non-GPU clients.  Right now, the GUI is coded for Windows, but we will be migrating it to OSX as well.  The main highlights is the new look (check out the screen shot below), new updating scheme (we will update the picture in real time, or close to real time, in the GUI client, much like the GPU and PS3 clients do today), and perhaps most importantly, much better driver support (we’ve fixed most if not all of the bugs leading to driver incompatibilities).  The upshot is that this is a major rewrite of much of the GUI leading to better performance, stability, and much prettier look.  Thanks to Chris Sweet and ATI for their extra help here and Adam for making it all work.
  2. With the help of ATI, Adam and Mark have scrubbed our GPU code very hard and using what we’ve learned so far, we have a next generation GPU core which should be faster, easier to install, and has much more accurate science (at first, comparable to the PS3, but hopefully soon, something even more accurate than the current PS3 client).
  3. The new GPU client should be MUCH easier to install than previous versions.  More on this as we go along, but ATI could make a huge difference here too.

Even tho they do not have an ETA as to when these new clients will be out, but Dr. Vijay does promised they are working hard to push it out of the door ASAP!  In the meantime, check out the nice screen shot!

v6guidemo-ubiquitin-spacefilling-blur.png

And I guess some of the questions regarding these new clients are….  Will the new GUI/graphic still be much slower than a CLI client with the new code?  And will the new GUI client ever support SMP too??  Guess the GPU client will most likely get a point boost with the new client huh??

Read more…. 

05
Nov
07

Welcoming new members update.

From now on new members will be recognized at the end of the month. This keeps the posts clean and makes it easier for me to organize.

01
Nov
07

Folding@Home recognized by Guinness World Records!!

Folding@Home project is now recognized by Guinness World Records as the most powerful distributed computing cluster in the world with more than 1 Petaflop (that is 1 million Gigaflop)!!

Great job everyone!!!