Team THGC at Folding@Home

Hey guys,
I have created a team <b><font color=red><A HREF="" target="_new">Toms Hardware Guide Community (Team id 40051)</A></b></font color=red> at Folding@Home. Every major website has a team there - google, hardocp, anandtech etc. Just not ours. Lets join the team. All you need to is download the client from <A HREF="" target="_new"><b>Folding@Home</b></A>, install it, and enter 40051 as team name/id. You can use your own username. Lets compete with others. Its optional though, but I bet most of us have their computers running all the time doing nothing. Might as well use those wasted cycles for usefull purposes ! :smile:

:tongue: <A HREF="" target="_new"><i><font color=red>Very funny, Scotty.</font color=red><font color=blue> Now beam down my clothes.</font color=blue></i></A> :tongue: <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by priyajeet on 10/10/04 05:13 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
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  1. Bah i never let my comp on doing nothing...

    Click <font color=blue><A HREF="" target="_new">HERE</A></font color=blue> if you real<b>l</b>y are an <font color=red>idiot</font color=red>.
  2. Most of us are folding for other sites already....I know I am.

    <A HREF="" target="_new"><b>3DMark03</b></A>
    <A HREF="" target="_new"><b>3DMark05</b></A>
  3. Alright, I room is getting cold anyway.

    Anyway to get it to run faster on an HT processor?? Usage never goes above 50% (no matter affinity; when both are selected, it switches like crazy)...oh well, doesn't seem to affect usability with these settings, I'll leave it be.

    Maxtor disgraces the six letters that make Matrox.
  4. yeah it doesnt, it doesnt want to starve the computer down of other loacal processes.

    :tongue: <A HREF="" target="_new"><i><font color=red>Very funny, Scotty.</font color=red><font color=blue> Now beam down my clothes.</font color=blue></i></A> :tongue:
  5. I ve put this on my work comp too, which runs 24/7 :smile:

    Also, these can be used to test computer stability. If you OC your computer you can let this run for a few days (1-2 Work units) and if that works out, ur OC is stable. Actually this is where i came to know abt folding@home - thru OCing articles. You can change the config settingd to use 100% CPU. Its like prime95 for CPU and a bit graphics(with a more practical purpose).

    Graphics - yes for that too, read abt it intheor FAQ - protein reconstruction uses GPU cycles.

    :tongue: <A HREF="" target="_new"><i><font color=red>Very funny, Scotty.</font color=red><font color=blue> Now beam down my clothes.</font color=blue></i></A> :tongue:
  6. For those lucky users with dual-processor machines or rigs with hyperthreaded P4s, you can run two instances of the Console version simultaneously. It's rather involved, but well worth it to see both of your CPUs (or both of your virtual CPUs) being utilized to their fullest. These instructions assume you are running Win2K Pro or XP Pro.

    1) First, create two separate directories and dump FAH3Console.exe in each one.

    2) Then, you're going to have to make a shortcut to each FAH3Console.exe. Paste the Shortcuts into the C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersStart MenuProgramsStartup folder so that both FAH consoles will startup every time the system boots up.

    3) Right click on each shortcut you've created. You'll see the "Target" line: "C:Program Filesetc.etc.FAH3Console.exe"

    Now, you MUST add the -local flag in the shortcut, just like in games to get console.

    4) Now, you're almost set. Double click on one of the shortcuts you created. The first time you do, you'll be asked to configure FAH. Aside from your username and Team No. (select team No. 40051 for Team THGC), one of the configuration options is to set the Machine ID for the first FAH3Console.exe program to "1" (when you get to the point where we run the second FAH3Console.exe, you'll need to set the second one's Machine ID to "2").

    5) Now that one instance of FAH is up and running, go into your task manager and hit the "processes" tab. You'll see FAH3Console.exe there. Right click on it and choose "Set Affinity" and set it for CPU 0 only (uncheck CPU 1). You'll also see FAHCore_xx.exe running. Set that for CPU 0 too.

    6) Now you're ready to run the second console (again, launch it by clicking on your second created shortcut). When you configure it, set it for a different machine ID ("2").

    7) In take manager, you'll set the Affinity for your second instance of FAH3Console.exe for CPU 1. Now, this will be tricky as you'll see two FAH3Console.exe's running. You can check which one is the first one by checking the affinity. The new one will have both CPU 0 and 1 checked, while the first one was just set to CPU 0.

    8) Do the same thing with the second FAHCore_xx.exe. Set it to CPU 1 only.

    9) Now you're running two instances of FAH, and they are taking full advantage of your processors.

    10) As long as you don't close out the Console programs, they'll remember their affinity. If you close them, or restart or reboot your computer, you'll need to go back and set the affinity again.<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by priyajeet on 10/11/04 09:28 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
  7. It's actually an interesting thought that I never paid attention to previously: HT processors and distributed computing. The use of HT probably makes it so that your usual usage will have practically no effect by the extra processing. This is how HT works anyways, when for example playing UT2003 while scanning your system for viruses (an example Intel did, IIRC).

    <font color=blue>Ede</font color=blue>
  8. I'm with you. I turn mine off when I'm not using it. I give the elec com enough money per month.
  9. u have a point there. but u might keep it running when ur system is doing all that pirated downloading late at mights ! or while you are just browsing.

    :tongue: <A HREF="" target="_new"><i><font color=red>Very funny, Scotty.</font color=red><font color=blue> Now beam down my clothes.</font color=blue></i></A> :tongue:
  10. School pays my electric bill :smile: . Anyway, we have a school-wide competition later in the year to "lower energy usage"...they compare that week's usage against the previous weekly average from the year, figure I'd give my dorm a helping hand and raise our pre-average (and then turn off the stereo, the fridge, the puter, the two monitors, etc., AFAP). Worked pretty well last year (also helped that our dorm doesn't have an elevator for other dorms to abuse :tongue: ).

    The competition really is BS, though...all it does is make people overuse energy for a year and then regulate for a week.

    Maxtor disgraces the six letters that make Matrox.
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