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Message 21850 - Posted: 16 Dec 2008, 10:18:45 UTC
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I am testing running Folding@Home on my Sapphire HD3850 GPU, running it together with BOINC.

Using my Intel P4 3.0GHz HT system for it.
As said, the Sapphire HD3850 512MB AGP-8x.
BOINC 6.4.5 with 100% CPUs.
FAH Win32-GPU-6.23
ATI Catalyst 8.7 drivers.
GPU-Z 0.3.0 to check on the GPU.

I must say, I like the feature on the FAH client to set the maximum amount of CPU cycles you want the client to use. BOINC could use something like that! I set FAH not locked on a CPU, Checkpointing every 3 minutes and maximum CPU usage 40%. See my task manager for how that works out.

FAH stays under 33% of CPU usage.
GPU load is in bursts, between 0% and 80%. See screen grab.

All I need to remember is to start FAH before I start BOINC, as else BOINC saturates the CPUs already. ;-)
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Message 21852 - Posted: 16 Dec 2008, 11:38:59 UTC

I know, I shouldn't post that here, but what the heck... if you're interested in crunching FAH on your GPU as well, but are worried if it's supported on your card, look at:

nVidia: CUDA 2.0 compatible nVidia cards.
ATI: Only ATI Radeon HD 2xxx/3xxx/4xxx and ATI FireGL Vx6xx GPUs are supported.

Minimum Drivers needed.
ATI Catalyst 8.7
nVidia CUDA 2.0 (177.35 and above)

Take a look at their FAQ to see what you can use it on as well (PS3, SMP).


In the mean time I'll install the 8.12 Catalysts later on and see if that makes any difference on the crunching. I am at least already at 22%.
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Message 21861 - Posted: 16 Dec 2008, 14:34:34 UTC

It's going quite quickly.

The task is one of 10,000 iterations.
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Those time stamps are off by an hour... but it'll show the progress quite nicely.
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Message 21864 - Posted: 16 Dec 2008, 17:16:51 UTC - in response to Message 21861.  

Update:

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When this one's done I will uninstall the Catalysts 8.7 and install the catalysts 8.12 ... if only because it will increase game speed in Fallout 3 by a whopping 15%. :-)
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Message 21865 - Posted: 16 Dec 2008, 19:05:11 UTC - in response to Message 21864.  

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Message 23971 - Posted: 28 Mar 2009, 3:00:33 UTC - in response to Message 21850.  
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I am testing running Folding@Home on my Sapphire HD3850 GPU, running it together with BOINC.

Using my Intel P4 3.0GHz HT system for it.
As said, the Sapphire HD3850 512MB AGP-8x.
BOINC 6.4.5 with 100% CPUs.
FAH Win32-GPU-6.23
ATI Catalyst 8.7 drivers.
GPU-Z 0.3.0 to check on the GPU.

I must say, I like the feature on the FAH client to set the maximum amount of CPU cycles you want the client to use. BOINC could use something like that! I set FAH not locked on a CPU, Checkpointing every 3 minutes and maximum CPU usage 40%. See my task manager for how that works out.

FAH stays under 33% of CPU usage.
GPU load is in bursts, between 0% and 80%. See screen grab.

All I need to remember is to start FAH before I start BOINC, as else BOINC saturates the CPUs already. ;-)


I was just surfing for something along this line. Thinking maybe I could use my vid card to do FAH while my CPU does BOINC on my desktop... problem is I run Ubuntu most of the time on my desktop (BOINC installed under windows just has a couple CPDN work units, Ubuntu has my 'standard' 16 projects attached). U know of anybody that's attempted this under Linux?

PS: But... think I should see about getting FAH on my 3870 under windoze with BOINC first... then I'll at least have some understanding of how FAH works first.

Got a good link that I should start with?
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Message 23975 - Posted: 28 Mar 2009, 9:36:22 UTC - in response to Message 23971.  

PS: But... think I should see about getting FAH on my 3870 under windoze with BOINC first... then I'll at least have some understanding of how FAH works first.

Got a good link that I should start with?

Look at their FAQ. There are only Windows clients for the GPU for now. With possible Mac and Linux clients in the future. But not yet.
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