AMD Processors
Decrease font size
Increase font size
Topic Title: Folding on Linux
Topic Summary:
Created On: 09/18/2006 11:53 PM
Status: Read Only
Linear : Threading : Single : Branch
Search Topic Search Topic
Topic Tools Topic Tools
View similar topics View similar topics
View topic in raw text format. Print this topic.
 09/18/2006 11:53 PM
User is offline View Users Profile Print this message

Author Icon
WhiteMateria
Member

Posts: 190
Joined: 12/19/2003

First off this screenshot will speak volumes! I feel confident running Folding@Home under Linux with only 5-9MB of RAM left free. I get to use the much faster memory filled to almost capicity to help in folding. Even if I open another program this won't be a problem since it recycles it and once I close it more can go back to Folding@Home. Notice how there is no swap file! Would you dare try this on Windows?



If that were not enough check out the shell client text when I run this bad boy... I did enable large WUs by the way which is why it sent me a 500k step one. In fact all I have to do is click, hold, and drag the file into the shell console and press enter to start it up. No muss, no fuss! However notice that both 3DNow boost and SSE boost were enabled automatically with no need for manual tags inputed on my end.

CODE^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

starting mdrun 'p1496_Protein in POPC'
500000 steps,   1000.0 ps.

[01:34:26] (Starting from checkpoint)
[01:34:26] Protein: p1496_Protein in POPC
[01:34:26] Writing local files
[01:34:27] Extra 3DNow boost OK.
[01:34:27] Extra SSE boost OK.
[01:34:28] Writing local files
[01:34:28] Completed 0 out of 500000 steps  (0%)


-------------------------
|| Folding@Home for potions of greater cure on Linux. [Team 51870]
|| AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 'NewCastle', S754, 2.0 GHz
|| 1x512 MB CorsairVS DDR333 2.5:3:3:8:1T
|| MSI K8N Neo Platinum, nVIDIA nForce 3 250Gb
|| ATi Radeon 9550 256 MB DDR, AGP 4X/8X, RETAIL version (upgrade)
|| Seagate 4.3 GB, 4500 RPM, IDE Ultra A
 09/19/2006 08:35 AM
User is offline View Users Profile Print this message

Author Icon
vsingh
Voodoo Programmer

Posts: 3919
Joined: 10/15/2005

folding in linux is nice; its stable, and plus linux takes up only like 100MB ram max, so theres plenty of ram available for folding

what's even cooler is folding with diskless clients; to run lots of pc's all you need is one hard drive in the computer that you designate as the server; all the other folding boxes boot off the server using their LAN bootrom.
 09/19/2006 11:18 AM
User is offline View Users Profile Print this message

Author Icon
Logan[TeamX]
Senior Member

Posts: 3185
Joined: 12/07/2003

I've never actually seen that screen before when I was Folding in Linux. With that said, two pertinent points come to mind:

1 - Linux diskless Folding is neat. I've never come across a machine yet that I couldn't do diskless Folding on. Most of my boxes are network-booted, but 1 or 2 are CD-booted.

2 - Folding in Windows isn't THAT bad. I've had recent WUs that use 50MB of RAM for their working set, and I've got one on one of my cores right now at home that's using about ~145MB of RAM. The question is, if the Folding WU needs the RAM... who cares? The RAM used is specific to the WU being Folded, not the OS in particular.
 09/19/2006 11:23 PM
User is offline View Users Profile Print this message

Author Icon
WhiteMateria
Member

Posts: 190
Joined: 12/19/2003

It was more so a testiment to the stability of Linux as if there were only 5MB of RAM left I would not dare open another program in Windows without a swap file. But on Linux I could open an anti-virus scanner and be ok since it would actually release the RAM to it instead of just trying to use up the rest of it.

-------------------------
|| Folding@Home for potions of greater cure on Linux. [Team 51870]
|| AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 'NewCastle', S754, 2.0 GHz
|| 1x512 MB CorsairVS DDR333 2.5:3:3:8:1T
|| MSI K8N Neo Platinum, nVIDIA nForce 3 250Gb
|| ATi Radeon 9550 256 MB DDR, AGP 4X/8X, RETAIL version (upgrade)
|| Seagate 4.3 GB, 4500 RPM, IDE Ultra A
Statistics
112018 users are registered to the AMD Processors forum.
There are currently 0 users logged in.

FuseTalk Hosting Executive Plan v3.2 - © 1999-2014 FuseTalk Inc. All rights reserved.



Contact AMD Terms and Conditions ©2007 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Privacy Trademark information