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Old Oct 22, 2013, 10:38 AM   #1
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F@H Recent News, Server Status & Project Updates

Thought I'd start a thread where we can all add news tidbits that might be of interest to our Folding Team 3446.

and I thought I'd start off by noting that PG sez that the stats server is back online so perhaps we'll see updates on the next cycle

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Old Oct 22, 2013, 10:57 AM   #2
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Thanks Louis for the thread; makes sense.

For reference here the link to the blog:





Still we should post to get notification via subscription.
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Old Nov 1, 2013, 01:25 PM   #3
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Guys, one quick request: can we keep this thread for F@H related news ticker like server are down, WU broken, Nobelprize for team 3446 etc.

Picture are very much welcome: suggest to post them
Here http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1617189
Or here http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=997720

Just to keep the things a bit sorted
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Old Nov 2, 2013, 06:05 AM   #4
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Seems stat server is down ... Can't check points and EOC also didn't update
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Old Nov 2, 2013, 10:04 AM   #5
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Stats are back ...
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Old Nov 8, 2013, 02:52 PM   #6
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Changes in Core17: update and move to full fah

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With FAH GPU Core17 taking over the lion share of our calculations, with the older cores (especially core15 and core16) phasing out (as previously announced), we’re rolling out core 17 to full fah (not just adv). This should hopefully resolve the issue that many GPU donors have been seeing in terms of not getting any work, now that Core15 and Core16 jobs are at end of life.
http://folding.stanford.edu/home/cha...e-to-full-fah/
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Old Nov 8, 2013, 03:19 PM   #7
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and we are curious what you'd get if you leave the advanced flag on… Core17 only?

would some new project be pushed to beta?
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Old Dec 2, 2013, 05:02 PM   #8
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WU 7810 and 7811 (both GPU-0x17 ) are completed and not issued anymore.

https://foldingforum.org/viewtopic.p...1&f=24&t=24644

Too bad, I liked them. Short with quick turnaround; good points too.
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WU 7810 and 7811 (both GPU-0x17 ) are completed and not issued anymore.

https://foldingforum.org/viewtopic.p...1&f=24&t=24644

Too bad, I liked them. Short with quick turnaround; good points too.
thanks for the update. hopefully new WUs are on the way!
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Old Dec 17, 2013, 09:49 AM   #10
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Change in BA requirements coming in 2014

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We have a policy of periodically re-evaluating the bigadv program, including the threshold required to run bigadv projects.
It is the intent of bigadv to match large and resource-intensive work units with some of the most powerful machines used by FAH donors. This "most powerful" line naturally advances with computing power. To date, bigadv has been a CPU-based program, and with increasing numbers of CPU cores and power of those cores, we have decided to lay out a roadmap of bigadv threshold changes for the next several months.

Feb 17 (two months from today): bigadv threshold will become 24 cores
Apr 17 (four months from today): bigadv threshold will become 32 cores

We want to give advance notice of these changes, and we recognize that change is not always welcome or comfortable. We should also emphasize that the science performed by donor machines is valuable in all parts of the FAH project, and part of the change in bigadv threshold is because we would like to encourage moderately powerful machines to help boost the capabilities of non-bigadv SMP projects where we do a lot of this science.

We also recognize that core count is not the most robust metric of machine capability, but given our current infrastructure it is the most straightforward surrogate to evaluate.
https://foldingforum.org/viewtopic.p...1&f=24&t=25410
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Old Dec 17, 2013, 09:57 AM   #11
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BA changes...

Thanks for pointing that out Christian!

Not a lot of notice, esp. for all the folks who have been buying 4p socket F machines lately (and I was tempted too -- good thing I didn't). What does that mean for the 2P E5 machines I wonder? Because it's not all cores, it's also clock speed…

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Thanks for pointing that out Christian!

Not a lot of notice, esp. for all the folks who have been buying 4p socket F machines lately (and I was tempted too -- good thing I didn't). What does that mean for the 2P E5 machines I wonder? Because it's not all cores, it's also clock speed…

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2P with 2680v2 should be ok, that's 40 core with HT, but become dangerous low-end; only BA for [H] (but let's discuss outside this news collector)
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Some end-year review and brief outlook in 2014 from Vijay Pande

http://folding.stanford.edu/home/hap...rward-to-2014/
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Old Jan 9, 2014, 03:29 PM   #15
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Seems our friends in Cupertino and Stanford get together

http://folding.stanford.edu/home/wor...n-gpu-support/

Mac Pro ... The perfect folding tube; might come true

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Seems our friends in Cupertino and Stanford get together

http://folding.stanford.edu/home/wor...n-gpu-support/

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let's hope something happens soon! thanks for the update!
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http://folding.stanford.edu/home/pro...openmm-on-osx/

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In working with Apple, we’ve been making good progress with OpenMM (our GPU code, the heart of core17) on OSX. While we can’t promise anything just yet, this was encouraging. For those who are curious, you can watch our development in the open (OpenMM is of course, Open Source software) at our github repo commits link:

https://github.com/SimTk/openmm/commits/master

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Revised plans for BigAdv (BA) experiment

See the announcement for Vijay Pande on the topic

https://foldingforum.org/viewtopic.p...=25598#p256610

You will not like what you read
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See the announcement for Vijay Pande on the topic

https://foldingforum.org/viewtopic.p...=25598#p256610

You will not like what you read
yes, quite. anyone wanna buy a 4P? just kidding. we don't know how the QRB on regular SMP will be at that point. will keep running it for the time being. i might have run out of electricity cash by the summer anyhow…

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a bit of info from PG about CPU stats...

http://folding.stanford.edu/home/cpu...-partnerships/

hopefully there'll be some good news in the next little while for everyone who's turned off their SMP (non BidAdv) rigs...
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New client software is in public beta test 7.4.2

https://foldingforum.org/viewtopic.p...1&f=94&t=25657
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Old Feb 8, 2014, 01:24 PM   #22
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new BA GPU units

...and that's BA for Big A** -- they're 9401s and are worth 13,000 base points...

it'll take my 7970 GPU most of a day to do one (@ 8:24 TPF) but it'll be worth about 55K points
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...and that's BA for Big A** -- they're 9401s and are worth 13,000 base points...

it'll take my 7970 GPU most of a day to do one (@ 8:24 TPF) but it'll be worth about 55K points
Still beta ... And I don't get any under Linux seems yet ...
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Out of beta, into advanced GPU project 9401

https://foldingforum.org/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=25814

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This is a simulation of tumor suppressor protein 53 (p53), an important cell cycle regulator and oncoprotein, binding to Sir2. From this project, we hope to learn how mutations in p53 can disrupt binding and potentially cause cancer.

Some details:
Available for Windows and Linux
~53000 atoms
13000 points
14.1 deadline
10.9 timeout

Happy folding!
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Registration open for a free webinar: The Next Steps for Folding@home

https://folding.stanford.edu/home/we...r-foldinghome/

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Registration open for a free webinar: The Next Steps for Folding@home
February 18, 2014 by Vijay Pande ·
I’ll be presenting a webinar on Folding@home open to the public on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PDT. You can register on this link: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/688201986. The goals are to talk about what we’ve been able to do so far and where we’re going.

Summary. Folding@home is a large-scale volunteer distributed computing project, started in October 1, 2000. For over a decade, new types of hardware (such as GPUs, multi-core CPUs, and PS3) and algorithms have been pioneered in order to make significant advances in our ability to simulate diseases at the molecular scale. Join Professor Vijay Pande from Stanford University for a brief introduction to the goals of Folding@home, followed by the successes so far. Prof. Pande will end with a discussion of what’s being done today, as well as the plans for greatly enhancing what Folding@home can do through new initiatives currently under way.

Please note that this webinar starts at 9:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 PM Eastern, and 5:00 PM BST.
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