Folding@home console beta

Discussion in 'Distributed Computing' started by bousozoku, Nov 18, 2003.

  1. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    There is currently a beta for both Windows and Mac OS X. It only concerns the console (command line) version at this time.

    The official thread is here:

    The changes for version 4.00 are as follows:

    Changes in F@h Client v. 4.00

    - Configurable minimum checkpointing frequency (3-30 minutes). (In GUI, controlled
    with a slider.)*
    - If client run with verbosity of at least 5, FahCore_78 will print out a
    message whenever a timered checkpoint occurs.*
    - -configonly flag added to configure then exit.
    - -oneunit flag added to exit after completing one unit.
    - -forceSSE flag added. Returns -forceasm to its former meaning of forcing
    assembly generally, and takes on the function of forcing SSE specifically.*
    - Warnings printed if -forceasm/-forceSSE flags given.
    - Benchmarking not done except at start of normal operation (for example,
    not if only configuring, listing queue, deleting unit, etc.).
    - Warning if attempt to run client with Machine ID of already running client (catches
    most common cases, including if running same client twice)
    - Web site printed updated.
    - Upon finishing a unit, if fails to return the result but succeeds in
    getting new work, immediately tries sending all results again.
    - Checks user name and team number for legality of use in statistics. (In
    GUI, gives popup error).
    - Queue info properly outputted to FAHlog.txt.
    - "Ask before connecting" change on Linux -- ignores typeahead and asks for "C"
    - Proxy password written out in binary (upon reconfiguration)
    - Assignment/work server request authentication
    - Send all message altered ("sent x of y" if x not 0, or "no units...")
    - CPU usage default of 100 printed out during Configuration.
    - Tags in MyFolding page changed to better adhere to HTML standard
    - Maximum machine IDs raised to 8.
    - Upload and download bandwidths estimated to send to AS.
    - If fails to post data, includes server and port in message. Also outputs
    HTTP status code (before this was only done if I.E. settings used).
    - Bug fixed where performance fraction could exceed 1.

    Of interest to Genomers:

    - Batch networking option for G@h (network only when less than 2 units
    ready to work on or more than 5 results to return, and when network, both
    get up to 10 units and send any results).
    - If set G@h preference, reflected in GUI title and acknowledgment message.

    Windows specific:
    - Version information added to executables.

    Windows GUI specific:

    - Can select and display any GIF file as a logo, and set a URL for the logo to link to.
    - Can add any text to displayed alongside the program title (perhaps something
    related to your company or team).
    - Browser support for more non-Explorer default browsers.
    - Bug fixed where sometimes wrongly deleted.

    * Items with an asterisk require FahCore_78.exe v. 1.53 to be functional -- certain
    work servers are already forcing downloads of this core.

    Remember that using a beta means that you're willing to lose work and that your production may decrease. Use at your own risk or just wait and watch others take chances.
  2. mc68k macrumors 68000


    Apr 16, 2002
    cool. i could modify the scripts for testing if anyone is interested. seems like the core78 update was better for performance than this v4 console release.
  3. bousozoku thread starter Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    The only performance enhancement I see is that the checkpointing is configurable. People willing to take bigger risks and wait longer to output data to disk will probably achieve faster folding.

    The -configonly flag should be good for those of you setting up many machines.

    Also, for those of you with 8 processor machines, you can now fold on all of those processors at once. :D
  4. MrMacMan macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2001
    1 Block away from NYC.
    All I can say is:

    I mean really, what does it take for these guys to get it in gear?

    :eek: :rolleyes:

    Waiting for a 64 Processor capable folding...

    Come on baby!


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