Xserve for Folding

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  1. phoenixsan macrumors 65816

    phoenixsan

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    Some University where I give classes is getting a Xserve Xeon Nehalem 2.93 GHz, 8-cores, 64 GB of RAM with a 2 TB disc as a donation. I have been asked to do something in the area of chemistry with the Xserve and being a Folding enthusiast, want to give use as a Folding machine. Not having experience and knowledge about this specific hardware, here I am resorting to more knowleadgeable people with some questions:

    1-How much points can we get in a 24/7 operation?
    2-Any special requirements or settings I have to use to get Folding running?

    Feel free to weigh in with your user experiences, benchmarks and so on.Thanks in advance for reading and posting!

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  2. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    that machine would be able to do -smp folding only, not the -bigadv units (they now require 16-cores or more).

    others can jump in here, but i'd guess around 25-30k ppd?
     
  3. phoenixsan thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well.....

    thanks twoodcc, at least some one answered my post. And with useful info too...!

    And yes, I will wait to hear/see more posts about this.....

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  4. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    no problem. sorry i couldn't be more helpful. i've never owned an xserve. i know that the slow 12-core mac pro only got about 33-37k ppd
     
  5. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I imagine the power use and heat (and noise) output would be a factor in play.

    I used to run a bunch of dedicated folding machines with both Xeon and Opteron processors. I didn't really like dealing with the noisy servers and the fact that my power bill was very high every month didn't really help. You may be helping with the folding, but then not helping with the environment.
     
  6. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    yeah heat and power is always an issue with folding. i guess it's the price we pay
     
  7. phoenixsan thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Can be....

    a problem, I know. But the Xserve will be located in an air conditioned facility. And about power, in the Uni we have some 150 kwH in excess....:D

    Thanks again all for the pointers/observations


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  8. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    well under those conditions, fold away!
     

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