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Message 1233 - Posted: 17 Jul 2008 | 12:57:21 UTC
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Please post your results here.
Be sure to give the make/model of your graphics card and any other pertinent or helpful info.

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Message 1234 - Posted: 17 Jul 2008 | 13:29:19 UTC
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Me :)

But I received two different work unit, the second was longer than the first one with same credit. (16 vs 18 hours)

So 112 - 125 points per hour with 9600GT @ stock // E4300 @ 3ghz // Ubuntu64 hardy // forceware 173.14

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Message 1236 - Posted: 17 Jul 2008 | 14:30:24 UTC
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I got successful runs since a few weeks on the hidden test project... ;)

http://www.ps3grid.net/show_host_detail.php?hostid=4674 has a Q6600 @ 2.63 Ghz, 4GB DDR2 800, a EVGA 9800 GTX SC and is running Fedora 9 64bit with the 173.14.09 nvidia drivers .
Runtimes are about 35.000 seconds per WU...

http://www.ps3grid.net/show_host_detail.php?hostid=4675 has a Q6600 @ 2.7 Ghz, 2GB DDR2 800, a Gainward 8800 GT and is running Ubuntu 7.10 64bit with 169.12 nvidia drivers.
Runtimes are about 45.000 seconds per WU...

And I'm thinking about to buy parts for a new computer with Q9300 and a new GTX 260 craphics card which should be a pretty nice GPU for crunching... Costs for all parts would be about €700.-
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Message 1246 - Posted: 17 Jul 2008 | 17:16:08 UTC - in response to Message 1236.

I got successful runs since a few weeks on the hidden test project... ;)

http://www.ps3grid.net/show_host_detail.php?hostid=4674 has a Q6600 @ 2.63 Ghz, 4GB DDR2 800, a EVGA 9800 GTX SC and is running Fedora 9 64bit with the 173.14.09 nvidia drivers .
Runtimes are about 35.000 seconds per WU...

http://www.ps3grid.net/show_host_detail.php?hostid=4675 has a Q6600 @ 2.7 Ghz, 2GB DDR2 800, a Gainward 8800 GT and is running Ubuntu 7.10 64bit with 169.12 nvidia drivers.
Runtimes are about 45.000 seconds per WU...

And I'm thinking about to buy parts for a new computer with Q9300 and a new GTX 260 craphics card which should be a pretty nice GPU for crunching... Costs for all parts would be about €700.-



So far,
all workunits crunched but one were successful!

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Message 1382 - Posted: 28 Jul 2008 | 21:06:16 UTC

Let me include my WUs:

http://www.ps3grid.net/show_host_detail.php?hostid=5847 has a Q9450 @ 3.2GHz, 4GB RAM, Sparkle 8600GT 512MB with driver 173.14.09 running ubuntu 8.04 64bit

runtime 50h

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Message 1392 - Posted: 30 Jul 2008 | 16:35:40 UTC
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First WU completed without errors:

http://www.ps3grid.net/results.php?hostid=6237

has a Q6600 @ 2.7GHz, 2GB RAM, GeForce 8800GTS 320MB with driver 173.13 running ubuntu 8.04 64bit

runtime 18h

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Message 1396 - Posted: 31 Jul 2008 | 6:53:27 UTC
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http://www.ps3grid.net/show_host_detail.php?hostid=5608 has an AMD x2 x64 6000+ 4GB DDR2 667MHz with a Zotac 8800GT AMP! edition running Ubuntu 8.04 with 177.13 nvidia drivers.
Average time is about 42,000 seconds. (or about 11hours 45 minutes)

http://www.ps3grid.net/show_host_detail.php?hostid=5727 Is a Q6600 4GB DDR2 800MHz sli memory (not working in sli mode, stupid ASUS mobo), with an OCZ 8800GTX running Ubuntu 8.04 with Nvidia 177.13 drivers.
Average time is about 45,500 Seconds (or about 12 hours 50 minutes, kind of difficult to tell as run times are all over the place)
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Message 1470 - Posted: 14 Aug 2008 | 18:15:51 UTC

23 hour on xp32 with a 9600gt and 177.35 vs 17 hour on linux64 with the same utilisation

Is this normal? linux64 is faster than windows?

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Message 1474 - Posted: 14 Aug 2008 | 23:18:21 UTC - in response to Message 1470.

23 hour on xp32 with a 9600gt and 177.35 vs 17 hour on linux64 with the same utilisation

Is this normal? linux64 is faster than windows?

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Same situation for me but smaller gap

22 hours on XP32 SP2 with a 8800 GTS320MB VS 19 hours on linux64 UBUNTU

I think linux is lighter than windows

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Message 1475 - Posted: 15 Aug 2008 | 2:03:17 UTC
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I suppose no news is good news for such a cutting-edge project.

I have Fedora 8 with kernel 2.6.25.11-60.fc8.x86_64. I installed the latest BOINC 6.3.8 and attached to this project. The WU I first received is running OK and it must be using the graphics card. I know this because my 2D desktop performance goes to crap when BOINC is crunching.

I have an NVIDIA Geforce 8600 GT. I know it's a slow card, but it's the best I have for now. Oh, and my driver version is 173.14.

So, I guess my point was that this project worked "out of the box" for me. Hopefully, this WU will finish before the deadline.

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Message 1483 - Posted: 16 Aug 2008 | 1:10:37 UTC
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My first unit finished in 48,109 seconds.

http://www.ps3grid.net/show_host_detail.php?hostid=6998
I'm running Kubuntu Intrepid (upcoming 8.10) with a Gainward 9800GT (driver 177.13) on Intel C2Q6600 @ 2.4GHz, 2GB PC6400

Unfortunately the Nvidia driver dialog shows the card is running only at 600MHz Core and 500MHz RAM, the shader speed I can't see...
Memory should run 900MHz, so I'm not sure if not the shaders are also running under the specified frequency of 1500MHz.

edit: nvclock -i -f shows the shader as running with 1512MHz, so that shouldn't be the problem...

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Message 1488 - Posted: 16 Aug 2008 | 9:45:58 UTC - in response to Message 1470.

23 hour on xp32 with a 9600gt and 177.35 vs 17 hour on linux64 with the same utilisation

Is this normal? linux64 is faster than windows?

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Same problme, but on XP64!
The WU take 13h35 on XP and 10h20 on Ubuntu.

I run the project with this hardware:
Q9450
8GB RAM
GTX 260

Nothing is overcclock, i just disable all the processors parameters in the bios (EIST, C1E, Thermal Monitor and Virtualisation).

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Message 1498 - Posted: 17 Aug 2008 | 16:17:55 UTC
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Well I guess I should unhide myself. I've been hiding on the alpha test project mostly on the windows host testing side.

I've got 3 computers running with GPU's all at factory settings. All are running BOINC version 6.3.8 for Windows32


  • Windows XP32 on 3.8GHZ P4-HT with XFX PVT88PYDE4 8800GT @ 632MHz 512MB 112SP - NVIDIA 169.21 - 680W Power supply
  • Windows XP32 on 3.0GHz P4-HT with XFX PVT88PYDF4 8800GT @ 601MHz 512MB 112SP - NVIDIA 169.21 - 600W power supply
  • Windows XP32 on 3.0GHz P4-HT with XFX PVT88PYDF4 8800GT @ 601MHz 512MB 112SP - NVIDIA 169.21 - 600W power supply


The XFX 8800GT GPU's are single slot wide with a fan/sink the entire length and height of the PCB. Earlier model's, like the PVT88PYHF4 do not have the heatsink over the entire board.

All GPU's and CPU's are running at factory settings.

Results from alpha testing
#1 - 5 completed at 13.02 hours average - 1 failure
#2 - 5 completed at 13.58 hours average - 2 failures
#3 - 8 completed at 13.75 hours average - 0 failures
I had more, that is only what is still showing in results. I remember once over 35 completed with about 5 failures. Plus a number of short test tasks. This is since the app version 6.28 since about the beginning of August.

Results here
#1 - 2 completed at 12.98 hours average
#2 - 5 completed
#3 - 3 Completed
There is a sudden increase in times for these over the week end. Before they were taking 49,000s and now they are showing 56,000s to 61,000s. I can't check them until tomorrow to see if anything is wrong or what other work might be running, maybe just the work units here have moved into a longer processing step.

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I also monitored the GPU temps, they run fairly stable over a complete 13 hour run.
@632MHz - 177F/77C with both monitors on. Temp will drop to about 168F. Temp will drop to 138F/60C) when GPU app stops, it takes about 9 minutes to cool down to that temp. From there if I turn monitors back on and use computer, Temp goes up to 144F/62C. The NVIDIA for Windows as a nice addon performance option which lets you monitor and log temps. Adjust GPU or Memory Speeds, up or down. Fan control and some other tuning and monitor features. The fan is running at about 38% capacity to maintain the current temp. Everything I'm running is still set at factory levels.
@601MHz - Normal around 53C/127F and with 1 GPU task 66C/150F

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Monitoring the power usage via Battery Backup, I've come up with these numbers so far for host #1
Starting with BOINC suspended as a reference.
Running 1 BOINC CPU application gives an increase of 86W
Running 1 BOINC GPU application gives an increase over that of another 26W
At this time I'm not running 2 apps on this host.

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As far as GPU and screen use goes:

On the 601MHz I can barely tell when a GPU app is running. I do see a slight delay in some apps but most screen redraws while running database applications, browser and email are smooth. This includes having around 10 windows or programs open. Even during heavy use. Those run BOINC on both CPU threads full time.

On the 632MHz most things still run smooth. I do see some windows explorer delay in refreshing folder views especially if they are network folders. The only really bad app I have is Quicken, Screen redraws flash 10-12 times, but it did that somewhat, maybe 1 or 2 times before adding the GPU or running a GPU app. That is running it full screen. I tried on either screen but it has about the same effect. If I run it in a smaller window it redraws better, but not absolutely smooth. I have another database that is a little slower to redraw a full screen, but the redraw is smooth. Most other programs seem unaffected. This computer has dual LCD's. And this includes during heavy use. I have not yet tried to play a game with a GPU task is running.

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I figured my one PS3/60GB running YDL from the hard drive draws 182W difference from stand by to running 1 PS3GRID task. From my last electric bill this ends up costing about $12 a month to keep running at full capacity. I haven't measured the newer PS3/40GB which runs PS3GRID off a USB stick.

I will have more numbers on this in the future as I'm just setting up and using this feature.

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Thats about all I can remember or decipher from my notes.

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Message 1503 - Posted: 17 Aug 2008 | 17:58:03 UTC - in response to Message 1498.

Could it be that the Linux app is x64 but the windows one is x86???
I know on some projects (i.e primegrid sieve) the x64 app is faster than the x86 one.

I did try ps3grid on Windows x64, normally the workunit takes just over 12 hours on linux.
However on Windows about the 11 hour 45 minute mark, it about 70% done, and it crashed not long after that :(
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