Originally Posted by Jayce1971
in 1999, everyone earned points the same way. Now adays, you have to use a little bit of strategy to keep your team competitive. I don't remember how many classique seti units I earned with a single core cpu, but this answer^ just falls way short, Starbomba. Just as a person that folds with say 10 nvida cuda cards is going to earn more points than someone with 3, (and get a million, 2million, 5million, etc).... for some reason, I'm not seeing a difference. If I ran radeon cards at folding, are they going to handicap my processed units vs. the people running nvidia? If I can afford to run dual xeons, will I not blow past those running a 10yr old cpu? I agree with Deafmetal, this is a good question and should be answered.
My point is, F@H is clearly delimited, and you can even calculate how much points you can get no matter your hardware. With BOINC it's another matter, even for people with the very same hardware. If one SR-2 with 4x 580's/6970's starts crunching SETI, and other one starts crunching Collatz, which one would you think that gets the most points? Both have invested the same amount of money, but get very different PPD. I'm not against people who do have the money to invest on it (i wish i had), but as there are many different projects, results will all vary.
You have to think on the projects, how they work with your hardware, how fast they process the points (like SETI, they can take even a week to validate a WU or projects who go down for maintenance and stop feeding WU's) and how to mix and match projects to get optimum results, and there's also the possibility of a person not liking a project even tho it gives over 9000 pts (i really wish i did not had to work on PrimeGrid, my main project will always be SETI, i don't even touch it unless it's BGB time). That's why i think BOINC badges, at least the ones regarding points, should not go out. Hell, some people can crunch up to, or even more than 1m pts a day, something a bit harder to do on F@H without some truly serious moolah. Plus, you can even cheat a bit with BOINC by point hoarding, something it does not seem possible on F@H, as i have always seen to download only 1 WU at a time.
BGB's, as they happen every month are not that
worthy to make a badge (unlike Foldathons/Chimp Challenges), tho attending and running (at least the minimum 50k points) 3/6/9/12 BGB's in a row without skipping one should be badge-worthy IMHO.
What i do really want is a BOINC Postbit, to check at least points and team rank, as it would be pretty hard to track down all the WU's you do for all the projects.Edited by Starbomba - 10/20/11 at 6:19pm