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Planned changes to "Big Advanced" (BA) projects, effective January 16, 2012

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Big Advanced (BA) is an experimental type of Folding@home WUs intended for the most powerful machines in FAH. However, as time goes on, technology advances, and the characteristics associated with the most powerful machines changes. Due to these advances in hardware capabilities, we will need to periodically change the BA minimum requirements. Thus, we are shortening the deadlines of the BA projects. As a result, assignments will have a 16 core minimum. To give donors some advance warning, we are announcing this now, but the change will take place in 2 months: no earlier than on Monday January 16, 2012.

We understand that any changes to how FAH works is a disruption for donors, and we have been trying to minimize such changes. For that reason, we are not changing the points system at this time.

However, we want to emphasize that the BA program is experimental and that donors should expect changes in the future, potentially without a lot of notice (although we will try our best to give as much notice as we can). In particular, as hardware evolves, it is expected that we will need to change the nature of the BA WUs again in the future.

http://folding.typepad.com/

In case you don't already know.
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Well, this kind of changes the dynamics of my "Sandybridge-E vs. New kitchen cabinets" decision....
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i hope my i5 2500K can still survive fold before the deadlines..this is really sad news..
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Originally Posted by Hackcremo View Post

i hope my i5 2500K can still survive fold before the deadlines..this is really sad news..

You will need 16 cores/threads, so no more -bigadv folding on any current desktop CPU's, not even the new hex core sandybridge-e.

Even if the core trick in Linux works to mimic 16 cores, the deadlines are being drastically reduced, so it is unlikely anything with fewer than 16 actual cores/threads would complete them on time.

Hopefully they will balance out the SMP WU's, some of the REALLY suck.
Edited by Caleal - 11/14/11 at 11:33pm
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The 7504s are just terrible SMP units in general. Wonder if they will count 16 threads as 16 cores, considering people with dual quads on a SR-2 like system.
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just smp WU after this..there are so many folder feel really sad when receiving this news..why PG do this to us..??
To me, as long I can fold big adv and meet the deadline and wont cause any delay is enough already eventhough i use the linux trick..
16 core...so no budget folder can run BigAdv after this..doh.gif
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January 16th?!

That's my birthday wheee.gif
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Originally Posted by Hackcremo View Post

just smp WU after this..there are so many folder feel really sad when receiving this news..why PG do this to us..??
To me, as long I can fold big adv and meet the deadline and wont cause any delay is enough already eventhough i use the linux trick..
16 core...so no budget folder can run BigAdv after this..doh.gif

Been about a week since got a -bigadv.
    
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And I just bought another 2600k too...

Edit: It comes down to how drastically they are cutting deadlines really. If it is more than 50% then poop.

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While the core limit has been increased, remember that i5 2500ks can do some of the -hugeadv WUs. That's a quad core machine doing a WU designed for 16 cores. I would imagine that 2600ks would still be able to complete these WUs (as we know, they can do the -hugeadv WUs easily enough now).

 

We won't really know until they go out though, so who knows?

 

 

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