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I have heard that I could increase my PPD significantly by using a linux VM. I currently have a 955 folding SMP on Win 7, and I get 6.2k PPD from 6098's @ 4.2Ghz with the win 7 client. I also have a 560 Ti getting 13k PPD at the same time.

Unfortunately, I know nothing of VM's and nothing of Linux :S So could someone point me to a guide, or tell me if this is possible, and if not what I should do... Thanks smile.gif
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I have heard that I could increase my PPD significantly by using a linux VM. I currently have a 955 folding SMP on Win 7, and I get 6.2k PPD from 6098's @ 4.2Ghz with the win 7 client. I also have a 560 Ti getting 13k PPD at the same time.

Unfortunately, I know nothing of VM's and nothing of Linux :S So could someone point me to a guide, or tell me if this is possible, and if not what I should do... Thanks smile.gif

I searched for < folding linux VM > in this forum's search and came up with this thread.

http://www.overclock.net/t/607465/vmware-3-0-8-core-folding-w-bigadv-updated-v1-3

It's pretty informative and should more than answer your questions.

Just remember not to use the -bigadv flag since there's no way you'll finish the WU's in time.
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I used THIS guide last night. It was easy to get up and folding, but I haven't used it much to compare the points difference and efficiency that a VM is supposed to provide.

I plan to try to use it as my main folding method once the Foldathon is over later today.

If you do use it, tell us if there is a difference if any.

Good luck
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I doubt that there's much of a difference. Now running it in native 64 bit Linux might be worth it.

The big draw to folding in the VM environments was that you could run your i7-2600K for -bigadv and "cheat" F@H into believing you were a 16 core CPU to "qualify" for it. If you just happened to have a fast enough OC you could process the workload on time for huge points. That's all going away on 2012-01-01 though when they require 16 cores for -bigadv.
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I used THIS guide last night. It was easy to get up and folding, but I haven't used it much to compare the points difference and efficiency that a VM is supposed to provide.
I plan to try to use it as my main folding method once the Foldathon is over later today.
If you do use it, tell us if there is a difference if any.
Good luck

thanks smile.gif I'll be trying this out soon!
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That VM image is good one, uses no GUI so it's a bit faster than say running stock Ubuntu in a VM. I see a gain in folding like this, in recent thread there were some numbers from valvehead that pointed to that most SMP did increase in PPD but some were very minimal gain. I tested a few WU and got a max of 15% drop in TPF going the Vm route.
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I doubt that there's much of a difference. Now running it in native 64 bit Linux might be worth it.
The big draw to folding in the VM environments was that you could run your i7-2600K for -bigadv and "cheat" F@H into believing you were a 16 core CPU to "qualify" for it. If you just happened to have a fast enough OC you could process the workload on time for huge points. That's all going away on 2012-01-01 though when they require 16 cores for -bigadv.

Just a note to this, you could still use it to trick the client into thinking you had 16 cores. Pande group, has said that as long as you complete the WU on time it does not matter how many cores you have, they are doing as a precaution to keep -bigadv in the high end where it belongs, and us normal guys keep working on smp.
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Just a note to this, you could still use it to trick the client into thinking you had 16 cores. Pande group, has said that as long as you complete the WU on time it does not matter how many cores you have, they are doing as a precaution to keep -bigadv in the high end where it belongs, and us normal guys keep working on smp.

Yeah, not to sidetrack too much from the OP, but Pande also said that they have plenty of people doing this, as there aren't many projects that they need for -bigadv right now. They need more SMP folders. I see a bonus increase for very fast turn-around SMP WUs coming soon, if the trend continues.
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Most people use me as a guide. Almost all my folding team members had my teamviewer help with setting the vm up smile.gif

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Most people use me as a guide. Almost all my folding team members had my teamviewer help with setting the vm up smile.gif
send me a pm wink.gif

Thanks for the offer, I'll get around to it sometimes soon I hope. If I can't get it to work, I'll shoot you one smile.gif
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