Originally Posted by VW_TDI_02
Any idea as to what they would get folding in native linux or at least without the extra VMs running?
The 1055T wouldn't get much higher, since the only other VM on that box is a Server 2012 RTM Domain controller, with 2 cores and 512MB Startup RAM, and a max of 2GB of RAM. That VM doesn't do much, so I don't think it's going to effect my PPD much, if at all.
As far as the FX-8120, I also wouldn't expect much of an increase. I have a Domain Controller, a Media Server (SubSonic and Plex Media Server), a uTorrent VM, and 3 others that run various Microsoft System Center Products (and SQL) (Configuration Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, Operations Manager). If I shut them down, it may raise PPD a few hundred, but nothing substantial.
Originally Posted by valvehead
Good to hear.
Out of curiosity, what did you have to do to make it work? IIRC you were having trouble getting the network interface to be recognized by Linux, weren't you?
I have my folding VMs running the FAH Native Linux v6.34 image, which I use the iso to install from, and got network working after loading some drivers and configuring Legacy Network Adapters. Wasn't hard, just time consuming figuring out the right combination needed. My only thought is that this image is optimized for Intel Core 2, i7, Sandy Bridge, or AMD Barcelona procs. I wonder if it was optimized for Bulldozer, how much improvement would be seen.
Originally Posted by axipher
Going native with Bulldozer in Ubuntu Server 12.04 with t least a 3.5 kernel got the best numbers back when I was testing.
I didn't try any other distros as I'm already comfortable with Ubuntu and the Server version was stripped down enough that it wasn't too different then other ones other then the included packages on install.
I can say that the hypervisor shouldn't matter much, as long as VMs can be created with the number of vCPUs to match the number of Logical CPU Cores. Hyper-V 3.0 (in Server 2012) breaks that 4 vCPU limit that was around in the Server 2008 R2 days (Hyper-V 2.0). Hyper-V 3.0 allows for up to 32 vCPUs, which will cover most machines...unless you did a 4P build with 16-cores or something, in which you would just run two VMs with low priority. That means that each VM should use different cores, I would think.
Speaking of priority, I have set the Relative Weight of my folding VMs to 25, while all other VMs are at the default 100. This is like setting the Windows v7 client to Low Priority, in that if one of my other VMs are asking for CPU cores, it will take them from the folding machines. I will not see a performance decrease in my other VMs, but when they are idle the folding VM will take everything it can (both folding VMs are set with static 4GB RAM, BTW).
I originally did test a few different distros during my testing, and those included Ubuntu Server, Debian, CentOS, and RHEL. All were minimal command line installs, but all had some issue, somewhere. Be it the network adapter wouldn't install, or couldn't hit external networks, or just Hyper-V incompatibility (or with the Linux Integration Components), but the nice ~50MB Native FAH Linux Image works like a dream now.
Originally Posted by Krusher33
Oh I see. I would have 1/2 expected they meet the Phenom x6 numbers.
I'm itching for a Sabertooth and then buying a Piledriver with tax refund come Jan/Feb. Dunno why. I'm happy with my chip as it is.
I have a Sabertooth 990FX and Phenom II X4 945 (@ 3.6Ghz) in my main rig, that I fold my 6950 with. I love the board, and I can't wait for PD. I will be buying the FX-8350 regardless of benchmarks/specs. It is speculated to be optimized better than BD, and should have a 15-20% performance increase over the FX-8150, so it should be able to kick my 945's butt. When I do that, I will be buying a nice big full tower case, and setting up my first watercooling loop (CPU, NB, and GPU). I may get another 6950 to CF, or upgrade to a 7970 at that time. Who knows.
But yeah, there's my contribution. Runs great on my network, monitoring from HFM.NET from my main PC. I'm satisfied with their performance, since they would be under utilized if I wasn't folding. Now they are 100% utilized, and makes me feel good.
I just don't like the extra heat being created in my home office, lol. I really need to finish my miniDataCentre build and get this stuff out in the rack sitting in the garage!