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Hi all,

I've been folding for a while and now I would like to maximize my folding output to help advance the research done in Stanford even further. I found out that linux is the right way to go if i want to screw out max PPD from my processor. Most suitable answer for my needs is VM Linux. I can't run native linux despite that I do understand it would be the best soliton ever. I tried the VBox linux image provided at linuxforge.net site. It's a really good one - easy to setup and configure but it has one serious hitch for me. The older client v6.34 incorporated in that image only gets 856X WUs with A3 core. It gives me 10-15% PPD increase, but since the A4 WUs, which I can't get in that VM Linux image, have 10% credit bonus on them and generally better credit valuation, the difference is almost negligible when compared to WIN8 native client.

I did some research and it seems to me it would be the best to set up VMWare Linux with customized Ivy Bridge kernel and with v7 folding client. Unfortunately i don't have enough experience to do it myself. It would take me days and even then I am not sure It would be in operational state. Despite that I would love to provide the most I can get from my PC.

My question is quite simple - as stated in the heading. Is there some Linux geek kind enough to share his ivy bridge customized linux VMWare/VBox image? If I undestand the problem properly, It should take that person just a few minutes to upload his image - for example on dropbox. I would be very grateful for that. Or am I asking for too much? Is there a problem I do not see?

My setup:

i7 3770(non-K)
Gigabyte Z77MX-D3H
8GB DDR3@1866MHz
MSI PE 660 TI
120GB Intel 520 SSD

Thank you very much for your effort and sorry for my bad English.
post #2 of 5
I think it's pretty easy to install VmWare and Linux. Here are some great videos to get you started (if no one shares the vm)

http://www.overclock.net/t/1284915/how-to-set-up-ubuntu-folding-v6-34-video-series-in-a-virtual-machine-or-native/0_30

I follow video's 1,3,4. Then follow this guide to setup FAH v7 inside the VM.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1306284/ubuntu-easy-install-client-v7/0_30

This is exactly what I do and pretty much as far as I go for optimizing.
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Thank you, I'll take a look, but I was particularly interested in linux with precompiled ivy bridge kernel, as I saw a post (unfortunately I don't remember where it was) with very reasonable PPD increase with this customized kernel. I admit I might be able to install vm linux with v7 client, but additional tweaking (i.e compiling and installing new kernel, BFS Kernels, TheKraken and others) is all Greek to me. And as far as I know, it's just this minor tweaking which can make a huge difference in terms of PPD. It would be nice to have someone who already tried all possible combinations and found optimal adjustments for Ivy Bridge processors and It would take him just a few minutes to upload his final image compared with many days I would have to spend with very uncertain result.
Edited by embarto - 3/14/13 at 11:41am
post #4 of 5
10.10 works just fine with IB.

Maybe you're seeing these 'minor' tweaks making 'major' PPD increases from bigadv systems. But those aren't IB. Default 10.10 works just fine with my 3770 and 3770k.
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Originally Posted by embarto View Post

Thank you, I'll take a look, but I was particularly interested in linux with precompiled ivy bridge kernel, as I saw a post (unfortunately I don't remember where it was) with very reasonable PPD increase with this customized kernel. I admit I might be able to install vm linux with v7 client, but additional tweaking (i.e compiling and installing new kernel, BFS Kernels, TheKraken and others) is all Greek to me. And as far as I know, it's just this minor tweaking which can make a huge difference in terms of PPD. It would be nice to have someone who already tried all possible combinations and found optimal adjustments for Ivy Bridge processors and It would take him just a few minutes to upload his final image compared with many days I would have to spend with very uncertain result.

Elchucko compiled a kernel for SB and I compiled a kernel for IB but neither drastically reduced tpf's enough to warrant the hassle beyond 12.10 with the most current official kernel.

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