Originally Posted by $ilent
Im going to sign up but I have a question regarding BOINC. So we chose what work units to do, could you just pick the best units and get most ppd in normal boinc folding? Also I see on zodacs posts you can have a big list of work units ready to start, in the pentathlon do we only have a list of 5 units and fold each for a certain time or do we get hundreds of different units under a work unit 'header'? I dont understand this bit.
Also the OP says each person needs to do 5 difference projects each for 5 days, doesnt that mean youd be crunching for 25 days?
You can sort of chose what WU's you wanna run. On most projects, you can pick what you want to work so you can get the most PPD. It's like choosing to pick Core 17 WU's only for your GPU's. The top PPD application does tend to vvary, but for AMD is usually Moo wrapper/Milkyway and for Nvidia is DistrRTGen/PrimeGrid/Collatz. The HD 7x70/7x50 are a distinct difference, these doo well both in DiRT and Moo/Milky, so they are the best cards for BOINC at the moment.
You do get to crunch 5 projects, one project will last 5 days. But the beauty of the Pentathlon is that those days overlap. So you could be on the 3rd day of project #1, then the second project starts, so you're juggling different projects at the same time, judging how much of your CPU/GPU time and power is being used. You also have to take into account the time a workunit takes to be validated (on some projects it is not instant) so you have to start crunching even earlier and stop earlier on certain projects. It's very active and requires a certain coordination, not as "laid back" as the CC, where all you had to do is keep the machines on as much as possible and pray to get the good CPU WU's, and Core 17 GPU WU's.
I also like how there is the new "marathon" discipline, where a certain project is ran though the whole Pentathlon, so you'd end up juggling 2-3 projects at the same time. Now i call that a true stress testing