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post #1 of 16
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Okay, I know this may be stupid, but even going to the site and reading that FAQ, I am still not sure what you have to do besides RUN that program.

Do I have to run the program and have it go through the work unit endlessly? I know that any type of computer works, and I have been leaving on my computer for a few days now, maybe I should help folding too.

So basically do I need to leave computer on for long time? or could I leave it until a work unit is finished?
post #2 of 16
You can run it when you want and turn it off when you are done. If using the console be sure to use ctrl-c to end the program. You physically have to end the program tho, there is no 'kill after WU' option.
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Oh okay, then you've answered my question. So I just need to finish a work unit? Will it tell me that I am finished?
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Are you using the Console or Graphical Client?
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I have downloaded the SMP. Installing it now.
post #6 of 16
The SMP client will look like this after it finishes.

Code:
[22:52:01] Writing local files
[22:52:01] Completed 495000 out of 500000 steps  (99 percent)
[23:08:57] Writing local files
[23:08:57] Completed 500000 out of 500000 steps  (100 percent)
[23:08:57] Writing final coordinates.
[23:08:59] Past main M.D. loop
[23:09:02] Will end MPI now
[23:10:02] 
[23:10:02] Finished Work Unit:
[23:10:02] - Reading up to 3714144 from "work/wudata_05.arc": Read 3714144
[23:10:02] - Reading up to 1763984 from "work/wudata_05.xtc": Read 1763984
[23:10:02] goefile size: 0
[23:10:02] logfile size: 17314
[23:10:02] Leaving Run
[23:10:02] - Writing 5499842 bytes of core data to disk...
[23:10:02]   ... Done.
[23:10:02] - Failed to delete work/wudata_05.sas
[23:10:02] - Failed to delete work/wudata_05.goe
[23:10:02] Warning:  check for stray files
[23:10:02] - Shutting down core
[23:10:02] 
[23:10:02] Folding@home Core Shutdown: FINISHED_UNIT
[23:10:02] 
[23:10:02] Folding@home Core Shutdown: FINISHED_UNIT
[23:12:11] CoreStatus = 64 (100)
[23:12:11] Sending work to server
There is a large change of losing the WU if you don't shut down with the ctrl-c command.
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post #7 of 16
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^ Okay thank you very much. Rep +.
post #8 of 16
Hikarux3,

If you are going to fold SMP, then you will need to leave your computer on most of the time. SMP WUs have deadlines that are very short. Most must be done within 4 days. So if you computer takes 24 to 48 hours of constant folding, you will need to leave your computer on at least half the time.

I do suggest you download FAHMon. It will give you information on how much of the WU is done, how long till it will finish, and the deadlines for the WU.

Here is a guide on where to find it and how to use it.
http://www.overclock.net/faqs/71068-...y-folding.html
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post #9 of 16
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Oh thank you. I hope this computer can fold, it's pretty old and slow, abotu 5-6 years old.

And when it says it has to be on the Stanford site does it mean on the Full Donar's list? I wasn't sure about that?
post #10 of 16
What are the specs of your folding rig, I assumed it was your sig rig. You will most likely not be able to hit SMP deadlines if it is about 5 years old.
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