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Hiya folding folks,

I was reading some threads at Stanford's forum about Folding Farms and this was one link that I've gotten to so far. I haven't finished reading the whole thing but so far it looks good.

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Build your own Folding Farm
Whether or not you know Linux!
By: Mark J. Foster

Introduction
You know what it's like: you stare at your Folding@Home scores, thinking how it feels like everything is moving in slow motion. Whether your motives are to compete with other participants, to help out your team, to contribute more to this great cause, or some mixture, you'll start to think about adding more horsepower. As you go through the process of installing and managing the folding client program on multiple PCs, you'll quickly come to two key realizations:

1. Adding full-blown PCs is expensive!
2. Managing multiple PCs can take a lot of time

Fortunately, there is a great alternative - building up a "Folding Farm"! For the sake of this discussion, we'll define a folding farm as a cluster of stripped-down PCs that can primarily be managed as a single system. While some folks call a group of regular PCs a folding farm, and call a group of diskless PCs a "Monster Farm", we'll concentrate exclusively on diskless systems here, so the term folding farm will do just fine.

The essence of the diskless approach is that you'll build just one Linux server that will provide all the support necessary for many diskless folding "clients". While this approach can take a bit of time to set up initially, it very quickly becomes far easier to manage than a group of PCs. Anyone who has more than three-four systems dedicated to the Folding@Home project should seriously consider building their own folding farm.

The key problem with the folding farm approach is that it is most efficient to base such systems on the free Linux operating system, yet most folks aren't comfortable with Linux. The goal of this series is to define a standard folding farm configuration, then to walk you through the process of creating your own. While this does limit flexibility to some degree, it should make it possible for just about anyone who has the financial resources to build a folding farm, even if they are new to Linux!
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It's a good guide, but WAY out of date.
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Agreed. Anymore, using CPUs purely isn't the best PPD and PPD/$ solution. GPUs are so much better that CPUs for folding that something like this would be far more effective.
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Oh heck, I just gotta remember to read thread dates.



edit: and dead links for the physical layout portion. Sorry guys, I just didn't do the homework that I should have, I'll do better...
Edited by G-Byte - 12/14/08 at 1:11pm
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nitteo's Farm is a monster^^
Drugless posted an PPD wise impressive setup in the Thread you linked, as well (page 8 or 9 I think).

And make sure you check out the Thread of Farms with pictures here in the forum...
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