*DISCLAIMER: v6 is rather outdated, and v7 should be considered instead*
This guide will cover how to install the SMP client, and how to configure it to receive SMP2 or -bigadv WUs (for CPUs with 8 or more cores/threads). It will also cover how to set up HFM.NET to monitor the client, as well as how to use TrayIt! to minimise the SMP client to the system tray.
This version of the SMP client folds WUs which have bonus points. To receive these bonus points, you must first fold 10 eligible WUs. After these 10 are completed, you will start getting a bonus from each WU completed before the Preferred Deadline. The also bonus depends on how fast you finish it, so the faster it's compelted, the bigger the points boost you will get.
Again, you will need to submit 10 SMP WUs before you begin getting bonus points.
1) Windows SMP Client. The 7th client in the list, under "SMP2 client console version".
2) HFM.NET. Under "Featured Downloads".
3) TrayIt!. Optional. Used to minimise the console to the system tray.
1) Make sure the account is an Administrator.
2) Request a folding passkey from Stanford from here. This is necessary for WU bonuses:
1) Go to C> Users> [Your User]. Create a new folder called "Folding".
2) Move the Folding@home-Win32-x86.exe file you downloaded into this new folder.
3) Make a shortcut of the .exe file into the "Startup" Folder in the Start Menu. Rightclick the shortcut and choose Properties. At the end of the "Target" field, add a space and -smp, as below:
i7 users, if you wish to Fold -bigadv WUs, add the -bigadv flag after -smp (with a space). It should look like this:
Folding@home-Win32-x86.exe" -smp -bigadv
However, if this is your first time Folding, only Fold normal SMP WUs for the first 10 WUs. Then, you will qualify for bonuses, and then add the -bigadv flag.
4) Run the shortcut (not the application itself). You'll now be asked to enter some information. Press "Enter" unless the answers are in bold.
- User name [Anonymous]? [Your Folding Name]
- Team Number ? 37726
- Passkey ? [Your Passkey]
- Ask before fetching/sending work <no/yes> [no]?
- Use proxy <yes/no> [no]?
- Acceptable size of work assignment and work result packets <bigger units may have large memory demands> -- 'small' is <5MB, 'normal' is <10MB, and 'big' is >10MB <small/normal/big> [normal]? big
- Change advanced options <yes/no> [no]? yes
- Core Priority <idle/low> [idle]?
- CPU usage requested <5-100> ?
- Disable highly optimized assembly code <no/yes> [no]?
- Pause if better power is being used <useful for laptops> <no/yes> [no]?
- Interval, in minutes, between checkpoints <3-30> ? (If you're certain your OC is stable for Folding, you can change this to 30. Otherwise, leave at 15.)
- Memory, in MB, to indicate <xxxx available> [xxxx]?
- Set -advmethods flag always, requesting new advanced scientific cores and/or work units if available <no/yes> [no]? yes (Leave as no if planning to Fold -bigadv WUs.)
- Ignore any deadline information <mainly useful if system clock frequently has errors> <no/yes> [no]?
- Machine ID <1-16> ?
- Launch automatically, install as a service in this directory <yes/no> [no]?
- *The following options require you to restart the client before they take effect
- Disable CPU affinity lock <no/yes> [no]?
- Additional client parameters ?
- IP address to bind core to <for viewer> ?
A picture in case you need a reference (note the "-smp" argument):
5) You're now ready to fold! You should start getting FahCore_a3 WUs now. Once you've completed 10 of these WUs, you'll start getting bonus points.
6) If you wish to change your settings at a later date (change username, add passkey, etc), simply add the -configonly flag in place of the -smp flag. When you run the client it will go through the set up again, then close. Now put the -smp flag back in and you're sorted.
NOTE: If you are also folding on an ATI GPU, make sure to check this guide too.
Take a look below on how to configure HFM.NET and TrayIt!.