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post #1 of 98
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This thread was made to inform folders about the new GPU3 client for AMD graphics cards.
The new v7 "client" will support the uni-core, SMP and GPU (all in one).

Here are some frequently asked questions about the new client/core (specifically for AMD GPUs):

FAQ:

Q: When is the GPU3 client going to be released?!
A: Dr. Pande commented on the official FAH forums that their target release quarter is for Q1 2011.

Q: Why is the PPD so low on AMD GPUs? frown.gif
A: The current GPU2 client with core 11 isn't optimized for new hardware. Source

Q: What stage in development is the new client in?
A: It's currently going through internal testing.
Source

Q: Which cards will be supported by the new core/client?
A: The new core requires OpenCL.
Radeon HD 4xxx-6xxx are the only cards that support OpenCL. It is unclear if the Radeon 4000s OpenCL 1.0 limitation will prevent it from working with the new core.

Q: Why is Pande group taking so long to release the updated core for AMD GPUs?
A: The original client was based on the CAL/Brook+ API which AMD dropped in favor of OpenCL. The API change required Pande group to completely rewrite the core in OpenCL (very difficult task and requires quite a bit of work). Source

Q: What's holding back the release of GPU3?
A: The new core had some performance regressions which needed to be sorted out. The release of new core is tied with the release of the v7 client. Source

Q: What kind of performance (PPD in this case) can we expect from the new core?
A: Exact numbers aren't know at this time.
The science produced would probably be more valuable since it uses OpenMM.

News will be posted as it comes in.
If there are any additional questions/and or corrections please let me know.

For the record I can't say more than what is publicly available.
Edited by solidsteel144 - 3/11/11 at 6:12am
    
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post #3 of 98
Same information we already know.
Old information is old.
post #4 of 98
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Some of you might have noticed that the thread disappeared recently.
The higher ups wanted to make sure that the information I provided was accurate and well... Public.
I hope to keep this thread accurate/informative while following the rules and guidelines.

Quote:
Originally Posted by mbudden;12621097 
Same information we already know.
Old information is old.
That's the idea at the moment.
When more information is made available, I'll post it.
    
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Does this effect only ATI cards, or does it also improve Nvidea cards as well? And, do they mean end of March, or maybe like the 15th around there?
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Although I don't own any ATI cards, I'm excited to see all the ATI card users get decent PPD. i think it'll really improve our chances at second place biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by thrgk;12621703 
Does this effect only ATI cards, or does it also improve Nvidea cards as well? And, do they mean end of March, or maybe like the 15th around there?

Both ATi and nVidia cards will benefit from the new client/core.
The exact date for release hasn't been given.
    
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post #8 of 98
~25 days until Q1 ends. So about 3 1/2 weeks.
But don't hold your breath.
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well it is already is out to the beta testers... so it may happen at end of the month.
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BETA testers have had it for a while now, that doesn't mean that it's going to be out soon.
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