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So an idea sparked in my head but I doubt its even possible, but I will ask and see. Movie studios use multiple computers to render the same video file, is there a way to use multiple pcs and fold the same work unit?

I ask because I have about 11 socket 775 mobos and 6 or 7 core 2 duos laying around not doing anything and I want to use them or get rid of them.

So yea, comments....
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I don't think you would ever need to, unless you're looking to get a bigadv unit in. But honestly, that would be a huge pain to coordinate, unless you're willing to write code for it?
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No.

That's not a complete answer, I know, and I'm gonna go look for proof now, but essentially, no.
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that's exactly what I was planning it for, bigadvan, if someone has done it before, regardless of how much a PITA it is I will give it a go. If not possible I will just sell them =)
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Quote:
Originally Posted by wahrheitoderpflicht;12988913 
So an idea sparked in my head but I doubt its even possible, but I will ask and see. Movie studios use multiple computers to render the same video file, is there a way to use multiple pcs and fold the same work unit?

I ask because I have about 11 socket 775 mobos and 6 or 7 core 2 duos laying around not doing anything and I want to use them or get rid of them.

So yea, comments....

What kind of core 2 duos? My brother's on a stock E6400 right now.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by zodac;12989018 
No.

That's not a complete answer, I know, and I'm gonna go look for proof now, but essentially, no.

This might be what you are looking for and may shed some light on the subject.

http://foldingforum.org/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=1210&p=16523&hilit=beowulf+cluster#p16523
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I can't find the post I was looking for. frown.gif

Basically, Folding@home isn't really a program for clusters. IIRC (and I might not; been a while and I can't remember the post completely) the jist of it is that you'd lose a lot of performance getting each of the nodes communicating with each other, so running them separately would be preferred.
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Originally Posted by brutis;12989105 
This might be what you are looking for and may shed some light on the subject.

http://foldingforum.org/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=1210&p=16523&hilit=beowulf+cluster#p16523

It was a post on this forum somewhere, but that's pretty much the answer anyway. smile.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by zodac;12989131 
I can't find the post I was looking for. frown.gif

Basically, Folding@home isn't really a program for clusters. IIRC (and I might not; been a while and I can't remember the post completely) the jist of it is that you'd lose a lot of performance getting each of the nodes communicating with each other, so running them separately would be preferred.



It was a post on this forum somewhere, but that's pretty much the answer anyway. smile.gif

Understandable, but with 7 or 8 dual cores, 14-16 total cores folding the loss for me would be acceptable.

I have e4500s, e6320, e2200s, and some more somewhere...gotta find them.
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Just an idea but... wouldnt the slowest core would bottleneck the WU as all the cores would have to the slowest to finish before beginning a new WU?
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