For the sake of the team competition, the following will be used for determining how many cores each member and team has:
Console client = 1 per console
Graphical client = 1 per client
GPU2 client = 2 per GPU with a 3,000 ppd cap Updated 5/1/09
PS3 client = 1 per PS3
SMP client = 1 per CPU core utilizedQuad cores
With the limit of 3 cores per member (8 per team), folding on all four cores of a quad directly for a folding team
is not permitted. The idea behind the competition is to give members who are not able to compete for the top folding prizes a way to be competitive. SMP folding on a highly overclocked quad would rank a member among the top folders on the site, and that would be unbalancing to the team competition.Restrictions and the cap
- Quads can only fold with 2 cores; you may fold with 3 cores if you are covering for a team member who is down temporarily (this would be for a short period of time only).
- GPU's are subject to a 3,000 PPD cap (this may change over time).
Ways to fold on quads within the framework of the team competition -
- Windows consoles. Run as many Windows clients as you have core available for your team. This is quick and easy to set up, but is the slowest in terms of production.
- Linux SMP through VMWare. VMware can only recognize two cores at a time, so it's possible to run two instances of VMWare, one under your personal folding name for the team competition and one under Team_<your team name> for "extra" points.
- Native Linux SMP. You can assign cores to Linux programs through the taskset command. With that, you can accomplish the same as in the VMWare item, above, while reaping the benefits of the fastest folding client currently available.
- Windows SMP. It is possible to change the CPU affinity for the Windows SMP client through the Task Manager to fold on fewer than four cores. I have not tested this, but if anyone has or is willing to try it, I will update this.
- Windows or Linux SMP on all four cores. Team folders who desire to fold on all four cores under their primary folding name may fold on all four cores provided that 1) they declare this both in a PM to me and in the first post of their team's thread and 2) they fold on that quad core system and no other computers under their primary folding name, which will show as 1 CPU on Stanford's folding stats page. Members who choose this option will be capped at 2,750 points per day on their quad. This number was determined by studying six months of folding results and is on par with some of the very best dual core performances on record based on full month results. This option will count 2 cores against the team's core count. New 6/6/08.
By no means should anyone stop folding on a computer or on cores just to be a member of the team folding competition. Simply change the folding name for "extra" cores to match your team's generic folding team, which is most often Team_<your team name>.Replacement Team Temp folders (update 9/15/09)
When a team goes without a person for a period of time, a replacement temp folder is needed. So in lieu of this, a team may fill the empty slot with available cores. But there is a stipulation on this, a 2K cap is present if a replacement team temp folder is used.