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961  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Mining (Altcoins) / Illustrated CureCoin(Alpha) Mining Guide! on: August 05, 2013, 07:42:11 PM
There seems to be a lack of information on how to get folding at home running efficiently and quickly, as well as a general lack of pictures. So here are both! Smiley

Check out the team stats! We're doing great!    
http://stats.free-dc.org/stats.php?page=team&proj=fah&team=224497&sort=today

What is folding at home?
Folding at home is a project, set up by Stanford, which allows people to use their idle computing power on both classic processors (CPUs) and Graphics Cards (GPUs). This computing power is used to fold proteins, a process which gives medical and biological researchers more insight into how proteins fold to their usable state, as well as why they 'unfold', leading to a greater understanding of protein structure, how they work in our body, and, most importantly, how to fix what went wrong, from curing Cancer to Huntington's to Parkinsons. If you want a more clear understanding of the actual science behind the folding at home project, tons of great info is available on their site: http://folding.stanford.edu/ . For a quick intro video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sJx9z1uB9k.

This guide focuses on the tech aspects of F@H, and will help you to get your computer(s) folding proteins, and earning you money.

Step 1: Hardware Check
The better your hardware, the faster you can, of course, mine/fold. Many crypto-currency users already have mining rigs, most of which have very powerful GPUs.

While you could fold with low-end hardware, the heat it produces, mixed with the energy it requires, may make it not worth the effort, or may be your excuse to buy that new GPU you've been eying. For benchmarks, we will be assuming we are using Core 17, which we will cover in detail later. I will create another thread where we can work on pooling benchmarks, however here is a quick view of some of the most popular hardware.




Any ATi card from the 5xxx, 6xxx, and 7xxx series should run fine, as should any NVidia 5xx, 6xx, or 7xx cards. Titans currently have some performance issues.

An average Intel i5-2500k can hit somewhere in the ballpark of 5-6000 PPD, an i7-3770 gets somewhere around 7200PPD.

Important Note About Cores:
For optimal performance, your miner should have a core on the CPU for each GPU on your system. If you have three 7970s on one machine, that Sempron 145 will be a bottleneck. For scrypt-mining, I built my rigs with single-core CPUs and 2 7950s each, as well as some rigs with some 7970s jammed into them. One rig with a Sempron 145 Sargas + 2x7970 has times when the CPU usage zooms up to 100%, and the GPUs stop running for 10-20 seconds. It appears that some task that must be completed on the CPU is reached by one of the GPUs, so the machine spends 100% CPU time working on that CPU-specific piece of the folding puzzle. While this is going, both GPUs are starved of the necessary CPU time, and so they go idle. However, in one machine with a 2x7950 and a FX-8350, I can get great performance. It seems that 1/4 of the time (on average) is high-CPU time, so having a core for each GPU and an extra core for running high-CPU-time tasks should eliminate bottlenecking. 3 GPU systems should have a quad-core processor.

Installing The Software:
Visit http://folding.stanford.edu/



Scroll down to the button 'Start Folding':



Step through the installer, leaving everything as default until the end, where you uncheck to 'Start Folding At Home'.

Once the program is installed, you will have a short-cut on your desktop, which starts the Folding At Home program. We need to make a slight change before we launch it.

Right-click on the desktop icon, and click on 'Properties'.


The Properties window will come up. We need to change the launch arguments to include:
--client-type=advanced

This allows the client to use the bleeding-edge core_17 core, which is significantly (by a factor of 2x to 10x) faster than the core13-16 mixes, as well as being the core used for all benchmarks above.



Now double-click on the desktop shortcut. Then, find the FAHControl application, usually located here:



You will be asked about folding anonymously, click on "Configure Identity".



This will bring up a window.



Enter your desired username, "224497" for the TeamID, and then click on the blue "Click here to open the Folding@home passkey request..." link. This will bring up a window:



Enter the username you put in the previous window, along with a valid email address that you have access to. You will, soon after, receive a passkey via email. Enter that into the 'passkey' entry on the FAH Client window, and enter it again into the 'confirm' box.


Now, you can finally start folding. The machine *should* automatically detect all GPUs and CPUs. If your system has a small amount of cores (1-2), you may want to right-click on the CPU, and click 'pause':


Note: this will make your CPU stop folding. This is done to conserve CPU power to feed your GPUs on systems with very weak  processors.

Now, you need to sign-up for the pool, in order to be rewarded in FRK (Frankos).

Go to: http://cryptobullionpools.com/      in a web browser, and sign up for an account there, using the same username as you input into the F@H client.

Confirming You Are Running Core_17:
To make sure that your GPUs are using Core_17, take a look at:



and make sure that you are clicked on the job(s) that are running on GPUs. The ones on CPUs will say something along the line of "Core: 0xa3". 0x## means a GPU-type job.

Some jobs take as little as an hour and a half to complete on competent hardware, while some take 8+ hours. The picture above shows a 780 running, with a decent overclock.

Post a comment if you have any questions.
962  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: [XPM] Working on a GPU miner for Primecoin on: August 05, 2013, 05:01:48 PM
For the last two days, I've had some real-life related stuff take priority, I haven't gotten much work done on the miner. I should have more time in a couple of days.

Meh, my GPUs are at FAH anyhow Smiley
963  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: [ANN]Curecoin beta pool test - user limit lifted - Lets hit the Mile Stone 1200R on: August 05, 2013, 06:50:34 AM
For some reason, my 7970 cards are only reporting around 80000 on core 17. My 7950s report around 75000 for themselves.

For anyone curious, XFX 7970 GHOST cool cards, no custom firmware, slight slight overclock, no undervolt (can't without custom FW), on a single-core processor. I'm wondering of that Sempron 145 Sargas is screwing me up. Anyone here have some insight into the folding world as to what a 'balanced' system is, and whether two GPUs can run fine from a unicore machine? Cheers Cheesy

Edit: I'm guessing it's related to the single-core, as there are times when that core jumps up to 100%. I am of course not telling the machine to fold on the processor, but 100% folding from a core_17 running isn't conducive to multi-gpu setups on single-core CPUs. Smiley
964  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: [XPM] Working on a GPU miner for Primecoin on: August 05, 2013, 01:56:54 AM
I wonder if the beta version of the gpu miner has been already distributed to a few donators..there is a recent increase in difficulty "9.32315743" as of last checked. Or it might be the result of the recent HP9 roll-out. Or it might be the combination of the two.

I donated 2 BTC and didn't receive anything yet, though there were probably some higher-paying people than myself.
965  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Mining (Altcoins) / Re: [TUTORIAL] Solo Mining Litecoins Guide--Windows! on: August 05, 2013, 12:09:12 AM
I want to solo mine with 10 miners on a home network. Do I need to leach a longpoll from someone's pool on each miner, or just the miner hosting my coin wallet  Huh
TIA

You can do either.
966  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: [ANN]Curecoin beta pool test - user limit lifted - Lets hit the Mile Stone 1200R on: August 04, 2013, 03:06:08 AM
So what's the tentative day for the release of the Coin For Disease Control (beta thingy)?
967  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: [STR] software update on: August 04, 2013, 12:35:41 AM
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968  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Pools (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][LTC][STRATUM][PPLNS][Pool] CoinRelay.com 2% Fee on: August 02, 2013, 09:59:02 PM
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969  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: [INFORMATION] The future of Spots and a message to all exchange sites on: August 02, 2013, 09:58:08 PM
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970  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: CryptoBullion's SETI Pool - BETA - Registration only - limited access on: August 01, 2013, 04:20:00 PM
Very interesting, much more excited about the folding project though Smiley I'll be throwing my power at that one after this crazy heatwave is gone...
971  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: CryptoBullion's SETI Pool - BETA - Registration only - limited access on: August 01, 2013, 03:36:27 AM
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972  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: [ANN]Curecoin beta pool test - user limit lifted - Lets hit the Mile Stone 1200R on: July 28, 2013, 04:28:47 AM
Just signed up as "planarshift" on the pool and f@h, and joined the team as well. I'm getting about 32k PPD with my GTX 680. Is that good or bad or average? Tongue

That's the results that you should be getting with corev16(or -). Core v. 17 (with client 7.xx) should get you better performance (like 2x or so). A 680 will probably hit like near 80,000 PPD I think.

Running v7.3.6 ... Wonder why it's so low?

Did you launch it as an advanced client type? Smiley
973  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: [ANN]Curecoin beta pool test - user limit lifted - Lets hit the Mile Stone 1200R on: July 28, 2013, 03:41:53 AM
Just signed up as "planarshift" on the pool and f@h, and joined the team as well. I'm getting about 32k PPD with my GTX 680. Is that good or bad or average? Tongue

That's the results that you should be getting with corev16(or -). Core v. 17 (with client 7.xx) should get you better performance (like 2x or so). A 680 will probably hit like near 80,000 PPD I think.
974  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: [ANN]Curecoin beta pool test - user limit lifted - Lets hit the Mile Stone 1200R on: July 27, 2013, 09:28:18 PM
One of my litecoin rigs (2x7950) is hitting around 168,500 PPD. Sadly, they'll be turning off for the next week, but after that I should be able to contribute three to four of those rigs to the project, assuming it's somewhat profitable. 660,000 PPD would be awesome. Cheesy
975  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: [ANN]Curecoin beta pool test - sign up now - current max only 50 users for beta! on: July 26, 2013, 04:53:36 AM
Been LOVING this so far, glad I can do useful work for once with my computing power.

Anyhow, what does 'CDC' stand for, and what type of coin address should I put into the payout address? Cheers Smiley
976  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: [XPM] CUDA enabled qt client miner for primecoins. Source code inside. WIP on: July 25, 2013, 01:47:59 PM
If someone could give me some specific compilation directions (or a windows binary!) I can test on a 780. Smiley
977  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: [XPM] Working on a GPU miner for Primecoin on: July 25, 2013, 04:12:49 AM
I just finished importing the hp7 code to Reaper, and mined the first testnet block using the CPU miner! I'm a bit behind schedule, but now I've finally started on the GPU code.

Cool, still on track for a closed beta tomorrow, or are you planning for more around the 26th or 7th?
978  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: [ANN]Curecoin beta pool test - sign up now - current max only 50 users for beta! on: July 25, 2013, 02:16:51 AM
So.... NVidia cards seem much better at this right now. One 780 is getting around 31000PPD, while two 7950s are reporting 9000PPD (4500 each). Two 7950s is around the same price as one 780.



Got another 780 in-box that I was planning to open once the primecoin CUDA miner is released (if it turned out to be a bust, I would sell it new-in-box on ebay), but I'm seriously considering opening that sucker right now... Cheesy
979  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: [ANN]Curecoin beta pool test - sign up now - current max only 50 users for beta! on: July 24, 2013, 02:49:37 PM
Signed up, awesome concept Cheesy I would, as many other people as well, love a detailed explanation as to how this system works. Smiley
980  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: [New Bounty] 6BTC for PrimeCoin CUDA miner! on: July 21, 2013, 11:10:55 PM
This bounty is coming close to being claimed--I can smell it! https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=258982.0
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