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Folding@Home for ATI R5xx Series in the near future

Tech Report reports Folding@Home will take advantage of ATI graphics processing power in the near future. Folding@Home claims performance of 100 gigaflops per computer will be achieved by taking advantage of ATI’s graphics processing power. ATI GPU support appears to only be for R5xx series of graphics processors according to the Folding@Home high performance client FAQ. The GPU powered Folding@Home client runs considerably faster on R580, Radeon X1900, X1950 series, than R520, Radeon X1800 series, most likely due to the R580’s 48 pixel shaders.

NVIDIA GPUs are currently unsupported at the time as the Folding@Home project has been concentrating its efforts on ATI GPUs as the ATI GPUs perform significantly faster than current generation NVIDIA GPUs. Folding@Home also previously announced its Cure@PS3 project to take advantage of the PS3’s processing power. DailyTech awaits the day Folding@Home optimizes its client for Bigfoot Networks KillerNIC.

The ATI optimized Folding@Home client is expected to arrive towards the end of September.  And, of course, if you needed another reason to stock up on ATI R5xx cards, ATI is still expected to release a driver for Triple Play

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What is
By mendocinosummit on 8/24/2006 2:17:37 PM , Rating: 2
Who and what is Folding@Home. I went to their home page, but still I would like some clarity.

RE: What is
By hwhacker on 8/24/2006 2:25:02 PM , Rating: 2
Click the projects on the right side of the F@H page to see what each project is doing.

Essentially though, F@H uses your cpu, and now gpu power that is unused (ie runs in low priority) to fold protein combos to understand more about the workings of certain diseases in the hope to find a cure for them.

It's very simple to setup, won't effect the performance of your computer, and no reason why everyone shouldn't be doing it.

RE: What is
By MarkHark on 8/24/2006 3:12:53 PM , Rating: 2
No reason?

Well, not everybody leaves their computer on when not using it. Besides, energy is not as inexpensive in the rest of the world as it is in USA, so unused cpu cycles equal to less energy consumption (and heat). I also wonder if the extra heat generated could reduce the lifetime of an expensive video card (or two, in crossfire mode). Finally, not everybody have dedicated internet connections in order to fold/prime/seti/whatever.

That makes 3 or 4 good reasons for me, although I tend to agree with you otherwise.

RE: What is
By Wwhat on 8/26/2006 11:28:39 AM , Rating: 2
Not to mention the pollution caused by the increased energy use, which in turns causes diseases, which they will use F@H to design medicine for, in the end though the whole purpose of it all is to make medicine manufacturers even richer by the free and gullible assitance of fools, who will be hugely overcharged for the medicine they helped develop for free.

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