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Message 40932 - Posted: 23 Apr 2015 | 23:45:00 UTC

I'm running GPUGRID on all my five desktop machines with NVIDIA cards in them (well, one died recently), but I had excluded laptop/Surface type machines so far. I have three with the following specs. Can I just go ahead and enable GPUGRID on them? Any harm? Are those GPUs even useful to GPUGRID?

1) Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3317U CPU @ 1.70GHz [Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9] (4 processors) INTEL Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000 (1400MB) OpenCL: 1.2 2) Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU M 620 @ 2.67GHz [Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5] (4 processors) AMD ATI Radeon HD 5400 series (Cedar) (1024MB) driver: 1.4.815 3) Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4558U CPU @ 2.80GHz [Family 6 Model 69 Stepping 1] (4 processors) INTEL Intel(R) Iris(TM) Graphics 5100 (1752MB) OpenCL: 1.2

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Message 40940 - Posted: 24 Apr 2015 | 11:10:24 UTC - in response to Message 40932.

I'm running GPUGRID on all my five desktop machines with NVIDIA cards in them (well, one died recently), but I had excluded laptop/Surface type machines so far. I have three with the following specs. Can I just go ahead and enable GPUGRID on them? Any harm? Are those GPUs even useful to GPUGRID?
1) Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3317U CPU @ 1.70GHz [Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9] (4 processors) INTEL Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000 (1400MB) OpenCL: 1.2 2) Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU M 620 @ 2.67GHz [Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5] (4 processors) AMD ATI Radeon HD 5400 series (Cedar) (1024MB) driver: 1.4.815 3) Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4558U CPU @ 2.80GHz [Family 6 Model 69 Stepping 1] (4 processors) INTEL Intel(R) Iris(TM) Graphics 5100 (1752MB) OpenCL: 1.2

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Probably not the actual gpu's but I think there are cpu units available here now and if you provide above average cooling your laptops could run those units just fine. I would do a good backup of each laptop prior to crunching, just in case, but I crunch cpu units, not here though, using my laptops and they work just fine. I have one of those usb fan setups that sits under the laptop and keeps the air moving. I have an i7 that thinks it's an 8 core cpu, but only use 4 cores for crunching as it still gets too warm for me if I use more than that.

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Message 40941 - Posted: 24 Apr 2015 | 11:43:16 UTC - in response to Message 40940.
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You won't be able to run GPUGrid on those GPU's but you would be able to run Einstein@home and as long as your Laptop remains cool should be no problems.

Or you could try Rosetta@home for your CPU's if you wand medical type project.

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Message 40946 - Posted: 24 Apr 2015 | 22:47:37 UTC - in response to Message 40941.
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You won't be able to run GPUGrid on those GPU's but you would be able to run Einstein@home and as long as your Laptop remains cool should be no problems.

Or you could try Rosetta@home for your CPU's if you wand medical type project.


Yeah, I already run those, along with bunch of other projects. I used to run only 4 projects across my machines over the last 15+ years, but recently decided to spread the goodwill to all viable projects. See my signature for details. :-)

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Message 40947 - Posted: 24 Apr 2015 | 22:53:04 UTC - in response to Message 40940.

but I think there are cpu units available here now


Can anyone confirm this? I thought all GPUGRID tasks were a fraction of a CPU plus one (or more?) GPU.

Are there CPU only GPUGRID tasks? If so, I would add GPUGRID to these hosts.

If I do, does GPUGRID know to detect the capability of the GPU, reject it, and just send CPU tasks? Or, would I have to tell BOINC Manager via BAM! account manager to make the GPU unavailable to GPUGRID on these hosts?

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Message 40949 - Posted: 25 Apr 2015 | 8:39:13 UTC - in response to Message 40947.

There are but none available right now.

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