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Message 53199 - Posted: 29 Nov 2019 | 1:32:37 UTC

Why is boinc not using my second (older) GPU? Why is it "ignored by config"? What do I need to adjust or change to use both?

For boinc to use multiple GPUs, do they have to be identical?

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CUDA: NVIDIA GPU 0: GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (driver version 432.00, CUDA version 10.1, compute capability 7.5, 4096MB, 3558MB available, 5437 GFLOPS peak)
CUDA: NVIDIA GPU 1 (not used): GeForce GT 640 (driver version 432.00, CUDA version 10.1, compute capability 3.5, 1024MB, 822MB available, 803 GFLOPS peak)
OpenCL: NVIDIA GPU 0: GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (driver version 432.00, device version OpenCL 1.2 CUDA, 6144MB, 3558MB available, 5437 GFLOPS peak)
OpenCL: NVIDIA GPU 1 (ignored by config): GeForce GT 640 (driver version 432.00, device version OpenCL 1.2 CUDA, 1024MB, 822MB available, 803 GFLOPS peak)
Host name: VP-Laszlo-P-PhD
Processor: 12 AuthenticAMD AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Six-Core Processor [Family 23 Model 1 Stepping 1]
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the OS recognizes and uses both; why won't boinc?

If boinc can use both, can I make separate options for the older v. the newer - separate task assigns, etc?
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Message 53200 - Posted: 29 Nov 2019 | 1:47:38 UTC - in response to Message 53199.

Bonic will only use the newest/most powerful GPU so the older one is ignored.

I don't think your 640 is able to be used for this project. Could be wrong but I think it's too old.

For mixed matched GPUs, you need to use a cc_config.xml in the BOINC folder telling it to use all GPUs.

I don't have that file with me, someone else can provide it to you. But I would check on that 640 because if it is too old, then there is really no point going forward with the cc_config.xml
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Message 53201 - Posted: 29 Nov 2019 | 2:47:23 UTC - in response to Message 53199.
Last modified: 29 Nov 2019 | 2:53:04 UTC

The card is compatible with the new tasks, though may take more than 2 days to complete a task.
You need to consider requirements as outlined in the recent FAQ found here
(Pay particular attention to section on running multiple GPUs):
http://www.gpugrid.net/forum_thread.php?id=5002

To use all GPUs, add this line under <options> heading to your cc_config.xml: (found in ProgramData\BOINC folder)
<use_all_gpus>1</use_all_gpus>

All available BOINC client options for controlling GPUs found here:
https://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/Client_configuration

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