Solutons like an easier to install V7 client with a nicely upgraded viewer?
Looking at the big picture, really too little too late.
The enthusiast market, (those using multi-core CPU and massive GPU) is getting smaller everyday. The V7 Client addresses a 4 year old problem. Now the problems have changed.
The discrete GPU market, along with the desktop market, continues to shrink. IGP are taking market share in the remaining desktop market.
Anyway, we all know the trends. The question remains how to utilize the remaining processors that are in the installed base.
NVDA says they have sold 350,000,000 CUDA capable processors.
Currently, 6000 of those are FOLDING.
I think we can safely say that the weather is not the root cause.
There has to be other reasons.
As I have said a hundred times before, the solution is taking a customer centric, rather than developer centric approach to the problem.
Every day, people try the V7 client and conclude that the GPU takes up too much power/temperature/noise/and responsiveness.
Say the default client used the GPU at 25% capacity. Say you had 6million people willing to fold at that reduced GPU utilization rate.
I come up with something like a 250x increase in FLOPS for FOLDING.
Yes, yes, I know that total FLOPS is not the end all be all, and the GPU FLOPS are not necessarily the most flexible....
My point is that we all know what is holding the project back, and it isn't the weather. The decline is due to users demanding more flexible and current software support, and leaving when they exhaust their patience waiting for it.
Blame resources, difficulty in programing and delay in industry driver support if you want. The customer, the end user just can only care so long.