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Asus Eee PC with Intel Atom...

Postby 1c3d0g » Sat Jul 05, 2008 10:39 pm

Hi all,

Quick question: does folding@home support Intel's Atom processor or am I wasting time with it? Also, the mini-notebook has 1GB of RAM, is that enough for these projects or should I forget about crunching data with this hardware? :?
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Re: Asus Eee PC with Intel Atom...

Postby uncle_fungus » Sat Jul 05, 2008 10:50 pm

Welcome 1c3d0g. The atom is an x86 compatible architecture, so the regular CPU client should run on it. It'll be interesting to see what kind of performance you can get from it.
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Re: Asus Eee PC with Intel Atom...

Postby 1c3d0g » Sun Jul 06, 2008 12:18 am

Thanks. Well I'm ordering the Eee PC 901 as soon as they're available here...perhaps by the end of the month I'll have one in my possession. :-)
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Re: Asus Eee PC with Intel Atom...

Postby 7im » Sun Jul 06, 2008 5:24 am

From a review site...

"For Atom, Intel uses the old 945GC Northbridge with the ICH7 Southbridge. From the specs we have seen the chipset draws more power than the CPU itself. The tiny CPU is a stripped Core derived unit with 512kB of L2 Cache, 1.60GHz clock and only 133MHz FSB (533MHz quad pumped bus). It doesn't offer any special features, except that Intel re-worked their Hyperthreading feature, which will boost this single core's performance in some applications."

Should fold okay with a single CPU client, and very energy efficient.

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Re: Asus Eee PC with Intel Atom...

Postby 1c3d0g » Sun Jul 06, 2008 1:17 pm

It should indeed. However, I don't want to end up with a pile of melted plastic either... :-P
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Re: Asus Eee PC with Intel Atom...

Postby codysluder » Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:50 am

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Re: Asus Eee PC with Intel Atom...

Postby MiTuS-2 » Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:08 pm

I'm trying folding on asus eeepc 1005ha with 1,6 ghz intel atom, 1 gb ram, win xp and he's doing 1% of the n°6316 project(336 points) in 57 mins. I really think I'll stop on this netbook.
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Re: Asus Eee PC with Intel Atom...

Postby bruce » Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:42 pm

I have a netbook with a 1.6 GHz atom. It's almost useless for FAH, but it's specifically designed for low-power / long battery life and it does that very well. See the discussion about the ipad and the use of battery power to fold. viewtopic.php?f=6&t=13265#p130265 (There was a similar discussion about the iphone.)

Personally, when I'm not travelling, I leave the netbook plugged in and easily available so I do let FAH run on it even though it produces few points. If I didn't leave it on, though, I wouldn't fold, but every little bit helps, so why not?

Apparently you're running the V5 CPU client (based on where you posted). If you do plan to continue folding on it, I recommend you upgrade to a V6 client.
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Re: Asus Eee PC with Intel Atom...

Postby John_Weatherman » Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:14 pm

Mine draws only 18W and does about 125 PPD (bit more for bonus WUs). No fan so no noise, but keep it lifted up a bit to allow some extra air under it.
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Re: Asus Eee PC with Intel Atom...

Postby CBT » Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:06 pm

All Atom-CPU's seem to use SSE and SSE2 instruction-sets, so the performance should be better than similarly clocked old PC's from a few years back.

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Re: Asus Eee PC with Intel Atom...

Postby orion456 » Sat Apr 10, 2010 6:29 am

Is there really value in folding with such under powered machines? What this can do in a day, can be done in a few minutes by more capable machines.

In other words, does FAH need this kind of machine or just tolerate it? Or do they actually not recommend it?
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Re: Asus Eee PC with Intel Atom...

Postby John_Weatherman » Sat Apr 10, 2010 7:26 am

It's not a machine that you'd buy as a dedicated folding machine, but as it can do WUs without any worries about deadlines whilst it's doing what it was brought for, then it' can do it's bit to help the science too. The low running costs are an incentive to have it running 24/7.
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