[GPU on Linux] Was: Catalyst 13.1 drivers are out

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[GPU on Linux] Was: Catalyst 13.1 drivers are out

Postby Rattledagger » Sat Feb 16, 2013 1:01 pm

(Split topic from where it was off-topic)

JimF wrote:Yes, the uninstallers only get rid of your current driver. It is almost enough to make me want to try Linux. At least I think they don't try to over-engineer everything for you, but I could be wrong as they try to be more like Windows.

While I've heard about Nvidia-users using Wine to crunch FAH under Linux, I've never heard about anyone successfully using their Ati/Amd to crunch FAH under linux...
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Re: Catalyst 13.1 drivers are out

Postby JimF » Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:12 pm

OK, you've sold me on Linux for an upcoming Haswell build (not my main PC though, where I still need Win7). But someone needs to get Folding to come out with a GPU version, which apparently does not exist at the moment.

PS - I think Gromacs 4.6 comes in a Linux version, though whether Folding will offer that is not clear. But maybe that is what they are holding out for?
(I suppose it is out of place in a discussion of AMD drivers, since Gromacs-GPU appears to be CUDA only, so I will leave it at that.)
GTX 970 (i5-3550), GTX 980 (i7-3770); Win10 64-bit; FAH 7.4.4
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Re: Catalyst 13.1 drivers are out

Postby art_l_j_PlanetAMD64 » Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:29 pm

JimF wrote:OK, you've sold me on Linux for an upcoming Haswell build (not my main PC though, where I still need Win7). But someone needs to get Folding to come out with a GPU version, which apparently does not exist at the moment.

PS - I think Gromacs 4.6 comes in a Linux version, though whether Folding will offer that is not clear. But maybe that is what they are holding out for?
(I suppose it is out of place in a discussion of AMD drivers, since Gromacs-GPU appears to be CUDA only, so I will leave it at that.)

Please have a look here, I am GPU folding on all of my Linux systems, using Wine and the GPU3 v6.41 console client:
art_l_j_PlanetAMD64 wrote:OK, how about this for being different - eight (8) Linux/Wine/GPU3 folding systems? I had all these "obsolete" computers and GPUs lying around here, and I thought - "How About Linux"? At first, they were smp:2 folding only, but after I found out how really easy it is to do GPU folding (thanks, Hyperlife!) with Linux/Wine/GPU3 and the re-released v6.41 console client (thanks, PG/Stanford!), well, as they say, the little snowball started rolling down the steep, snow-covered mountain ...

GPU folding is very easy to set up on Linux with Wine, I am going to start a topic with the 'tips and tricks' I have learned on 9 Linux/Wine/GPU3 installations, to make it go easily and quickly. I started with Hyperlife's Headless Linux Guide, and I've automated a lot of it with scripts so that very little typing has to be done. It has become (for me) just as easy to get GPUs folding under Linux , as it is under Windows.

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Re: Catalyst 13.1 drivers are out

Postby JimF » Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:30 pm

Very nice.
Is it apparent whether there is any difference in PPD between Win7, WinXP or Linux/Wine for your cards (I have GTX 560, 560 Ti, 650 Ti and 660)?

I still have one license for WinXP left, and could use that if it does any good.

And since this is an AMD thread, I could throw a couple of HD 7770s at it if core_17 works. They are actually quite efficient for what they are designed for.
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Re: Catalyst 13.1 drivers are out

Postby Rattledagger » Sun Feb 17, 2013 12:41 am

art_l_j_PlanetAMD64 wrote:Yes, the whole Linux experience is much less stressful than having to use Windows.

Ok, since it's so easy, how much less than 10 minutes did you use to get your Amd-card(s) to run FAH under Linux?
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Re: Catalyst 13.1 drivers are out

Postby art_l_j_PlanetAMD64 » Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:07 am

JimF wrote:Very nice.
Is it apparent whether there is any difference in PPD between Win7, WinXP or Linux/Wine for your cards (I have GTX 560, 560 Ti, 650 Ti and 660)?

I still have one license for WinXP left, and could use that if it does any good.

And since this is an AMD thread, I could throw a couple of HD 7770s at it if core_17 works. They are actually quite efficient for what they are designed for.

The PPD from the GPUs folding under Linux is the same, data from my GTX 460s in a Windows 7 Home 64-bit system here:
2. Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
My #2 system, AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2GHz CPU, dual Zotac ZT-40401-10P GTX 460 GPU:
  • smp:4 - PRCG 8028 (1429, 3, 35), 0xa4, 3200MHz, 55C, TPF 2:52, 6281.93 PPD
  • gpu0 - PRCG 8072 (0, 663, 93), 0x15, 675MHz, 59C, TPF 3:48, 14680.42 PPD
  • gpu1 - PRCG 8073 (0, 242, 85), 0x15, 675MHz, 61C, TPF 3:46, 14810.34 PPD
Total for this configuration is 35772 PPD.

The GTX 460s were moved to two Debian Linux systems here:
The latest results for my GPU folding systems:
  • The Zotac ZT-40401-10P GTX 460s were removed from the #2 system, and are installed (one each) in the #4 and #5 systems.
  • System #2 was upgraded with dual Gigabyte GV-N66TOC-2GD GTX 660 Ti GPUs.
4. Debian Linux v6.0.6, 64-bit
My #4 system, AMD Athlon II X2 240 2.8GHz CPU, Zotac ZT-40401-10P GTX 460 GPU:
  • smp:2 - PRCG 8049 (401, 11, 120), 0xa4, 2800MHz, 47C, TPF 6:10, 1859.00 PPD
  • gpu0 - PRCG 8073 (0, 2920, 40), 0x15, 675MHz, 52C, TPF 3:41, 15145.41 PPD
Total for this configuration is 17004 PPD.

5. Debian Linux v6.0.6, 64-bit
My #5 system, AMD Athlon 7550 Dual-Core 2.5GHz CPU, Zotac ZT-40401-10P GTX 460 GPU:
  • smp:2 - PRCG 7808 (0, 8, 20), 0xa4, 2500MHz, 39C, TPF 51:18, 1401.11 PPD
  • gpu0 - PRCG 8072 (0, 843, 95), 0x15, 675MHz, 51C, TPF 3:44, 14942.57 PPD
Total for this configuration is 16344 PPD.
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