28 April 2013

28th of April

Another month almost gone. Time flies when you are having fun.

In farm news this fortnight, not much done last week as I was away and the farm was running in minimal mode. That usually means overnight and minimal cache settings, so no crunching during the day. My internet provider (TPG Internet) has download limits (they have a peak and off-peak download limit, however their off-peak is only 6 hours - 2:30am to 8:30am).

Anyway I am still concentrating on getting Asteroids to 1 million credits for the moment. The last time I looked I was on 900,000. That would suggest maybe another fortnight (depends on how many machines and how long they are allowed to crunch) before I get there.

BOINC testing
We got 7.0.64 a bit over a week ago, there was a quick fix (7.0.65) for Linux and Mac's. This became the release version. I still need to update a few machines to it. 7.0.65 hasn't made it into the Debian repository yet (it still has 7.0.27) so the Raspberry Pi's haven't been updated either.

Nvidia GTX780 and 770 rumours
There are rumours doing the rounds that Nvidia will release a GTX780 and a GTX770 next month. The specs are still a bit unknown but the GTX770 sounds like it would make a good GPU cruncher. Having said that those people who rushed out to buy the Titan still don't have many projects to choose from. The GPUgrid apps fail on them.

Parallella update
They issued update #33 last week. They have some production boards coming in now so once they validate them it sounds like they'll be able to get into full production soon. It will be interesting to see how they perform using their 16 (or 64) core Epiphany chip as a coprocessor running OpenCL apps.

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