GPUGRID - What is it?

GPUGRID.net is a volunteer distributed computing project for biomedical research from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (Spain). GPUGRID is made of many graphics cards (GPUs) joined together to deliver high-performance all-atom biomolecular simulations. The molecular simulations performed by our volunteers are some of the most common types performed by scientists in the field, but they are also some of the most computationally demanding and usually require a supercomputer.
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GPUGRID - What is it?

Postby USAFA82 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:47 am

GPUGRID is another way you can donate computer time to scientific research. In this case, you are donating NVIDIA GPU cycles.

The website is: http://www.gpugrid.net

"GPUGRID.net is a novel distributed supercomputing infrastructure made of many NVIDIA graphics cards joined together to deliver high-performance all-atom biomolecular simulations. The molecular simulations performed by our volunteers are some of the most common types performed by scientists in the field, but they are also some of the most computationally demanding and usually require a supercomputer.
Running GPUGRID on GPUs innovates volunteer computing by delivering supercomputing class applications on a cost effective infrastructure which will greatly impact the way biomedical research is performed."


If you already have BOINC running, it's easy to join this project.
- First, you need to determine if you have a compatible card. You can do so here.
- Second, download and install the required CUDA drivers. Note: you only need the drivers, not the CUDA Toolkit or CUDA SDK code samples.
- Third, attach to the project. Under the Advanced View for BOINC Manager, click Tools then "Attach to project or account manager." Select "Attach to project" then click Next. Select GPUGrid.net or type it in and click Next. You can join as a new or existing user, input your email address and desired password and click Next. It should then attach you to the project.

You may need to install the latest version of BOINC. http://boinc.berkeley.edu/download_all.php

I recommend going to http://www.GPUGrid.net, click on "Your account" at the top, then click on "GPUGRID preferences," "Edit GPUGRID preferences" and uncheck "Use Central Processing Unit (CPU)."

Under "Your account," be sure to also join our team, Christians, set up by Taxmanz.

Happy crunching!

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Re: GPUGRID - What is it?

Postby Taxmanz » Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:58 pm

Great post Mike, for those of you who are new to using your GPU for distributed computing you will find that unless you have a GTS 250 or better video card then it will take a very long time to finish one work unit. My GTS 250 takes almost a whole day to complete one but then you get approximately 3000 points for each work unit.

Of course if you really want to see some number crunching then you need one of these beasts! http://www.evga.com/blackfriday/ Just look at the pci-e power requirements! Seriously, you will never need a heater in your house for winter when you have one of these!

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Re: GPUGRID - What is it?

Postby USAFA82 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 4:09 pm

Taxmanz wrote:Great post Mike, for those of you who are new to using your GPU for distributed computing you will find that unless you have a GTS 250 or better video card then it will take a very long time to finish one work unit. My GTS 250 takes almost a whole day to complete one but then you get approximately 3000 points for each work unit.

I noticed my GTX 260, which I added today, isn't getting work units. It says something about a limit of 5 tasks a day. I doesn't look like my GTX 275 is grabbing that many work units, so I'm not sure what is going on.

Taxmanz wrote:Of course if you really want to see some number crunching then you need one of these beasts! http://www.evga.com/blackfriday/ Just look at the pci-e power requirements! Seriously, you will never need a heater in your house for winter when you have one of these!

Nice! "Only" $1699.99! I wonder what the power supply that supports 4 GTX 285 cards would cost. I imagine a bowl of spaghetti or slithering snakes when I picture all the cables it would take to support three six-pin connectors on each card!

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Re: GPUGRID - What is it?

Postby Taxmanz » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:07 pm

Mike are you using the 190.XX or 191.XX drivers from nvidia? And which version of boinc client? I believe the 6.10.XX series are needed for multi gpu configs.

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Re: GPUGRID - What is it?

Postby USAFA82 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:16 pm

I used the driver available through the Cuda link - 190.38. The BOINC version is 6.10.17. I think .18 was just released.

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Re: GPUGRID - What is it?

Postby pecosriverm » Tue Nov 24, 2009 5:39 pm

Do you get to pick your projects or just run what's given to ya?
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Re: GPUGRID - What is it?

Postby USAFA82 » Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:22 pm

I haven't found anything that allows me to pick a task so I think the answer is no.


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