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Author Topic: SetiBOINC on P4-HT, 1 or 2 processes?  (Read 3384 times)

Offline PatrickV2

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SetiBOINC on P4-HT, 1 or 2 processes?
« on: 13 Mar 2009, 05:24:17 pm »
Hi there,

One of the machine I'm running BOINC on, with the optimized binaries I download from lunatics, is a P4 2.8GHz, HT-capable CPU.

It's running the following kernel:

Linux <name> 2.6.26-1-686 #1 SMP Sat Jan 10 18:29:31 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux.

BOINC recognized the 2 virtual CPUs and runs two instances of SetiMB/AP at the same time.

When benchmarking, BOINC reports:

13-Mar-2009 22:21:57 [---] Running CPU benchmarks                               
13-Mar-2009 22:21:58 [---] Suspending computation - running CPU benchmarks     
13-Mar-2009 22:22:30 [---] Benchmark results:                                   
13-Mar-2009 22:22:30 [---]    Number of CPUs: 2
13-Mar-2009 22:22:30 [---]    683 floating point MIPS (Whetstone) per CPU
13-Mar-2009 22:22:30 [---]    1140 integer MIPS (Dhrystone) per CPU
13-Mar-2009 22:22:31 [---] Resuming computation

Anyway, my question is: since a P4-HT only provides basic HyperThreading capability, what would be faster: running 1 SetiMB/AP process at the same time (and not incurring the overhead of the HT-ing), or do I indeed get the highest RAC when running 2 at the same time?

Regards, Patrick.

Offline Jason G

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Re: SetiBOINC on P4-HT, 1 or 2 processes?
« Reply #1 on: 13 Mar 2009, 05:42:22 pm »
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Anyway, my question is: since a P4-HT only provides basic HyperThreading capability, what would be faster: running 1 SetiMB/AP process at the same time (and not incurring the overhead of the HT-ing), or do I indeed get the highest RAC when running 2 at the same time?
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I tested this on my p4 3.2GHz ast year.  I get a fairly whopping 30% better overall throughput running Hyperthreaded, and the machine is more usable for other things too.  As they say though, "Your mileage may vary"

Offline PatrickV2

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Re: SetiBOINC on P4-HT, 1 or 2 processes?
« Reply #2 on: 13 Mar 2009, 06:03:09 pm »
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Anyway, my question is: since a P4-HT only provides basic HyperThreading capability, what would be faster: running 1 SetiMB/AP process at the same time (and not incurring the overhead of the HT-ing), or do I indeed get the highest RAC when running 2 at the same time?
...

I tested this on my p4 3.2GHz ast year.  I get a fairly whopping 30% better overall throughput running Hyperthreaded, and the machine is more usable for other things too.  As they say though, "Your mileage may vary"


OK, thanks for the feedback; I'll leave things as they are. ;)

Regards, Patrick.

 

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