FOR SCI­ENCE!

Maximum PC - - GPGPUS -

We’ve seen not only how stan­dard GPGPU prow­ess can help ac­cel­er­ate stan­dard ap­pli­ca­tions, but also how GPGPUs are en­abling high­per­for­mance com­put­ing so­lu­tions to build the next gen­er­a­tion of multi-exaop speed su­per­com­put­ers. The cores in those modern su­per­com­put­ers are still, at heart, the same CUDA cores as in your Nvidia GPU, and the same ca­pa­ble OpenCLpow­ered stream pro­ces­sors that AMD uses. So the ques­tion is, can you turn your home GPGPU to sci­ence? Of course you can!

FOLD­ING@HOME

(https://foldin­gath­ome.org)

This is the big­gest dis­trib­uted com­put­ing project in the world, and back in 2016, it broke through the 100 petaflops level. Down­load the client and you can help re­searchers ex­plore cures for Alzheimer’s, can­cer, Parkin­son’s dis­ease, Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­ease, and more.

SETI@HOME

(http://boinc.berke­ley.edu)

We’d be sur­prised if you hadn’t heard of Seti@home, be­cause it’s been search­ing for ex­trater­res­trial life since 1999. Berke­ley, which be­gan SETI, has ex­panded its dis­trib­uted com­put­ing sys­tem to a gen­eral open de­sign called Berke­ley Open In­fra­struc­ture for Net­work Com­put­ing, aka BOINC. This en­com­passes SETI@home and a whole lot more, and it also au­to­mat­i­cally takes ad­van­tage of any CUDA and OpenCL­ca­pable re­sources.

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