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ATI/AMD folders REJOICE!

Discussion in 'bit-tech Folding Team' started by Tattysnuc, 28 Dec 2011.

  1. Tattysnuc

    Tattysnuc Thinking about which mod to do 1st.

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    Just out of interest - what was the limitation for AMD? Client coding issue? GPU design issue?
     
  3. Lizard

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    I don't think anybody every came up with a definite reason. Personally, having worked with ATI/AMD for many years, I suspect its their very basic dev rel program at fault, whereas Nvidia gives loads of support to Stanford.
     
  4. Tattysnuc

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    The fact that running 2 clients simultaneously improves the performance (ppd wise) implies that it's a software driven constraint, so that certainly lends weight to your experience. The article gives me a bit more faith that one day someone's going to crack this and open it up to all hardware, not just NVidia's
     
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    But that's what makes me so crazy though - isn't this open source? Aren't there like hundreds of thousands of people running this and millions of AMD fans out there? Yet other open source projects get tons of free man-hours thrown into them!
     
  6. Lizard

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    No, while folding is distributed, the code itself isn't open source as (I'd imagine) Stanford needs to keep a very watchful eye on the accuracy of the results, something that wouldn't be possible if 3D party coders got involved.

    I'd agree with your frustration though - it's something I've communicated to AMD many times over the years, but as you know from also working with them - AMD is always strapped for resources.
     
  7. Chicken76

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    Ok, but this works on the 5xx0 and 6xx0 series, with their VLIW. What about the 7970 and it's design similar to Nvidia's?
     

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