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Old 2010-08-23, 06:17   #1
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Default Separation of GPU contributions

Is it possible to distinguish GIMPS contributions by GPUs from those by CPUs? I think it'd be valuable to have those reported separately, now that GPUs are making significant progress in TFing LMH ranges.

I propose that the PrimeNet/GIMPS databases have a new category established for contributions by Graphical Processing Units, so that these can be tracked separately.

As a start, I urge the invention of some way by which the GPU contributors can include some GPU-designator in their result reports.
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Old 2010-08-23, 11:23   #2
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Is it possible to distinguish GIMPS contributions by GPUs from those by CPUs? I think it'd be valuable to have those reported separately, now that GPUs are making significant progress in TFing LMH ranges.

I propose that the PrimeNet/GIMPS databases have a new category established for contributions by Graphical Processing Units, so that these can be tracked separately.

As a start, I urge the invention of some way by which the GPU contributors can include some GPU-designator in their result reports.
Just one question about it: why?

I read a similar question when Pentium 4 was out...

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Old 2010-08-23, 18:56   #3
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because, as GPU are much faster than CPU, CPu 'competitor' have no chance to catch GPU user. he just want a 'special' category where CPU user can compete each other. (It just remind me of the special olympic. Or for a better image a race of 1/2 miles for men on foot, and the same in dragster... not the same category at all.No offense meant)

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Old 2010-08-23, 19:02   #4
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And what's about users with a great firepower?

Some users have many cores to crunch, others a few or only one!

It's almost the same with GPU's, so I think there shouldn't be a differentiation here.
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Old 2010-08-23, 19:07   #5
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I think it would interesting to see how much of a contribution is presently coming from GPUs. I don't care about the the other reasons mentioned above. After some time when more GPUs are being used and they become common place then the statistic would no longer be interesting.
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Old 2010-08-24, 07:05   #6
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Just one question about it: why?
It just struck me as something interesting. I guess there's no important reason.
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Old 2010-08-24, 23:21   #7
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I think it would interesting to see how much of a contribution is presently coming from GPUs. I don't care about the the other reasons mentioned above. After some time when more GPUs are being used and they become common place then the statistic would no longer be interesting.
Ditto.
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