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    Beta V7 Client Released

    Update,

    Anyone brave enough to try the new BETA client(s) ?




    Beta Testers,

    I am happy to announce that after many months of development and testing the new version 7 Folding@home client software is now available for open-beta testing. The V7 client is a complete rewrite of the previous client for Windows, OS-X and Linux with the following goals:

    1. To make the installation and startup user-friendly for the novice.
    2. To integrate the user interface into a single Monitor/Control program that manages the functionality previously contained in separate clients.
    3. To create a forward-looking design that can be readily expanded to incorporate new Folding Cores without the need to issue new client releases.
    4. To greatly improve previously problematic aspects including support for SMP, GPU, and the 3D viewer.


    *** Getting Started ***
    Please consider reading one of the guides listed in the documentation section, but if you want to dive right in you can start by downloading and installing the new client.

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    *** Documentation ***
    Install and user guides can be found here:

    https://fah-web.stanford.edu/projects/FAHClient/

    *** Features ***
    The new client has too many features to list but here are some of the highlights:

    * Improved Windows installer with support for Windows XP, Vista, 2008 and Windows 7.
    * 64-bit OS-X install package. (32-bit in the works).
    * Debian/Ubuntu and RedHat/Fedora/CentOS 32-bit and 64-bit Linux packages.
    * Low priority background operation has very little impact on your computers usability. You should hardly notice Folding@home is running when using other applications.
    * A more compatible and stable 3D protein viewer with several view modes, rotation, zoom, online help and interpolated protein animations.
    * Separate but integrated console client (FAHClient), user interface (FAHControl) and 3D protein viewer (FAHViewer).
    * Novice, Advanced & Expert user interface modes. (See drop down list in FAHControl.)
    * Support for more than one Folding Slot (UNI, SMP or GPU).
    * Ability to monitor, configure and control many remote folding clients from a single computer.
    * Very low CPU overhead for FAHClient, FAHControl and FAHViewer. 3D viewer overhead can be minimized by disabling rotating and protein animation.
    * Single client for normal (Uniprocessor), SMP (Multiple CPUs) and GPU (Graphics Processors) folding.


    *** Bugs/Tickets ***
    The V7 client has undergone months of testing but due to the complex nature of distributed computing, the many features provided by the Folding@home client and the difficulties of simultaneously supporting software on Windows, OS-X and Linux there are still some open bugs, feature requests and likely other as of yet undiscovered issues. The beta testing process will help us test new features and fix any remaining bugs before we make a full public release. That said the open-beta V7 client is very usable and has many advantages over the previous client releases.

    In an effort to increase the transparency of our development process we have decided to open read-only access to our bug tracking system. We are currently using Trac, a Web based system which, among other things, manages a database of tickets. Each ticket represents either a bug or feature request of some component of the Folding@home client software. You can view the list of open tickets here:

    v7 Client, Open Tickets Ordered by Milestone and Priority

    *** Getting Help ***
    Aside from the documentation the best place to get help is in this forum. If you do have a problem post a message. There are many knowledgeable people ready and willing to help you but keep in mind we greatly appreciate thorough reports delivered by patient people who can keep a cool head even when things go wrong.

    *** Contributing ***
    There are many ways to contribute to the Folding@home project. Here are some ideas:

    * Thoroughly investigate and report a bug or idea for a new feature.
    * Organize a folding team.
    * Organize a Folding@home event in your community to help bring in new folders.
    * Write a blog entry about Folding@home. This can be great even if yours is not a technical blog.
    * Post a message to your friends and family on Facebook urging them to fold.
    * Help someone install Folding@home or solve a problem.
    * Tell us what you think of the new client.


    *** Final Notes ***
    We are very excited to see this software make its way around the world improving and expanding Folding@home and thereby increasing our understanding of how proteins fold and ultimately helping to find cures for some of our societies scariest diseases. We greatly appreciate your participation and understand that without your generous contributions of time and computing resources there would be no Folding@home.

    So dive right in and let us know about your experience.


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    Re: Beta V7 Client Released

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    Re: Beta V7 Client Released

    This is a huge update. Many of the client updates will effectively replace the need for external programs like HFM, FAHmon, GPUtracker etc. I'll have to get a test rig up and running with the client and see how it works


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    Re: Beta V7 Client Released

    FYI...

    Off the bat, it will download a regular SMP unit...Before you have a chance to enable -bigadv


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    Re: Beta V7 Client Released

    I have heard that. I'll do it on my dormant s775 GPU rig before touching the SR-2. I've also heard its kind of a mess on Linux, which is what I want to switch to on the SR-2, so I'll be waiting until thats sorted


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    Re: Beta V7 Client Released

    Quote Originally Posted by Activate: AMD View Post
    I have heard that. I'll do it on my dormant s775 GPU rig before touching the SR-2. I've also heard its kind of a mess on Linux, which is what I want to switch to on the SR-2, so I'll be waiting until thats sorted
    Yea,

    I need to build a rig to try this out on, (don't want to mess up whats working) I have some screenies of the setup for the software impaired that i can put up if needed.


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