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 LATEST TOPICS |  FORUMS » FOLDING @ HOME » FOLDING ON HPCS...
Subject: Folding on HPCS
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Dead Things Jan 24, 2012 01:30 PM Reply | Bookmark
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A few weeks ago, I signed up for the HP Cloud Services private Beta. Space was limited, and it was sure to be a fairly popular attraction, so I did not hold my hopes high. Today, I got my invitation to join, so I just activated my account.

As I indicated to HPCS upon signing up, I will be using it for folding. There are limits in terms of how many resources you can consume as a Beta tester. Of key relevance to folding, we are limited to 20 cores.

So, in order to max out the space available to me, I set up the following cloud servers:

2 x standard.2xlarge (8 vCPU / 32GB RAM / 960GB HDD)
1 x standard.xlarge (4 vCPU / 16GB RAM / 480GB HDD)

I just did this a few minutes ago, so haven't had a chance to login yet and set the cloud servers up - but a pair of 8-core servers plus a 4-core server might net somewhere around 40k to 50k PPD I'm guessing. If anybody wants a free (albeit time-limited) 50k PPD, I suggest signing up sooner rather than later. Over the past couple of days, many people who signed up under the auspices of folding have been getting approved, so the cat's out of the bag and space is, as I mentioned earlier, limited. So get it while the getting's good!

http://hpcloud.com/

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Hyperlight Jan 24, 2012 01:39 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I actually set this up last week. The boxes net around 50-60k PPD. For 2x8 core and a quad core.

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AmtrakQuebec Jan 24, 2012 01:39 PM Reply | Bookmark
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LMAO, I did the same thing! I got approved on the weekend but haven't had a chance to set it up yet... hopefully tonight!!!

EDIT: FYI, I see that HPCS is not folding again as of noon today.

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Dead Things Jan 24, 2012 01:45 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Pretty cool! Any tips?

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Hyperlight Jan 24, 2012 01:53 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Not really. I was hoping they would have windows options, but as they don't they boxes are just about useless to me cept for PPD.

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AmtrakQuebec Jan 24, 2012 02:34 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Here is a guide:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1202235/hpcs-folding-setup-guide

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Cannon Fodder Jan 24, 2012 02:39 PM Reply | Bookmark
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So what's the time limit, or do you know at this point in time?

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AmtrakQuebec Jan 24, 2012 02:46 PM Reply | Bookmark
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They haven't given us a timeframe but if it is like other HP beta's I've been involved with, I would say a few months.

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Entz Jan 24, 2012 03:55 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Good stuff, thanks guys. Signed up. Hopefully I will get approved!

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Gav777 Jan 24, 2012 04:53 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Signed up as well, thanks DT...You Da Man

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skinny_kid Jan 24, 2012 05:00 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Thanks DT, I just signed up as well.

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Tim_H Jan 24, 2012 05:25 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Nice!! just signed up. It'll be a nice little boost for a little while.

Good find

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Dead Things Jan 25, 2012 10:22 AM Reply | Bookmark
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When you guys sign up, try typing (^2)hpcloud in the Twitter field, where (^2) refers to an 'at' symbol (which is filtered on this forum). You might just find that your application is pre-qualified for immediate access.   

Don't expect the immediate access to be available for long, though...

 


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Entz Jan 25, 2012 11:14 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Tried it (thanks for the PM on HWC) but didn't get immediately let in. Basically got the same message as before.

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][' [[]] [[]] [[_ Jan 25, 2012 02:41 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Great, i do have a account now.

So whats next ?


Im gonna read that thread on OC



They ask me my credit card for being a beta tester ?? I will not be charged ?? really ?

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Entz Jan 25, 2012 02:41 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Ignore that, got in :D

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Entz Jan 25, 2012 02:49 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Oh and on a related note, it seems they added another server? I was able to create  2x8 on the first and 2x8 on the second

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Dead Things Jan 25, 2012 03:22 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I think that, as part of the Beta, they're also going to be testing their billing procedures - so you should probably expect to see some invoices for $0.00.

All my folding boxes run Ubuntu Server anyway, so this was an easy setup for me. But the guide on OCN is both thorough and nice n' easy to follow. However, I will encourage all NCIX team members joining the HPCS Beta to ignore the part of the OCN guide that talks about core spoofing. Fold with honour!

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Dead Things Jan 25, 2012 03:24 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Did your invitation email not say this?

...Please be aware that we are asking all Private Beta participants to:
1. Only create  instances in US West 2 - AZ2...


Mine did.

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Entz Jan 25, 2012 06:12 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Odd, mine didn't. I also never got any mention of 20 CPUs. Mine said:


1. We request you limit your HP Cloud Compute usage to 5 instances.
2. Limit HP Cloud Object Storage usage to 2TB of total data across the account.
3. Only use this beta for testing purposes. No production workloads should be hosted on the system at this time.

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Entz Jan 25, 2012 06:59 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Confirmed via the dashboard status window:


Private Beta Customers:

Customers currently in the Private Beta can now use BOTH US West 2 - AZ1 & AZ2 for all Compute Instance builds.

We are requesting that Private Beta customers limit their instance creation to 5 instances.

Overall account limits are any combination of 20 instances, 20 floating IPs, 20 VCPUs, 200 GB Ram, or 1000 GB HardDrive.


Bonus!!

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Dead Things Jan 25, 2012 07:22 PM Reply | Bookmark
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So you can use either or both servers now, but you're still limited to a total of 20 cores? Am I reading that correctly?

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AmtrakQuebec Jan 25, 2012 07:25 PM Reply | Bookmark
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that's what it looks like to me. The guy I spoke to at HP was pretty adamant about only using 20 cores.

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Entz Jan 25, 2012 07:27 PM Reply | Bookmark
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You are reading it correctly however the limits do not seem to be correct. For example it says a max of 1TB yet "standard.2xlarge" are 960GB each. It says 20 VCPU's , yet I have 36.

Perhaps its means per "compute server", not sure   :unsure:

Something isn't right, might have to contact HP.

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AmtrakQuebec Jan 25, 2012 07:30 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Ummm, these are just requests not limits. However, the guy at HP told that if they find people abusing these "requests", they might just shut them down, so caveat emptor

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Entz Jan 25, 2012 07:39 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Then its not a limit is it

Well I will post the question to them either way as I did some testing and the CPU "limit" seems to be per compute cluster/server (allocated space is ignored).

Confirmation is always a good thing. 2x 8 vCPU and 4x 8 vCPU makes a big difference in PPD   B)

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Rich_D Jan 25, 2012 07:58 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Wish I would have read this far BEFORE signing up. LOL

Hopefully I'll get a spot.

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Dead Things Jan 25, 2012 08:04 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Seems lots of folks are skirting the 20 vCPUs request. I'll be a good boy for now, but please do report back with any feedback you receive.

Don't worry Rich - you'll get in. Looks like they've opened the doors to all comers until the 28th at least.

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Tim_H Jan 25, 2012 09:49 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I was going to be good, then i wasn't. I'm going to once the current wu on the overage client. that'll be done soon I hope. I actually kinda forgot about it as the confirmation email didn't mention it, just the 2TB space limit and 5 instances

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Tim_H Jan 26, 2012 06:54 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Just a quick note, for those who don't have a linux machine/vm around, the guys at EVGA have written a guide for setting up the ssh sessions for windows using Putty

http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?high=&m=1420042&mpage=1#1420042

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