[H]ard|OCP's Distributed Computing Guides: (source)
- BOINC client optimized for multisocket machines [Linux]
- [H] Ubuntu DC Appliance -- alternative approach to Linux crunching/folding
- BOINC configurations and How To's
- Supermicro H8QGi/6 and H8QGL Next Generation OC BIOS
- Watercooling Component Guide for a 4P
- CM Hyper 212+ - Alternative G34 Mounting Method
- 2P and 4P system guide
Overclock.net BOINC Guides and Tutorials: (source)
Misc. BOINC Guides and Tutorials:
Cooling and power best practices for distributed computing projects1. Choose a quality power supply
- Power supply with higher 80 plus rating will provide lowest cost of operation, as well as produce less heat
- From highest(most efficient) to lowest(least efficient): 80+ Titanium, 80+ Platinum, 80+ Gold, 80+ Silver, 80+ Bronze, and 80+
- Reputable brands such as Corsair, Antec, BeQuiet or Seasonic have proven to operate at high loads for long periods of time
- Avoid EPS splitters to power motherboards
- Avoid using PCI-E power splitters
- If making splices always solder
- Male PCI-E ends can be re-pinned to EPS.
- Use high quality powered riser cables.
- Use cord included with PSU
- Ensure any surge protector has a least 12ga wire when running multiple machines from one surge strip
- Do not ever plug a surge bar into another surge bar
- Avoid any light gauge cables, especially on high-draw applications
- Avoid the use of extension cords
- Always ensure you have air flow over and under motherboard. Position these fans to the edge of the board. You want a good flow over top and bottom of board.
- Ensure ambient air movement around GPUs
- When possible, apply heat sinks to VRMs. Cool with fans
- If not using a case (naked) do use stand offs to suspend board off of any broad surfaces
- Use larger coolers to dissipate more heat
- PWM fans can ramp up/down based on heat, minimum duty cycles can be specified on some motherboards.
- Using software (Windows) to manual control or monitor GPU temps or adjust GPU fan, such as ATI’s Catalyst control center, Nvidia control panel, Trixx(ATI), MSI Afterburner (ATI & Nvidia), or EVGA Precision-X (Nvidia)
- Monitor ambient temps using a thermometer (IR thermometers can be used to monitor CPU sockets, boards, chips, and other devices)
- Do be mindful of breaker or fusing limits. If a breaker trips on a regular basis, REDUCE THE LOAD.
- It is recommended to use dedicated breakers for high draw applications (multiple 4p or multi GPU machines)
- For "farm" DC projects, consult an electrician for your application. We do not advocate DIY electricians.
- A Kill A Watt can be used to measure the draw in watts or amps to avoid overloading circuits.