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The first PI - Crunch data? (like seti etc)

Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 4:31 pm
by Mp4
I have the first model RPI (with Ethernet)

is it possible to crunch data for the likes of Cancer research with the unit?

or am i better off getting a Pi2?

Re: The first PI - Crunch data? (like seti etc)

Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 5:08 pm
by davidcoton
Any use that depends on particular software (BOINC, SETI, Folding at Home, etc) requires that software to be built for a Pi-capable OS and on the ARM6/7 architecture. The project I use (FaH) does not meet that requirement, so will not run on a Pi, not even on a Pi2. I suspect the same for other distributed computing (DC)projects.

Also consider that the Pi is low-powered as a PC, even the Pi2 will not contribute much to the total power of a DC project. Whether it's fast enough to be of any use will depend on the particular project.

Re: The first PI - Crunch data? (like seti etc)

Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:48 pm
by MarkHaysHarris777
... it also depends greatly on 'how many' PI 2 units are crunching - :P

Any project that can be built from sources will run on PI 2 also, as long as you have the dependencies on-board. If you don't have the sources, and the project isn't built for the Arm, then you're out of luck.

Check with the DC project and see if they have and arm build... see if anyone has built from sources for the RPi; as a side note, the RPi is a significant improvement in processing power about 6x faster... has four cores, as a for instance my PI b+ computes PI to 10,000+ places in 1m58s using python3 and pdeclib. My PI 2 computes PI to 10,000+ places in 1m12s !

Keep in mind the RPi was not designed as a high speed number cruncher... it was designed to help kids learn to program, and to help everyone learn how to connect a computer to the real hardware world.... so YMMV

regards,
8-)

Re: The first PI - Crunch data? (like seti etc)

Posted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 7:36 pm
by Mp4
Ah cheers guys.

I see now only a few are crunchable here with the PI and can't seem to find any to crunch for Cancer research.

meh my pi will remain in its box :(

Re: The first PI - Crunch data? (like seti etc)

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:49 pm
by Bikeman
Hi!

I would always recommend the project I work for, Einstein@Home ;-), but if you are looking for projects to find cures for diseases, maybe this is closest (malaria cures):

http://boinc.ucd.ie/

A list (not quite up-to date perhaps but should give a clue) of major BOINC projects is here (hint: look for those with a raspberry icon ;-) )

http://boinc.berkeley.edu/projects.php

For Einstein@Home, the Raspberry Pi2 is roughly 7 times more productive than the Raspberry Pi "1" B(+). The A model might not run all the projects because of RAM limitations.

Happy crunching
HB