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TPU's Fall 2015 WCG Crunching Challenge- October 16th thru 23rd (join us!)

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** UPDATE- Challenge starts soon- Get Ready Team!!!**

TPU's Fall 2015 WCG Crunching Challenge- join us October 16th (0:00

UTC)
thru October 23rd, 2015 (24:00 UTC) time to crunch/fold and win some cool stuff!!!

Welcome to TPU's Fall 2015 WCG Crunching Challenge
Cooler weather is here and Fall is in the air for a lot of us... which is PERFECT CRUNCHING WEATHER!!! :rockout:










A great time to get together and warm the cool air with a little digital heat for a good cause. We're hoping that you can join us in this mission.




Link to official Challenge:
https://secure.worldcommunitygrid.org/team/challenge/viewTeamChallenge.do?challengeId=7518
We have opened this Challenge to show our continued support for the important work done by the World Community Grid and Folding@Home.
The plan:
Have some friendly competition between WCG Teams as well as within our TPU Teams and hopefully get a few of our fellow TPU'ers to join in.
Fellow TPU members and WCG crunchers are invited to join our Team to heat up some silicon for a good cause, hang out, have a little fun, and even get a chance to win some

great prizes.
How to join:
* note- our Challenge is for WCG Team crunching. However, we work closely with the TPU folding Team and we will be sharing prizes with active TPU folders- If you

have a Radeon 7750/GeForce 560 or better gpu and want to try folding then you are welcome to do that. ;)
For crunching....
Follow this link to register and join our Team:

http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/reg/viewRegister.do?teamID=S8TLJ6TFV1
Once you're registered you can follow the prompts and install software- it's all pretty straight forward
If you have any questions you can post them in this thread, our Team thread, or PM an existing Team member.
Our Team thread:
http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/tpus-wcg-boinc-team.85784/
For folding....
See this thread to get started:

http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/easy-setup-for-folding-home.200520/
If you have any questions you can post them in this thread, the folding Team thread, or PM an existing Team member.
Folding Team thread:
http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/tpus-f-h-team.13038/
Some of our past Challenge threads:

Many more here too:
http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/tpu-wcg-challenges-thread.111360/
Challenges link at WCG:
http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/team/challenge/viewTeamChallengeHistory.do?teamId=S8TLJ6TFV1
See the next post for prize info- under construction...., check for updates frequently!
 
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As with many of our Challenges we have a few prizes available :toast:


*Note on Challenge prizes. Our prizes are donated by WCG-TPU Team members "By Cruncher's for Crunchers" for the purpose of assisting the Team to continue to maintain our rigs, grow our membership (or our crunching farms), and to promote the good work of crunching in general.

Grand Prize: Win an EVGA SR-2 (2P) motherboard and cpu Combo* - donated by @twilyth

Specifications/Details
Motherboard: EVGA Classified SR-2
Processor(s): 2x Xeon E5645 ES (2.4Ghz 6c/12t)
Cooling: included (specs TBA)
Memory: included (specs TBA)
*available to Team members in the USA (Canada/Mexico if extra shipping is paid)- shipping would be too difficult otherwise

Special prize for a dedicated TPU cruncher/folder
Win a water cooled GTX 680 and Swiftech H220X AIO water cooler donated by @theonedub

Specifications/Details
- Inno3D iChill GTX 680 4GB
- EK FC Copper Acetal CSQ water block
- EK CSQ backplate
- Swiftech H220X AIO water cooler

- Donated to a dedicated TPU cruncher/folder
- Winner uses the card for TPU folding or crunching
- Winner has at least 5 million points crunching or folding for TPU by the end of the challenge
Shipping terms- available USA members only
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*available to Team members in the USA - shipping would be too difficult otherwise

The winner of the Grand or Special Prize will need to declare that he/she will dedicate a minimum of 6 months crunching or folding for the Team WCG-TPU with the prize.


Other Prizes
*Note-If anyone is interested in donating a prize- please contact me
Hardware/Software Prizes
- $25 PayPal gift (x2) - provided by @Norton
- $25 PayPal gift (x2) - provided by @xvi
- Windows 7 Pro key (x4) - provided by [Ion]
- MSI Z77A-GD65 and i3-2100 combo- provided by [Ion]
- Windows 7 Pro key (x3) - provided by @T-Bob
- ID Cooling FROSTFLOW 120 AIO - provided by @sneekypeet
- Cougar 550M Optical Gaming Mouse - provided by @sneekypeet
- Corsair Gaming Strafe Mechanical Keyboard (Cherry MX Red) - provided by @sneekypeet

Additional prizes TBA
*available to Team members in the USA (Canada/Mexico if extra shipping is paid)- shipping would be too difficult otherwise

Game giveaway- hosted by manofthem
Link: TBA
*Game giveaway ends TBA so check it out/get your votes in ASAP!!!

Requirements/terms to qualify for a prize:
* in order for your name to be drawn- you would need to be a member of this forum also (we will draw according to forum name so please post if WCG name is different)
- Participate for the duration of the TPU Fall 2015 WCG Crunching Challenge
- Earn a minimum of 5,000 BOINC points for Team WCG-TPU during the Qualifying period (see below)
- Qualifying period ends when all participants reach 5,000 BOINC points or 10/31/2015 (whichever comes 1st)
- Winners will be chosen randomly at the end of the qualifying period.
- Participation in the Game giveaway will require that you are actively crunching during this Challenge

Special Requirements for Grand or Special prizes
- will require crunching and/or folding during the challenge at the Top 30 level in either crunching or folding
- a special drawing will be held requiring opt in
- winner will need to be a current TPU cruncher or folder as of 10/1/2015
- additional details TBA

How Random Winners Will be Drawn (see below):
To ensure everyone gets a fair shake and to minimize any potential conflict of interest while maintaining the highest level of transparency- I have drafted a new way to draw winners. The system uses (3) members and works as follows:

Originally Posted by The System

Member 1: This member creates a list of all qualified participants usernames. This list is sent to Member 2.

Member 2: Using the list of names, Member 2 will assign each entrant a unique number. A list of the usernames with the unique numbers is sent back to Person 1. The list of just the random numbers is sent to Member 3.

Member 3: Member 3 has a list of just numbers. They use Random.Org or whatever random system to select which number wins a given prize. The list of winning numbers and the associated prize is then sent back to Member 1.

Member 1: Using the lists, Member 1 ‘decodes’ the winning numbers into the winning usernames and posts the results.

The lists are sent as Private Messages through the forum. This establishes an electronic record of everything while also preventing alterations of lists after the drawing.

When the winning usernames are posted by Member 1, Member 2 can verify that the number belongs to the correct username and Member 3 verifies that the number was actually pulled as a winner.

The system makes sure that there is no bias or other favoritism at play when winners are drawn. Winners are drawn based on a random number instead of usernames- where a possibility exists to redraw if that person doesn’t like who won, draw a friend, draw themselves, pass on new members, or skip doing a random drawing all together.

My hope is that this will alleviate any concerns about drawings and their legitimacy. If it works smoothly, I would like to see this become the new standard when conducting giveaways that have prizes donated by the community.

If there are any questions about this system, drop me a PM.

Note(s):
- If for some reason you cannot participate at the start of the Challenge you may still qualify for the prizes, PM me to discuss your situation and we'll make those decisions on an individual basis ;)


Challenge Participants:

*WCG user name in () if different from TPU user name

list pending...
 
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I'm ready! :toast:
 
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Already?! I better get on firing up my rigs.
 
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AWWW HELL YEAH! I'll be moving my 2P E5 setup offsite tomorrow to a land of free electricity. Gonna see what other arrangements can be made too for other systems :)
 
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Is it challenge time again? Maybe this will hurry me up to reorganize my rigs.
 
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started last week on the 3570K :) it will be running 24/7 during the challenge as i'm to wrapped up in Destiny on my XB1 to even play games :p
 

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Here we go!!!!!!!

Of course I'm in. :p
 
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Joined the team. Time to crunch some numbers.
 

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Joined the team. Time to crunch some numbers.
And welcome aboard :)
Those Westmere Xeons are pretty sweet....getting close to 17k PPD from my dual X5650 setup so yours should do damn fine as well :)
 
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time to restart crunching. :)
 

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Wait, I don't get that, 17K, What clock speed?
Stock. It's a Dell workstation. No OCing.
But it's running only VINA WUs on Linux, so it's in a pretty good position there :)
 
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I need to get my two set back up for some crunching action again.
 
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ooh 3 days to go.... sadly i wont be able to run 24/7 as i only got my PC for gaming (well atleast for powerful games/ require DX11 otherwise i can use XP rig :rolleyes:), now to setup WCG and crunch on :toast:
 

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Stock. It's a Dell workstation. No OCing.
But it's running only VINA WUs on Linux, so it's in a pretty good position there :)
Ok.
I was curious because my X5675 Does between 10K/11K/12K
 

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Ok.
I was curious because my X5675 Does between 10K/11K/12K
But that's just a dual-quad, right?
PPD is highly variable--seen it as low as 11k and as high as 19k. The OET WUs have a lot of PPD variation in them, which I don't really understand.
 

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But that's just a dual-quad, right?
PPD is highly variable--seen it as low as 11k and as high as 19k. The OET WUs have a lot of PPD variation in them, which I don't really understand.

Nope, x5675 is a hex core chip
 

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But that's just a dual-quad, right?
PPD is highly variable--seen it as low as 11k and as high as 19k. The OET WUs have a lot of PPD variation in them, which I don't really understand.
you said (getting close to 17k PPD from my dual X5650 setup)
When you said dual did you mean 2 Machines or 2 CPU's?
 

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Nope, x5675 is a hex core chip
Oops. I know my X5672s are just quads and thought these were too.
you said (getting close to 17k PPD from my dual X5650 setup)
When you said dual did you mean 2 Machines or 2 CPU's?
One dual-CPU system (2x X5650, 4GB RAM, Quadro FX580, Linux Mint 17.2 x64)
 

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Oops. I know my X5672s are just quads and thought these were too.

One dual-CPU system (2x X5650, 4GB RAM, Quadro FX580, Linux Mint 17.2 x64)
I did understand right, one dual X5675, 8gb ram, Ubuntu, i think my PPD are too low for those CPUs.
 
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Those Westmere Xeons are pretty sweet....getting close to 17k PPD from my dual X5650 setup so yours should do damn fine as well :)
I get about the same from my dual X5680 system and that's with some intermittent gaming. Anyways, count me in as always. No I won't game during the challenge:D
 
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