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Message 789491 - Posted: 29 Jul 2008, 12:44:21 UTC
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Hi all,

finally I have succeeded in installing Fedora 9 ppc on my PS3, and installed BOINC with yum ... but all I get from the projects in which I am participating is that they don't have a application for my platform "powerpc-pc-linux-gnu" :(

Can someone help me to get a platform "powerpc-pc-linux-gnu" application for this project ?
I know that such a application would only use the PPC core (with Altivec) of my CELL CPU, but better 1 of 7 cores than 0 of 7 !

If someone can tell me how to compile a platform "powerpc-pc-linux-gnu" for my PS3 myself, I could try this too, as in the long term I intend to optimize the sources for my PS3.

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Message 789746 - Posted: 30 Jul 2008, 4:58:13 UTC

Gaurav has build a PS3 application which uses the SPEs for the fftw tasks of the SETI application :
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=47395&nowrap=true#764065

It uses the SPEs not for all computations, so the performance is better as if PPE only would used.

The project is not sending out automaticly powerpc Linux applications. It must be installed manualy.
For the platform error, please check, if the files app_info.xml and setiathome-5... are installed right in the subdirectory where the BOINC client is installed (projects/setiathome.berkeley.edu/). After you have installed the app_info.xml, you need to stop the BOINC client and start it with "./boinc_client -update_prefs http://setiathome.berkeley.edu"
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Message 791130 - Posted: 1 Aug 2008, 22:02:48 UTC

Gaurav has also build an astropulse application which perfoms good on the PS3 : http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=48254&nowrap=true#791120
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Message 791307 - Posted: 2 Aug 2008, 9:30:13 UTC - in response to Message 789746.

The project is not sending out automaticly powerpc Linux applications. It must be installed manualy.
HOW do I install a PPC application MANUALLY ?

I know of Gauravs application, but I don't know where to get his applications, and I don't know how to install it manually anyway ...

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Message 791318 - Posted: 2 Aug 2008, 10:46:15 UTC
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Gaurav has build a binary for the new Astropulse applicaiton, which is avialable on my SETI download site.
You need also a BOINC client, which is also available here on my BOINC download site.

The BOINC, Astropulse and SETI packages include a install howto in opt/boinc/doc/install.boinc and install.astropulse where are all steps are described in detail.

The installation steps, if you are still attached to the SETI project :
- stop the BOINC client
- cd to the $BOINC_DIR/projects/setiathome.berkeley.edu/ directory. -> Change $BOINCDIR in the the directory where your BOINC client executabable (boinc_client) is located.
- Copy the Astropulse package into this directory
- unpack the Astropulse package : tar -xvzf astropulse-4.35_10.powerpc64-ps3-linux.tar.gz
- Select the AP application only : "cp app_info.xml_AP app_info.xml"
- cd to $BOINC_DIR
- restart the BOINC client with "./boinc_client --update_prefs http://setiathome.berkerley.edu
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Message 791934 - Posted: 3 Aug 2008, 9:34:05 UTC
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This project was especially developed for the PS3: http://www.ps3grid.net/. It uses 6 cores. See the FAQ section of the forum for how to set it up.
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Message 791953 - Posted: 3 Aug 2008, 11:10:30 UTC

I have made a mistake by the package bundeling of the PS3 application. The filename of the PS3 SPE appplication is astropulse-4.35_10.powerpc64-ps3-linux.tar.gz and not astropulse-4.35_10.powerpc-unknown-linux.tar.gz.
I am very sorry !
Please download the and install the PS3 SPE binary binary.
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Message 794675 - Posted: 8 Aug 2008, 18:26:13 UTC - in response to Message 791934.
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I have made a mistake by the package bundeling of the PS3 application. The filename of the PS3 SPE appplication is astropulse-4.35_10.powerpc64-ps3-linux.tar.gz and not astropulse-4.35_10.powerpc-unknown-linux.tar.gz.
I am very sorry ! Please download the and install the PS3 SPE binary binary.
Many thanks for your help, I will try it out as soon as I have time for my PS3 again.

This project was especially developed for the PS3: http://www.ps3grid.net/. It uses 6 cores. See the FAQ section of the forum for how to set it up.
I know of this project, but like Folding@home in the game OS of my PS3, this is one of the projects where I am not interested in participating ... please check my profile to see in which projects I want to participate ( except this project of course ).

MfG, MEX
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