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Diane and Harry SorgsProject donor
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Message 1346118 - Posted: 13 Mar 2013, 11:36:04 UTC

I'm running BOINC on a PC and two Macs. If I'm not mistaken, the Mac version is only 32 bit and doesn't take advantage of the GPU. I'm running a 3.4 GHz i7 with an AMD Radeon HD 6970M with 2GB. I feel like my machine is being underutilized.

I guess my questions are 1) Is my observation accurate and 2) are there any plans to upgrade the Mac version of the software to utilize 64 bit and GPU?

Just trying to be as effective a participant as possible.

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Message 1347554 - Posted: 17 Mar 2013, 5:33:11 UTC - in response to Message 1346118.

I'm running BOINC on a PC and two Macs. If I'm not mistaken, the Mac version is only 32 bit and doesn't take advantage of the GPU. I'm running a 3.4 GHz i7 with an AMD Radeon HD 6970M with 2GB. I feel like my machine is being underutilized.

I guess my questions are 1) Is my observation accurate and 2) are there any plans to upgrade the Mac version of the software to utilize 64 bit and GPU?

Just trying to be as effective a participant as possible.

thanks!


I just want to second this query. I would like to do more in less time, and my machine seems quite capable.

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Message 1347564 - Posted: 17 Mar 2013, 6:51:10 UTC

If a Mac behaves the same as a PC there may be a slight improvement in speed in going from 32-bit applications to 64-bit applications, but don't expect a massive jump.
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Message 1378017 - Posted: 7 Jun 2013, 13:30:56 UTC - in response to Message 1347564.

There are a fact for speed up calculations OS kernel must be in 64 bit mode.

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