archive: Re: SETI@home and processing time

Re: SETI@home and processing time

Stig Bull ( (no email) )
Thu, 20 May 1999 08:43:06 +0200

At 09:33 19.05.99 -0500, you wrote:
>I tried the screen blanking option someone suggested yesterday. I must
>admit that I was sceptical, because I have my energy star monitor set to go
>to standby and to power down automatically anyway.
>However, after a moment's thought, it seems obvious that the computer will
>still be writing to the video memory anyway. Selecting the screen banking
>option eliminates this process.
>The result--a 66% improvement (from 1 to 3 per cent per hour) on my 166
>pentuim. My 233 improved by 33%, but is now no faster than the improved
>Screen blanking is highly recommended. Thanks to whoever made the

My P200 NT workstation takes only about 42 hrs to complete a data unit when
the screen is blanked opposed to 70 hours with graphics.

However, it does not beat my 2 Linux _servers_ which spend about 30 hours
on a data unit - and they are lower-spec PC's (P166).


Stig Bull

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