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Message 3895 - Posted: 31 Aug 2016, 5:25:41 UTC
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If I just have an at home small gaming computer, should i even bother? I know that every little bit counts, but when I start hearing people talk about running double cpu setups it kind of makes me think I brought a trowel to a construction site littered with excavators. Also is there any fruit of labor like thing going on here? Because I'm happy to donate my computer if I'm not using it, but it'd be nice to at least know what I'm supposedly helping create.

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Message 3901 - Posted: 9 Sep 2016, 0:42:07 UTC - in response to Message 3895.
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There are a lot of people here with single PC's or weak ones and still do crunching. I would argue that this is one of the lighter projects for CPU (usually) and a lot of people here are crunching on one machine. Those people can quickly add up to make a huge difference, so I would go for it!

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Message 3902 - Posted: 9 Sep 2016, 18:49:12 UTC
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Hello Yamasun,

First, thank you for supporting our project as much as you already have.

Second to answer your question,

If I just have an at home small gaming computer, should i even bother?
I say absolutely!! A good portion of the volunteers for the MindModeling project are running on single cpu machines just like AEM74 said above. Everyone who contributes is helping to advance Cognitive Science and our understanding of the human mind by running these computational cognitive models. Also, what you said above is really true, every little bit does help . You and everyone else are what makes projects like MindModeling possible! So, thank you for coming to support us.

Third, I have had this discussion in another post about getting you guys a list of all the publications MindModeling@Home has helped contribute too. This list should be coming your way soon, so you will be able to see exactly how you have helped contribute to Cognitive Science already.

We are working on a few more things as well and we will give you guys more information as we get closer to releasing them.

Hope this helps.

If you have any other questions or need anything please feel free to send me a pm or ask on the forums.

Thanks for your support and happy crunching,

Brandon

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Message 3903 - Posted: 10 Sep 2016, 3:39:33 UTC - in response to Message 3895.
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If I just have an at home small gaming computer, should i even bother? I know that every little bit counts, but when I start hearing people talk about running double cpu setups it kind of makes me think I brought a trowel to a construction site littered with excavators. Also is there any fruit of labor like thing going on here? Because I'm happy to donate my computer if I'm not using it, but it'd be nice to at least know what I'm supposedly helping create.


Think of it this way...the people with 64 or more core cpu's get random units just like you do, it may take searching thru 10,000 units to find the 1 unit that has the answer to the question in it, who gets that 1 unit is purely the luck of the draw. The person with 64 cpu cores runs thru 64 workunits at once, while you run thru 1 workunit at a time, but if YOUR pc is the one pc to come up with the key to the problem, those 64 cores weren't wasted, someone had to run thru them anyway just to be sure your pc's answer WAS right!!

Oh and as far as the credits earned by those 64 or more cpu core pc's, ALL those credits and 10 dollars can get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks, BUT without the 10 dollars you are NOT getting any coffee!!

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Message 3904 - Posted: 11 Sep 2016, 1:20:25 UTC - in response to Message 3903.
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Yea any cpu would help a lot big and small.

I would take step back and think what is important to me to contribute to, if i have big or small cpu would not make any different to it. If this is the case i would look rather take a look how efficient it is. A small cpu could be more efficient then a big cpu.

Pick the right project for you is most important you could do.

Mindemodeling do have publish a lot of info and got great feedback to the users. I would value this very high and use any cpu i could get to support this project.

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Message 3931 - Posted: 9 Oct 2016, 7:09:26 UTC
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Thank you very much for all the responses! Your words are encouraging and informative. Every little bit truly does count!

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Message 4006 - Posted: 13 Mar 2017, 0:16:31 UTC - in response to Message 3895.
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It's my understanding that this is the purpose of a large number of people being involved and contributing work done by their lowly idle home computer as opposed to having to spend a fortune on massive computing facilities. Many with a little can amount to more than a few with a lot! Even a small, old PC is contributing and that's all that matters. You're doing your part, and so you can be proud.

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