Guide To Setting Up Stanfords SMP Windows Client

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Author: PV5150
Source: Overclock3d.net

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Installation continued

Run install.bat (see image below) from within the SMP install directory to complete the installation. This will install MPI services that the client needs. If you have Windows Firewall enabled, you may get a pop-up window asking if you should give access to the smpd and mpiexec programs. Grant access. If you use an alternate firewall product, you will likely have to make a similar exception for smpd.

Important directory files

Install.bat password screen


# Note:
The username and password you provide for mpiexec should be your Windows login that you will run the client under. This is used for authentication on your local machine. It is cached in encrypted form in your Registry and is not transmitted to FAH servers.

Install.bat

At the end of the install process, you should see two lines of output: If you see this twice, MPI is working. If you do not see these lines, do not start the client. MPI is not successfully installed, and the client will not run successfully.


3. Run fah.exe.
You will need to run fah.exe in order to start the SMP client. You may get a pop-up firewall window here; if so just allow it. Stanford do not currently support running the SMP client as a service, so when setting up your configuration answer NO when prompted. Running the SMP client as a service may cause issues when it comes time to send the completed work unit (WU) to Stanford's collection servers.

fah.exe config

I have included the screenshot above with part of the client configuration included, but if you want to see how it should be completed have a look at NickS' great guide in setting up the 'config' here (towards bottom of the first post). Just remember to say NO to running the client as a service.

Before restarting your computer go back to your installation directory and right click on the fah.exe file and 'send a shortcut to the desktop'. This will make it easier for starting the client after a restart. You may now restart your PC and use the shortcut you've just created to start the SMP client. Just remember that if you close the fah.exe window after you have started the simulation, you stop the client.

fah.exe working

So there you have it...Stanford's Windows SMP client up and running quietly in the background. Now get ready for some serious number crunching, and a healthy point value on your [email protected] team score. I hope that you have found this guide both informative and easy to understand, but if you have some suggestions for improving the article feel free to send me a PM with your ideas. Alternatively, if you have any problems with setting the SMP client up after reading this article feel free to ask in the appropriate section of the forum , and I'll be glad to help.

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19-06-2007, 08:11:51

Rastalovich
Excellent guide PV, hope it didn`t dent u`r hols too much >.<

Am I to assume straight-off-the-bat, that if u`r using a stripped install of XP with amoungst other things .Net framework (V2) not installed - unless u choose to install it, u can`t run SMP ?Quote

19-06-2007, 08:12:45

Toxcity
Truely amazing guide PV!

But should I wait for my current work units to finish before I start running the SMP console?Quote

19-06-2007, 08:14:00

PV5150
Thanks Rastalovich it was my pleasure. I still have plenty of hols yet to burn, so it's cool.

In answer to your question, unfortunately the SMP client requires .NET in order to run simulations.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Toxcity
Truely amazing guide PV!

But should I wait for my current work units to finish before I start running the SMP console?
Thanks Toxcity...that help you out? Yes you should finish your current WU's otherwise they will simply be passed onto someone else to do. Plus it's results that Stanford will have to wait further time forQuote

19-06-2007, 08:16:42

PV5150
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Toxcity'
Truely amazing guide PV!

But should I wait for my current work units to finish before I start running the SMP console?
Thanks Toxcity...that help you out? Yes you should finish your current WU's otherwise they will simply be passed onto someone else to do. Plus it's results that Stanford will have to wait further time for.Quote

19-06-2007, 08:19:53

Rastalovich
In relation to the Tox question, I would *like* to assume that a work folder is a work folder and u should be able to transfer one to the other - however, in this crazily slanted world we live in, I bet u can`t >.< I guess the same thought should be given to making mac work folders work in pcs and vice-versa, but ???

I`d be interested if any fashion of `queueing` could be sorted out for work-loads. Reason I ask is if u have 10 pcs folding, then suddenly have to use these pcs for something else, it`d be ideal to gather up all the work folders on each one and be able to stack it all on another pc to be dealt with when it has time. It`s a pita to make the thing ask for net acess and introduce folders from another pc and so on..Quote
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