Nvidia or AMD/ATI GPU required

Zac ID: 3290 Posts: 5
20 Jun 2013 05:34 PM

Good Day to you all. I have Charity Engine running on a few PCs/Macs. Just got the message on my Mac Pro that an Nvidia or AMD/ATI GPU is required to run the latest Charity Engine project. While this Mac Pro has 8 cores running at 3.2Ghz it doesn't have a very powerful graphics card, however the card is the standard that came with the machine and not especially powerful (ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB).

This is however an ATI graphics card so I don't understand the error message. I would be grateful if someone could explain the situation to me.



Matthew Rongey ID: 7556 Posts: 9
20 Jun 2013 08:26 PM

This is sort of a shot in the dark, but my 2009 MacBookPro has an nvidia card, but the computer itself does not support the OpenGL version required for most distributed computing programs to run on the GPU.

Jonathan Brier ID: 159 Posts: 112
21 Jun 2013 05:26 AM

Hi Zac,

Matthew's "shot in the dark" is part of the issue you are noticing.

Zac, I am guessing you are running a newer generic BOINC install and not the Charity Engine branded BOINC software to have seen this message?  The error is nothing really to worry about.  In fact it is a bit misleading in what it describes.  While you do have a GPU it does not fit the parameters required for the app we are running.

In your case this is due to the card not supporting double precision computing or OpenCL.

I hope this answers why you saw the message.  As we have yet to release the new version of Charity Engine with notifications this should be isolated to the generic BOINC users seeing this message.

Zac ID: 3290 Posts: 5
21 Jun 2013 07:27 AM

My Mac Pro is indeed running BOING 7.0.X (Not at the PC atm). It does seem that my PCs are coming up with the same Error and they are running Charity Engine branded software. The one I am currently on has an AMD Radeon HD 6450.

If this is another example of a Graphics card that is not compatible is there a list of what Cards are compatible?

Jo1252 ID: 1311 Posts: 81
21 Jun 2013 03:28 PM

I would also like to know what cards are currently supported by charity engine or those that will soon be supported.

Rytis Slatkevičius ID: 195 Posts: 56
24 Jun 2013 12:08 PM

At the moment we have testing support for cards that support OpenCL (both ATI/AMD and Nvidia). In the future we are planning to also support Nvidia CUDA.

Jo1252 ID: 1311 Posts: 81
08 Jul 2013 03:02 AM

Is there a way to opt-in for the testing of your apps ?

Jonathan Brier ID: 159 Posts: 112
15 Jul 2013 02:57 PM

We will announce testing opportunities as they arise.

Mark McA ID: 179 Posts: 210
15 Aug 2013 05:41 PM

Opt-in for testing the new version 7 is now available, folks: http://www.charityengine.com/forum/show-topic/1181