Can I have my computer work on more than one workunit at a time?

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The answer to this question is a very technical one that would require discussion of CPU architectures and the way they manipulate data.

The short answer is that it's not efficient to do so. The processing overhead required to keep multi-CPU or multi-core systems in sync with all other processors while manipulating the same task would generally be counter-productive. Therefore, it is best to allow each CPU (physical, virtual or logical) to work on it's own data set individually.

Currently, all BOINC projects do not allow working on the same task with all CPUs in a system as a user option.

Original writer Original FAQ Date
Ozzfan 115 10-01-2007

Needs rewrite to include GPU.