1) Message boards : Number crunching : Is the user base/project participants growing a bit too large, for our server? (Message 13194)
Posted 29 Mar 2006 by Gareth Lock
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Yeah... Ipoorman... Great idea for a central BOINC newsletter. It would certainly remove some of this uncertainty from the BOINC scene. Updates from all projects both scientific and technological. How about US participants contributing interesting BOINC related stuff too... I know for a fact, the countless times I've posted the same information on heat/hardware related issues regarding BOINC machines that this sort of thing would be better covered in a newsletter or even a mini-site that all projects can post to, thus putting all BOINC news in one place.

It's all well and good having a website per project, but it would be interesting don't you think to put all tech/scientific progress and articles answering those all too common newbie posts that so frequently appear on all the projects boards in one place. I know there's the WIKI, but that can only go into so much depth, and doesn't attempt (nor should it) to cover the scientific angle of each project. Plus it gives the new user more information and a different type of information about a project than he/she could glean by reading the oh so short introductory pages on some of the project sites.
2) Questions and Answers : Wish list : Source of sixtrack to re-compile with AMD64 (Message 8192)
Posted 28 Jun 2005 by Gareth Lock
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Yeah... I'd like to see this too... Athlon64 boxes are becoming more common now (running both Win x64 & Linux flavours of OS) it would be nice to have x64 Win versions of all major crunchers soon. If you don't fancy releasing source, just make another compile... Currently I'm running WinXP Pro on the 64 box, but am thinking of switching as soon as WinXP Pro x64 (or whatever MS decide to call it) becomes stable and is widely accepted.

3) Questions and Answers : Wish list : drop deadline mode (started in BOINC 4.43) (Message 8191)
Posted 28 Jun 2005 by Gareth Lock
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> The theory is that yes, P@H WUs will get processed first due to their
> deadline, but while they are running, BOINC is keeping track of how long they
> run. When they are complete, BOINC will not download any more P@H work until
> the other projects are able to catch up on CPU time, according to your
> resource share.
>
> So your resource shares are being met, just over a longer term.
>
>

This is exactly what is happening with the new shedular and it kicks ass in my opinion... MUCH better than the timeslice system previously implemented... I have two boxes running four projects each, all projects have 100% share 100/4 = 25... 25% per project, per box. I haven't missed a deadline yet!! Short of the ones that the client lost track of during upgrades/restores.

4) Questions and Answers : Windows : Site says no work, but both my boxes are getting regular supplies. (Message 8060)
Posted 13 Jun 2005 by Gareth Lock
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> Two things are going on here:
>
> 1) The status is is cached, and updated every few minutes so that the database
> doesn't have to be queried every time someone visits the home page. If a few
> WUs pass deadline and are re-issued then they'll become available and be
> downloaded. Unless the timing is spot on the WUs will all be gone before the
> status is updated.
>
> 2) CERN have reworked their scheduler and job submission scripts recently. It
> seem that the status hasn't been linked to the new software yet, so it always
> display 'Out of work' even when there is some.
>

Firstly, I should of thought of expired deadlines I suppose DUH!! The second point you make was more like I was hinting at. Thanks for the explaination though.

5) Questions and Answers : Windows : "zero cpu time" bug (Message 8023)
Posted 8 Jun 2005 by Gareth Lock
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> I have pref set to remove from memory (running WinME). It crunchs a WU for an
> hr, paused that WU to crunch another, then when it comes back to that WU it
> starts over from zero time and zero progress. Guess a temp fix would be to
> increase the time per WU up 30 mins to see if will take care of it. It's also
> mentioned in this thread: http://lhcathome.cern.ch/forum_thread.php?id=1181
> (Sorry i don't know how to make that a hyperlink on this board)
>

In answer to your hyperlink... Just do it like any other HTML with <a href="..."> whatever!! </a>

6) Questions and Answers : Windows : MS AntiSpyware Settings Cause (Message 8022)
Posted 8 Jun 2005 by Gareth Lock
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Been using MS anti-spyware since I first heard MS had brought out giant. No problems like this to report, even with real-time protection turned on. Indeed I have one of my crunchers on 24/7 and not had anything like this happen.

7) Questions and Answers : Windows : Site says no work, but both my boxes are getting regular supplies. (Message 8018)
Posted 8 Jun 2005 by Gareth Lock
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The status of the project on the front page of the site states that there is no work available, but both my boxes have been getting work over the last couple of days... Only one or two WUs at a time, but work none the less... Just wondered what's happening here...

8) Questions and Answers : Windows : Answers to heat related problems here!! (Message 8017)
Posted 8 Jun 2005 by Gareth Lock
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That link has now changed... The site is down at the moment, but I'm hoping to get it back up before the end of next week. The link you want is here.

Again... Sorry about the downtime.

9) Questions and Answers : Windows : Answers to heat related problems here!! (Message 6975)
Posted 12 Apr 2005 by Gareth Lock
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I'll correct the error in the link here.

Sorry about the gaff, but it was god knows how early this morning!!
10) Questions and Answers : Windows : Answers to heat related problems here!! (Message 6963)
Posted 11 Apr 2005 by Gareth Lock
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Recently I've seen quite a few posts on various BOINC forums asking about what to do to get a machine running cool again. So... Being a PC builder myself, I've put together a few words on the subject which can be found on my SETI/BOINC page here

Hope this helps

11) Questions and Answers : Windows : Client does not resume WUs (Message 6154)
Posted 27 Feb 2005 by Gareth Lock
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Read this post. It might explain a few things.
12) Questions and Answers : Windows : No go with Version 4.22 All WUWUs Error out. (Message 6067)
Posted 25 Feb 2005 by Gareth Lock
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Just resumed the project and updated the client, has got work and is crunchiing OK. Sig problem solved.
13) Questions and Answers : Windows : No go with Version 4.22 All WUWUs Error out. (Message 5997)
Posted 23 Feb 2005 by Gareth Lock
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> This should be fixed in the 4.64 version of sixtrack. It is supposed to be out
> however I just downloaded more work for 4.63.
>
Count yourself lucky that you can do any work at all...

Come on LHC!!
14) Questions and Answers : Windows : No go with Version 4.22 All WUWUs Error out. (Message 5924)
Posted 22 Feb 2005 by Gareth Lock
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Getting the same on my two 4.22 clients. Have done the same as above. Reset projects de-attach, re-attach. Still no good.



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