1) Message boards : Number crunching : Computation error (Message 22355)
Posted 29 May 2010 by Daxa
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I have an unusual idea:

Extract the LHC graphics code into a stand-alone "demo" screen saver (not associated with the BOINC screen saver or the BOINC manager.) -- i.e. on Windows it would be called something like LHCsaver.scr

Then strip the graphics code from the actual applications (SixTrack, etc.) graying out the Show Graphics button in the BOINC manager. This part has been suggested in many posts, including one by Neasan.

Finally, add some simple options to the stand-alone screen saver, like Username, Number of Loops, Number of ?, etc. and just run it when you want to see the oh-so nifty graphics. The disadvantage: Since it will always be a "demo", it will never show information associated with a real workunit. On the upside, you can use the LHC screen saver ...even when you don't have any workunits to crunch. A download link for the screen saver would be necessary; it could be added to the front page.

VoilĂ . Pretty graphics and no one (WU) gets hurt!

Yeah!!

-Daxa


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2) Questions and Answers : Windows : Compution error for LHC@home after click \'show graphics\' (Message 22349)
Posted 25 May 2010 by Daxa
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Yes!

No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is what happens when you get a WU and you are SOOOO exited... then, while it's actually running you want to look at the SUPER-COOL SCREENSAVER and eagerly click on the show graphics button.

Death. Computation Error. I look for a sharp object.

This same problem has been a bit of an issue for years, but now it's happening every time.

Every time, Alex.

Every time, Neasan.

Neasan, you actually listen quite often. Please fix this before my heart breaks into a quintillion little sub-atomic pieces and my soul exits with a computation error. Alex, you probably don't give a rat's ass (correct me if I'm wrong.)

Humbly,

-Daxa
3) Message boards : Number crunching : wtf?... this project rarely has work?! -- it's dying (Message 21850)
Posted 20 Feb 2010 by Daxa
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Check the message boards in the Cafe, more specifically the \\\\\\\"apologies\\\\\\\" thread. If there\\\\\\\'s too much text, skip everything except the bigmac posts. There you will see that your post here was unfounded.


Imagine a worm sitting on a hook, holding up a sign that says "BAIT" in fish language... oh yeah, now I remember, fish don't read.

Did you notice I've been with this project since 2006 and have nearly 100 posts under my belt? Lighten up, buddy!

-Daxa


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4) Message boards : Number crunching : wtf?... this project rarely has work?! -- it's dying (Message 21847)
Posted 18 Feb 2010 by Daxa
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I'm not a troll. I've been with this project for years. CERN seems to be ignoring us. If they insist on creating a black hole that will destroy our planet, why wont they let us help? LHC@home is committed to creating miniature black holes that may or may not bring a catastrophic end to human civilization.

I, myself, am also committed to this cause.

Why doesn't CERN appreciate what we have to offer?.. is our project really dying?


P.S. The bits about black holes were a humours take on the "I'm not a troll" statement, so please hold back the flame reins if you didn't get the joke. However, I'm serious about CERN not acknowledging us. -Love, Daxa.

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5) Message boards : Number crunching : computing on CUDA with Nvidia (Message 20283)
Posted 12 Sep 2008 by Daxa
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Also, LHC@Home has far more computer power attached than it needs, so the need for CUDA is less than at, say, Rosetta.


This is a good point. However, if we ever find that we have more work than our LHC@Home users can handle, then at that time, the CUDA question should definitely be revisited. This is a likely scenario if the GARFIELD application matures and is utilized... more likely if other apps are introduced to LHC@Home and still more likely if we can get our hands on some of the ATLAS data.

JMHMO (Just My Higher-Mortal Opinion)



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6) Message boards : LHC@home Science : Congratulations on the start up! (Message 20230)
Posted 12 Sep 2008 by Daxa
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Tighten your seatbelts boys and girls...

It's gonna be a wild ride!!!


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7) Message boards : Number crunching : Maximum daily WU quota per CPU? (Message 19242)
Posted 16 Mar 2008 by Daxa
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Most folks seem to forget that the reduced quota was intentionally done to stop the constant noise about "fair distribution". If the quota was increased again, all the fast systems will consume work at a faster pace, eventually leading back to people complaining about things not being "fair", that they didn't get any work while others have a lot.
Complaints are like energy. Can't be destroyed, only converted to other types :)


I would like to express my complaint about sarcasm in the LHC@home fora. Stating that "Complaints are like energy. Can't be destroyed, only converted to other types" is insulting, uncalled for, and insensitive to the individual needs of the LHC@home volunteers. It is important for us to have a sense of community. Comments like this simply provoke "flame wars" and cause general strife among people who should be working together toward a common goal.

Sarcasm will get you nowhere, PovAddict. And furthermore.... Ooo, look! There's more work!!... uh, never mind; gotta go.

-Daxa


PS: Thank you for posting the clever comment. It made me laugh and smile on an otherwise dreary day. ;) Did you come up with that up yourself?
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Holy cow, WU avalanche!!! (Message 19224)
Posted 13 Mar 2008 by Daxa
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Unbelievable, unthinkable, yet here they flush :)

There was a recent post to the "..Project rarely has work" sticky thread that I found amusing. Click here to read it.

A toast to LHC@home!



9) Message boards : Number crunching : Maximum daily WU quota per CPU? (Message 19213)
Posted 13 Mar 2008 by Daxa
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Looking at the amount of WU's available just now.

Server Status
Up, 73139 workunits to crunch
94735 workunits in progress
8 concurrent connections

Would it be possible to increase the daily quota?
Even if only for a couple of days?


Here Here!!!

We're really rolling now! Let's ride, rope, and crunch these doggies!!!!

Suggested new quota = 20 WU's per CPU

-Daxa

10) Message boards : Number crunching : LHC@Home is on Holiday! (Message 19180)
Posted 7 Mar 2008 by Daxa
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IMO, seems to be that most government-based projects acts not as professional as it should be. Every business that acts like yours could normally close his doors and switch off the lights.
I hope we will be informed what happened in the last 24hrs.
IMO, you should crack open a beer and chill. First of all, we aren't trying to make a profit; we're trying to make a Large Hadron Collider. Second, science can be messy sometimes; get used to it. Third, LHC@home doesn't really need to worry THAT much about "customer satisfaction" -- our user base is very strong, and most of us are pathologically dedicated to this project.

I hope you have patience with LHC@home and crunch along with us now and in the future!


-Daxa



11) Message boards : Number crunching : Whoo-Hoo... W-Uuu's (Message 19041)
Posted 21 Feb 2008 by Daxa
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Another bag of fun, but I got a mixed bag - two tasks with 10 hours to completion, and four with 1 hour to completion.


Same here, but I got 3 tasks @ 5 hrs (1,000,000 turns) and 16 @ 30 min (100,000 turns.) If you look at the names of the WUs, you will also see a clear difference in the nomenclature.

Fun, fun, fun. Let's break out the tequila!

...anyone got mix and a blender?

12) Message boards : Number crunching : Whoo-Hoo... W-Uuu's (Message 18917)
Posted 29 Jan 2008 by Daxa
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...the dedicated users out there who don't have screaming computers deserve to participate, if only a little.
There have been WUs available off and on for several days now. The usual trickle method used.

True, but many slower machines that are running other projects probably didn't get ANY work from LHC the past several days. Only now can these users finally get to "play along" with the power users. I say, give 'em 6 to 8 more hours to score a WU or two, then open the floodgates.


13) Message boards : Number crunching : Whoo-Hoo... W-Uuu's (Message 18910)
Posted 29 Jan 2008 by Daxa
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Goodness, it's so nice to have some rain from LHC.
Long may the rain continue.

Long? How does 16 out of the past 18 hours sound? It's not 3 weeks, but it's a start!

Over 74000 WUs in progress..
WUs ready to crunch: 8300 and rising...
This is awesome.

14) Message boards : Number crunching : Whoo-Hoo... W-Uuu's (Message 18907)
Posted 29 Jan 2008 by Daxa
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TA JC said: <drool> Oh man....I can't remember ever getting so many WUs from LHC!
One of my machines got so many WUs, I don't even want to say it... I'm afraid of getting bashed.
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Whoo-Hoo... W-Uuu's (Message 18905)
Posted 29 Jan 2008 by Daxa
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It's been raining almost constantly in the San Francisco Bay Area.... FOR NEARLY THREE WEEKS!

Goodness, it's so nice to have some rain from LHC.

Cheers, everyone!!

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16) Message boards : Number crunching : Any Mac work coming? (Message 18467)
Posted 30 Oct 2007 by Daxa
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Well that depends ... the first 500 people per store got one. Even if they didn't buy anything. I had been looking at getting a mac for some time now, but was waiting for the new OS to come out first. So with the free t-shirt offer I decided to get one on launch day. I got the smallest mac book pro. I'm quite happy with it. I have a number of very old macs (68000 mPU) from a time when macs were MORE popular then PC's.
....and a free OS X tee shirt too!
WHAT!?! They're giving out t-shirts!?! I might have to convince the wife I need a new computer with Leopard so I can get the t-shirt!!
I think anyone at an Apple store on launch night/evening got one, I was kinda tempted but it was Friday night and I had a gig to go to.


I tried to get a t-shirt at the last store opening, but I was too late. Sooo....

eBay to the rescue! . . . . . $8 and it's the real thing. God, I need to get a life.

(Maybe the LHC will create a black hole and devour the Earth; then everything will finally make sense.)



17) Message boards : LHC@home Science : Is there a risk of the scientists getting impatient? (Message 18429)
Posted 28 Oct 2007 by Daxa
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118K work units... going on 119K
18) Message boards : LHC@home Science : Is there a risk of the scientists getting impatient? (Message 18428)
Posted 28 Oct 2007 by Daxa
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With 117K + work units backlogged, is there a chance the all-mighty scientists will say "Where are my results? I thought LHC@home had lots of CPU power." Then they may lose patience with us. ? ?

Probably not... but why risk it?

I say double the quota. 16 work units a day. Let's get on this thing - - let's do our jobs!
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Server not reporting "No Work from project" (Message 18396)
Posted 27 Oct 2007 by Daxa
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...and yes, this issue is technically off topic (I just realized.)

If anyone has other questions about the "Server IS reporting No Work from Project saying that my last request was too recent" issue, start a new thread.

Cheers!

20) Message boards : Number crunching : Server not reporting "No Work from project" (Message 18395)
Posted 27 Oct 2007 by Daxa
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Great advice from Brian Silvers! It would be nice if BOINC manager would always set the next try for 30 minutes, 18 seconds... but that's a subject for another thread.

Thanks again, Brian. I'm using the "no new tasks" technique and setting my wrist watch for 31 minutes... so simple, yet so smart.




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