Joined: 24 Jun 00
With the old ‘Keep enough work on disk to last between’ lets say ‘4 and 4.5 days’, to start with there would be about 4.5 days work downloaded, then when the amount of work got down to about 4 days Boinc would try to get more work. Which meant that if the project was down your computer would have a further 4 days of trying to get more work before there was a danger of running out of work. How often does Boinc try to connect with the new ‘Connect to network’, I understand that the figure you enter is the minimum figure and the maximum is twice the minimum figure. Does Boinc wait until it reaches the minimum figure before trying or is there some other figure it uses as to when it try’s to get more work.
The ‘Keep enough work on disk to last between’ gave greater control of how much work was stored on your computer allowing you to decide how much of a buffer to have. If someone is using a modem connection that they connect infrequently (say every 5 to 7 days) so require a larger buffer of work could mean that twice the minimum figure could easily put WU’s close to or past the report deadline if their computer is off for any time or they start using system intensive software, which would not happen if they could set the figures to be between 8 and 8.5 days. Now a figure of 7 gives you a maximum of 14 days work which is the most that can be downloaded because of the report deadline date.
I run Seti and CPN, CPN uses ‘Keep enough work on disk to last between’.
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