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Message 866577 - Posted: 17 Feb 2009, 23:42:50 UTC
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Over the long (President's Day) weekend one of our storage servers had a headache. Not a big deal, and we got to the bottom of it today (pretty much just a RAID drive failure). We were able to get a workaround in place so we could start generating/saving workunits again, and will slowly transition back to normal over the next day or two. It has been a bit rocky the last few days because the workaround involves a different RAID with far less I/O throughput.

There's always a bright side during work transmission failures: we get to catch up on backlogged queues. So by the time we had our usual database compression/backup outage today the result table was relatively small, and therefore got packed down nice and tight. That's always helpful.

Spent most of the day with the fallout of the above, while also getting a couple systems configured for new duty - mostly administrative/CPU servers that will replace a some older clunkers.

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Message 866579 - Posted: 17 Feb 2009, 23:57:38 UTC

Thanks, Matt....looking forward to NTPCKER going live




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Message 866747 - Posted: 18 Feb 2009, 15:16:32 UTC


. . . Accolades to Berkeley . . . and To Each of You [Thanks for the Post Matt]


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Message 866756 - Posted: 18 Feb 2009, 16:10:34 UTC - in response to Message 866577.


There's always a bright side during work tranmission failures: we get to catch up on backlogged queues. So by the time we had our usual database compression/backup outage today the result table was relatively small, and therefore got packed down nice and tight. That's always helpful.
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Would it make any sense to turn off accepting new work a few hours before you shutdown the system on Tuesdays to get this benefit? Maybe you already do that?

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Message 866763 - Posted: 18 Feb 2009, 16:48:19 UTC
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Query - what percentage of MB units are designated as "CUDA" units, and what percentage are available to plain old cpu apps?

I'm often (even when the servers are working properly...) getting the "no work available for your cpu" flag when requesting new work. Please remember that a lot of us are either working with non-CUDA capable clients, (pre 6.4...) or have ATI graphics boards (or older Nvidia boards...) which are non-CUDA capable. I've occasionally had cpu cores (I have 10 working...) go "cold" on SETI (all computers have more than one project attached, of course, so they aren't actually "cold"!...) due to the above flag.


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Message 866786 - Posted: 18 Feb 2009, 17:50:44 UTC - in response to Message 866756.

Would it make any sense to turn off accepting new work a few hours before you shutdown the system on Tuesdays to get this benefit? Maybe you already do that?


Sometimes we do this, but usually if the queues are large enough to be deemed a "problem" then it usually take days to drain during "low usage" times like this weekend (sometime days even during "no usage" times - the assimilator can only work so fast).

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Message 866787 - Posted: 18 Feb 2009, 17:53:04 UTC - in response to Message 866763.

Query - what percentage of MB units are designated as "CUDA" units, and what percentage are available to plain old cpu apps?


I think that all workunits are deemed available for either CUDA or regular CPU, but any given instance of the CUDA client can only claim up to N workunits per day. I'm not sure what N is offhand...

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Message 866794 - Posted: 18 Feb 2009, 18:27:03 UTC - in response to Message 866787.

I have NEVER experienced a 6.08 CUDA work unit execute in the CPU, even when I ran out of other SETI work. I would be interested to hear if anyone has had a 6.08 CUDA work unit run in their CPU.
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Message 866797 - Posted: 18 Feb 2009, 18:48:56 UTC - in response to Message 866794.
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I have NEVER experienced a 6.08 CUDA work unit execute in the CPU, even when I ran out of other SETI work. I would be interested to hear if anyone has had a 6.08 CUDA work unit run in their CPU.
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The reason I asked is that I have NO CUDA capable GPU's to date, and I'm getting the occasional "no work available for your CPU" flag, (as mentioned in my first post...)
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Message 866813 - Posted: 18 Feb 2009, 19:38:09 UTC - in response to Message 866763.

Query - what percentage of MB units are designated as "CUDA" units, and what percentage are available to plain old cpu apps?

I'm often (even when the servers are working properly...) getting the "no work available for your cpu" flag when requesting new work. Please remember that a lot of us are either working with non-CUDA capable clients, (pre 6.4...) or have ATI graphics boards (or older Nvidia boards...) which are non-CUDA capable. I've occasionally had cpu cores (I have 10 working...) go "cold" on SETI (all computers have more than one project attached, of course, so they aren't actually "cold"!...) due to the above flag.

As I understand there is no such thing as a "CUDA" work unit from a server perspective. In the server they are all MB WU's (i.e. 6.03's) and it is given the "6.08" designation only when it is delivered to a CUDA client. That's why most CUDA WU's currently validate again CPU-crunched tasks.

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Message 866818 - Posted: 18 Feb 2009, 19:53:33 UTC - in response to Message 866797.

>That's why most CUDA WU's currently validate again CPU-crunched tasks.<

Just wondering... is this why my CUDA capable wingman's credit of 59.71 got knocked down to my non-CUDA credit of 43.71?

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Message 866830 - Posted: 18 Feb 2009, 20:13:20 UTC - in response to Message 866818.

>That's why most CUDA WU's currently validate again CPU-crunched tasks.<

Just wondering... is this why my CUDA capable wingman's credit of 59.71 got knocked down to my non-CUDA credit of 43.71?

Hehe, maybe it encourages you to move to CUDA too ? ;) ;)

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Message 866834 - Posted: 18 Feb 2009, 20:18:23 UTC - in response to Message 866830.

>Hehe, maybe it encourages you to move to CUDA too ?<

Sure, I'll move to CUDA today if you buy the hardware. Only been 2 years since I've had a job. That's why I play poker. ;-)

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Message 866877 - Posted: 18 Feb 2009, 22:44:02 UTC - in response to Message 866818.

>That's why most CUDA WU's currently validate again CPU-crunched tasks.<

Just wondering... is this why my CUDA capable wingman's credit of 59.71 got knocked down to my non-CUDA credit of 43.71?


Credit is always granted at the lower level to prevent overclaiming credit fraud (don't laugh - it's happened...)
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Message 866923 - Posted: 18 Feb 2009, 23:59:25 UTC - in response to Message 866877.

>That's why most CUDA WU's currently validate again CPU-crunched tasks.<

Just wondering... is this why my CUDA capable wingman's credit of 59.71 got knocked down to my non-CUDA credit of 43.71?


Credit is always granted at the lower level to prevent overclaiming credit fraud (don't laugh - it's happened...)

Unless there are 3 or more tasks in the validation, in which case the high and low are both dropped and the rest are averaged.


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Message 867091 - Posted: 19 Feb 2009, 16:54:45 UTC - in response to Message 866794.

I have NEVER experienced a 6.08 CUDA work unit execute in the CPU, even when I ran out of other SETI work. I would be interested to hear if anyone has had a 6.08 CUDA work unit run in their CPU.
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If you check out thread AK V8 + CUDA MB team work mod you can find out how to do it.

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Message 867100 - Posted: 19 Feb 2009, 17:21:23 UTC - in response to Message 867091.
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You mean like this one? http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/result.php?resultid=1166518822

With the opt-App Randy C pointed out I have one running on my GPU and two running on the CPUs. They all show up as 6.08s




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Message 867228 - Posted: 20 Feb 2009, 0:36:11 UTC

No work units on the UltraSparc-10 since last weekend. It keeps saying "requesting work".. but none arrives.

Any available?

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