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Message 1025900 - Posted: 17 Aug 2010, 16:27:21 UTC

I am new to this project. I run BOINC on a secondary HP computer that can run it full time. Last week, it sat two days because it had no tasks to work on.

If this shutdown is a weekly process, then it would seem logical to assign active computers enough tasks to cover them during this period, based on their capabilities.

Is there a workaround for this?

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Message 1025911 - Posted: 17 Aug 2010, 22:21:24 UTC - in response to Message 1025900.

Set a higher amount than the default number in your "Maintain enough work for an additional X days" in your account->Computing preferences, or when you use the local preferences, in BOINC Manager->Advanced view->Advanced->Preferences->Network usage->Additional work buffer.
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Message 1025912 - Posted: 17 Aug 2010, 22:26:11 UTC

There are two possible solutions.

1) Add a couple of extra projects to keep the CPUs warm when SETI has no work. Each project is run independently.

2) Find the setting for "Extra work". This is available on any project web site and several computers can be changed all at the same time (note that if you are attached to several projects, the last project where the global settings are set "wins"). Or it is available on the local machine. Change this to be 3 to 4 days. "Connect Every X" should match how often your computer is allowed to connect to the internet, not some guess as to how long the projects are going to be down. This is most important if you are attached to more than one project.
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Message 1025937 - Posted: 17 Aug 2010, 23:30:52 UTC
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I have a high-speed cable internet connection so there is no time when a connection is not available. I'll change the settings.

If I look at my tasks here, I see three that say "in process". I assume this means either running, or to be ran. The task name on my screen matches one of these. BOINC manager does not have the other two listed?

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Message 1025941 - Posted: 17 Aug 2010, 23:50:36 UTC - in response to Message 1025937.
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Make sure to check all tasks. In BOINC Manager-Advanced view->Tasks tab, click the Show all tasks button.

If those two other tasks now don't show, they're ghost units. Ghost units happen when the server is very busy, it gets your request for work and allocates work to you, but somewhere somehow the connection is dropped before that message gets back to your BOINC.

We all have those around here. I got 34 of them, others have hundreds if not thousands.
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Message 1025942 - Posted: 17 Aug 2010, 23:55:15 UTC - in response to Message 1025941.

Make sure to check all tasks. In BOINC Manager-Advanced view->Tasks tab, click the Show all tasks button.

If those two other tasks now don't show, they're ghost units. Ghost units happen when the server is very busy, it gets your request for work and allocates work to you, but somewhere somehow the connection is dropped before that message gets back to your BOINC.

We all have those around here. I got 34 of them, others have hundreds if noth thousands.

Just wanted to add....
Don't worry about them, they will eventually time out and be reasigned to someone else. Nothing you can do about it.
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Message 1025955 - Posted: 18 Aug 2010, 0:28:23 UTC - in response to Message 1025900.

I am new to this project. I run BOINC on a secondary HP computer that can run it full time. Last week, it sat two days because it had no tasks to work on.

If this shutdown is a weekly process, then it would seem logical to assign active computers enough tasks to cover them during this period, based on their capabilities.

Is there a workaround for this?


Hi and Welcome at SETI@home and in the forum!

You could increase the performance (double RAC) of your PC with help of optimized project applications for SETI@home/AstroPulse.

Have a look in my profile, I have there an easy 'quick instruction' how to do.

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Message 1025971 - Posted: 18 Aug 2010, 1:26:18 UTC - in response to Message 1025955.

One has to be very careful about this type of advice! It presumes you are an Advanced User of Seti or other projects. It does require a bit more maintenance as it is not Set it and Forget it.

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I am new to this project. I run BOINC on a secondary HP computer that can run it full time. Last week, it sat two days because it had no tasks to work on.

If this shutdown is a weekly process, then it would seem logical to assign active computers enough tasks to cover them during this period, based on their capabilities.

Is there a workaround for this?


Hi and Welcome at SETI@home and in the forum!

You could increase the performance (double RAC) of your PC with help of optimized project applications for SETI@home/AstroPulse.

Have a look in my profile, I have there an easy 'quick instruction' how to do.


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Message 1026669 - Posted: 20 Aug 2010, 12:11:29 UTC - in response to Message 1025971.

One has to be very careful about this type of advice! It presumes you are an Advanced User of Seti or other projects. It does require a bit more maintenance as it is not Set it and Forget it.

Regards

I am new to this project. I run BOINC on a secondary HP computer that can run it full time. Last week, it sat two days because it had no tasks to work on.

If this shutdown is a weekly process, then it would seem logical to assign active computers enough tasks to cover them during this period, based on their capabilities.

Is there a workaround for this?


Hi and Welcome at SETI@home and in the forum!

You could increase the performance (double RAC) of your PC with help of optimized project applications for SETI@home/AstroPulse.

Have a look in my profile, I have there an easy 'quick instruction' how to do.




And there several other projects, you could sign up, if you want to keep you're
CPU and maybe GPU, busy.

Running Optimized (SSE;SSE3;SSSE3x;SSE4.1 (& SSE4.2?) Applications, will stress you CPU (and GPU), even more then a regular benchmark-test, temps will go up.

And some skills are required, f.i. making or editting an app_info.xml file.
If you do it right, you can produce more work and gain more points (RAC), if you're interrested in a High RAC.
If it goes wrong, you'll easily trash a bunch of tasks.
The answers given by the above mentioned people, are quite clear about this.


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