Installed BOINC and began running yesterday. The initial flood of downloads completed with some timeouts and tasks are running for SETI@home and AstroPulse. The AstroPulse tasks appear to be single threaded and run to completion in approx. 2.5 hrs. The non-AP tasks for SETI@home appear to be multi-threaded and 8 of them are currently running. They have all accrued 6 hrs plus of processing time with estimated time remaining at 3 hrs plus. But since the initial estimates were a little over 5 hrs each, I estimate another 8 - 10 hrs for completion of any of these tasks.
Is this normal? Is there anything I can do to speed completion of these tasks?
Since I have another 93 non-AP tasks waiting to run, it is unlikely that they will all be completed by their deadlines.
BONIC has to calibrate itself against your system. This takes about 20 tasks to be completed and validated for each type of workunit you are porcessing. During this time you can expect the initial guesstimate of execution time to be inaccurate.
Neither the AP and MB clients are multi threaded, but are capable of being run multiple times, generally once per CPU core. Thus on your 8 core system you can run a total of eight AP and MB tasks at a time.
With your system there should be no problems in completing your assigned tasks within their deadlines, SETI@Home is quite generous. Once running smoothly I would expect to see your CPU going through an "average" MB task in about two hours, which is the equivalent of one task every half hour.
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