Posts by Chris S

1) Message boards : News : Slow network connection to Green Bank (Message 1916046)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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I think you've gone a bit off track there Richard. It was never intended that the CoLo staff would re-boot the whole collection of servers at any point, and certainly not on the Tuesday outages. That is why all of the kit was put on remote controlled power strips so that it could be done from the Lab, or at home at other times. The CoLo staff would be called in for those occasions where recalcitrant servers needed a physical kick up the rear end to come back to life.

I've made the points that I wanted to make i.e. that we are not getting value for money from the CoLo nor campus networking, and that we should be making more fuss about it. I'll see you sometime in March.
2) Message boards : News : Slow network connection to Green Bank (Message 1916030)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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We were told at the time that sufficient spare drives of the right type would be stored down there, and further that the 24 hr staffing was one of the prime movers for the change. Were we fed a load of old bunkum, or more likely has their eye been taken off maintaining the arrangement? Let's also realise that the Lab at the SSL does other work for UCB besides SAH, Eric's Hydrogen project for example.

Whatever, let's cut through the crap. I am quite happy to to put my money where my mouth is. If I can be told what spare drives they need at the CoLo and the cost, I'll see what I can do to help.

Meanwhile I expect Campus networking to continue to be pressured to do what we pay them for. Else a swift letter to the San Francisco press, and halting the monthly payment could be in order. Naming & shaming and withdrawal of funding always produces a timely response in these situations.
3) Message boards : News : Slow network connection to Green Bank (Message 1916017)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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I am temporarily breaking my self imposed silence on the Seti boards, due to my concerns at the unfolding events regarding data from GBT.

The other day we were told that the outage was longer than usual because they had to run down the hill to the CoLo to change drives and reboot kit. Wasn't the whole idea of moving the servers from the closet to the Data Centre because of better cooling, UPS facilities, faster network links, and on-site staff to hot-swap drives and re-boot kit?

And it also seems that Campus networking staff are yet again not providing value for money, as it costs seti so much per sq ft to rent server space in the Colo. But also any chain is only as strong as it's weakest link, and we seem to have found ours with GBT data.

I can remember the heady days of our own dedicated fibre link up the hill to the lab and regular maximum 3 hour outrages. What happened to all that then, and was it a move for the better? Yes, it was only a 100Mbit link and not the gigabit link they have now, but they had better and faster control over the servers back then.

Eric said once that if another University offered to host Seti@ home, he would seriously consider it. Time to kick Berkeley into touch maybe?

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4) Message boards : Politics : Russia in the 21C (Message 1914546)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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I will be asking the Mods to lock this thread please as we are close to 1000 posts. I left Politics over 2 years ago, so I would rather not have my name on it. If it is still popular as it seems, perhaps someone else would like to start up a continuation.
5) Message boards : News : Projects are (no longer) down (Message 1910771)
Posted 5 Jan 2018 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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@Jeff & Eric, thanks for the heads up and your dedicated work.
6) Message boards : Nebula : Multiplet-finding progress (Message 1910184)
Posted 2 Jan 2018 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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Hey, sounds interesting, look forward to more.
7) Message boards : Number crunching : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB (Message 1908102)
Posted 20 Dec 2017 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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Thank you for your time, appreciated.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part VI (Message 1908038)
Posted 19 Dec 2017 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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For personal reasons I won't go into, I am leaving the Seti boards & forums as from today, until March 2018. In the meantime happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
9) Message boards : SETI@home Science : What did you think about? (Message 1908036)
Posted 19 Dec 2017 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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what i am concerned about is why there's so much secrecy. and also why pilots and soldiers in the US will get ridiculed or have their careers potentially affected if they report UFOs. they could be natural phenomenon that can affect flight safety, why discourage pilots to report about them?
If it were to be reported by the worlds media and the press that UFO's are real and that there are ET's, the whole world would go into panic. You'd have rioting in the streets, civil unrest, all major religions would collapse, governments would fall etc etc.

General public reports of UFO's can be dismissed as not viable, a bit different with a professional soldier or pilot that has some standing.

Nobody knows what these UFO's are, but if they were found to be genuine, they would have to keep the lid ion it. Administrations can't afford to play it any other way.
10) Message boards : Number crunching : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB (Message 1908029)
Posted 19 Dec 2017 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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Process explorer? Ok, thanks I'll give it a try.
11) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Oumuamua (Message 1908025)
Posted 19 Dec 2017 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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Rama
12) Message boards : Number crunching : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB (Message 1908024)
Posted 19 Dec 2017 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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Yes, that appears to be the case. But some interesting figures here from Windows Task Manager.

I've set the Boinc Manager options, preferences to 75% of the CPU's on a Q6600 Quad. Looking at Boinc Manager tasks that shows me 1 x GPU task and 2 x CPU tasks running. Win Task manager shows 60% CPU utilisation. Going into Task Manager processes it shows me 2 x CPU work units at 25% and 1 x GPU workunits at 10%.

If I then snooze the GPU via Boinc Manager it shows me 3 x CPU tasks running. Win Task Manager then shows the three at 25% utilisation each, but the CPU usage goes up to 80%.

What seems to be happening is that if you snooze the GPU or it runs out of work, Boinc adds an extra CPU task to the mix until GPU work comes back. Is it supposed to do that?

edit - I've checked it on 3 other computers with all the same results. Just never noticed it before. But it does mean that if GPU work runs out your CPU could become close to 100% loaded before it comes back.
13) Message boards : Number crunching : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB (Message 1908010)
Posted 19 Dec 2017 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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Task manager in Win 7 shows all 4 cores loaded evenly.

3 processing CPU WUs and 1 supporting the GPU gives 4 cores total.
That is correct BUT if you then snooze the GPU , all 4 cores are still evenly loaded. But that is what was suggested would happen if you run out of GPU work. I'll try Grants App_config.xml.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Christmas... it's complicated (Message 1908004)
Posted 19 Dec 2017 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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I'm just waiting for the 999 calls to come in saying someone's burnt the turkey, or Auntie didn't like her gift. Happens every year.
15) Message boards : Number crunching : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB (Message 1908003)
Posted 19 Dec 2017 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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is there a script to force a CPU core to a GPU? If I have an 4 core CPU but I only run 3 CPU tasks That in theory should leave 1 core free for a GPU except it doesn't. Task manager in Win 7 shows all 4 cores loaded evenly. So the GPU gets a bit of each of the cores not one to itself.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather Forecasts X Summer Is In The Air (Message 1907997)
Posted 19 Dec 2017 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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29F in London.
17) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Oumuamua (Message 1907996)
Posted 19 Dec 2017 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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Depending upon their agenda people will read into the results what they want to. Absolutely nothing is proven one way or another.

I'm re reading Carl Sagan's book "Contact" from 1975. Eerily prophetic 40 years later.
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part VI (Message 1907872)
Posted 18 Dec 2017 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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Ah the good old days of computer support.

CD players being used as coffee cup trays. And dead monitors because of a power cut!
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part VI (Message 1907865)
Posted 18 Dec 2017 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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Wiki says that the Red Army Faction was originally active in Germany between1970-1978, and the 3rd generation was active between 1982–1993.

In the United States most Baby boomers are now in their 60s or 70s, with the oldest member of the boom being around 76. The trailing boomers are in their late 50s, with the youngest being 57. In the economy, many are now retiring and leaving the labor force. Most babies born in the States in the late 50's/early 60's were more likely to do with the culture of the time and nothing to do with WWII.

In the UK the Post War Bulge was the peak in population rise in 1944-48 due to the end of hostilities in the second world war. They are not the same thing at all.

But then anyone who doesn't live in Calfornia doesn't know what they are talking about.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIV - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1907856)
Posted 18 Dec 2017 by Profile Chris S Crowdfunding Project Donor*Special Project $75 donor
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Pretty much so, but we have to wait for the Ladies culinary expert opinions :-))


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