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1) Message boards : Number crunching : Problems under new OS X 10b (Message 1549299)
Posted 51 days ago by Profile John Gillett
OS X 10.10b went up recently. Now have the following problem...

Previously (under 10.9.4) was running 3 ap and 2 cuda WUs. Now it runs only the 3 ap WUs. Front end of the log shows...

Starting BOINC client version 7.2.42 for x86_64-apple-darwin
log flags: file_xfer, sched_ops, task
Libraries: libcurl/7.26.0 OpenSSL/1.0.1e zlib/1.2.5 c-ares/1.9.1
Data directory: /Library/Application Support/BOINC Data
OpenCL: NVIDIA GPU 0: GeForce GTX 780M (driver version 10.0.31 310.41.05b15, device version OpenCL 1.2, 4096MB, 4096MB available, 100 GFLOPS peak)
OpenCL CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4771 CPU @ 3.50GHz (OpenCL driver vendor: Apple, driver version 1.1, device version OpenCL 1.2)
SETI@home | Found app_info.xml; using anonymous platform
App version needs CUDA but GPU doesn't support it
SETI@home | [error] State file error: missing application file setiathome_7.00_i686-apple-darwin
App version needs CUDA but GPU doesn't support it
Missing coprocessor for task 04dc08ae.31005.890.438086664201.12.152_0
etc.

Task window shows the following for all cuda WUs...

Missing coprocessor for task 04dc08ae.31005.890.438086664201.12.152_0

Log also throws this error on a regular basis

Message from server: Your app_info.xml file doesn't have a usable version of SETI@home v7.

NO changes have been made to the BOINC setup. Prior to the OS upgrade it was running fine. After the upgrade (and the reinstall of BOINC as it requested on the restart) - the above mess.

Obviously I understand it's beta software. However - any thoughts appreciated.
2) Message boards : Number crunching : cuda on a new iMac help (Message 1454101)
Posted 276 days ago by Profile John Gillett
Just got a new 8 core iMac with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M 4GB and BOINC 7.2.33. Also installed the NVIDIA cudadriver 5.5.28 as linked in the BOINC ReadMe.rtf. Have tried many searches with no results on setup. Would appreciate some help in putting the GPU to work. The system is currently running 7 v7 7.00 WUs (have the usage set to 90%), but no cudas.

Thank you.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : New to cuda (Message 1269101)
Posted 770 days ago by Profile John Gillett
basically it is showing that you've pretty much maxxed out your GPU. You might get a bit of a boost running 2 at a time but I doubt its worth the heat being put out


Tried and failed last week. See Message 1266727.
4) Message boards : Number crunching : New to cuda (Message 1268853)
Posted 771 days ago by Profile John Gillett
was this with 1 running?


Yes.
5) Message boards : Number crunching : New to cuda (Message 1268591)
Posted 772 days ago by Profile John Gillett
It generally takes 4-6 weeks for the RAC to (sort of) level out after makiing major changes, such as adding a new card or upgrading to a optimised client. Or even starting up a new system (although that tends to be more like 6-8 weeks).


Yep - very used to that. Now if they can just keep the servers up for a while...
6) Message boards : Number crunching : New to cuda (Message 1268587)
Posted 772 days ago by Profile John Gillett
Not bad for this tired ol' card, I'd say...

7) Message boards : Number crunching : New to cuda (Message 1266814)
Posted 776 days ago by Profile John Gillett
another very simple test is running GPUz while processing a WU. If the GPU is maxxed out on 1 then it certainly won't run 2 efficiently


As suggested...


8) Message boards : Number crunching : New to cuda (Message 1266808)
Posted 776 days ago by Profile John Gillett
John, you did everything correct but I see now that you have a 9500 with only 512K memory, that is not enough. My 9500 has 1024K memory. Sorry to have raised your hopes on this but what happened should be considered normal considering you did not have enough GPU memory. At least now you know how to do it when you perhaps get a different video card.


Bill, not a problem at all. It was a good exercise, and, as you say, at least now I know for when I win the sweepstakes and can get a better card... ;-)

Thanks.
9) Message boards : Number crunching : New to cuda (Message 1266727)
Posted 776 days ago by Profile John Gillett
Well - it failed.

The restart of BOINC was good, and everything looked OK. There were 2 cudas running. However, after about 10 seconds I started getting these...


8/2/2012 08:31:09 | SETI@home | Task 07ap10ab.30197.16452.11.10.128_0 exited with zero status but no 'finished' file
8/2/2012 08:31:09 | SETI@home | If this happens repeatedly you may need to reset the project.
8/2/2012 08:31:09 | SETI@home | Starting task 07ap10ab.30197.16452.11.10.164_0 using setiathome_enhanced version 610 (cuda_fermi) in slot 7
8/2/2012 08:31:29 | SETI@home | Task 07ap10ab.30197.16452.11.10.164_0 exited with zero status but no 'finished' file
8/2/2012 08:31:29 | SETI@home | If this happens repeatedly you may need to reset the project.
8/2/2012 08:31:29 | SETI@home | Starting task 07ap10ab.30197.16452.11.10.94_0 using setiathome_enhanced version 610 (cuda_fermi) in slot 8
8/2/2012 08:31:46 | SETI@home | Task 07ap10ab.30197.16452.11.10.94_0 exited with zero status but no 'finished' file
8/2/2012 08:31:46 | SETI@home | If this happens repeatedly you may need to reset the project.

etc., etc.

So - as suggested - it appears that card doesn't have the brain space to handle two. Reset the counts (6 was correct - good memory) to 1 and all is well again.

My thanks to all for your help and suggestions!
10) Message boards : Number crunching : New to cuda (Message 1266611)
Posted 777 days ago by Profile John Gillett
Bill,

Exactly how do I set that up (keep in mind the title of this topic!)? Would like to give it a try.

Thanks.
11) Message boards : Number crunching : New to cuda (Message 1266544)
Posted 777 days ago by Profile John Gillett
Fred,

Thanks for the info. Unfortunately, my problem is pretty simple- out of work for over 3 years! Finances? Non-existent.

I got this 9500 used for 40 bucks. So far, a pretty good deal. It's really punching out data. I can put my hand on the card, heat sink, etc., and it feels 'normal' to the touch.

Current numbers are going up rapidly, and, even though I've been running Seti since '99, my user average is already way above what it has ever been, even running multiple computers. {Thanks, Joe - your suggestion seems to be working!}

Down the road - who knows? Maybe by then I'll have some $$ to be able to upgrade.

Thanks again.
12) Message boards : Number crunching : New to cuda (Message 1266326)
Posted 778 days ago by Profile John Gillett
Joe,

Just ran the Wizard again making your suggested change. Will see what happens.

FWIW, here's the startup log...

7/31/2012 20:05:58 | | No config file found - using defaults
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | | Starting BOINC client version 7.0.28 for windows_x86_64
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | | log flags: file_xfer, sched_ops, task
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | | Libraries: libcurl/7.25.0 OpenSSL/1.0.1 zlib/1.2.6
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | | Data directory: C:\ProgramData\BOINC
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | | Running under account John
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | | Processor: 4 GenuineIntel Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU @ 2.66GHz [Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 7]
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | | Processor: 4.00 MB cache
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | | Processor features: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss htt tm pni ssse3 cx16 syscall nx lm vmx tm2 pbe
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | | OS: Microsoft Windows 7: Professional x64 Edition, Service Pack 1, (06.01.7601.00)
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | | Memory: 8.00 GB physical, 21.67 GB virtual
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | | Disk: 279.46 GB total, 115.57 GB free
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | | Local time is UTC -7 hours
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | | NVIDIA GPU 0: GeForce 9500 GT (driver version 301.42, CUDA version 4.20, compute capability 1.1, 512MB, 302MB available, 132 GFLOPS peak)
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | | OpenCL: NVIDIA GPU 0: GeForce 9500 GT (driver version 301.42, device version OpenCL 1.0 CUDA, 512MB, 302MB available)
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | SETI@home | Found app_info.xml; using anonymous platform
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | Quake-Catcher Network | URL http://qcn.stanford.edu/sensor/; Computer ID 13271; resource share 100
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | SETI@home | URL http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/; Computer ID 5283496; resource share 100
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | SETI@home | General prefs: from SETI@home (last modified 31-Jul-2012 07:51:03)
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | SETI@home | Computer location: home
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | SETI@home | General prefs: no separate prefs for home; using your defaults
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | | Reading preferences override file
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | | Preferences:
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | | max memory usage when active: 4094.85MB
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | | max memory usage when idle: 7370.73MB
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | | max disk usage: 100.00GB
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | | (to change preferences, visit the web site of an attached project, or select Preferences in the Manager)
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | | Not using a proxy
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | Quake-Catcher Network | Restarting task qcnm_089418_0 using qcnsensor version 706 (nci) in slot 0
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | SETI@home | Restarting task 24fe12ab.27285.382587.12.10.12.vlar_0 using setiathome_enhanced version 603 in slot 1
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | SETI@home | Restarting task 24fe12ab.27285.382587.12.10.16.vlar_0 using setiathome_enhanced version 603 in slot 2
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | SETI@home | Restarting task 26fe12ah.31343.11283.5.10.132_0 using setiathome_enhanced version 610 (cuda_fermi) in slot 3
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | SETI@home | Restarting task 24fe12ab.27285.382587.12.10.52.vlar_0 using setiathome_enhanced version 603 in slot 5
7/31/2012 20:05:58 | SETI@home | Restarting task 24fe12ab.27285.382587.12.10.22.vlar_0 using setiathome_enhanced version 603 in slot 4

Thanks.
13) Message boards : Number crunching : New to cuda (Message 1266274)
Posted 778 days ago by Profile John Gillett
Thanks, Mike. Kinda what I thought.
14) Message boards : Number crunching : New to cuda (Message 1266209)
Posted 778 days ago by Profile John Gillett
Running Win7 Pro x64, quad-core processor, 8GB, BOINC 7.0.28, Lunatics 0.40 Wizard accepting all install defaults. app_info.xml has not been edited in any way.

Recently acquired a GeForce 9500 GT (I know - old) with the following specs...

Operating System: Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit (Service Pack 1)
DirectX version: 11.0
GPU processor: GeForce 9500 GT
Driver version: 301.42
DirectX support: 10
CUDA Cores: 32
Core clock: 550 MHz
Shader clock: 1375 MHz
Memory clock: 800 MHz (1600 MHz data rate)
Memory interface: 128-bit
Total available graphics memory: 4095 MB
Dedicated video memory: 512 MB GDDR3
System video memory: 0 MB
Shared system memory: 3583 MB
Video BIOS version: 62.94.1E.00.06
IRQ: 16
Bus: PCI Express x8

Currently the card is happy running only one work unit of cuda, cuda23, or cuda_fermi at a time. Can it handle more than just one work unit, and, if so, exactly what do I need to edit?

Been in computers as a profession for over 47 years, and running Seti since 26 May 1999. However, cuda is new stuff to me.

Thanks.
15) Questions and Answers : Macintosh : 0% task progress (Message 1143074)
Posted 1124 days ago by Profile John Gillett
Got up to a failure this morning - one task running fine, the other as described earlier. Activity showed only one setiathome process running. Quit BOINC, but the one process kept running. Quit that, then restarted BOINC. Now have two processes running. The 'failing' task was reset to zero and is now behaving properly.

So - is this a known problem, or do I have something else going on?

Thanks for the restart tip.
16) Questions and Answers : Macintosh : 0% task progress (Message 1142626)
Posted 1125 days ago by Profile John Gillett
A few months ago my PPC G5 Mac started occasionally showing tasks with 0% progress. Right now the following...

Progress Status Elapsed Remaining
0.000% Running 4:56:53 ---

Elapsed is increasing, but both Progress and Remaining stay as shown. I have seen tasks that go above 20 hours with no change in Progress and Remaining. Waste of time, so I abort the task, which then pops up with a Computation Error. It's getting more frequent. Been doing Seti for over 12 years and this is the first time I've seen this problem.

Running 6.12.33, and 10.5.8 on the Mac. My PC does not have this problem.

Thoughts appreciated.
17) Questions and Answers : Macintosh : Astropulse binaries for other platforms (Message 958643)
Posted 1728 days ago by Profile John Gillett
Completed my first AP unit today (~90 hours). All seemed to go well.

Thanks again.
18) Questions and Answers : Macintosh : Astropulse binaries for other platforms (Message 954204)
Posted 1740 days ago by Profile John Gillett
I am very sorry for the troubles !

No problem. As mentioned, my fault for not being more complete in my description.

John, you can also download AP 5.03 from my homepage and copy the AP 5.03 binary to the project folder and "sudo chown boinc_master:boinc_project the binaries in the project folders.

Is 5.03 necessary, now that 5.06 is happily in place where it belongs?

Thanks.
19) Questions and Answers : Macintosh : Astropulse binaries for other platforms (Message 954111)
Posted 1741 days ago by Profile John Gillett
OK - done, and up and running. Now to wait for an AP.

Sorry 'bout not giving better/more info on exactly what the situation was here. Some age-related problem, no doubt!

Thanks very much, folks!
20) Questions and Answers : Macintosh : Astropulse binaries for other platforms (Message 954069)
Posted 1741 days ago by Profile John Gillett
As requested...
<app_info>
<app>
<name>setiathome_enhanced</name>
</app>
<file_info>
<name>setiathome_6.03_powerpc-apple-darwin</name>
<executable/>
</file_info>
<file_info>
<name>setigraphics_6.03_powerpc-apple-darwin</name>
<executable/>
</file_info>
<app_version>
<app_name>setiathome_enhanced</app_name>
<version_num>603</version_num>
<file_ref>
<file_name>setiathome_6.03_powerpc-apple-darwin</file_name>
<main_program/>
</file_ref>
<file_ref>
<file_name>setigraphics_6.03_powerpc-apple-darwin</file_name>
<open_name>graphics_app</open_name>
</file_ref>
</app_version>

<app>
<name>astropulse_v5</name>
</app>
<file_info>
<name>astropulse_5.03_powerpc-apple-darwin</name>
<executable/>
</file_info>
<app_version>
<app_name>astropulse_v5</app_name>
<version_num>503</version_num>
<file_ref>
<file_name>astropulse_5.03_powerpc-apple-darwin</file_name>
<main_program/>
</file_ref>
</app_version>

<app>
<name>astropulse_v505</name>
</app>
<file_info>
<name>astropulse_5.06_powerpc-apple-darwin</name>
<executable/>
</file_info>
<app_version>
<app_name>astropulse_v505</app_name>
<version_num>505</version_num>
<file_ref>
<file_name>astropulse_5.06_powerpc-apple-darwin</file_name>
<main_program/>
</file_ref>
</app_version>
</app_info>

Thanks.


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