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1) Message boards : Number crunching : No work being done by one of my laptops??? (Message 1790935)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bill GProject Donor
No idea if this applies or not, but I just loaded another computer with Win 7 & BOINC, Computer 8010411, and one thing I noticed was that it didn't seem to have a countdown timer running under Status column in the Projects tab. It would happily up/download the new tasks when I hit the Update button, and would even do the 5 min backoff, but after that completed, it then went to blank. The tasks were still running, but they didn't appear to auto upload, unlike all the other systems I had installed recently.

I poked around the settings, and didn't see anything obvious as to why it wouldn't work as expected, though before I shut it down, I think that it might have at some point uploaded some of the tasks itself, but I had to give it a final nudge to get the last 10 or so tasks uploaded. As I was just test running it, I haven't really worried about it, my main concern was hardware errors, but I will have to keep an eye on it when I bring it up again to run it in the farm. Just thought I'd add this to the discussion, in case there are others with this issue as well.

The next time you communicate with the project is will Update. That has been normal for some time (at least on my computers). It looks as if it is not wasting bandwith when there is nothing meaningful to transmit.
2) Message boards : Number crunching : CPU Invalids (Message 1788049)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile Bill GProject Donor

The first thing I noticed is that both of your results state Found 30 single pulses and 30 repeating pulses, exiting.
Where the results for the other hosts did not have 30/30 signals.
They found
single pulses: 6 repetitive pulses: 1
and
single pulses: 5 repetitive pulses: 0
for the two workunits tasks.

It looks like your host isn't returning good results. Often this can be from a thermal issue or overclocking.


I noticed the results as well. I do not overclock and the CPU is running at 50-60C. Did you see that other one that I aborted.....it kept restarting on me and I thought I had tried enough.

Thanks
3) Message boards : Number crunching : CPU Invalids (Message 1787857)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Bill GProject Donor
I am just wondering if there is something wrong with this computer as the 2 APs that were crunched on the CPU both came up invalid.
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/results.php?hostid=7965534&offset=0&show_names=0&state=0&appid=20
Generally CPU APs are a rarity on my systems and the worst part is that I am leaving for a week this morning. I will try and see what you advise me while I am away as I will be checking by remote if there is enough bandwidth where I will be staying.
4) Message boards : Number crunching : GBT ('guppi') .vlar tasks will be send to GPUs, what you think about this? (Message 1787196)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile Bill GProject Donor
Thanks, I could not find it because IE decided to show me your page from the temp file, not the new page. I did a refresh and it was there as it should be.
5) Message boards : Number crunching : GBT ('guppi') .vlar tasks will be send to GPUs, what you think about this? (Message 1787073)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Bill GProject Donor

Yes, but OpenCL GPU apps need to be updated to rev 3430 after that from my cloud repo.

I ran the Lunitics installer and now the memory usage on the GPU is much more constant.
Where do I find the rev 3430?
6) Message boards : Number crunching : GBT ('guppi') .vlar tasks will be send to GPUs, what you think about this? (Message 1787052)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Bill GProject Donor
IF this is incorrect, How do I correct it? Both CUDAs seem to be running to completion just fine. This computer: http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/results.php?hostid=7965534

It's perfectly correct for stock setup.

I guess I did not realize it was stock as I thought I had downloaded and installed the Lunatics Installer.
Can I just run the installer now?
7) Message boards : Number crunching : GBT ('guppi') .vlar tasks will be send to GPUs, what you think about this? (Message 1787036)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Bill GProject Donor

I am running 3 per card on my 750Tis. I am seeing similar times as others, but what I see is that my GPU memory usage is constantly changing from 30 to 90%,(IN the past it was steady at about 85%) My GPU Meter on the desktop shows this as well as GPUZ. I see mixed units running, both Guppie and non-Guppie. I was wondering if this is normal or has some meaning. The GPU usage shows 85-95% usage most of the time.

Depends on what this particular metrics actually measure. If it measure device global memory domain uncached accesses then it roughly equal to "cache misses" in CPU world. And then, apparently, it's bad thing. If it measures just memory accesses w/o distinction between cache hits/misses... then it's bad thing too but for another reason and quite non-fixable one. It would mean low to not compute-intensive parts of code prevail. In other words, too few arithmetic operations on single memory load. Just the very thing that make app to be memory-constrained.

Instead of Gaussian where quite high computation load per each sample implied, PulseFind very similar to AstroPulse's algorithms. Maybe that's why AMD owners feel different then NV ones with VLAR and AP - better memory subsystem (in older generations at least).


Something I just noticed, and this may have something to do with it. After rebuilding this computer because of some file corruption preventing me from doing a backup of the system, I now have both CUDA50 and CUDA42 WUs running at the same time.
IF this is incorrect, How do I correct it? Both CUDAs seem to be running to completion just fine. This computer: http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/results.php?hostid=7965534
8) Message boards : Number crunching : GBT ('guppi') .vlar tasks will be send to GPUs, what you think about this? (Message 1786995)
Posted 16 days ago by Profile Bill GProject Donor
It's interesting looking at GPU-Z while the Guppie VLARs are running. As others have noted, power use drops off when running the VLARs. Interestingly, that coincides with 99% GPU load. When the load drops down occasionally to more normal 85-95% levels, power usage increases again.
So those extended periods of 99% GPU load, while the GPU is busy, it's not actually doing much work.

I am running 3 per card on my 750Tis. I am seeing similar times as others, but what I see is that my GPU memory usage is constantly changing from 30 to 90%,(IN the past it was steady at about 85%) My GPU Meter on the desktop shows this as well as GPUZ. I see mixed units running, both Guppie and non-Guppie. I was wondering if this is normal or has some meaning. The GPU usage shows 85-95% usage most of the time.
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Intel GPU HD530 Validation inconclusive (Message 1784346)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile Bill GProject Donor
But he does not have errors.
10) Message boards : Number crunching : My Computer Builds (Message 1780718)
Posted 20 Apr 2016 by Profile Bill GProject Donor
Ok, I have a problem, win 7 pro x64 says I can't install cause I have an editing bios which requires a gpt partition and not an mbr disk partition, if I go gbt I lose files, like email and paint shop pro 4.12, etc, etc, etc...

Why am I going this route? Cause my win 7 pro Installation blue screens, even in every version of safe mode...


I have had this problem a number of times. The only solution that I have found is to use an external drive to make a backup of my files and then do what the install wants. After that you can bring the files back. If you are using Win7 you can use the WET method, Windows Easy Transfer. That can copy your files and settings and bring them into your new install.

I have spent days getting UFEI to properly see all my drives, both HD and Optical as it will tell me the Optical drive is not UFEI one time, and the next reboot it will be UFEI. I have not figured out what it is, except maybe my MBs are early UFEI and do not offer all the options that are now available.

WET is used on the old running drive first, before anything else is done. The program is found on the OS disk, or installed on your system already.
11) Message boards : Number crunching : My Computer Builds (Message 1779995)
Posted 18 Apr 2016 by Profile Bill GProject Donor

This might seem stupid, but I put a grain of rices worth on the center of the cpu and let the block spread the compound, since I swapped cpus, I will get 100% coverage before any power is applied.


Not true, you need to spread the paste, usually with something like a credit card to insure the minimum amount between the cooler and the CPU chip itself. There is not guarantee that it will spread on its own.
12) Message boards : Number crunching : My Computer Builds (Message 1779933)
Posted 17 Apr 2016 by Profile Bill GProject Donor


The pic shows that about 70%-75% of the cpu is covered.


The amount should be right but did you spread I? I am sure instructions call for that. You need 100% coverage to insure 100% contact. There can not be gaps in coverage. I have never installed a CPU without spreading the compound.

If that is what the picture shows, it is just plain wrongly applied.
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Lunatics Help (Message 1779150)
Posted 14 Apr 2016 by Profile Bill GProject Donor
One thing you can do is to pause all the other WUs and the AP will start. You can then resume the other work and in my experience the AP will finish before the GPU is taken over again.

I did notice that you seem to have APs that have finished without problems.
14) Message boards : Number crunching : Lunatics Help (Message 1778893)
Posted 14 Apr 2016 by Profile Bill GProject Donor
You cant. But the AP will start at some point. I notice that it seems to take at least 2 days for the APs to start running on my computers. I run 2 APs or 3 WU on my GPUs. I know it seems like the APs will never start, but the do.

The AP, when it starts will just suspend the still running WU.
15) Message boards : Number crunching : New Greenbank Files (Message 1778744)
Posted 13 Apr 2016 by Profile Bill GProject Donor

Talking of NVidia OpenCL apps, has anybody had any problems with the latest drivers, perhaps especially 364.72 for Windows 10?

I've had an email from Jacob Klein, drawing my attention to this POEM project message board thread: Do not use Nvidia driver 364.47. I'm about to try and reproduce his NVidia SDK sample failures, but with the Windows 7 version of the drivers - if I have time, I'll run a SoG bench as well.


I am running 364.72 on one of my computers. I have noticed nothing out of the ordinary so far. (I installed that driver last night as that computer updated (fast track) and I had to reinstall NVIDIA drivers, so I did the latest ones). Hoping all continues to work well.
16) Message boards : Number crunching : New Greenbank Files (Message 1778538)
Posted 13 Apr 2016 by Profile Bill GProject Donor
It looks like this: blc3_2bit_guppi_57451_19958_HIP62472_0005.15430.0.18.27.64.vlar_1

I have 8 of them on 4 systems.

I am looking at times of 3 hours 10 minutes.
17) Message boards : Number crunching : GPU Wars 2016: NVIDIA GTX 1080/1070 (Message 1777173)
Posted 8 Apr 2016 by Profile Bill GProject Donor
http://www.pcworld.com/article/3053600/hardware/apples-aging-mac-pro-is-falling-way-behind-windows-rivals.html?token=%23tk.PCW_nlt_pcw_bestof_html_2016-04-08&idg_eid=a0e1f7b61040fb71f0dec4f3f7f091c8&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Best%20of%20PCWorld%202016-04-08&utm_term=pcw_bestof_html#tk.PCW_nlt_pcw_bestof_html_2016-04-08

Just to add a bit to what is coming (and perhaps going).
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1776709)
Posted 6 Apr 2016 by Profile Bill GProject Donor
Or you could use the built in Windows Image found in Backup on your W7 computer.

The irritating thing about that is that it requires a 1TB drive to backup to, even if the Windows partition is just 120GB.

I see that Macrium allows for individual partition imaging and cloning, so you can store multiple images or partitions on a 1TB drive.


I must be doing something wrong as I am using 500GB drives for backup. If you are backing up a 1T drive, it will only restore onto a 1T drive, even if the image size is smaller.
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1776630)
Posted 6 Apr 2016 by Profile Bill GProject Donor
Or you could use the built in Windows Image found in Backup on your W7 computer.
I recommend it as well as Macrium.

Test Post... Please forgive..

My Win 7 PC 64-bit crashed bad and I needed a HD re-format. Am now trying to get BOINC and my on-line business working again. I have about 35 programs to load and try to find the registration codes for. A real nightmare!

Sorry for taking up BW.. Just wanted to make sure all aspects of SETI are working for me.

I will shut up now. :)


It might be an idea to grab yourself a free copy of Macrium Reflect, acquire an external HD, and do occasional image backups. It means you can do a full restore in a matter of minutes. No more re-installations.

worth a look, no?

P.
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Anything relating to AstroPulse tasks (Message 1775735)
Posted 2 Apr 2016 by Profile Bill GProject Donor
Well that was a good run. I got a total of 9. Now the waiting game until more get split.

I am still getting some at this time and the splitters are still turning them out.


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