Posts by Zalster

1) Message boards : Number crunching : Question on Optimizing Win 10 system with 4 different Nvidia-based graphics cards (Message 1939892)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Zalster Special Project $250 donor
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I'm assuming you are referring to the setting where it says use at most XXXX%

I'm not a fan of that.

Better to use a <project_max_concurrent> setting in the app_config.xml and control how many work units are running.

I've always believe that people have the wrong understanding on how that actually works. Instant, put the restriction in the app config and put 100% in the computing preferences.

Like this

<app_config>
 <app_version>
    <app_name>setiathome_v8</app_name>
    <plan_class>opencl_nvidia_SoG</plan_class>
    <avg_ncpus>1</avg_ncpus>
    <ngpus>0.5</ngpus>
    <cmdline>-no_sleep -sbs 1024 -hp -period_iterations_num 1 -tt 1500 -high_perf -high_prec_timer</cmdline>
 </app_version>
 <app_version>
    <app_name>astropulse_v7</app_name>
    <plan_class>opencl_nvidia_100</plan_class>
    <avg_ncpus>1</avg_ncpus>
    <ngpus>0.5</ngpus>
    <cmdline>-unroll 28 -oclFFT_plan 256 16 256 -ffa_block 12288 -ffa_block_fetch 6144 -tune 1 64 4 1 -tune 2 64 4 1 -hp </cmdline> 
 </app_version>
<project_max_concurrent>10</project_max_concurrent>
</app_config>


This would allow 6 GPU work units (2 per card {assuming you removed the 1060} ) and 4 CPU work units. That should leave 2 threads free.
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Question on Optimizing Win 10 system with 4 different Nvidia-based graphics cards (Message 1939878)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Zalster Special Project $250 donor
Post:
You could get 2 per card by using a app_config.xml and tell BOINC to run 2 work units per card. The applications currently under use don't need a full CPU per work unit but you also don't want to use all of your cores, the system needs at least 1 for itself and you should always leave 1 more just for GPU support. So at a minimum you should leave 1 core free. If you run 2 per card and see 100% CPU usage, then decrease the number of CPU cores running.

How are you limiting your system to 6 CPU cores??


Edit... Here's a sample App_config.xml


<app_config>
 <app_version>
    <app_name>setiathome_v8</app_name>
    <plan_class>opencl_nvidia_SoG</plan_class>
    <avg_ncpus>1</avg_ncpus>
    <ngpus>0.5</ngpus>
    <cmdline>-no_sleep -sbs 1024 -hp -period_iterations_num 1 -tt 1500 -high_perf -high_prec_timer</cmdline>
 </app_version>
 <app_version>
    <app_name>astropulse_v7</app_name>
    <plan_class>opencl_nvidia_100</plan_class>
    <avg_ncpus>1</avg_ncpus>
    <ngpus>0.5</ngpus>
    <cmdline>-unroll 28 -oclFFT_plan 256 16 256 -ffa_block 12288 -ffa_block_fetch 6144 -tune 1 64 4 1 -tune 2 64 4 1 -hp </cmdline> 
 </app_version>
</app_config>


Might need to clean up the command lines some
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Question on Optimizing Win 10 system with 4 different Nvidia-based graphics cards (Message 1939873)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Zalster Special Project $250 donor
Post:
The limiting factor is your 1060 GPU. I believe 1 at a time is the preferred setting for that. If you were to take that one out, then you could run 2 or maybe 3 work units per card. If you were to do that, then cutting down the number of CPU work units would benefit you as GPUs crunch much faster than CPU and you would do more work per hour.
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! (Message 1939856)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Zalster Special Project $250 donor
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That is a 6 core and not the 28 that they demonstrated. They also failed to mention that they were using a chiller to drop the temperature far below what most people without a hefty bank account can do. Think Liquid Nitrogen cold. Most reviews are calling out Intel for this. Saying it's false advertisement.

Not that I wouldn't like 5.0 Ghz chip but would need more than 6 cores.

I'll wait and see how things develop.

Zalster
5) Message boards : Number crunching : Would like to contribute. Need help. (Message 1939393)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Zalster Special Project $250 donor
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Normally when MS does an update, they install their own version of a Nvidia driver. I don't know about the ATI driver.

For Nvidia, MS decided that OpenCl wasn't necessary to have all the components that a driver from Nvidia has. (why after the installation, BOINC will say no working GPU found)

So for Nvidia cards, we tell people not to allow Windows updates or if you do, then do download the drivers from the Nvidia website and reinstall them after the update is complete.

Since he has a ATI card, I don't know if that still applies. TBar or Mike might know. (or if anyone else do please speak up)

Zalster
6) Message boards : Number crunching : Would like to contribute. Need help. (Message 1939373)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Zalster Special Project $250 donor
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The next step will be installation of lunatics for AMD CPU and Graphic card but I'm going to wait and let both Keith and Mike give you instructions on do that. I don't have experience with the new AMD chips (Keith does) and Mike can tell you how to fine tune the Graphic card by use of a commandline. We will probably need to walk you through find the Seti@home folder location and how to create a XML file to make an app_config.xml and insertion of the commandline. But 1 step at a time. You only have a handful of task validate yet. Once we know they are all validating without issues, then we can move on to installing the lunatics program. So give us a little more time, probably another 24 hours. Keith and Mike will be along in time, Keith is here in USA, Mike is in Germany so responses can take a bit.

Congratulations on getting it up and running. Looking good so far. Will keep an eye on it.

Zalster
7) Message boards : Number crunching : New computer on the way (Message 1939227)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Zalster Special Project $250 donor
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pics!!
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Would like to contribute. Need help. (Message 1939091)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Zalster Special Project $250 donor
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Yes that is the one everyone is agreeing on.

As far as helping, Mike was referring to a command line. After you get it up and running, there are ways to fine tune the GPU to make it run more efficiently and quicker. We can go into that at a later date. Main thing is to get you up and running first.

Zalster
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Would like to contribute. Need help. (Message 1938929)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Zalster Special Project $250 donor
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Hey Brent,

I think he is looking for a prebuilt.


What about this one. Refurbished but comes with a 1070

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883221496

Or

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883230326

Don't know anything about the AMD GPUs. Keith would know about the Ryzan CPUs. But I think this might work for him.

Don't care for the light show.
10) Message boards : News : "Are we alone?" on VICE (Message 1938901)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Zalster Special Project $250 donor
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GPUs are much more effective than CPUs.

So I'd look at a decent GPU in the system. The GPU will require at least 1 full core. So at a minimum, you should have at least a duo core. RAM is expensive so that is going to be your second most expensive part of your system after the GPU. If you plan on building it yourself, you can use a program like

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/

That will get you prices on all the different parts and get you an idea of how much it will cost.

Most office desktop computer tend to have underpowered GPUs. Sometimes, you can't update the graphic cards because either the motherboard doesn't support it or the Power source doesn't have enough wattage.

A better place to ask general questions is number crunching

https://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_forum.php?id=10

This is where most members hang out and you can ask questions and get quicker responses there.

Happy Crunching


Zalster
11) Message boards : Number crunching : (SOLVED: 'normal' .vlar WUs to AMD GPUs now?) - NEW: So much 'ghost' WUs? (Message 1938673)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile Zalster Special Project $250 donor
Post:
+2
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! (Message 1938168)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Zalster Special Project $250 donor
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So being bored I decided to watch some movies. Found this movie called "The Beyond" Aliens, etc... What caught my eye was they were using screen shoots of the Seti@home Boinc screen saver






I believe the user is David and CPU run time is 52 hours 15 minutes, 45 seconds. Recorded Sun Feb 21 17:00 hours

Anyway, thought I would share hahaha...
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Welcome to the 19 Year Club! (Message 1937773)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Zalster Special Project $250 donor
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Totally forgot about my join up date 3 days ago. 19 years already...
14) Message boards : Number crunching : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! (Message 1937755)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Zalster Special Project $250 donor
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ASUS to release MoBo with 20 GPU support

https://www.asus.com/us/News/ZwwO4E0EimUoYyEi
15) Message boards : Number crunching : old question: Any GPU wu For Radeon/ATI openCL? (Message 1937752)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Zalster Special Project $250 donor
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You mean a 6 and 8 pin power connector or 2 eight pins?
16) Message boards : News : "Are we alone?" on VICE (Message 1937645)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Zalster Special Project $250 donor
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Guess I'll have to wait for it to come out on youtube or something else. Barely watch tv, much less pay per view channels. Sounds interesting though. Thanks Eric.
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Let's Play CreditNew (Credit & RAC support thread) (Message 1937493)
Posted 20 days ago by Profile Zalster Special Project $250 donor
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Can you order me one as well please Mark - you'l have to send your bank details to my Nigerian banker so we can complete the transaction...

LOL....I'll call him with my Seti account password right away.
I don't want to miss such an opportunity!


18) Message boards : Number crunching : New computer on the way (Message 1937152)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile Zalster Special Project $250 donor
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Glad you found it without any incident.
19) Message boards : Number crunching : New computer on the way (Message 1937009)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile Zalster Special Project $250 donor
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For Windows use I would recommend without question that you get SIV (System Information Viewer) by Ray Hinchcliffe. It is an all-in-one Swiss Army Knife application. I use it to control the gpus and to monitor absolutely everything in my systems
SIV - System Information Viewer


+1

Can't say enough about SIV. Recommend it to everyone I know with a computer
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Let's Play CreditNew (Credit & RAC support thread) (Message 1936796)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile Zalster Special Project $250 donor
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More like bitcoins, the closer you get to the prize, the more they hard fork it and water down your credits...


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