Posts by Santiago E. Diaz


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1) Questions and Answers : Wish list : Previous Users of the Day (Message 74717)
Posted 3366 days ago by Profile Santiago E. Diaz
It would be nice if you could include a "Previous Users of the Day" link for the past BOINC users of the day.
2) Questions and Answers : Windows : Is there a problem with the BOINC validation & crediting process? (Message 10772)
Posted 3556 days ago by Profile Santiago E. Diaz
I saw their posts concerning the transitioners (and other equipment), but the credit situation seems "uneven", meaning that WU credit "appears" to be updated for some, and not for others.

Case in point: While visiting the stats section, some users last completed units are on 20 July, while it's been days for others (including myself). And I can't help but wonder if there is some greater problem.

At the very least it would help if the pending credit links were enabled, that would offer some assurance. On the other hand, if WUs are being lost, BOINC has a bigger problem than they know.

I initally posted the question, hoping for one of the BOINC techs to notice. Hopefully the question hasn't fallen on deaf ears (or dead computers, as it were).

Thanks for the reply in any case.

> > Berkeley added yet another transitioner to try to keep up with the load
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> > returned results.
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> and we lost credit for those wu's
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> ttyl
> Jeff (Nightowl)
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3) Questions and Answers : Windows : What on Earth is going on? (Message 10370)
Posted 3557 days ago by Profile Santiago E. Diaz
Don't worry, you haven't made a mess of the BOINC installation.

Whenever you see the BOINC client requesting "X" seconds of work, it is sending a request to the BOINC server for several work units (SETI@home/BOINC keeps - if possible - several work units cached in case of outages, that way your computer stays busy). In my experience, the computer has the ability to process all those work units before "X" seconds have elapsed, therefore, the cache is an estimate of "X" seconds (86,400 seconds = 1 day).

The "No work available" response from the server means just that. What's happening is that the splitters that SETI@home uses to generate work units for BOINC are not keeping up with the demand (I suppose this is a good thing in the sense that there are many people running SETI@home/BOINC). In addition, S@h has been having problems with the splitters and servers over the past couple of days (rumor has it that they were the victim of a virus). In any case, the "No work available" is the result of general equipment problems.

Finally, you could say that the work units that your machine is processing using BOINC are "designed" for SETI@home/BOINC, but in reality they contain the same type of data as the SETI@home/Classic work units. The difference is that SETI@home/Classic has a "one size fits all" work unit, BOINC is supposed to send your computer work units that it can process in a reasonable (if not small) amount of time based on the computer's bechmarks.

Hope this helps. Happy crunching!!
4) Questions and Answers : Windows : Is there a problem with the BOINC validation & crediting process? (Message 10293)
Posted 3557 days ago by Profile Santiago E. Diaz
Is there a problem with the BOINC validation / credit process?

I have a machine that has completed several work units on the BOINC platform, but doesn't seen to have been credited anything past 966.53.

I'm wondering, because of a post you guys (SETI/BOINC folks) made a few days ago (July 17, 2004) on the STEI@home BOINC page concerning a similar / related problem.

Anyway, I was wondering if it's related to the snafu over the weekend (July 17 - 18), and if there is a fix.


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