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1) Message boards : Number crunching : BOINC Feature request: Exclusive App -> free additional core for it (Message 1763401)
Posted 23 hours ago by Profile HAL9000
That are great ideas, how can i forward this request to the BOINC developers?

Previously I posted a question on the BOINC fora under BOINC client section. Regarding an issue with BOINC and virtual box. Ageless was kind enough to communicate the matter to the devs and now we have the <dont_use_vbox>0|1</dont_use_vbox> feature.

I'm not sure what the current method to submit features is now. They do have a contact section on the BOINC site. However they do list those avenues of contact for "issues".
Also given the current funding status of BOINC I'm not sure if or when new features may get added. Rom did some work on ATI GPUs detection for non-CAL GPUs recently, but that hasn't made it into an official build yet.
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Credit for Android BOINC clients (Message 1763245)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile HAL9000
I have always found BOINCstats to be slow in updating the host information. While Free-DC picks them up faster. I have guessed that BOINCstats chooses not to read the hosts.xml that is generated by the stats every time to make their updates quicker or easier on the server.

For your other account you can compare the hosts list on BOINCstats and Free-DC.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : BOINC Feature request: Exclusive App -> free additional core for it (Message 1763232)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile HAL9000
I more and more love this feature and it would really be a cool feature, to have a list of applications in BOINC, for which 1 (one) core is freed while the application is running.

Maybe something like <exclusive_app>. Where an app can be specified & then have a specific "use at most X % of the processors" value applied to it.

So for a 4 core/thread system to reserves 1 core for an app you would specify 75%. Along the lines of:
<cpu_intensive_app> <app>filename.exe</app> <max_pct_cpus>75</max_pct_cpus> </cpu_intensive_app> <cpu_intensive_gpu_app> <app>filename.exe</app> <max_pct_cpus>75</max_pct_cpus> </cpu_intensive_gpu_app>


Being able to adjust the current "use at most X % of the processors" BOINC setting via boinccmd would be nice as well.
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Its breaking my Heart but I may have to bow out of SETI@Home .. (Message 1762954)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile HAL9000
If u dont sell the systems complete, sell the mainboard socket 775 seperately. Here in germany (Amazon) there are high valued.

It also depends which chipset they have as well, some are only i845 for pentium 4's. For Quads and above you want i965 and above.

That is true. The specs for the 775 board can matter a lot for some. Personally I've been trying to track down a 775 board with a P45 chipset, DDR3, & dual PCIe slots.
5) Message boards : Number crunching : BOINC 7.6.23 for Linux Recongnizes OpenCL AMD/ATi GPU via MESA, But No Apps From SETI? (Message 1762952)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile HAL9000
I wonder if the OpenCL version supported by your driver is to low.
[2] AMD AMD PITCAIRN (DRM 2.43.0, LLVM 3.7.0) (1024MB) OpenCL: 1.1

I'm not sure, but the server might be checking for at least OpenCL 1.2 for ATI GPUs. Like it does for iGPUs.
6) Message boards : Number crunching : Why won't V44 Recognize my Video card (Message 1762713)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile HAL9000
I *think* Jim might be expecting the installer to detect the kinds of GPU installed. Please correct me if I am wrong Jim. No you have to select the applications to install with the radio buttons. It is of course entirely technically possible to detect such hardware and automate selections, though it seems shortcut malware/antivirus heuristics don't like such approaches, so please know what hardware you have (and select accordingly) :) Most likely future detection automation will rely on post installation features.


Yer Hit thuh Nale on thuh Haid My Friend. ;)
It's the GTX660sc and it errors all cuda 50 with Lunatics v44.
Which one would you suggest Sir? :b....

It's really odd that the stock CUDA 5.0 app is working on your system. Given it is the same executable in the Lunatics v0.44 installer package.
7) Message boards : Number crunching : Running a test: An ARM with a cracked screen. (Message 1762595)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile HAL9000
And I should see if its charger will keep up if I have it crunch on 3 cores at a time, better yet 4.

A couple months ago, the new one stopped taking a charge


Mime is new enough that I don't have to worry about KEEPING a charge; but I have noticed (and this is on 7615058, which sees more use) that sometimes when plugged in I get a "Power Useage greater than charge(r) level" when running Enigma.

Does that happen if you are charging from a standard PC USB port or when using the supplied charger?
Newer mobile devices can negotiate with USB ports/chargers to be supplied with up to 2A@5v (10W). If no negotiate happens only 500mA@5v (2.5W) may be provided by the port/charger.
There is also a USB specification that allows charging devices to to run 1.5A@12v(18w), 3A@12v(36w), 5A@12v(60w), 3A@20v(60w), 5A@20v(100w). However I believe those specs only apply to USB 3.1 devices with USB C connectors.

The battery monitor app I use on my Galaxy S4 displays Charging (AC) when it has negotiated for more than 500mA. Otherwise is displays Charging (USB).
I found running 4 tasks at a time with only a 500mA port/charger will not keep the battery topped up. I want to say it would take 4-5 hours to get down to 20% where I had BOINC set to stop crunching.
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows Phone 10 Client? (Message 1762364)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile HAL9000
I'm sure if Microsoft funded a version of BOINC, like HTC did for the Android version, the app would get made pretty quickly.
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1762250)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile HAL9000
Just a dumb question, does all this update avoidance take more time than hitting a close box on a advert once a day, and unchecking a box in optional updates once a week?

It is defiantly a lot more work then just setting updates to never.
10) Message boards : Number crunching : Anything relating to AstroPulse tasks (Message 1761976)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile HAL9000
03 Feb 16 08:22:24 | SETI@home | This computer has reached a limit on tasks in progress

How is this possible when I currently 0 AP and 0 MB for my ATI GPU.

Keifer

Doesn't that message pop up when there is a large amount of VLARs being split?

I've only seen that "limit" message when I've had Errors or Invalids. When there are a lot of VLARs about, my GPU requests get the "no tasks available" message.

Are you referring to the message when errors drive down the Max tasks per day value? I thought that was something along the lines of "Your computer has reached its daily quota of tasks".
11) Message boards : Number crunching : Anything relating to AstroPulse tasks (Message 1761973)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile HAL9000
03 Feb 16 08:22:24 | SETI@home | This computer has reached a limit on tasks in progress

How is this possible when I currently 0 AP and 0 MB for my ATI GPU.

Keifer

Your machine has ~230 tasks in progress. Which tends to happen naturally from ghosts.
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Video Card Query (Message 1761969)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile HAL9000
Fierpro v4800 @ 620 GFLOPs
HD7770 @ 1280 GFLOPs
It doesn't seem like an ideal pairing, but we can do per GPU configurations now right?
I think the main question would be if the two drivers will play nice with one another.
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Its breaking my Heart but I may have to bow out of SETI@Home .. (Message 1761967)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile HAL9000
Another thing to consider is scrapping out the old machines, via ebay or such, to add funds to the new PC pool. It might only be 5 or 10 for an old CPU, RAM, or MB. However it can add up if you have the time.
14) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1761757)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile HAL9000
Still haven't worked out how I completely broke windows update on my Win7, main dev host, but it's running awesome :D

Did you disable wuauserv?
15) Message boards : Number crunching : BOINC Feature request: Exclusive App -> free additional core for it (Message 1761716)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile HAL9000
Thanks again, works like a charm! :)

Only downside:
While the program/script runs, there is an additional command window open.
For now i start this command shell window minimized.

Addition:
I now start the shell script using Quiet:
http://www.joeware.net/freetools/tools/quiet/index.htm
Now the process is completely invisible!

Many thanks again! :D

Addition2:
For using all cores again, i have to apply the real number of cores (4 in my case) for using all cores.
If i specify "-1" as original, there is no change and BOINC continues to use only 3 cores.

Normally I used this when playing a game that needed a bit more free CPU time. So I didn't see the command shell open. Using the tool like you found it one way to make the windows go away. There are probably other ways to do this, but this is the quick and easy way to get the result.

I was working from memory. I guess setting -1 for CPUs only works on startup. Maybe it is a bug that it doesn't work on cc_config reread?
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1761666)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile HAL9000
http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-starts-pushing-windows-10-as-a-recommended-update/

Microsoft is stepping up its Windows 10 push by making the OS a 'recommended' -- though not required -- update for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, beginning February 1.

I think at least one of my machines is perfectly safe from the Windows 10 "update".
17) Message boards : Number crunching : BOINC Feature request: Exclusive App -> free additional core for it (Message 1761653)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile HAL9000
Since BOINC doesn't have a boinccmd.exe option to adjust CPU usage on the fly I did this.
-Make copies of cc_config.xml with desired <ncpus>N</ncpus> value
cc_config.1 = <ncpus>1</ncpus> cc_config.2 = <ncpus>2</ncpus> cc_config.4 = <ncpus>4</ncpus> cc_config.all = <ncpus>-1</ncpus>


-Have a script to copy desired cc_config over cc_config.xml & then tell BOINC to update.
copy cc_config.2 cc_config.xml /y boinccmd --read_cc_config


You could then automate the whole process.
set boincdir=z:\BOINCdata pushd %boincdir% copy cc_config.2 cc_config.xml /y boinccmd --read_cc_config start /wait notepad.exe copy cc_config.all cc_config.xml /y boinccmd --read_cc_config
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Your kooky computers (Message 1761454)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile HAL9000
Your post slready contains my answer HAL9000.

I wasn't sure how much of that was true & how much was sarcasm.
But it seems you have removed BOINC for now. Which means you are not longer having the issue.
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Your kooky computers (Message 1761451)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile HAL9000
Well Alf, It is Alf, right? I clearly stated what the problem was and what I was seeing. Very clearly. That is what the original post was. Nothing about Lunatics, anyone named Nez, no conspiracy theories, no pretending to be anything, no personal attacks, none of that. We will wsit while you reread it.... ....... ...... .... [*hums completely off tune*]
So, I clearly stated what I saw as the problem and what I wanted. Very clearly. Since then, I got rid of the v7 problem by destroying the v7 work units it kept downloading. Unconventional but effective! And done without conspiracy theories involved! [*wolf whistles*] It did happen to involve my hard drive being destroyed and not downloading BOINC again to the laptop yet, and factory reset destrying everything on my phone, but the damned v7 units are gone. 8)

Are you still having the problem of v7 tasks being downloaded? Did you manage to abort the v7 tasks your machine did download?
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Anything relating to AstroPulse tasks (Message 1761348)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile HAL9000
Hi folks! I just tripped over AP WU 2027678046, which I was assigned to crunch. Those two identical intel GPUs trashed the WU for exactly the same reason and they also failed with several other WUs. Maybe developers should take a look.

Intel has a habit of releasing new drivers that do not work well for some BOINC projects. There are several older iGPU drives that are known to have issues with SETI@home & Einstein. So a driver issue could be one possible reason.

Both of those hosts are using HD 4600 iGPUs on Windows 10. One is an i5-4690K with driver 10.18.15.4256 the other is an i5-4570 with driver 20.19.15.4331. They both had an issue at the same spot for that WU. ### Restart at 44.14 percent.

You might want to save a copy of the wu file for the devs. They may want to have a look at why the app choked on that file.


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