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1) Message boards : Number crunching : PC Matic vs Kaspersky. (Message 1616046)
Posted 5 hours ago by Profile HAL9000
Does this company give the source that ranks them higher?
Personally I've never even heard of that software. I don't seem to find it on any AV software comparison lists either.
Generally TV ads for antivirus/malware I put in the same classification as pop-up ads. Not worth my time.

I find it is best to check several sources for something & if the product being evaluated is consistently ranked positively. Then it is probably safe to believe them..

As a general rule. Anything that advertises "AS SEEN ON TV" is probably not worth your time.
http://www.complaintslist.com/computer-software/pc-matic/
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Imaginary work available (Message 1615959)
Posted 10 hours ago by Profile HAL9000
[quote]When I was testing that in your thread about AP work fetch issues I didn't have that occur. I was getting GPU & CPU work intermixed.

Gee, so is that why you went silent when I told you to increase the FLOP setting? Every machine I have will try to fill the CPU cache first. Others experience the Same affect. Why are yours different? I just woke up to find my Win 8 machine had downloaded 17 CPU APs and Zero GPU APs even though it was set for both. Why do you suppose that happened? Of course, I had the server send them back as GPU tasks 'cause I have dozens of CPU VLARs.

Well I was ready to do more testing with the flop values from your system. However I found it rather hard to do any AP work fetch testing once the servers went to bits a few days later. When the servers return to some sort of normal working state testing can resume. Probably after the holidays when things are less busy for me again.

Prior to that I did test MB work fetch.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Imaginary work available (Message 1615956)
Posted 11 hours ago by Profile HAL9000
I am having no problems getting MB work. MY machines that do MB are bouncing off their limits actually. Getting new work each time they upload completed work.

Try letting one run out of GPU tasks and see what happens. 2 of my machines are not having any trouble because they didn't run out of GPU tasks. The one that did run out now can't receive any GPU work because the server stops trying to send it GPU work after a couple tries. You can get all the CPU work you can handle, the Server is set to send CPU over GPU work. It will send work that could go to the GPUs to the CPUs instead. One request netted 17 tasks that could have gone to the GPUs, but the server sent them to the CPUs instead even though the GPUs were empty.

The Perfect Storm comes to mind...

When I was testing that in your thread about AP work fetch issues I didn't have that occur. I was getting GPU & CPU work intermixed.
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Imaginary work available (Message 1615939)
Posted 11 hours ago by Profile HAL9000
I am having no problems getting MB work. MY machines that do MB are bouncing off their limits actually. Getting new work each time they upload completed work.
5) Message boards : News : Own a piece of SETI history. (Message 1615938)
Posted 11 hours ago by Profile HAL9000
Wow! I had thought these were long gone.

I wonder if one of the computing museums would be interested in having these for display. Perhaps they would be able to collect them if someone wanted to bid on them & then donate them to such a museum.
6) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (93) Server Problems? (Message 1615831)
Posted 15 hours ago by Profile HAL9000
Still pathetic delivery of AP WU's. Something is not right with the AP part of SETI.

Molasses flows like water, compared to AP delivery....

On average I'm getting about 1 per hour... across ~30 machines.
7) Message boards : News : Database Rebuild Status update. (Message 1615412)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile HAL9000
It will also be interesting to see how the computing power changes when everyone gets new computer for Christmas and starts runnning 2 compters, and a faster one (at least for awhile)

There are people that only run 2 computers? I only have around 30 or so. I didn't that that was very many.
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (93) Server Problems? (Message 1614749)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile HAL9000
Well, I must say that the production rate of new AP's is rather pathetic. I can just about keep my GPU fed with new tasks.

Same as before the last database outage. It was just as pathetic then.

My caches look to be slowly building. Getting 2 or 3 per request.
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (93) Server Problems? (Message 1614669)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile HAL9000
AP Assimilators, as well as the Fix AP Assimilators, are all still down.

Interestingly, even though they are shown as disabled, tasks that I reported just two hours ago still validated. So... they are running, they just aren't showing that they are.

The validators (both v6 and v7) are showing as running - it's just the assimilators which are down.

I always imagine they have their reasons for doing what they do. Sometimes that reason could be someone forgot to turn something on.
It is probably something more reasonable. Like wanting to make sure everything is working before committing the results to the db.
10) Message boards : Number crunching : Electricity usage (Message 1614665)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile HAL9000
Thank you both for the replies. So, I guess just running my cpu apps I save electricity and have a cooler house also. I am sure I will need to turn on the heat in the house at one point, but so far it is 580, 2x770 and 2x780's are keeping me warm.

Hmmm... if it is 580º (ºK, ºC, or ºF) you might want to turn something down a little. :P
If it were to get to warm you could try not crunching on one of the GPUs in each system to see if that lowers the room temps enough for you.

Hal9000, I think Miklos means Video cards, not temps, I have a 580 in My PC, I'd run My 570 too, but the motherboard power regulators are shot and can't do more than what I'm running now, after Dec 31st I'll be able to fix that when I get a new case.

I guess sometimes being silly just isn't worth it for some people...
11) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (93) Server Problems? (Message 1614309)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile HAL9000
But all other AP programs are disabled, so no validators, assimilators or splitters running.

They will come online any year now :-)

I would hazard a guess that the server coming online is about the time Matt & Jeff started their looking over of the restored bits.
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Electricity usage (Message 1614230)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile HAL9000
Thank you both for the replies. So, I guess just running my cpu apps I save electricity and have a cooler house also. I am sure I will need to turn on the heat in the house at one point, but so far it is 580, 2x770 and 2x780's are keeping me warm.

Hmmm... if it is 580º (ºK, ºC, or ºF) you might want to turn something down a little. :P
If it were to get to warm you could try not crunching on one of the GPUs in each system to see if that lowers the room temps enough for you.
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Electricity usage (Message 1614192)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile HAL9000
I wonder if the electricity use by the computers is the same or less when not using the gpu cards? It sure produces almost no feel able heat when the gpu programs are shut down.

Thanks to the power saving innovations the power used when idle is much much less then when fully utilized.
14) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (93) Server Problems? (Message 1613854)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile HAL9000
I have only VLARs on CPU but also enough tasks for my GPU.

The point I was trying to make is that this might be one of the few cases where some careful micro-management of a single computer might be enough to help the smooth running of the project as a whole. But that one machine can only help out once every two or three days, because it takes that much time to burn off the excess cache. And the feeder gets polluted again much quicker than that - so having more volunteers to help with the process would be beneficial.

Most of my machines are CPU only. They are not exactly fast, but slurp up the overrun of VLAR tasks happily.
15) Message boards : Technical News : AP database is back down (Message 1613177)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile HAL9000
Thanks for the update

It seems the computer gods have been angered by something recently. Hopefully they will relax soon & give you guys some peace.
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (93) Server Problems? (Message 1612942)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile HAL9000

Did AP ever come back up when everything else was shut down? If it wasn't I would guess someone just forgot to start it back up.



Yes, if you mean after the normal project Tuesday turndown. AP briefly came back up and the site was extremely slow for a couple of hours as usual. When I came back to look at the router outbound loading and server stats, I noticed the AP generation was zero and then noticed the AP servers and processes were disabled.

Keith

No I'm referring to yesterday when everything except the fora were off.
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (93) Server Problems? (Message 1612924)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile HAL9000
You guys are too much. We had a massive storm pass thru. So good thing someone shut things down as a preventive measure or would you like to deal with other server failures.
There where also power outages in the Bay Area.

Give the guys a break. No matter what they do, it is never the right thing.

End rant!


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Yes. Storm. I know it.

Just wondering how only APv7 -services were shut down? Not the servers, like synergy. It is still running 'scheduling server' and 'scheduler process'. But not 'ap assimilator X' -service. Or server georgem.

Strange storm. Shutting down services, not servers.
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I have never, ever, blamed S@H staff about these breakdowns (I blame funding). They do work as hard as possible they can do.

I respect them. Working long hours.

Respect.

Did AP ever come back up when everything else was shut down? If it wasn't I would guess someone just forgot to start it back up.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Astropulse crashes; task list says "computation error" (Message 1612844)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile HAL9000
Just to clear something up, as I was talking about the Omega drivers. There aren't downloaded from that Omegadrivers.net, but it's the official name of the Catalyst 14.12 drivers that you can get from the AMD site.

Name File Size Revision Number Release Date Catalyst 288 MB Omega (14.12) 12/9/2014 Software Suite


It is very probable that AMD worked together with the guys from www.omegadrivers.net to get this end result, also because of the addition of AMD Gaming Evolved (the Raptr app I mentioned).

For the number crunchers among us, who wonder about the version number:
12/12/2014 17:05:41 | | CAL: ATI GPU 0: AMD Radeon HD 7850/7870 series (Pitcairn) (CAL version 1.4.1848, 2048MB, 2008MB available, 6400 GFLOPS peak)
12/12/2014 17:05:41 | | OpenCL: AMD/ATI GPU 0: AMD Radeon HD 7850/7870 series (Pitcairn) (driver version 1642.5 (VM), device version OpenCL 1.2 AMD-APP (1642.5), 2048MB, 2008MB available, 6400 GFLOPS peak)

I normally just like to use version numbers.
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Question regarding graphics cards and picking workunits (Message 1612801)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile HAL9000

Yes it is exactly that simple if that is what you would like to do. There is a way to do it in the cc_config.xml using <exclude_gpu>, but if you are not going to run an app. Why have it on the system(s)?



Thanks HAL. Would it be wise to uninstall and reinstall Lunatics if I am looking to remove the MB app for NVIDIA? Maybe an obvious question.

I think you can just rerun it & select the new app combination you like. Then the app_info.xml will be overwritten by a new one.
It has been a while since I played around with the installer. As I normally just extract the apps and do things manually these days.
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Question regarding graphics cards and picking workunits (Message 1612552)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile HAL9000
Hey Everyone,

My primary SETI rig has an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti as well as an AMD Radeon HD 7700 series.

My AMD card produces 99% valid results, even though it is a little slower. My GTX 650 unfortunately only yields about 85% valid results, and on a bad day can really churn out a lot of invalid results. (Right now, there are 26 invalids.)

Over time, I have posted several times looking for advice on how to reduce the invalid results from my NVIDIA card, but not much seems to help. I have two GTX 650 cards, and they both don't do so well, which leads me to believe that they are just not a perfect match for my system.

Onto my point; the GTX 650 card DOES however produce 99% valid AP work units. Inside of the SETI preferences, you can tell a BOINC whether or not to use NVIDIA on a particular machine. I would like to use my NVIDIA card, however I would like to ONLY do AP work units with this card.

If not, I am unfortunately considering doing Einstein with my NVIDIA card, since during the SETI break I was producing valid NVIDIA Einstein results as well. (What the heck is it about MB that my NVIDIA dislikes? :)

Is it possible to only run AP tasks with the NVIDIA card? Would it be as simple as not selecting MB for NVIDIA during the lunatics installer?

Thanks to anyone who may have some insight.

Yes it is exactly that simple if that is what you would like to do. There is a way to do it in the cc_config.xml using <exclude_gpu>, but if you are not going to run an app. Why have it on the system(s)?


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