Posts by MarkJ

1) Message boards : News : Special Fundraiser for Parkes Data Store and GPU development system (Message 1906093)
Posted 21 hours ago by Profile MarkJSpecial Project $250 donor
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It's a good thing we have a head start here in Sydney, if I get to the bank early I might still squeak in under the rope.

If you have one the donation page does accept Australian Visa cards. It says it will also take Amex and MasterCard but I have no first hand knowledge with either of them. Another alternative if you have a PayPal account is to donate through the GPUUG web site. Exchange rate isn’t in our favour unfortunately.

You know you want one of the spinning hard drive or GPU icons next to your name...
2) Message boards : News : Special Fundraiser for Parkes Data Store and GPU development system (Message 1905844)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile MarkJSpecial Project $250 donor
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You gave $250.00
to SETI@home
on December 8, 2017
via Visa
Your confirmation number is 305041

Thanks to the Hanson family, Richard Haselgrove and Mr. Kevvy
3) Message boards : News : Special Fundraiser for Parkes Data Store and GPU development system (Message 1905577)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile MarkJSpecial Project $250 donor
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You gave $750.00
to SETI@home
on December 8, 2017
via Visa
Your confirmation number is 304888

I figure that's 10 disk drives after the donation matching :-)
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Anyone still using a raspberry pi 3 (Message 1904078)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile MarkJSpecial Project $250 donor
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Speaking of Rpi's IIRC somewhere someone said the the version of BOINC on the Jessie Distro had some issue with one of the projects and it not doing work. If someone remembers can they let us know.

Jessie is the previous release and came with BOINC 7.4.23. The current release is Stretch and it comes will 7.6.33.

There is a later BOINC (7.8.3 currently) in Stretch-backports but the Raspberry Pi foundation don't have a backports repo so you have to use the Debian repo if you want it. I have heard reports that this one may have issues. I have used it on the Pi without any problems. Your mileage might vary...
5) Message boards : Number crunching : Anyone still using a raspberry pi 3 (Message 1904075)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile MarkJSpecial Project $250 donor
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Or when you say headless, do you mean the board is not in a case with a fan next to it?

Headless means it doesn't have a keyboard or monitor plugged in. You log into it remotely. In the case of the Raspberry Pi that usually means using ssh.
6) Message boards : Number crunching : Help finding a single slot GPU card (Message 1900640)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile MarkJSpecial Project $250 donor
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There was a GTS450SP card. I bought 10 of them a few years ago when I was in Japan for work. They are rather dated now. (Released in 2010). They had 192 CUDA cores and were based on the GF106 chip. They also tend to overheat as the fan can’t move enough air unless you crank it up to 100% due to being a single slot design.
7) Message boards : Number crunching : Setting up a Linux machine to crunch CUDA80 for Windows users (Message 1898053)
Posted 29 Oct 2017 by Profile MarkJSpecial Project $250 donor
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And you don't have a problem between Linux and Windows boxes?

Stephen??

It can also see Raspberry Pi’s. The only difference with them and a regular Linux box is they don’t broadcast their name on the network so you need to give each Pi a fixed IP address and enter that IP address in BOINCtasks.

I run BOINCtasks on a windows laptop that doesn’t do any crunching but it can see/control the whole farm. I had a mix of Windows and Linux crunchers including Raspberry Pi’s and a couple of Parallella’s. The Parallella’s have gone and the windows machines became Linux crunchers.
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Linux CUDA 'Special' App finally available, featuring Low CPU use (Message 1896444)
Posted 20 Oct 2017 by Profile MarkJSpecial Project $250 donor
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I am comfortable with that on installations where everything (BOINC and the projects) are installed under the one main folder but the repo version unnerves me as it puts some things in other places and I am afraid something would be missing and trash the attempt ...

. . How sure are you that the boincdata folder is complete and self contained with the repo version?

I had to upgrade all my Intel iGPU machines from Jessie to Stretch when the finally fixed the disappearing desktop issue. For each one of them I did:

1. Set BOINC to no new tasks
2. Login as root
3. Stop BOINC - in xterm type service boinc-client stop
4. Insert empty thumb drive into USB port. This brings up a window on the desktop showing the contents.
5. Using the gui copy the contents of /var/lib/boinc-client to the thumb drive. I click on the computer icon navigate to the folder, click on a single file, Ctrl-A to select all and drag it over to the thumb drive icon. Just like Windows.
5a. It complains about can’t copy sym linked files so navigate to /etc/boinc-client select all the files (there are usually four only) and drop them on the thumb drive icon as well.
6. Install new OS
7. Login as root and Install repo version of BOINC
8. Stop BOINC (in xterm type service boinc-client stop)
9. Insert thumb drive again
10. Using gui copy the files back to /var/lib/boinc-client
11. Copy the /etc files back separately using gui. They are symlinked from /var/lib. They get put there by the repo install, so overwrite them with your version from the thumb drive. I just drag and drop them one at a time.
12. In xterm cd to /var/lib/boinc-client and change permissions back to user boinc (chown boinc:boinc * -R).
13. Start it up and it resumes from where it left off.

For a new version of BOINC all I do is install it by login as root, start xterm, type apt update, type apt upgrade and it stops it, installs new version and starts it up again. You can even do it via ssh (remote login) if you want.

Hope that helps for future rebuilds.
9) Message boards : Number crunching : BOINC 7.8.3 available to beta test on debian (Message 1895389)
Posted 14 Oct 2017 by Profile MarkJSpecial Project $250 donor
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Thanks to Gianfranco BOINC 7.8.3 has hit Stretch-backports. Here is the change log from the BOINC message boards (thanks Jord),

Preliminary Change Log 7.8.2 -> 7.8.3
- client: extensions, fixes to account manager functionality
- client: eliminate possible buffer overflow in reporting result errors
- lib: fix boinc_file_exists() on Windows
- Mac: Changes to Xcode project to support screensaver changes for Mac OS 10.13.
- Screensaver: Changes for screensaver to support Mac OS 10.13
- api: BOINC graphics library changes to support Mac OS 10.13
- client library: inconsistent terminology for intel_gpu
- update project list
- Locale: Update french localization files
- update installshield files

For those running Ubuntu Gianfranco has a ppa you can get it from.

It does not fix the tasks tab/transfers tab from jumping to the bottom or the event log date format issues.

Note Debian did a 9.2 point release on the 7th of October that included a buggy Nvidia driver. It goes into idle mode after 15 minutes of compute tasks so you might want to skip the upgrade of Nvidia-kernel-dkms.
10) Message boards : Number crunching : Setting up a Linux machine to crunch CUDA80 for Windows users (Message 1894048)
Posted 8 Oct 2017 by Profile MarkJSpecial Project $250 donor
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Thanks for the head's up, Mark. Perfectly happy with the 375.66 drivers.

I was too. Now I have to work out how to get them back.

It seems after a reboot its goes in P2 state and stays that way for about 15 minutes then drops into P8 (idle mode) and one has to reboot the machine to get it going again. I will raise a Debian bug for it but I'm sure its Nvidia's code.
11) Message boards : Number crunching : Setting up a Linux machine to crunch CUDA80 for Windows users (Message 1894042)
Posted 8 Oct 2017 by Profile MarkJSpecial Project $250 donor
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Word of warning for those of you running Debian. They did a point release to Stretch (9.2) yesterday which includes Nvidia drivers 375.82. The driver gets stuck in P8 mode when running compute tasks so they take forever to complete.
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Anyone still using a raspberry pi 3 (Message 1893687)
Posted 6 Oct 2017 by Profile MarkJSpecial Project $250 donor
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Is it worth running seti on the pis?
$50 each and producing 300 results each, 6000 results costs you 20*50 = $1k

If you want to use them as crunchers you’ll need to add a heatsink to the SoC and a fan for air flow, and then there is a power supply.

You can have one larger fan cool a stack of them. Some of the multi-port USB chargers can be used to run 4 or more Pi’s off a single power point. The SD cards and fans wear out too so you’ll need to replace them over time, assume 1 to 2 years out of the SD card. There are some people running them off solar/battery but that adds quite a bit to the initial cost.

See Mod my Pi case for what I did to mine.
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (107) Server Problems? (Message 1893148)
Posted 4 Oct 2017 by Profile MarkJSpecial Project $250 donor
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No, the disk is fine. Only using 6.5GB out of 215GB. It seems to clear itself up after a few BOINC restarts with the no state file found for task so and so.

Is this the BOINC 7.8.2 machine(s)? If so might be the slot directories issue
14) Message boards : Number crunching : Dual E5-2670 vs. Threadripper 16 core ?? (Message 1892910)
Posted 2 Oct 2017 by Profile MarkJSpecial Project $250 donor
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It was being caused by BOINC. I changed the checkpoint timer to 120 and the disk has quieted down..

On Raspberry Pi’s I have it set to 300 seconds to reduce the writes to the SD card. On my Ryzen’s I have 2TB HDD in them with it set to 120 seconds and a start delay of 2 for BOINC (so the machine can get past the initial start before trying to run 16+ tasks). You specify the start delay in cc_config.
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Linux & multiple GPU's - Numbercrunching very lov comparred to other projects (Message 1892345)
Posted 29 Sep 2017 by Profile MarkJSpecial Project $250 donor
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You didn’t say what app you are running. I would guess it’s the project supplied ones. If so you might want to run the cuda80 one, but you would need an up to date Nvidia driver installed (to get CUDA 8 support). There is a rather long thread about running it here
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Anyone still using a raspberry pi 3 (Message 1890915)
Posted 20 Sep 2017 by Profile MarkJSpecial Project $250 donor
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Do you have a GPU hooked up to your raspberry pi's ??

There isn't any add on GPU's for the Pi that I am aware of. It has a built-in VideoCore IV but its of no use for number crunching.
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Anyone still using a raspberry pi 3 (Message 1890120)
Posted 16 Sep 2017 by Profile MarkJSpecial Project $250 donor
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Seeing if anyone is still running the raspberry pi 3?

Yes ten of them, but over on Einstein where the work units are smaller. While it certainly can do Seti work they take a lot longer to compute.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : BOINC 7.8.3 available to beta test on debian (Message 1889497)
Posted 13 Sep 2017 by Profile MarkJSpecial Project $250 donor
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Thanks, looks like I need to move up to 7.8.2. This is my output:
keith@Darksider:~$ uname -a
Linux Darksider 4.10.0-33-generic #37~16.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Fri Aug 11 14:07:24 UTC 2017 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
keith@Darksider:~$

I don't see my status radio buttons ever update the change after making one. Might it be a problem with video driver or Desktop UI?

I am running the repository video driver 375.66 and the standard Ubuntu desktop.

According to that you're running Ubuntu 16.04.1. Its not the same as Debian but its based upon it. Gianfranco has a ppa with 7.8.2 in it for Ubuntu:
https://launchpad.net/~costamagnagianfranco/+archive/ubuntu/boinc

I have the 375.66 driver as well so I don't think it is causing your problem.
19) Message boards : Number crunching : BOINC 7.8.3 available to beta test on debian (Message 1889216)
Posted 11 Sep 2017 by Profile MarkJSpecial Project $250 donor
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I'll have to search on just what stretch means. I have no clue. I am a newcomer to linux.

Stretch is the current version of Debian (also known as Debian 9). To find out what version you are using in a terminal window type "uname -a" (without the quotes) and it should say what kernel and OS version it is.

Update: I have just played around with the network activity and it seems to behave. Suspend Network works correctly and making it always available also seems to work, The Activity Menu in Advanced mode shows the radio buttons correctly.
20) Message boards : Number crunching : BOINC 7.8.3 available to beta test on debian (Message 1889188)
Posted 11 Sep 2017 by Profile MarkJSpecial Project $250 donor
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I visited the link you provided. It is not obvious to me where the download link is for this new 7.82 version of BOINC. Do you think it fixes the problem I detailed in the BOINC 7.8.0 for Linux thread?

That sounds like you were looking at the instructions on adding Stretch-backports to a Raspberry Pi which I have on my blog. If you have Debian running Stretch on a normal PC (ie the amd64 architecture) you just need to add a line into your /etc/apt/sources.list that reads:
deb http://deb.debian.org/debian/ stretch-backports main contrib non-free

Then do a "sudo apt update" command followed by a "sudo apt install -t stretch-backports boinc-client boinc-manager" command without the quotes.

Having said that the manager still has the problem of jumping to the bottom of the task list if you have it sorted. It also does it for the transfers tab, even if you don't have it sorted. If that is the bug you were hoping to get a fix for its not in this version.


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