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11) Message boards : Number crunching : Is it possible to swap a guppi assigned to GPU with a Arecibo assigned to CPU? (Message 1801355)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
Some updates: the work-in-progress detection is fixed now. The app. works fine on Linux and our Windows 64-bit box, but a couple of the testers didn't have good results on Windows possibly 32-bit. One of them indicated that the file(s?) have a different format in Win32 which I had no idea of.

I was in a conundrum until I remembered I have a spare machine and a small PCIe-powered card to go in it. So I will be imaging that with Win7 32-bit this weekend starting Friday evening, and then I can finally test it properly with stock and Lunatics. Let's hope I can finally get it out there this weekend.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy 4th of July..... (Message 1800644)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
Smile and a handshake then? Works for me.


Me too! Enjoy your holiday. :^) Wish I had a chance to enjoy mine but I was too busy.
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy 4th of July..... (Message 1800641)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
One nation, under GOD CANADA.

Fixed that for you.

Regards,

14) Message boards : Number crunching : Is it possible to swap a guppi assigned to GPU with a Arecibo assigned to CPU? (Message 1800230)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
@Mr Kevvy:
is there an ETA for a beta test of your Windows script?
...cuz my Pavlov dog saliva is starting to run dry! ;-)


Well, given you have the same little red and white icon on your profile that I do, you know what weekend this. Yes, it's a weekend of rest, relaxation, good food preferably around a BBQ, and a celebration of what it is to be Canadian...

...for other people. For me, it's time to be put to be work for a hellish three days of dust, dirt, sweat and moving heavy objects, most of which try to crush my fingers and toes.

Hoping to have it ready sometime next week. :^p
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Is it possible to swap a guppi assigned to GPU with a Arecibo assigned to CPU? (Message 1799694)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
Matching client state changes to scheduler files...

The only thing your script need to edit is client_state.xml


I will try that out... early in testing I found it was losing work when client_state was out of synch with sched_request and sched_reply but that may have been another cause then. Thank you.
16) Message boards : News : Arecibo still threatened with closure. (Message 1799539)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
Why are you assuming that not buying the 6-day-6,000-year-we're-individually-handcrafted mythos = atheism? False dichotomy. The Fallacy of The Excluded Middle.

You may find more religious people reject it than accept it. Perhaps not those holding the purse strings in American politics though... at least so they claim... especially near election time.

Perhaps this is why they see SETI as a threat. Might find something upsetting (ie we aren't the end-all and be-all one-and-only... perhaps not even in the running. And the rest of the universe wasn't plopped here to give us, all 0.00000000000000000000001% of it, something pretty to look at. That kind of upsetting.)
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Is it possible to swap a guppi assigned to GPU with a Arecibo assigned to CPU? (Message 1799286)
Posted 27 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
In the spirit of clarity, I would like to point out that I am looking for a "fairly simple way" of swapping x WUs assigned to GPU with x WUs assigned to GPU so that there is always a 1:1 swap.
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To me it seems like a simple scheduling exercise taught in a CS201 courses!


What I have so far working on Linux is a simple commmand-line app. It does do an almost 1:1... it moves all the non-VLAR non-GUPPI MB work units assigned to the CPU to the GPU. It then moves up to that many GPU-assigned GUPPI work units to CPU assignment. The "up to" keeps the queue from growing without limit, and the faster GPU will run down a slightly overloaded MB queue. It's required to quit BOINC manager first and restart it after so that the files are not in use.

Here is what the output currently looks like on Linux moving actual work around:

kevin@KevsNewToy /media/kevin/SSD/BOINC $ ./GUPPIRescheduler Mr. Kevvy's GUPPI Rescheduler v0.3 - (c)2016 Kevin Dorner Reading configuration files... Found sched_request app_version for GPU=1 version_num=800, CPU=0 version_num=800 and plan_class=opencl_nvidia_sah Searching for and moving work units in client state... Matching client state changes to scheduler files... Writing updated configuration files... Done: 2 non-GUPPI workunits moved to GPU and 2 GUPPI workunits moved to CPU.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Is it possible to swap a guppi assigned to GPU with a Arecibo assigned to CPU? (Message 1799198)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
You don't need to create such a tool.

If you make a forum search with 'rescheduler' you will find such tool.


I doubt it... I Googled extensively before working on this. If you're referring to Fred's Rescheduler, it was only hosted at its forum here and appears to have been taken offline as it wasn't maintained so was no longer compatible. So please provide a link.

There's no possible way that I can think of that this will affect anyone's credit when the entire premise it is based on, which is pretty well documented, is that the problem with the GUPPI work units is that they pay the same credit as the non-GUPPIs, but take 3x or more the time to complete on GPUs, thus the large RAC hit and correspondingly much less work done. Again a link to any data supporting this would be appreciated (to add to this, any corroborative statement to the the effect "the admins aren't pleased about the usage of such tools" would be good too. If there was such then I won't be releasing this.)

I did make some progress on the weekend, it now preserves the version number but have to add preservation of the platform name as well. (Also been rather busy including receiving the replacement board and getting the failed machine back.) So it will be another couple of days at least before I may have anything worth putting out for testing.
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1798986)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
MS pays out $10K to Windows 10 victim

A few days after Microsoft released Windows 10 to the public last year, Teri Goldstein’s computer started trying to download and install the new operating system.

The update, which she says she didn’t authorize, failed. Instead, the computer she uses to run her Sausalito, Calif., travel-agency business slowed to a crawl. It would crash, she says, and be unusable for days at a time.

“I had never heard of Windows 10,” Goldstein said. “Nobody ever asked me if I wanted to update.”

When outreach to Microsoft’s customer support didn’t fix the issue, Goldstein took the software giant to court, seeking compensation for lost wages and the cost of a new computer. She won. Last month, Microsoft dropped an appeal and Goldstein collected a $10,000 judgment from the company.


So, for any inconvenienced folks needing some extra cash, you have your precedent. ;^)
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Is it possible to swap a guppi assigned to GPU with a Arecibo assigned to CPU? (Message 1798559)
Posted 24 Jun 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
Indeed it is... I have been working on a program to do just this. It works fine and dandy in Linux but because of SoG changing the version numbers I have to get it working 100% in Windows and test.

I'm hoping that will finally be done this weekend. I will be starting a thread here for it. It's a simple command-line utility that needs to be run manually after closing BOINC, but it doesn't need to be done more than a few times a day and the command window can be left open so it's not much work.

Good timing asking this. :^)

Edit: I may PM you... actually I am pretty sure of it... lol... when I think it's ready for actual use to give it a try. If not the thread will be called "GUPPI Rescheduler". Short of witty names these days.
21) Message boards : Number crunching : Anyone else get SPAMMed by berkeley.edu today? (Message 1797819)
Posted 22 Jun 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
Wondering why after 18 years of being with this proghram, they felt to utilize the SETI@home mailing list to send out unsolicited e-mails?


You have a green star, ergo you donated through berkeley.edu. UBC only sees you as a donor to UBC, not that it was specifically for the SETI@Home program.

There is an Unsubscribe at the bottom, of course.

Last thing I wanted to see was that face in my email from Berkeley


22) Message boards : News : Arecibo still threatened with closure. (Message 1797435)
Posted 19 Jun 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
How does one 'turn off' the Green Star?


There's an "Are all your donations anonymous?" setting in your account settings, bottom-left. You can turn off individual donations there. If you turn off enough of them that there's less than $10 in the last calendar year the star should disappear.
23) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Scientist Michio Kaku Finally Proves God Exist (Message 1797178)
Posted 18 Jun 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
I'm wondering how long before this thread having wandered off, wanders into Politics.

This isn't about culture or art or religion. It's simply a scientist making bad scientific pronouncements based on shaky hypotheses on a controversial subject he has no business using his scientific authority on, and nothing else.

Show me a Divina Commedia or a Mattheus Passio written by an atheist and I shall become an atheist too.


Did you forget the works of Giuseppe Verdi? (Including a very nice Requiem.)

You are right, but I was not the first to speak of "fairy tales".
Tullio


DNFTT. :^)
24) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Scientist Michio Kaku Finally Proves God Exist (Message 1797115)
Posted 18 Jun 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
A lot of people also have had close encounters with Santa Claus.


Even more in context with this place: how many people have claimed to been abducted by aliens, including the requisite nasty medical exams? This is about as far from the actual science of SETI as one can get, just as Michio Kaku has just gotten about as far from the actual science of physics as one can get.

Strange that so many "media" outlets are writing about this now.


The repetition of bad ideas is certainly nothing new, especially ones where a seeming scientific authority figure claims to be able prove unprovable things ie the existence or non-existence of god(s) etc. Of course some parts of the media are going to forgo due diligence and jump at some guaranteed clicks or newspaper sales (we've already seen one misleading headline from it in the linked article.)
25) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Scientist Michio Kaku Finally Proves God Exist (Message 1797041)
Posted 18 Jun 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
Poorly-written article, ie "After running some tests on these particles..." Those hypothetical, never-observed, staple-of-cheap-sci-fi particles, the tachyons? How is anyone "running some tests" on them? Oh, thought experiments. The title is also clickbait with a typo: "Scientist Michio Kaku Finally Proves God Exist" (yes, there's a missing "s" at the end) but then the first sentence "The existence of God may be proven with a theory..." Uh huh.

I guess he's angling for a Templeton. :^p I'm betting this line of inquiry won't result in anything else.
26) Message boards : Number crunching : Apologies to my wing persons (Message 1796892)
Posted 17 Jun 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
My post below re: mainboard failure, well, I got it going, and in the process noticed something I had missed when I bought it: it has two PCIe slots! So I threw a second 970 in and ended up with a much more productive system!

But alas to all wingies expecting results from 7945042, this was definitely a motherboard failure as a capacitor blew right off it and was found stuck to the exhaust fan. Made it easy to find the cause at least. Hope the RMA comes through before the work units time out.
27) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : New Calculation Shows We’ll Make Contact With Aliens in About 1,500 Years (Message 1796636)
Posted 16 Jun 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
As usual, XKCD to the rescue...

28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Something kitty this way comes....the kitties are back. (Message 1796418)
Posted 15 Jun 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
Hmmmm....
The kitty banner has gone away again.


I see it to the left of BOINCStats in your sig. Browser cache needs clearing perhaps?
29) Message boards : Number crunching : Computer ID Number (Message 1796361)
Posted 15 Jun 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
If you use the merge method as Kevvy states, the merge function always retires the original number and keeps the new number, so you would lose your original computer ID if you did it that way.


You're right... would keep the old machine stats. but the ID number would change. That's what I get for posting before the coffee hits. :^)
30) Message boards : Number crunching : Average Credit Decreasing? (Message 1796358)
Posted 15 Jun 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
Have we hit the bottom?
All my RACs stopped dropping. Some may be moving upwards :)


We did have a few days of much more Arecibo than GBT work, and now an AP run, so everyone's seems to be on the rise.


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