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21) Message boards : Number crunching : Average Credit Decreasing? (Message 1787881)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
Every time I look and see my rac dropping I keep thinking there's a problem then I remember Credit Screw


Not the cause anymore... it's now due to your exclusively NVidia farm receiving GUPPI VLAR work units on the GPUs. As noted much elsewhere, they process much more slowly than Arecibo MBs but pay the same credit.
22) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10, Chrome, Netflix stuttering now (Message 1787758)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
As you have a 980 which is an NVidia card, the recent release of VLAR GUPPI work units for NVidia CUDA is probably causing the stuttering.

You can fix this under Tools:Computing Preferences by unchecking "Use GPU while computer is in use" and setting an appropriate time below. If you want the GPU computing to occur while the machine is being used, if you have edited app_config.xml and changed the <count> parameter to allow multiple work units to run on the GPU at once, it is suggested to increase the number to reduce the number of work units at once.
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A little bit of the kittyman's mind. (Message 1787618)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
Yes, I know, and I'm sorry, but once Mark's post from that original thread re-emerges here, the context will be more clear.


Hey don't be... was just explaining for anyone who wondered what Carlos was doing randomly inserting that. :^)
24) Message boards : Cafe SETI : A little bit of the kittyman's mind. (Message 1787613)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
People keep asking this question. What would Jesus Drive.


This post was spot-on in the now-hidden (and at the time empty) WWJD thread, but now makes no contextual sense whatsoever merged into this one.
25) Message boards : Number crunching : Question Of Meaning = SETI Is Useful Currently : Yes Or No? (Message 1787420)
Posted 15 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
Wait... they had a budget for duck tape?




Is this how scientific inducktion and deducktion is developed?
26) Message boards : Number crunching : GBT ('guppi') .vlar tasks will be send to GPUs, what you think about this? (Message 1786705)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
So just checking some of the GUPPI from yesterday for validation.

I'm noticing a large swing in credit from 199 down to 29.

...

Can that be right? I didn't think that was supposed to do that.

I hope I am looking at this wrong, lack of sleep and such...


It looks that way; my RAC, which was rising, has tanked 3K since yesterday, so now we have both this and CreditEw/Pew/Screw dragging it down. And since we are finally getting GUPPI Kepler candidates on our NVidia GPUs, I'm overjoyed! :^D

Edit: This may be due to the longer processing time causing a longer return time for wingies. RAC may rise again.
27) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Kepler Mission Discovers 1,284 New Planets! (Message 1786681)
Posted 17 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
So many planets and no way to get there.


...yet.
28) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Kepler Mission Discovers 1,284 New Planets! (Message 1786467)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
NASA's Kepler Mission Announces Largest Collection of Planets Ever Discovered

NASA's Kepler mission has verified 1,284 new planets – the single largest finding of planets to date.

“This announcement more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler,” said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually discover another Earth.”

Analysis was performed on the Kepler space telescope’s July 2015 planet candidate catalog, which identified 4,302 potential planets. For 1,284 of the candidates, the probability of being a planet is greater than 99 percent – the minimum required to earn the status of “planet.” An additional 1,327 candidates are more likely than not to be actual planets, but they do not meet the 99 percent threshold and will require additional study. The remaining 707 are more likely to be some other astrophysical phenomena. This analysis also validated 984 candidates previously verified by other techniques.


This is fantastic news for us as some of these new worlds are candidates for monitoring with the new GUPPI GBT receiver... looking forward to many happy years of searching (maybe a discovery would be nice too!)
29) Message boards : Number crunching : Average Credit Decreasing? (Message 1786437)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
The kitties like to call their credits....kibblestones.


CreditMew. :^D
30) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1785328)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
Avoid Windows 7 KB 3133977 on ASUS motherboards. May prevent your system from booting. Was an Optional but recently made Recommended though the issue was known.

If it boots to a red "Secure Boot Violation" screen, ASUS has posted a solution. (MS page now links to this as well... at one point their "solution" was to install Windows 10.)
31) Message boards : News : Thanks for helping! (Message 1785247)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
Please, send how can i help with a little funds.


This campaign may have ended, but donations to SETI@Home are always welcome and appreciated through this link. You can also get there by clicking the SETI@Home logo at the top-right of this page to go to the site's main page, then the "SETI@Home Needs your Help" image at the top-left there.

If you donate $10 or more, for one year you'll get the little green star next to your name indicating you're a donor.
32) Message boards : Number crunching : GBT ('guppi') .vlar tasks will be send to GPUs, what you think about this? (Message 1785064)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
AFAIK there is no technical possibility currently to implement VLAR as "checkbox". So no opt-in or opt-out possible.


Is there any detailed reason why it wouldn't be possible?
33) Message boards : Number crunching : GBT ('guppi') .vlar tasks will be send to GPUs, what you think about this? (Message 1784930)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
Repost of what I wrote here:

I proposed in the Breakthrough Listen News thread that a checkbox be added to our project preferences akin to "Allow VLAR work on GPU" with an appropriate caveat ie if run on CUDA may complete slowly for less credit, cause machine slowness/lockup or work unit failure, etc.

The box would be initially off, so no one would get them and risk issue(s) unless they chose to do so. Einstein@Home has similar controls with similar caveats in their project preferences page for setting the Count parameter to allow multiple concurrent work units on GPU (which has the same risks of instability plus added bonus of hardware failure risk if the GPU overheats) and they seem to do just fine with the disclaimer, so no reason it wouldn't work here. Volunteers with mixed work and dedicated cruncher machines could set home/work/school profiles and put the machine types in them so computers they actually use wouldn't be slowed.

All I can suggest is that if you would like this to be implemented to post in that thread. If enough of us ask, it may be.


If there is a control for it, from a support and user-friendliness standpoint, it should definitely be implemented as an opt-in rather than an opt-out.
34) Message boards : Number crunching : Average Credit Decreasing? (Message 1784787)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
Hey - I just noticed that I have NO GBT WUs on my GPUs now. Is this because all the current GBT WUs are VLARs, or did somebody at SETI make a surreptitious change to keep them off the GPUs for RAC purposes?


I proposed in the Breakthrough Listen News thread that a checkbox be added to our project preferences akin to "Allow VLAR work on GPU" with an appropriate caveat ie if run on CUDA may complete slowly for less credit, cause machine slowness/lockup or work unit failure, etc.

The box would be initially off, so no one would get them and risk issue(s) unless they chose to do so. Einstein@Home has similar controls with similar caveats in their project preferences page for setting the Count parameter to allow multiple concurrent work units on GPU (which has the same risks of instability plus added bonus of hardware failure risk if the GPU overheats) and they seem to do just fine with the disclaimer, so no reason it wouldn't work here. Volunteers with mixed work and dedicated cruncher machines could set home/work/school profiles and put the machine types in them so computers they actually use wouldn't be slowed.

All I can suggest is that if you would like this to be implemented to post in that thread. If enough of us ask, it may be.

Edit: Someone could also donate to Berkeley SETI Research Center to get an answer... $350 for an e-mail and $750 for a video reply. I already kicked in... sorry. :^)
35) Message boards : Number crunching : V8 CUDA for Linux? (Message 1783434)
Posted 29 Apr 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
Yes, it looks as though Modprobe is back in the repository with 16.04, as we know, it's Not in the Mint repository.


It just appeared for me last night (Mint 17.3); packages are cuda-drivers, nvidia-graphics-drivers-352, nvidia-modprobe and nvidia-settings in the Mint Update Manager all 352.93. I installed them on this machine and no known issues thus far. I'll probably do the rest whenever I have my next scheduled "patch Tuesday" clean day.
36) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thor is the Designer Cafe! (Message 1783211)
Posted 28 Apr 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
Boo Thor!


Every superhero requires an opposing supervillain. Superman has his Luthor...

... Thor has his Boothor.
37) Message boards : Number crunching : RAC is Tanking (Message 1783187)
Posted 28 Apr 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
Please see this thread about five down from this one currently.
38) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1783002)
Posted 27 Apr 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
I used to get spammed with telemarketers. I don't anymore. I was called definitely over 50x, maybe up to 100x before I figured it out. There's a simple secret to making them stop, because threats, anger, hangups don't work:

You have to waste as much of their time as possible.

Their hit to miss rate is so bad that their margins are always close to not making money, so they have internal do-not-call lists and the only thing on them are waste-of-time numbers. They'd rather keep calling multiple quick disconnects at the same number in the hopes they will get a sucker, but a few large wastes of their time and suddenly they stop calling.

I was being called by the vacation scammers, so I would press whatever number the robocaller asked to get a person who would barely speak English, then answer their questions up to the next (and most expensive!) level of the person who could speak reasonably good English and do their spiel.

I made sure I was free ie waiting or relaxing or on transit at the time so that I could stay on the line as long as it took while they babbled, always responding positively when prompted. It took over ten minutes each time. They left the credit card part to the last, and then I would feign bad signal and hang up.

I had to do this three times, and I never got one again, and this is going on five months, whereas I was getting two or three a week for months. Hope this helps someone.
39) Message boards : Number crunching : Apologies to my wing persons (Message 1782768)
Posted 27 Apr 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
Ah thats terrible, sorry to hear that..


Thanks. :^) I'd probably be despondent if it wasn't under warranty, but I'll just Cross Ship and make do with a cruddy 570 in the interim.

This hobby certainly keeps me busy... lol.
40) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Thor is the Designer Cafe! (Message 1782761)
Posted 27 Apr 2016 by Profile Mr. KevvyCrowdfunding Project Donor
Why not hail Thor today?
Hail Thor and his ways



Oh my... you run the risk of offending Týr on his day (Old English Tiw, Tiw's Day modernized to Tuesday.) Since his domain includes war, you don't want to get him mad.


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