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Message 1983711 - Posted: 7 Mar 2019, 0:51:29 UTC
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Hopefully there won't be any further problem.

Our attempt to upgrade the memory on Oscar (the BOINC database machine) and Carolyn (the replica database) took a bit of DIMM swapping to find pairs of DIMMs that worked. Carolyn is still short two DIMMs (32 GB), but we didn't want to extend the outage any further to try to get it up to the full 192 GB.

We might try to max out Carolyn during the outage next week.

[edit]And as is usual after a long outage, we've got a large number of hosts out there starving for work. It'll take a little while before "no work" messages start to get less frequent.[/edit]
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Message 1983715 - Posted: 7 Mar 2019, 1:01:31 UTC

Thanks for the update Eric. Good luck with the RAM upgrade next outage.
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Message 1983750 - Posted: 7 Mar 2019, 4:17:21 UTC - in response to Message 1983711.  
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Hopefully the ram upgrade goes smoothly next Tuesday! Thank you for the update.
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Message 1983785 - Posted: 7 Mar 2019, 8:59:42 UTC - in response to Message 1983711.  

Hi Eric,
could you set up a donation function Paypal. Donating via third party is not an option for me. l know that many members of Europe and the world want it that way. Therefore, it could be an great advantage for the project to set up that. Greetings, Klaus
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Message 1983789 - Posted: 7 Mar 2019, 9:46:14 UTC - in response to Message 1983785.  

Hi Eric,
could you set up a donation function Paypal. Donating via third party is not an option for me. l know that many members of Europe and the world want it that way. Therefore, it could be an great advantage for the project to set up that. Greetings, Klaus
Unfortunately, that's not under Eric's direct control. All donations for SETI are originally handled by the University of California Gift Office, and passed on to SETI and other departments as appropriate under full accountancy, audit, and taxation exemption rules - that protects everyone in the chain.

I think that last time it was looked into, UCB wasn't yet ready to accept PayPal directly. The current recognised ways of getting money to Berkeley (and hence SETI) are listed at https://give.berkeley.edu/give-your-way.cfm. Eric may have more ideas in the morning, Pacific time.
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Message 1983797 - Posted: 7 Mar 2019, 10:38:56 UTC

GPUUG were always the go-between, but they have been very quiet recently.
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Message 1983802 - Posted: 7 Mar 2019, 11:04:57 UTC - in response to Message 1983797.  

GPUUG were always the go-between, but they have been very quiet recently.

If you look here:

https://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=83895&postid=1983630#1983630

You will see a post from Mr Kevvy, who is part of the GPUUG
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Message 1983803 - Posted: 7 Mar 2019, 11:23:15 UTC

Yes I saw that post. As the man said

Thus, actually, "the ball in their court"...

But if Paypal is your preferred method of payment it always was that GPUUG could assist. Unless things have changed.

If Eric wants to run a fundraiser for some decent server memory that is fit for purpose, I'm willing to help out.

Are you??
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Message 1983813 - Posted: 7 Mar 2019, 12:37:21 UTC - in response to Message 1983803.  

Donate yes, but never again via pay pal to gpu!
I donated 2 times to gpu for seti, no star, no feedback received. even after much back and forth and many mails it was inconclusive.
A friend of mine (in my team) has the same experience.
that should not happen.
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Message 1983818 - Posted: 7 Mar 2019, 13:12:34 UTC - in response to Message 1983813.  

Unfortunately, that's a symptom of the problem we're trying to solve. It used to be one of Matt Lebovsky's little jobs to manage the green star creation system, and re-write the script every time the upstream service providers changed their formats (you can probably find his moan about that somewhere in the Technical News threads - here, for example).

But Matt was seconded pretty much full time to Breakthrough Listen, and they never gave us a replacement worker back, even though the workload here got bigger. It's an impossible circle to square, and Eric concentrates on getting the science through working servers before anything else.
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Message 1983822 - Posted: 7 Mar 2019, 13:57:32 UTC

I'm willing to lend a hand to sort something out, if somebody in the project who has more clout than me can spearhead it. Crowdfunding? Butfirst, what does Eric desperately need hardware wise. Surely server memory can't be that expensive? nor spare HDD dribves.
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Message 1983824 - Posted: 7 Mar 2019, 14:03:30 UTC - in response to Message 1983822.  

As Richard correctly noted, this is more of a personnel than a hardware shortfall.
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Message 1983884 - Posted: 7 Mar 2019, 16:43:22 UTC
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thanks for all your effort!
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Message 1983888 - Posted: 7 Mar 2019, 16:55:09 UTC - in response to Message 1983785.  

Hi Eric,
could you set up a donation function Paypal. Donating via third party is not an option for me. l know that many members of Europe and the world want it that way. Therefore, it could be an great advantage for the project to set up that. Greetings, Klaus
This was a major issue some years ago. Thanks to Ned Lund, a solution was found & proved to be very effective.
If you do not like using some donation paths like paypal, how about using a "pre-paid" credit card?
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Message 1983903 - Posted: 7 Mar 2019, 18:28:28 UTC - in response to Message 1983803.  

Yes I saw that post. As the man said

Thus, actually, "the ball in their court"...

But if Paypal is your preferred method of payment it always was that GPUUG could assist. Unless things have changed.

If Eric wants to run a fundraiser for some decent server memory that is fit for purpose, I'm willing to help out.

Are you??

One of the original purposes for GPUUG.org was to provide a path for direct hardware purchases for the project. Project staff would relay exactly the type and kind of hardware needed and GPUUG.org would purchase the hardware through either direct purchase or fundraising for the specific hardware. But as has been said, we need direction from project staff as to their actual and specific hardware needs.

GPUUG.org is still an active conduit for donations to Seti@home. Both directly in financial donations and in hardware donations.
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Message 1984035 - Posted: 8 Mar 2019, 2:36:17 UTC

With the risk of jinxing things with this comment, the memory upgrade to Carolyn which supports the replica database has improved things dramatically with the ability of the replica being able to be kept current and more importantly, to be online. Even with it being down 2 DIMMS in capacity, it seems to be holding up. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed it continues to run well.
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Message 1987738 - Posted: 29 Mar 2019, 12:03:59 UTC - in response to Message 1983711.  
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Eric,

thanks for sharing. Unfortunately, there seems to be another problem since about last night.

We have our profile page externally linked and visitors keep getting this error message:

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Error at offset 182004 of 184320 bytes in /disks/carolyn/b/home/boincadm/projects/sah/html/user/view_profile.php on line 49
-unquote-

I guess Carolyn is not happy about her wearing "2" short a DIMMs to the party :P

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