Posts by Cactus Bob

1) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (109) Server Problems? (Message 1913517)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Cactus Bob
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Well If we being optimistic then the good news is ,,,,,,,,,

The replica is keeping up with no issues since the Tuesday outrage. That doesn't happen often.

Bob
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (109) Server Problems? (Message 1912315)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Cactus Bob
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Credit-Screw is giving me 54 to 60 credits for these blc WUs. That is really pitiful. I am running 2 WUs on my GPU and each WU is taking about 13 minutes to process. That works out to a WU every 6.5 minutes. Not using the CPU for seti but for theSkyNet POGS. I also started to split my time with on the GPU with Milkyway and Eisenstein as I would like to get both those to the million credit mark.

I have a feeling most will start to see a drop in RAC in the next few days. We will see ow that affects things. Remember the mantra

We are not in it for the credits but the science - Still a decent amount credits for the WUs would go a long way.

Cactus Bob
3) Message boards : Number crunching : PC Build for my Dad (Message 1909693)
Posted 19 days ago by Profile Cactus Bob
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I use teamviewer a lot to help my brother keep his computer trouble free. It is a great free program that is super easy to use and install.

Jeyl, While I do not know any of these people who have been trying to help you personally I do know they have been around on this forum for a very long time and would trust any of them to help me with a seti/boinc issue over team viewer. Most of them have many machines that they keep tweaking to get the best performance out of.

Best of luck and I hope you get those computers maxing out.

Bob
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Are we analyzing the data ? (Message 1904976)
Posted 6 Dec 2017 by Profile Cactus Bob
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I returned a few weeks ago after a little more than year away from the seti forums . I was wondering if we are doing anything with all our data yet. From what a gathered ntpckr died a few years ago as not being doable. I tried searching the boards for something solid but haven't found any real answers yet.

(f this thread is in the wrong topic then could a mod please move it.)

Thanx
Bob
5) Message boards : Number crunching : Welcome to the 18 Year Club! (Message 1903946)
Posted 30 Nov 2017 by Profile Cactus Bob
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Guess I an about 6 months late for this post ..lol

I can't believe I joined that long ago!

Cactus Bob
6) Message boards : Number crunching : app_config issue - Known applications: None (Message 1903944)
Posted 30 Nov 2017 by Profile Cactus Bob
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DUH!

I wish I had known that. I did try a reset project. No work for a few days and was fishing for some work orders.

“We are all just prisoners here, of our own device”

Thanx a bunch Richard !!!!

Cactus Bob
7) Message boards : Number crunching : app_config issue - Known applications: None (Message 1903937)
Posted 30 Nov 2017 by Profile Cactus Bob
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I know the DB is having issues and that is why I probably dont have any WOs but I still get these issues on my event log even though I tried everything i can to fix.
The two lines i am having problems with in the event log are:

11/30/2017 1:06:20 PM | SETI@home | Your app_config.xml file refers to an unknown application 'astropulse_v7'. Known applications: None
11/30/2017 1:06:20 PM | SETI@home | Your app_config.xml file refers to an unknown application 'setiathome_v8'. Known applications: None

a copy of my app_config.xml file

<app_config>

<app>
<name>astropulse_v7</name>
<gpu_versions>
<gpu_usage>0.51</gpu_usage>
<cpu_usage>0.1</cpu_usage>
</gpu_versions>
</app>

<app>
<name>setiathome_v8</name>
<gpu_versions>
<gpu_usage>.49</gpu_usage>
<cpu_usage>.05</cpu_usage>
</gpu_versions>
</app>

</app_config>


Here is log file

11/30/2017 1:06:19 PM | | Starting BOINC client version 7.8.3 for windows_x86_64
11/30/2017 1:06:19 PM | | log flags: file_xfer, sched_ops, task, cpu_sched, sched_op_debug
11/30/2017 1:06:19 PM | | Libraries: libcurl/7.47.1 OpenSSL/1.0.2g zlib/1.2.8
11/30/2017 1:06:19 PM | | Data directory: E:\Boinc Data
11/30/2017 1:06:19 PM | | Running under account Bob
11/30/2017 1:06:20 PM | | CUDA: NVIDIA GPU 0: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB (driver version 388.13, CUDA version 9.1, compute capability 6.1, 4096MB, 3562MB available, 4632 GFLOPS peak)
11/30/2017 1:06:20 PM | | OpenCL: NVIDIA GPU 0: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB (driver version 388.13, device version OpenCL 1.2 CUDA, 6144MB, 3562MB available, 4632 GFLOPS peak)
11/30/2017 1:06:20 PM | | Host name: builtbybob
11/30/2017 1:06:20 PM | | Processor: 4 GenuineIntel Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4690K CPU @ 3.50GHz [Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3]
11/30/2017 1:06:20 PM | | Processor features: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss htt tm pni ssse3 fma cx16 sse4_1 sse4_2 movebe popcnt aes f16c rdrandsyscall nx lm avx avx2 vmx tm2 pbe fsgsbase bmi1 smep bmi2
11/30/2017 1:06:20 PM | | OS: Microsoft Windows 10: Core x64 Edition, (10.00.15063.00)
11/30/2017 1:06:20 PM | | Memory: 15.94 GB physical, 16.94 GB virtual
11/30/2017 1:06:20 PM | | Disk: 931.51 GB total, 433.54 GB free
11/30/2017 1:06:20 PM | | Local time is UTC -7 hours
11/30/2017 1:06:20 PM | | VirtualBox version: 5.1.26
11/30/2017 1:06:20 PM | SETI@home | Found app_config.xml
11/30/2017 1:06:20 PM | SETI@home | Your app_config.xml file refers to an unknown application 'astropulse_v7'. Known applications: None
11/30/2017 1:06:20 PM | SETI@home | Your app_config.xml file refers to an unknown application 'setiathome_v8'. Known applications: None
11/30/2017 1:06:20 PM | Einstein@Home | URL http://einstein.phys.uwm.edu/; Computer ID 11817330; resource share 100
11/30/2017 1:06:20 PM | Milkyway@Home | URL http://milkyway.cs.rpi.edu/milkyway/; Computer ID 754394; resource share 100
11/30/2017 1:06:20 PM | SETI@home | URL http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/; Computer ID 7531476; resource share 1000
11/30/2017 1:06:25 PM | SETI@home | General prefs: from SETI@home (last modified 11-Jun-2016 13:40:03)
11/30/2017 1:06:25 PM | SETI@home | Host location: none
11/30/2017 1:06:25 PM | SETI@home | General prefs: using your defaults
11/30/2017 1:06:25 PM | | Preferences:
11/30/2017 1:06:25 PM | | max memory usage when active: 12571.81 MB
11/30/2017 1:06:25 PM | | max memory usage when idle: 12245.27 MB
11/30/2017 1:06:25 PM | | max disk usage: 100.00 GB
11/30/2017 1:06:25 PM | | max CPUs used: 3
11/30/2017 1:06:25 PM | | suspend work if non-BOINC CPU load exceeds 75%
11/30/2017 1:06:25 PM | | (to change preferences, visit a project web site or select Preferences in the Manager)


Thanks for any help
Cactus Bob
8) Message boards : Number crunching : GTX 1060 or RX 480? Best bang for Buck seti-wise? (Message 1804934)
Posted 26 Jul 2016 by Profile Cactus Bob
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Well I am about to drink the koolaid and go to the Dark Side. I will pull out my R9 280X and replace it with a Nvidia GPU.

NowinStock.net sent me an alert and I found a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 GPU for $289 US on Amazon. A few more bucks than I wanted to spend but the lower power usage and lower temps should help me recoup the difference quite quickly. Living in Arizona in the summer and any savings on the AC is good.

I should get this on Wednesday or Thursday. I also ordered some display port to HDMI cables as my two 27 inch monitors do not have display port and output only has 1 HDMI on it. (Will use the HDMI output for the Vive I got a couple weeks ago). The R9 280X struggles to run the software for this but I was surprised that it did manage it.

Still a good discussion to continue on as they are both budget GPUs and each has it advantages. It will interesting to see what is chosen for those who want to move toward one of these cards.

Bob
9) Message boards : Number crunching : GTX 1060 or RX 480? Best bang for Buck seti-wise? (Message 1804860)
Posted 25 Jul 2016 by Profile Cactus Bob
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I have been leaning toward the 1060 because of the lower power draw and comparable performance in most games.

I was wondering how the whole CUDA / OPEN CL / Vulcan thing is going to play out. Will SETI@home be more efficient on AMD GPUs in the next few years?

Right now both cards are hard to find at MSRP pricing. I am using NowinStock.net to send me notifications of when cards are in stock at Newegg and Amazon. From what I have read on the forums they sell out fast usually way under 30 minutes.

I think both of these cards are decent if bought at normal pricing. Was just curious on how they related to Seti@home.

Bob
10) Message boards : Number crunching : GTX 1060 or RX 480? Best bang for Buck seti-wise? (Message 1804738)
Posted 25 Jul 2016 by Profile Cactus Bob
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I need to upgrade my R9 280X as it won't do some of the VR stuff I am using. I need a budget GPU and the GTX 1060 and RX 480 are both around the $250 mark in the USA.

They both will run all the APs I need but which one will give me the best boost in Seti.

Ideas.....

Thanx
Bob
11) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Hubble still making discoveries (Message 1798975)
Posted 27 Jun 2016 by Profile Cactus Bob
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Hubble has been given another five years.

http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/hubble-mission-gets-five-more-years/

This telescope is one the humanities greatest treasures. When it retires we need to capture it for the next generations to see and understand what an awesome and groundbreaking instrument this is and was.

Bob[/url]
12) Message boards : SETI@home Science : What will you see on the BOINC screensaver if your computer discovers an alien message? (Message 1795818)
Posted 12 Jun 2016 by Profile Cactus Bob
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so what will we see on our 'computer's Tasks' if it discovers an alien message?


AFAIK Seti@home is not looking for messages. There will be no "greetings humans" that pops up on your screen. Seti@home software is just looking for signals that may indicate alien origin. Those signals wont be selected or analyzed on your computer. You will have no way to know if you picked up alien signals since nothing will show on your computer.

Right now we are not even analyzing the data yet so it may be years before we find interesting signals. These signals have a much higher chance of being a natural source than of alien origin. Once Seti@home starts to analyze the data it will have recheck signal sources many times to even confirm an interesting signal. A signal of interest will then have to be analyzed many times to determine where, what, why it originated from.

I joined seti@home in 1999 and 17 years later we have barely even taken our first baby step. We are not even sure we are close to even knowing how to look for signals never mind finding them. This is a long haul operation maybe one of generations to even learn how to look, never mind find. Mankind spent hundred of years attempting to fly with many many failures. Seti@home is no where near even being at the Wright brother stage IMO.

Take pleasure in the journey rather than the destination as we may not live long enough to witness CONTACT

Bob
13) Message boards : Number crunching : LotzaCores and a GTX 1080 FTW (Message 1793596)
Posted 5 Jun 2016 by Profile Cactus Bob
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Grant replied as I was writing this post. This system will work as long as you equalize the resistance on each plot. Changing diameter of piping or changing the length of the piping to each card would do the trick.

The temperature difference between the input and output is a lot smaller than most people think. Because this system has a radiator they think of car engine input / output. The car engine is an extreme temperature difference and graphic cards are not. Usually the difference is within several degrees.

Like batteries they be connected in series or parallel. As long as your radiator does the job it should not make much difference. of course YMMV.

Bob
14) Message boards : Number crunching : New rig project (Message 1789972)
Posted 24 May 2016 by Profile Cactus Bob
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I just saw this was unlocked. Have you built this rig yet Akio?

The money for the 980's might be better spent on 1080's or 1070's now. A lot has changed since you posted your picker part list.

Curious to see what you built (or will build)

Bob
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Welcome to the 17 Year Club! (Message 1788770)
Posted 19 May 2016 by Profile Cactus Bob
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17 Years ago today I started crunching for ET. I have taken a break here and there but have seen a ton of changes. Hopefully we keep seeing changes that improve our experience and chances of finding the signal in the sea of chaos.


Bob
16) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Why not build a space elevator at the moon? (Message 1788290)
Posted 18 May 2016 by Profile Cactus Bob
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The whole idea of building a space elevator is bring the cost of getting to space as cheap as possible (once the original cost is recovered). Building one on the moon where gravity is much less would have less benefit and it would not help reduce the cost on this planet at all. This isn't to say that putting one on the moon makes no sense it just seems earth would be the priority.

Bob
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Average Credit Decreasing? (Message 1788064)
Posted 17 May 2016 by Profile Cactus Bob
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I assume I would download this file from rastimer

MB8_win_x86_SSE3_OpenCL_ATi_APU_r3430_SoG.7z

It looks the only ati sog file. I tried to find a set of instructions on how to install and run this but there doesnt seem to be a set of instructions I could find. I haven't used lunatics and from what I read it doesn't handle SOG with some tweaking.

While not a total luddite I am not sure I can handle a couple rewrite of my app_config.xml file without some help.

Thanx
Bob
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Average Credit Decreasing? (Message 1788056)
Posted 17 May 2016 by Profile Cactus Bob
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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.


I Wish it was just Nvidia being screwed but at one time I was over 20K for my rac with APs, without APs is was 12 - 15K. Right now I am struggling to keep it above 7K. I am running AMD R9 280. Not only is my RAC dropping due to the Guppis and new MBs, I have to shut boinc down when I do other stuff, I used to be able to both at once but now I get crashes if I do. Thats a double whammy on the old RAC.

Bob
19) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : CERN (Message 1784180)
Posted 2 May 2016 by Profile Cactus Bob
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Maybe just maybe it didn't die, it could be....

Well, he's...he's, ah...probably pining for the fjords.


Just saying ......


Bob
20) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery, Search for other habitable planets (Message 1783029)
Posted 27 Apr 2016 by Profile Cactus Bob
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It has come to my attention planet K2 18b might be able to sustain life, don't ask me why.


If it's life Jim, its not as we know it (Slightly revised for this post)

From what I can tell is quite large, almost Neptune size. The possibility of it being a water world is quite good though and it seems that where there is water there is possibility of life. It looks like the temp of the planet is around the freezing point , -1C (30F). At 111 LY maybe the JWT can glean more information on this planet. Time will tell.

Bob


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