Posts by Jimbocous

1) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (109) Server Problems? (Message 1913778)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile JimbocousProject Donor
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Those who use Einstein as a backup project should take note and have a sufficient cache next Tuesday or they may very well run out of work.
Einstein has decided to join the fun by stating
We are going to shut down the project next Tuesday, Jan 23rd at around 10 AM CET for an upgrade of our database backend systems to make them ready for the years to come. We're going to upgrade hardware parts, operating systems as well the databases themselves, which is why we need to shut down the entire project, including the BOINC backend and this very website.

We should have the pleasure of a double outrage.

Yeah, it is a shame about the scheduling. Any other day would have sufficed ...
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (109) Server Problems? (Message 1913450)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile JimbocousProject Donor
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someone needs to give the splitters a (re-) boot in the bum... 0 WU ready to send and only .7584 WU per second created (with 0 WU available, that should be in the 49-50 range!)
Apparently a change was made that didn't go well. Splitters crashed shortly after the outage.

It's time to give your alternate projects some love... (IF they aren't also down [hello, GPUgrid?])
Yeah, only good news here is I finally got a config I'm happy with that lets Einstein take over when SETI goes sideways without having to dump a bunch of work when SETI resurfaces.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (109) Server Problems? (Message 1913168)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile JimbocousProject Donor
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No more till they load up some new files, hopefully tomorrow some time.

Soon, I hope. Already below freezing and snow and colder temps are in the forecast. May have to add some Einstein when I awake ...

Nothing coming down the pipe for hours now, "no tasks available".
Doesn't bode well for tomorrow's outrage.

Yeah, no tapes in queue to get split, so no work until some get loaded, apparently manually.
I might have to borrow a cat to stay warm :)
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (109) Server Problems? (Message 1913158)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile JimbocousProject Donor
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No more till they load up some new files, hopefully tomorrow some time.

Soon, I hope. Already below freezing and snow and colder temps are in the forecast. May have to add some Einstein when I awake ...
5) Message boards : Number crunching : Multithreading? (Message 1913156)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile JimbocousProject Donor
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What Zalster said :)
I still haven't been able to find a good answer as to whether enabling hyper-threading helps or hurts. I suspect it's close to a wash, based on what I've seen.
My crunchers that support HT (X5675) are dedicated crunchers, so I have it enabled, and set the number of CPUs allowed to do SETI to the number of available threads minus the count of GPUs installed. This is because with the SoG application it will want a free CPU thread per GPU to get decent performance. Running more than 1 WU per GPU is specifically not recommended with the SoG application.
What I have done is use HWInfo64 on each machine to watch the CPU loading (and temps), and increase it until I'm as close as possible to 100%. Works out about like this, for each machine type I'm running:
CPU          #Cores          #Threads         #GPUs     #CPUs in CC_Config (how many CPU jobs running)
X5675          6                12              2           9
Q9650          4                 4              2           2
E5450          4                 4              3           1

In order to ensure I wasn't slowing GPU processing speed by choking GPUs in favor of CPUs, I have tested reducing CPU tasks to actual number of cores rather than threads. The result was no change in average WU time on GPU, but an immediate reduction in total production due to all the CPU idle time that resulted.
FWIW, the E5450 is a dedicated cruncher, so I don't sweat that the CPU stays pegged at 100%. The Q9650 is my daily driver, but I put up with a bit of intermittent lag to maximize production, and have entered time-critical programs into the exclusion list so that BOINC suspends when I run those programs. Seems like a fair compromise. All CPUs are ~3ghz.
HWInfo also lets me see that the GPUs are running close to 100% also, which again is where I want them.
YMMV, hope this is useful. Feel free to reply back if I can help.
Jim ...
6) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (109) Server Problems? (Message 1913140)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile JimbocousProject Donor
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34 channels left on the three remaining tapes. Could be getting dried up ...
7) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (109) Server Problems? (Message 1912521)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile JimbocousProject Donor
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I test ran some Einstein work and it bogged my rig down so far it became totally unusable for anything else. That was during the great SETI outage of '16 and I haven't tried it since.

Just curious, was that CPU work, GPU work or a combination?
Since I run Einstein only as filler for SETI, I set it up for GPU-only, as running the SETI CPU cache dry is not an issue for me.
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (109) Server Problems? (Message 1912472)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile JimbocousProject Donor
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The worst offender is Einstein which still uses DCF and DOESN'T use APR.

Yeah, but Einstein works well.

I would not agree with statement at all ..... not in a month of Sundays. Einstein sends WAY TOO WORK when requested since its estimate of how much work requested is completely out to lunch. I have to abort 2/3 of the tasks it sends me at every request.

I would agree ...
9) Message boards : News : Projects are (no longer) down (Message 1912471)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile JimbocousProject Donor
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Hi All...

I am getting the message "Not sending work-last request too recent: X sec" it depends on how long I wait, never seen this message before on the event log,

I have run out of Work Units...I tried update and no luck..is SETI offline??
Thanks
Justine

When you manually tell Manager to get work (Tasks>Update), if the request is less than ~5 minutes (300 sec) after the previous request, you will get that message and receive no work, even if you need it and there is work available. Designed that way to discourage folks from slamming the servers, I suppose.
Easily fixed; get a cup of coffee and recheck later:)
10) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (109) Server Problems? (Message 1912325)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile JimbocousProject Donor
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I have a feeling most will start to see a drop in RAC in the next few days.

Been falling for a bout a week now.

Yeah, and it will be interesting to see what the new normal is with no Aricebo work, AP or non-.
11) Message boards : News : Projects are (no longer) down (Message 1911673)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile JimbocousProject Donor
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Thanks so much. I may wait for the dev team to work on it for a bit; bad things tend to happen when I play with my DNS settings....

Choice 3 will probably see you through for a few days, as will 2.
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (109) Server Problems? (Message 1911668)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile JimbocousProject Donor
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You need a space between ipconfig and /flushdns.

Umm, no ... either way is fine

C:\Users\Jim>ipconfig/flushdns

Windows IP Configuration

Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.

It was unrecognized in a RUN command is all that I can say......the space worked.


Ah, makes sense. From a command prompt, ok, but RUN must need to parse it. Gotta love Windoze (in)consistency.
Problem with using the RUN command is that it will close the window after running the command, so you can't see the results, or tell if it failed for whatever reason. Not a good idea. Better to RUN cmd.exe, then do ipconfig/flushdns at command line and do an EXIT when you're done.
13) Message boards : News : Projects are (no longer) down (Message 1911667)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile JimbocousProject Donor
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I ran out of work earlier today, and it seems to be taking forever...stuck on "downloading work from server" in the BOINC manager. As such, no pretty screensaver/no active projects. How long should I give it? What to do? Note: I am just a long-term fan, not a power user or anything like one.

As per Richard's discussion and previous, this is a DNS issue. You can either:
1) change the hosts file,
2) open a cmd window and do a ipconfig/flushdns and see if that helps, or
3) tell boinc manager (in advanced view) in the transfers window to retry until they succeed.

Hopefully, the IT folks will address the issue this week.
14) Message boards : Number crunching : Panic Mode On (109) Server Problems? (Message 1911651)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile JimbocousProject Donor
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You need a space between ipconfig and /flushdns.

Umm, no ... either way is fine

C:\Users\Jim>ipconfig/flushdns

Windows IP Configuration

Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.
15) Message boards : News : Projects are (no longer) down (Message 1911460)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile JimbocousProject Donor
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I'm not getting any WUs today, too. Is there any problem again? Thanks for your info Eric and thanks to the team for the hard work!

I was having issues with downloads for the last couple hours, but a reboot on my home router solved that issue, and I just got a bunch so it seems OK.
16) Message boards : News : Projects are (no longer) down (Message 1910802)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile JimbocousProject Donor
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Same no task and i have reinstall seti :s

If you're referring to the current lack of work, no one is getting work at this point as the splitters that generate the work are down. This would not be an issue on your end.
17) Message boards : News : Projects are (no longer) down (Message 1910787)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile JimbocousProject Donor
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Appears all splitters are down or disabled.
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Train Thread 2 (Message 1908967)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile JimbocousProject Donor
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Surprised no one posted anything here about the Amtrak Cascades mess up in Washington State. Haven't heard anything more about why that train was running 80mph in a 30mph zone or why emergency braking was not applied.
19) Message boards : Number crunching : SETI@home v8.22 Windows GPU applications support thread (Message 1908870)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile JimbocousProject Donor
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. . For what it is worth I just underwent an M$ update, but this time it was actually polite and I got to choose when it happened. And even better news, although it did update the video drivers it didn't replace them with non-OpenCL compliant ones.

Stephen

:)

Ditto, it did distribute an OpenCL version.
However, in my case it also did downgrade the driver version from 388.31 to 382.33.
Not good, as I can't think of a single reason a distribution should ever effect a downgrade, and their logic should include a version check to prevent this.
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 - Yea or Nay? (Message 1907767)
Posted 17 Dec 2017 by Profile JimbocousProject Donor
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I have divorced myself from as many M$ apps as possible. I prefer Open Office, Firefox and other software over anything the girls and boys in Redmond offer.

Amazed here at how much better FF 57 is over previous FF 56, and any version FF beats M$ browsers.
As for Open Office, it's ok, though Calc is pretty weak and clunky compared to Excel for power users. Half the stuff I used to do on Excel either can't be done or take twice the effort on Calc. Talking specifically about the setup and formatting tools, and their ease of use.


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