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Message 5663 - Posted: 13 Oct 2017, 8:01:53 UTC

Hi all,

I recently added BOINCTasks to my laptop so that I could easily add a few more clients on it (have about 10 now to run mainly NCI work). I'm thinking of adding more, but don't want to impact the work of the ones I already have - what's the maximum recommended amount of clients per PC?

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Message 5669 - Posted: 15 Oct 2017, 10:22:31 UTC - in response to Message 5663.

For here it's 1.

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Message 5670 - Posted: 15 Oct 2017, 12:59:28 UTC
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Define "clients"? If by "clients" you mean instances of BoincManager or WuProp or whatever (virtualization) then the answer is "one". No more than one WuProp task should be running per host. Otherwise the hours counted become meaningless. (One 4-core PC could get a billion hours a day or something.)

If you actually mean "projects", then I run about 20. However, it depends more on the processor speed and which projects you run. A slow PC, probably limit it to five or six projects. Main thing is to have the "number of days work" in Preferences set LOW! The more projects, the more important this is, otherwise you'll be running "high priority" all the time and miss deadlines. One day's work is plenty with 5-6 projects on most PCs. More projects than that, you can get away with one day on a high-end CPU, but need to drop down otherwise.

If you run any projects with super-long tasks (CPDN or such) then you'll definitely need to keep this value super low.

If you set the value above one day, you'll see slower PC's running only one project at a time anyway, it will just alternate which one to run. Of course, you can always use "Project Suspend" to MANUALLY choose which projects you want to work on at any given time, so you can attach to as many as you like - just keep the number that are actually working reasonable. Start with 5-6, work up to 10, add more if it'll handle it. BoincTasks is wonderful - any time I see a "running high priority" highlighted entry (when I haven't been micromanaging...), I know to either drop the number of projects or the "days work" value a bit.

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Message 5671 - Posted: 15 Oct 2017, 13:24:30 UTC

I meant clients as in instances of BOINC... So I currently have 100 instances on my laptop each doing 2 Goofyxgrid tasks (200 tasks an hour @ 10 credits each = a nice tidy 2,000 credits an hour). I also thought that I would be allowed to add a WUProp WU to each of these instances to log the hours I'm doing, as I am legitimately completing the hours, but I guess it does make sense that this isn't the case...
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Message 5672 - Posted: 15 Oct 2017, 23:17:45 UTC

You might want to read this News thread as it talks about the issue you are talking about.

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Message 5673 - Posted: 16 Oct 2017, 23:16:19 UTC

At present WuProp allows for the total number of BOINC instances on a computer equal to the number of processors in the system.
Your i7-2620M would be permitted to run WuProp on up to 4 of the 100 BOINC instances without the hosts being banned by the server.

Additionally, If you have not already done so. You will need to configure WuProp to communicate with each client. There is a post in multi clients on how to configure an app_info.xml or app_config.xml.

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Message 5675 - Posted: 17 Oct 2017, 8:55:12 UTC

Excellent, thank you both!
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