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1) Message boards : Number crunching : Max recommended clients? (Message 5670)
Posted 15 Oct 2017 by Bill Michael
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.
2) Message boards : Number crunching : News of Projects and Apps Starting and Ending... (Message 5578)
Posted 5 Sep 2017 by Bill Michael

Mine show up as
Enigma Cuda
Enigma GPU - Test version

I'm seeing app name "Enigma GPU" on AMD boxes, but it does look like it is showing as Enigma Cuda here, where before Enigma Cuda was Nvidia only. <shrug> As long as the hours go somewhere! Don't care what it's called! :-)
3) Message boards : Number crunching : News of Projects and Apps Starting and Ending... (Message 5576)
Posted 4 Sep 2017 by Bill Michael
Don't see this mentioned -" Enigma GPU - Test Version" continues, but there is also now "Enigma GPU".

My hours on the test version are showing up, but not my hours on the 'non-test' one.
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Windows 10 Creator update problem warning (Message 5400)
Posted 14 Jul 2017 by Bill Michael
Two of my hosts have had "Creators Update" shoved down their throats this week. Both started failing PrimeGrid GPU tasks immediately, having been "upgraded" by MS from Nvidia driver 376.53 to 382.05; manually installing 384.76 fixed that... (Same thing has happened on other "updates", so I wasn't too surprised by this one.)

One host continues to do WuProp and everything else fine. The other got stuck with a WuProp task uploaded but not reported. Hitting Update got a "Certificate Error". Reset, messed with certificates, rebooted, messed with firewall, all no go, still wouldn't report. Detached and tried to re-add project, could not get WuProp attached - "error 184" from BoincTasks, just a "try again later" doing it directly in BOINC Manager.

Tried to reattach using HTTP not HTTPS, and it worked fine. So somewhere there's a security issue...

Still have not solved similar problem with Collatz, where uploads are all failing with "transient HTTP error". May try the non-S fix on that as well, just hate to lose the work. Sigh.
5) Message boards : Number crunching : News of Projects and Apps Starting and Ending... (Message 5127)
Posted 21 May 2017 by Bill Michael
cpdnboinc Weather At Home 2 (wah2) 10,270.13 10,270.13
cpdnboinc UK Met Office HadAM3P-HadRM3P Pacific North West 4,089.85 4,089.85
cpdnboinc UK Met Office HadCM3 short 3,190.80 3,190.80
cpdnboinc Weather At Home 2 (wah2) (region independent) 226.45 226.45


And now I have new hours on climateprediction (the correct one) plus all these old hours under the incorrect one. I note that ALL the cpdnboinc hours are 'red', indicating over-30-days, even hours earned yesterday.

Hope this isn't like vlhcathome-dev where a month later I was still dragging around all the obsolete named apps... although this seems to have been fixed just as the cpdnboinc thing showed up!
6) Message boards : Number crunching : News of Projects and Apps Starting and Ending... (Message 5042)
Posted 9 May 2017 by Bill Michael
Einstein long-winded name (Continuous Gravitational Wave search Galactic Center Tuning xfreq) apps still not showing up here...
7) Message boards : Number crunching : WUProp Have A New Project URL? 's' added to http. (Message 4837)
Posted 13 Mar 2017 by Bill Michael
This is special... got up this morning and checked stats. Hours looked WAY low for overnight.

BoincStats BAM had detached all my hosts from WUProp! Without reattaching! Just ran around removing BAM from all hosts and manually reattaching WUProp at https...

BAM had successfully detached and reattached Collatz at the same time.
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Project name changes (Message 4631)
Posted 27 Jan 2017 by Bill Michael
Thanks from me too! Imagine my shock when I saw 5,003.98 hours posted today to vlhcathome CMS Simulation! I don't have THAT many cores running! :-) Then I recognized what had happened. Thanks again! (Maybe CMS-dev/vLHCathome/lhcathome will pick a name and stick with it for more than a few months?)
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Project name changes (Message 4617)
Posted 25 Jan 2017 by Bill Michael
I have hours in vLHCathome-dev, and now accumulating hours in lhcathome-dev, same applications...
10) Message boards : Number crunching : News of Projects and Apps Starting and Ending... (Message 3632)
Posted 28 Jan 2016 by Bill Michael
CMS-dev is ending as a standalone project. CMS Simulation App is moving (already there) to vLHC.

Warning! Don't know how they'll eventually do it at vLHC, but at CMS-Dev, there was a limit of 1 WU at a time, and each WU ran for 24 hours, _not_ NCI. CPU use varied from 0 to 100% randomly within that 24 hours. Network traffic (non-BOINC, their own from within VirtualBox) was constant and sometimes very heavy; as in saturated my DSL uplink running 5 hosts, resulting in errors. WUs can fail if network unavailable, even for a few minutes, and sometimes if they are just swapped out by BOINC, or the host is rebooted, or the VBox image gets corrupted. (In which case all following WUs will also fail, until you reset the project.) You didn't know if a WU failed though, unless an administrator told you, or you looked at the logs. Credit (low) was a fixed amount per WU regardless of work done - even if it failed, since they don't report end status to BOINC, just continue running until the 24 hours is up. A few times a WU got "stuck" and continued running (days) until manually aborted, in which case there was no credit. AFAIK, none of these problems have been solved.

Early reports from those on vLHC (I'm not, I'm giving up on this one, at least for now) show that running more than one WU simultaneously (allowed there, at least the first few days) can require over 6GB RAM, and since it's VBox, it doesn't play nice with others - locks up host if you run out of RAM, ignores BOINC preferences. I would guess that you could saturate your uplink bandwidth with a single host, too. They are still "beta", even though they've moved to vLHC, so they're still working on the problems. They DID say (in message boards) that this app is only for those who crunch 24/7 and can dedicate a core to CMS - don't know if that warning got carried over. Run at your own risk...
11) Message boards : Number crunching : Badge upgrades thread (Message 3585)
Posted 9 Jan 2016 by Bill Michael
My plans worked! Three and a half days, that first-star gold went to red, and tonight's updates will take the second-star bronze to silver. Red and silver together are an aesthetically pleasing combination. I can finally get back to chasing (totally meaningless) credits, instead of (almost totally meaningless) hours and colored stars!

... Of course, green and gold WOULD look even better than red and silver...
12) Message boards : Number crunching : Badge upgrades thread (Message 3578)
Posted 6 Jan 2016 by Bill Michael
Well, last night PrimeGrid gave me my second star. But bronze and silver are just so ugly together... this morning the silver FINALLY went to gold. (17 days, I was shooting for 14. CPDN ran out of work on me.) But, bronze and gold don't look that great together either, so I have plans. :-)

Addicting. Seriously addicting. This project is interfering with my plans for world domination in my 20 projects!!!
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Badge upgrades thread (Message 3544)
Posted 20 Dec 2015 by Bill Michael
Another 7 days someodd hours, bronze went to silver... BORING! Gotta get that gold! (Or red, that's even prettier!) :-) Probably take a couple of weeks this time though. Or more. ($%^&* Collatz!) (And I refuse to give BitcoinU that much time on my ASICs, don't _want_ 90% of my credits to be in one project.)

The PrimeGrid Challenge running right now is really messing things up too - getting almost 800 hrs/day on PPS Sieve, nothing on anything else. At least it was one of the ones I needed to get over 250.

Already running QCN on the one MacBook - won't run it on the ones w/o sensors, just not my thing. Tried to buy sensors for other hosts at other locations, no luck. Since QCN is semi-shut-down, will check out the related sites, see if any are really still active. Right now, only running QCN for the hours and in the hopes that the data will someday be used. Thanks!
14) Message boards : Number crunching : Badge upgrades thread (Message 3515)
Posted 12 Dec 2015 by Bill Michael
Reading this thread reminded me how little CPU horsepower I have compared to the "big guys"! :-(

Still, joined 1 week ago, got first little puny star in 7 days someodd hours. Will eventually get a second star thanks to Primegrid (third star WAY out there, I only run 20 projects, so just over 40 apps showing up) but that first star is going to take a while to change colors anyway.

Project is VERY useful for keeping track of what my hosts are doing - I love it! I just have to keep myself on track working on my original goals, which are world-position within chosen projects, and not get off topic and start badge-chasing! :-/ Addictive!

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