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11) Message boards : The Lounge : BOINC Pentathlon 2015 (Message 61438)
Posted 7 Apr 2015 by Profile pschoefer


Once again, SETI.Germany invites all BOINC teams to the BOINC Pentathlon. For the sixth time, the winner is battled out in five disciplines at five projects between May 5 and May 19.

After the introduction of Marathon and Sprint in the last couple of years, there will be a new discipline in this year, again. Details will be announced prior to the beginning of the Pentathlon, for now I can reveal that it will run for at least five days at a CPU project.

Each team that wants to participate has to sign up using the registration form at http://www.seti-germany.de/boinc_pentathlon/anmeldung.php until April 27. The teams may suggest one GPU project and three CPU projects, please see this page for details.

All information is available on the Pentathlon page at http://www.seti-germany.de/boinc_pentathlon/22_en_Welcome.html, while you can find the answers to many questions in our FAQ.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Pentathlon! :)
12) Message boards : The Lounge : BOINC Pentathlon 2014 (Message 53525)
Posted 5 Apr 2014 by Profile pschoefer


For the fifth time, SETI.Germany invites all BOINC teams to the BOINC Pentathlon, a competition inspired by the Pentathlon in ancient Greece. Between May 5 and May 19, five disciplines at five different BOINC projects are held to find the overall winner.

Each team that wants to participate has to sign up using the registration form at http://www.seti-germany.de/boinc_pentathlon/anmeldung.php. Registration is open until April 27.

For all but the Marathon discipline, the teams may suggest their favorite project when signing up. A list of possible projects is available at http://www.seti-germany.de/boinc_pentathlon/25_en_Disciplines.html, you may suggest other projects as long as you think they are able to handle the increased load. Note that projects that were part of last year's Pentathlon are excluded for this year.

For more information including the full rules, please visit the BOINC Pentathlon page at http://www.seti-germany.de/boinc_pentathlon/22_en_Welcome.html.

Please spread the word and gauge the interest within your team. Looking forward to seeing you at the Pentathlon! :)
13) Message boards : News : BOINC 7.0 released to public (Message 43347)
Posted 9 Apr 2012 by Profile pschoefer
There's also a massive work fetch bug. Was this version tested before releasing it to public?
14) Message boards : BOINC client : massive work fetch bug in 7.0.25 (Message 43342)
Posted 9 Apr 2012 by Profile pschoefer
Just switched to the new recommended version... and it's definitely nothing I would recommend. ;)

My system: i7 980X + ATI HD 5850 + NVIDIA GTX 470
Active projects:
- PrimeGrid (only on NVIDIA)
- Collatz Conjecture (only on ATI, so ATI is currently idle because of downtime)
- WUProp@Home
- EDGeS@Home (CPU; Resource Share 0, because I used it as backup project during last PrimeGrid Challenge and did not change it back afterwards)

Work buffer settings:
<work_buf_min_days>0.0000000</work_buf_min_days>
<work_buf_additional_days>0.0100000</work_buf_additional_days>

While PG on NVIDIA and WUProp (nci) run nicely, the client keeps requesting EDGeS work for CPU and ATI... of course, it can't get work for ATI there, but it gets one more CPU WU on each request. 320 WUs and counting, about 12 hours of work according to BOINC's own estimation... that's 0.5 days, way more than 0.01 days.

At least I did a backup before the update, so I can switch back to 6.12.34 for now.
15) Message boards : BOINC client : Connected Frac = -1.000000 (Message 12087)
Posted 15 Aug 2007 by Profile pschoefer
I will test another project, as soon as I can access it again, to see if it is a problem with the host and/or PrimeGrid's server-update.

Works well with ABC@home, so it is a PrimeGrid problem. I'll ask over there again.
16) Message boards : BOINC client : Connected Frac = -1.000000 (Message 12050)
Posted 13 Aug 2007 by Profile pschoefer
The connected frac should have nothing to do with anything. It is suposed to measure how often you are connected to the internet, but it has never worked properly on *nix and is not reliable on windows. So as far as I know it is ignored. The other time stats may have a bearing on your problem though.

The other time stats are normal, and since this is the only difference to my other hosts, I thought this might be the problem.
OK, this host is running WinXP on a RAM Disk, while the other ones are on Win2k, but before last week it worked well...

I will test another project, as soon as I can access it again, to see if it is a problem with the host and/or PrimeGrid's server-update.
17) Message boards : BOINC client : Connected Frac = -1.000000 (Message 12046)
Posted 13 Aug 2007 by Profile pschoefer
Hi all!
Last week my C2D, which is running with BOINCpe, started to get only one WU per request, although much more work is requested and I did not change the preferences. There are two projects attached: Pirates@Home and PrimeGrid.
Here's a part from the logfile:
06.08.2007 10:03:48|PrimeGrid|Sending scheduler request: To fetch work 06.08.2007 10:03:48|PrimeGrid|Requesting 325679 seconds of new work 06.08.2007 10:03:53|PrimeGrid|Scheduler RPC succeeded [server version 511] 06.08.2007 10:03:53|PrimeGrid|Deferring communication for 7 sec 06.08.2007 10:03:53|PrimeGrid|Reason: requested by project 06.08.2007 10:03:55|PrimeGrid|[file_xfer] Started download of file llrTPS_7055979 06.08.2007 10:03:56|PrimeGrid|[file_xfer] Finished download of file llrTPS_7055979 06.08.2007 10:03:56|PrimeGrid|[file_xfer] Throughput 425 bytes/sec 06.08.2007 10:04:03|PrimeGrid|Sending scheduler request: To fetch work 06.08.2007 10:04:03|PrimeGrid|Requesting 325041 seconds of new work 06.08.2007 10:04:08|PrimeGrid|Scheduler RPC succeeded [server version 511] 06.08.2007 10:04:08|PrimeGrid|Deferring communication for 7 sec 06.08.2007 10:04:08|PrimeGrid|Reason: requested by project 06.08.2007 10:04:10|PrimeGrid|[file_xfer] Started download of file llrTPS_7054620 06.08.2007 10:04:11|PrimeGrid|[file_xfer] Finished download of file llrTPS_7054620 06.08.2007 10:04:11|PrimeGrid|[file_xfer] Throughput 512 bytes/sec

...and so on...
At that time I was using BOINC 5.8.15, I updated to 5.10.13 at first, now 5.10.18, but still the same behaviour (my other host's are running fine and getting lots of PG-WUs per request). I also tried different prefs, but nothing changed.

Today I discovered <connected_frac>-1.000000</connected_frac> in the client_state.xml. Because this is the only difference form my other host's (there it is 0), I think that this is the reason.

I tried to manually set it to different values from 0 to 1 (client closed before that), but after restarting the client, it was -1 again.
18) Message boards : BOINC Manager : Where have all the messages gone...? (Message 11884)
Posted 30 Jul 2007 by Profile pschoefer
After reading some old BOINC logs of mine, I find some useful messages missing in newer versions of BOINC.

Since 5.8.x we have two times "starting task" (I still don't see any sense in that), "resuming task", "restarting task" and "computation finished". But while switching from one task to another one, there used to be the following message:
2006-09-12 15:52:03 [SETI@home Beta Test] Pausing task 01my06aa.17871.305.972158.3.126_0 (left in memory)


Next examples:
2006-10-18 09:44:06 [---] Using earliest-deadline-first scheduling because computer is overcommitted.
2006-10-18 09:44:06 [---] Suspending work fetch because computer is overcommitted.
2006-10-18 12:46:24 [---] Resuming round-robin CPU scheduling.
2006-11-25 18:03:15 [---] Allowing work fetch again.

OK, the EDF scheduling has become more complicated with 5.8.x, but it would be great, if there was at least a message when work fetch is suspended/allowed.

And last but not least (and -unfortunately- NOT missing ;)) something about the error messages. I think it was in some of the 5.8 versions... Error messages where easy to see, as they were displayed in red. Now you might not see some error messages, because all messages are black. :|
19) Message boards : The Lounge : Really, who likes the new BOINC logo? (Message 11840)
Posted 28 Jul 2007 by Profile pschoefer
At first sight I did not like the logo, but now I start loving it. :D

The old logo was just some kind of ink blot with the letters BOINC on it.

Now you can interprete those blue arms as seperated things (e.g. computers), which unify into one whole thing (i.e. the orange circle). That's exactly, what BOINC is! :)
20) Message boards : BOINC Manager : Problems with 5.8.15 (Message 9618)
Posted 16 Apr 2007 by Profile pschoefer
If you click Retry or Update project or similar, it enables network again for 5 minutes. I'm tired of asking for that stupid "feature" to be removed.

It's really a useless feature that should be removed. I had the following problem with it: After all Workunits were crunched I set all projects on "no new tasks", enabled network communication, reported the WUs and disabled network again. Then I allowed the projects to fetch work again, and lots of WUs were downloaded, although network communication was DISABLED.
21) Message boards : BOINC Manager : Problems with 5.8.15 (Message 9371)
Posted 5 Apr 2007 by Profile pschoefer
The problem with two instances of Internet Explorer 6 is still there in BOINC 5.8.16 :(

If you look back a couple posts in the thread, it's not a problem with BOINC. It's a problem with the version of libCurl that is used. The libCurl programmers have been informed.

Yes, of course. But it could have been that the libCurl-problem was fixed and the new solution was built in in BOINC 5.8.16 ...
btw: Is there any overview of the changes between the 5.8.x releases, like the one of 5.4.x?
22) Message boards : BOINC Manager : Problems with 5.8.15 (Message 9360)
Posted 5 Apr 2007 by Profile pschoefer
The problem with two instances of Internet Explorer 6 is still there in BOINC 5.8.16 :(
23) Message boards : BOINC client : Trouble with router (Message 9060)
Posted 24 Mar 2007 by Profile pschoefer
I don't know if you can believe it, but I could not at the first sight...
I made a firmware update (manually, because the router didn't find the new version automatically), and it works now.
Thanks for your support, although I finally solved the problem on my own.
24) Message boards : BOINC Manager : Trojan boinc installation by rogue member (Message 9016)
Posted 23 Mar 2007 by Profile pschoefer
Anyone else find David Braun at Predictor@Home's response to this matter puzzling? I have to say I did.

We reopened the discussion. It cannot be that the oldest BOINC project supports abusing!
25) Message boards : BOINC Manager : graphically blind (Message 8987)
Posted 22 Mar 2007 by Profile pschoefer
hi
I have been running boinc w/o being able to display any graphics since I started used my new IBM/T60 laptop.
I am now using 5.8.15 but it was the same issue for 5.8.11 and 5.8.16.
I have a single user install, when I upgrade, I first remove (via add/remove programs) and a couple times I also went as far as renaming the boinc folder.
note that I have been a Seti then boinc user for a couple years now so I am not a complete idiot with this.
I was running fine on my previous laptop and the ONLY thing which has changed is well, just that. the Laptop.
I have the latest LENOVO/ATI display driver and it does support openGL.
what else ?
it's frustrating to crunch the numbers in a blank screen. sometimes, I have the boinc logo bouncing around with the project(s) percentage but nothing else.
any idea ?
thank you

Are you not able to start the graphics via the BOINC manager, too, or is only the screensaver not working? Which projects are you running?
To give you a piece of advice: Forget about the graphics, they're just eating performance.
26) Message boards : BOINC client : Trouble with router (Message 8837)
Posted 17 Mar 2007 by Profile pschoefer
Remember this is all outgoing.

Are there any ports needed for incoming connections? I spoke to an expert from Netgear today at Cebit, and he could only imagine that BOINC needed some ports forwarded.
27) Message boards : BOINC Manager : Trojan boinc installation by rogue member (Message 8770)
Posted 15 Mar 2007 by Profile pschoefer
What a shame!
Wate is the featured volunteer of the day!
28) Message boards : BOINC client : Trouble with router (Message 8606)
Posted 7 Mar 2007 by Profile pschoefer
Let's not forget port 443 please, though few projects use it.

Do you know, which projects use that port?
As mentioned before, I can contact SETI, SETI-Beta, and the account manager BAM!, while ABC, LHC, QMC, Einstein, PrimeGrid, Predictor, Spinhenge are unreachable.
29) Message boards : BOINC Manager : Boinc Manager suggestions (Message 8575)
Posted 6 Mar 2007 by Profile pschoefer
To extend your list:
4) "Update all projects"-button (There was one in ~5.2.7, but where is it now?)

On Windows, I don't think that can be done from a script... I plan on making a couple of little utilities for BOINC to do things like this.


But since it was built-in in a former version, I don't think it'd be a big problem to build it in again.
30) Message boards : BOINC Manager : North American Daylight Saving Time change (Message 8574)
Posted 6 Mar 2007 by Profile pschoefer
It certainly does save energy, as most people who have the choice don't get up at daybreak and do stay up late enough to need electric lighting. Summer Time reduces the number of hours in the evening when electric light is required.

But most people have no choice when to get up, so they need electric light in the morning, exspecially at the begin and the end of DST. Take me for an example: I have to get up at 6 AM CET. In march, when the sun rises earlier, our European DST starts, so I have to get up at 6 AM CEST = 5 AM CET. At that time it's still dark outside, so I need light.

Everyone, who likes the DST, can get up earlier on his/her own and go to bed an hour earlier, too, without a clock showing one hour later. But those, who dislike the DST, have not this choice in most cases.

btw: The 3/4 of the French population voted against the DST, but they're forced to accept it.


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