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Message 81710 - Posted: 3 Oct 2017, 10:35:29 UTC

Hello,

I do not get any VM Task from e.g. lhcdev and don't see why. VirtualBox is properly detected.
Is there some config entry to allow/forbid VM tasks?

Here the startup log:
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | Starting BOINC client version 7.8.2 for windows_x86_64
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | log flags: file_xfer, sched_ops, task
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | Libraries: libcurl/7.47.1 OpenSSL/1.0.2g zlib/1.2.8
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | Data directory: C:\ProgramData\BOINC
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | Running under account dems5uv8
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | OpenCL: Intel GPU 0: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000 (driver version 10.18.10.4276, device version OpenCL 1.2, 1400MB, 1400MB available, 154 GFLOPS peak)
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | OpenCL CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3320M CPU @ 2.60GHz (OpenCL driver vendor: Intel(R) Corporation, driver version 3.0.1.10891, device version OpenCL 1.2 (Build 76427))
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | Host name: M-CNU3019VX7
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | Processor: 4 GenuineIntel  Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3320M CPU @ 2.60GHz [Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9]
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | 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 cx16 sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt aes f16c rdrandsyscall nx lm avx vmx smx tm2 pbe fsgsbase smep
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1: Enterprise x64 Edition, (06.03.9600.00)
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | Memory: 15.88 GB physical, 18.26 GB virtual
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | Disk: 297.75 GB total, 221.05 GB free
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | Local time is UTC +2 hours
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | VirtualBox version: 5.1.28
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | http://denis.usj.es/denisathome/ | URL http://denis.usj.es/denisathome/; Computer ID not assigned yet; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | Albert@Home | URL https://albert.phys.uwm.edu/; Computer ID 20545; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | andersonattack | URL http://parlea.ru/andersonattack/; Computer ID 1067; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | CAS@home | URL http://casathome.ihep.ac.cn/; Computer ID 69469; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | Citizen Science Grid | URL https://csgrid.org/csg/; Computer ID 58254; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | climateathome | URL https://climateathome.info/climateathome/; Computer ID 900; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | climateprediction.net | URL http://climateprediction.net/; Computer ID 1440299; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | Cosmology@Home | URL http://www.cosmologyathome.org/; Computer ID 321420; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | DistributedDataMining | URL http://www.distributeddatamining.org/DistributedDataMining/; Computer ID 28229; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | DrugDiscovery@Home | URL https://boinc.drugdiscoveryathome.com/; Computer ID 7699; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | duchamp | URL https://sourcefinder.theskynet.org/duchamp/; Computer ID 2006; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | Einstein@Home | URL http://einstein.phys.uwm.edu/; Computer ID 12569466; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | Enigma@Home | URL http://www.enigmaathome.net/; Computer ID 219661; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | Fight Neglected Diseases | URL https://compute.gridrepublic.org/; Computer ID 184164; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | Fight Neglected Diseases | URL http://findah.ucd.ie/; Computer ID 150625; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | Gerasim@home | URL http://gerasim.boinc.ru/; Computer ID 34844; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | GoofyxGrid@Home NCI | URL http://nci.goofyxgridathome.net/; Computer ID 18351; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | GPUGRID | URL http://www.gpugrid.net/; Computer ID 437942; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | Grid computing center | URL http://boinc.gridcomputingcenter.org/; Computer ID 18351; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | LHC@home | URL https://lhcathome.cern.ch/lhcathome/; Computer ID 10491425; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | lhcathome-dev | URL https://lhcathomedev.cern.ch/lhcathome-dev/; Computer ID 2224; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | MindModeling@Beta | URL http://mindmodeling.org/; Computer ID 105889; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | nanoHUB_at_home | URL https://boinc.nanohub.org/nanoHUB_at_home/; Computer ID 207; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | NFS@Home | URL http://escatter11.fullerton.edu/nfs/; Computer ID 5622437; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | Physiome@home | URL http://physiome.lf1.cuni.cz/ident3/physiome/; Computer ID not assigned yet; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | prediction | URL http://uspex-at-home.ru/prediction/; Computer ID 1146; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | PrimeGrid | URL http://www.primegrid.com/; Computer ID 903889; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | Quake-Catcher Network | URL http://quakecatcher.net/sensor/; Computer ID 71745; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | Radioactive@Home | URL http://radioactiveathome.org/boinc/; Computer ID 26895; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | RNA World | URL http://www.rnaworld.de/rnaworld/; Computer ID 58476; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | SAT@home | URL http://sat.isa.ru/pdsat/; Computer ID 214126; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | SETI@home | URL http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/; Computer ID 8308909; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | SRBase | URL http://srbase.my-firewall.org/sr5/; Computer ID 46497; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | SZTAKI Desktop Grid | URL http://szdg.lpds.sztaki.hu/szdg/; Computer ID 382022; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | TN-Grid Platform | URL http://gene.disi.unitn.it/test/; Computer ID 16318; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | Universe@Home | URL http://universeathome.pl/universe/; Computer ID 87144; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | World Community Grid | URL http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/; Computer ID 4040427; resource share 100
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | WUProp@Home | URL https://wuprop.boinc-af.org/; Computer ID 136110; resource share 1
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | World Community Grid | General prefs: from World Community Grid (last modified 31-Aug-2017 21:49:02)
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | World Community Grid | Host location: none
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | World Community Grid | General prefs: using your defaults
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | Reading preferences override file
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | Preferences:
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | max memory usage when active: 14638.90 MB
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | max memory usage when idle: 14638.90 MB
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | max disk usage: 100.00 GB
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | don't use GPU while active
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | (to change preferences, visit a project web site or select Preferences in the Manager)
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | Using account manager BOINCstatsBAM!
03.10.2017 12:29:39 |  | Suspending GPU computation - computer is in use
03.10.2017 12:29:39 | http://denis.usj.es/denisathome/ | Fetching scheduler list
03.10.2017 12:29:42 | http://denis.usj.es/denisathome/ | [error] No scheduler URLs found in master file
03.10.2017 12:29:47 | andersonattack | Fetching scheduler list
03.10.2017 12:30:09 | lhcathome-dev | update requested by user
03.10.2017 12:30:20 |  | Project communication failed: attempting access to reference site
03.10.2017 12:30:22 |  | Internet access OK - project servers may be temporarily down.
03.10.2017 12:30:24 | Grid computing center | Sending scheduler request: Requested by project.
03.10.2017 12:30:24 | Grid computing center | Requesting new tasks for CPU
03.10.2017 12:30:25 | Grid computing center | Scheduler request failed: HTTP file not found
03.10.2017 12:30:31 | lhcathome-dev | Sending scheduler request: Requested by user.
03.10.2017 12:30:31 | lhcathome-dev | Requesting new tasks for CPU
03.10.2017 12:30:32 | lhcathome-dev | Scheduler request completed: got 0 new tasks
03.10.2017 12:30:32 | lhcathome-dev | No tasks sent
03.10.2017 12:30:38 | Quake-Catcher Network | Sending scheduler request: To send trickle-up message.
03.10.2017 12:30:38 | Quake-Catcher Network | Not requesting tasks: don't need (CPU: not highest priority project; Intel GPU: not highest priority project)
03.10.2017 12:30:42 | Quake-Catcher Network | Scheduler request completed
03.10.2017 12:30:42 | Quake-Catcher Network | Server can't open database
03.10.2017 12:30:47 | GoofyxGrid@Home NCI | Sending scheduler request: To fetch work.
03.10.2017 12:30:47 | GoofyxGrid@Home NCI | Requesting new tasks for CPU
03.10.2017 12:30:48 | GoofyxGrid@Home NCI | Scheduler request completed: got 0 new tasks
03.10.2017 12:30:48 | GoofyxGrid@Home NCI | Project has no tasks available


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Message 81712 - Posted: 3 Oct 2017, 11:04:13 UTC - in response to Message 81710.  

If you read your log you'd see

03.10.2017 12:30:09 | lhcathome-dev | update requested by user
03.10.2017 12:30:20 | | Project communication failed: attempting access to reference site
03.10.2017 12:30:22 | | Internet access OK - project servers may be temporarily down.

Maybe u added project with the wrong URL or they are really offline, which likely could be found on their forums.
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Message 81714 - Posted: 3 Oct 2017, 11:47:03 UTC - in response to Message 81712.  

No, that's the message from DENIS.

His messages for that project are:
03.10.2017 12:30:09 | lhcathome-dev | update requested by user
03.10.2017 12:30:31 | lhcathome-dev | Sending scheduler request: Requested by user.
03.10.2017 12:30:31 | lhcathome-dev | Requesting new tasks for CPU
03.10.2017 12:30:32 | lhcathome-dev | Scheduler request completed: got 0 new tasks
03.10.2017 12:30:32 | lhcathome-dev | No tasks sent

Why that that is, I don't know. Might be a REC thing, where other projects have more priority to get new work.
Or perhaps the project is out of work, but that's best asked at the project.
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Message 81716 - Posted: 3 Oct 2017, 12:12:25 UTC - in response to Message 81714.  
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There i thought there were messages like 'not highest priority', 'buffer full', 'no work available', no, the quality of event log feedback is to users perpetual ridding. Maybe this is something to be prioritized in development. Certainly remember a session with knreed where he was able to remotely adapt some messages related to work provision.
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Message 81719 - Posted: 3 Oct 2017, 12:26:53 UTC - in response to Message 81716.  

You can get the 'priority' messages by enabling the cpu_sched_debug or sched_op_debug flags. I forget which exactly.
sched_op_debug will at least show how much work is asked and for which resource.
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Message 81727 - Posted: 3 Oct 2017, 13:55:36 UTC

03.10.2017 15:52:12 | lhcathome-dev | update requested by user
03.10.2017 15:52:12 | lhcathome-dev | sched RPC pending: Requested by user
03.10.2017 15:52:12 | lhcathome-dev | [sched_op] Starting scheduler request
03.10.2017 15:52:12 | lhcathome-dev | Sending scheduler request: Requested by user.
03.10.2017 15:52:12 | lhcathome-dev | Requesting new tasks for CPU
03.10.2017 15:52:12 | lhcathome-dev | [sched_op] CPU work request: 4077268.87 seconds; 16.00 devices
03.10.2017 15:52:12 | lhcathome-dev | [sched_op] Intel GPU work request: 0.00 seconds; 0.00 devices
03.10.2017 15:52:14 | lhcathome-dev | Scheduler request completed: got 0 new tasks
03.10.2017 15:52:14 | lhcathome-dev | [sched_op] Server version 707
03.10.2017 15:52:14 | lhcathome-dev | No tasks sent
03.10.2017 15:52:14 | lhcathome-dev | Project requested delay of 61 seconds
03.10.2017 15:52:14 | lhcathome-dev | [sched_op] Deferring communication for 00:01:01
03.10.2017 15:52:14 | lhcathome-dev | [sched_op] Reason: requested by project

It requests workm but did not get any task, while my Linux box gets some.

I have the feeling, that the VBox version is too new or not recognized by the server.
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Message 81728 - Posted: 3 Oct 2017, 14:18:53 UTC - in response to Message 81727.  

Just a quick sanity check...

1) VT-X is enabled in the Bios ?
2) The tag <p_vm_extensions_disabled> (if present) isn't set to 1 in cc_config.xml ?
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Message 81729 - Posted: 3 Oct 2017, 14:24:59 UTC - in response to Message 81728.  

Just a quick sanity check...

1) VT-X is enabled in the Bios ?
2) The tag <p_vm_extensions_disabled> (if present) isn't set to 1 in cc_config.xml ?


1) Can I check this without going into the BIOS? I lost the BIOS password. But this might be a good reason.
2) is not set.
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Message 81731 - Posted: 3 Oct 2017, 14:40:16 UTC - in response to Message 81729.  

Good for 2) not being set.

As you have Windows 8 you should be able to look in Task Manager->Performance Tab and see if Virtualization is Enabled (bottom right corner, above cache details).

There is also a program to do this but I've forgotten what it is called at the moment :-o
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Message 81734 - Posted: 3 Oct 2017, 14:48:07 UTC

https://help.getpassages.com/customer/portal/articles/1902554 shows how to check that in VirtualBox itself.
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Message 81735 - Posted: 3 Oct 2017, 14:55:59 UTC - in response to Message 81731.  

It is LeoMoon CPU-V, this is the link to Yeti's helpful checklist at the old Atlas site with the link to the program if you still need it...

http://atlasathome.cern.ch/forum_thread.php?id=581
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Message 81737 - Posted: 3 Oct 2017, 15:04:24 UTC - in response to Message 81735.  

Ok, thanks.
Taskmanager shows Virtualization: Disabled :(

So I have to find out how to get into the Bios.

Would be good if BOINC could tell a bit more in the message box about it.
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Message 81738 - Posted: 3 Oct 2017, 15:13:44 UTC - in response to Message 81737.  

Ok, thanks.
Taskmanager shows Virtualization: Disabled :(

So I have to find out how to get into the Bios.

Would be good if BOINC could tell a bit more in the message box about it.

Did you set the password ?

I did think the tag would be set to 1 if it hadn't been enabled, perhaps something has been changed ?
I thought it used to download 1 task, find it couldn't run, set the flag to 1 and never get more tasks until that was changed.
I haven't read the code recently though.
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Message 81739 - Posted: 3 Oct 2017, 15:22:28 UTC - in response to Message 81738.  

I didn't set the bios password. It is an old laptop from my company, so I have to ask there.

Not even one VM task was downloaded.
I assumer that BOINC checks if virtualisation is enabled or not and either do not send VBox capabilities to the server or sends to the server that virtualisation is disabled.
In both cases the server doesn't send any VM task.
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Message 81766 - Posted: 4 Oct 2017, 10:26:16 UTC - in response to Message 81739.  

After enabling the flag in Bios, do have to do something additional to let Boinc fetch VM tasks?
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Message 81783 - Posted: 4 Oct 2017, 14:24:23 UTC - in response to Message 81766.  

If Virtualization is showing as Enabled in Task Manager and the tag <p_vm_extensions_disabled> hasn't appeared in cc_config.xml (set to 1) then you should be ready to go assuming your project preferences are set for them and they have work to download.
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Message 81788 - Posted: 4 Oct 2017, 14:44:13 UTC - in response to Message 81783.  

VT-x is enabled in bios now, also shown in taskmanager and CPU-z, but I still do not get VM tasks.
And from https://sourcefinder.theskynet.org/duchamp/ project I get
04.10.2017 16:42:04 | duchamp | Nachricht vom Server: VirtualBox jobs require hardware acceleration support. Your processor does not support the required instruction set.

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Message 81790 - Posted: 4 Oct 2017, 14:52:03 UTC - in response to Message 81788.  

You have re-checked that the tag <p_vm_extensions_disabled> hasn't appeared since you looked yesterday ?
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Message 81792 - Posted: 4 Oct 2017, 14:55:46 UTC - in response to Message 81790.  

Yes it is not in cc_config.xml.

BUT it is in sched_request_sourcefinder....xml ?
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Message 81795 - Posted: 4 Oct 2017, 15:02:23 UTC - in response to Message 81792.  
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Okay, shut down Boinc and then edit that file and change the 1 to a 0.
I'm assuming it is set to 1 at the moment !
Restart Boinc....

Is that the only place, it isn't in client_state file as well ?
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