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Message 32986 - Posted: 24 May 2010, 20:08:58 UTC
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The next version of BOINC is now ready for public use. Check the release notes and version history for details.
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Message 32987 - Posted: 24 May 2010, 20:31:42 UTC

Please help me thank the following testers who helped make this a great version of BOINC:

• Ageless
• Edward N
• GPV_FR
• Tommaso Ferrara
• Andreas
• DanysAhne@Planet 3DNow!
• Dotsch
• KSMarksPsych
• Pepo
• [B^S] Michele ANSALDI
• MarkJ
• LocutusOfBorg
• [B^S] zioriga
• Plejaden
• Rytis
• Philip Beaudet
• Pappa
• Joseph Stateson
• BobCat13
• em
• [SG]SDI
• SciTechGrid
• AB-01
• [SETI.USA]Tank_Master
• Jerome_BARET
• Irondog
• gamer007
• Rattledagger
• Dima
• ambush27
• Billy

Thanks to all the testers for helping make BOINC great.

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Message 32993 - Posted: 25 May 2010, 2:29:08 UTC - in response to Message 32986.  

Sorry to be a bother, I looked at the Release notes, I do not see anything to discriminate one 6.10.x from another 6.10.x

I am running 6.10.43, as I did not have whatever ailed that version and I wanted the BOINC only screen saver controls.

How does 6.10.56 differ from 6.10.43?
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Message 32997 - Posted: 25 May 2010, 5:45:15 UTC - in response to Message 32993.  

You'll find changes in the version history.

6.10.43 had:

  • New: Updated localization files
  • New: Added accessibility support for advanced view (Mac)
  • New: Added support for parsing username and password information from environment variables
  • New: Added ability to ignore specific GPU cards through the use of ignore device through the use of a configuration file option
  • New: Added ability to suspend BOINC's use of GPUs when certain applications are run through the use of a configuration file option
  • New: Allow new screen saver options to be configured via the OS specific configuration screen
  • New: Snooze GPU option off of the system tray menu
  • New: Adjust GPU activity settings via the advanced view activity menu
  • New: Added ability for a project to be specified as a "Backup Project" by setting its resource share to 0
  • New: Suspend computation of BOINC applications if CPU usage from non-BOINC applications exceeds a volunteer defined value (Defaults to 25%)
  • New: Support detecting SSE2, SSE3, and other forms of advanced instruction sets for older Windows machines (Windows)
  • Fix: Numerous CPU/GPU scheduling fixes
  • Fix: Numerous work-fetch fixes
  • Fix: Mac Installer for non-admin installs
  • Fix: Recover from crashes in Nvidia and ATI GPU functions (Linux, Mac)
  • Fix: Reap child processes spawned from a wrapper on POSIX systems (Linux, Mac)
  • Fix: If a project supports ATI or Nvidia projects, display their icons in the project list
  • Fix: Show most commonly used preferences in use during startup via messages.



6.10.56 has all that plus:


  • New: Support for custom installers to automatically cause new accounts to join a specific team when attaching to a project for the first time (Windows)
  • New: Support for Nvidia Fermi cards
  • New: Added support for 'Transfer at most X Megabytes every N days' preference
  • Fix: Name resolution issues (Mac)
  • Fix: Activity Menu display issues (Linux)
  • Fix: Reduce CPU load in dealing with communications between manager and core client (Windows)
  • Fix: Properly display project descriptions on Windows XP machines in the attach to project wizard


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Message 33053 - Posted: 26 May 2010, 18:46:06 UTC - in response to Message 32997.  

Nice work Rom and of course the team.
Finally an new stable release, looks really good.
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Message 33134 - Posted: 30 May 2010, 16:51:29 UTC

Dear friends:

I just started installing version 6.10.56 on my computer, an HP xW8600 workstation with 4 processors under Windows 7-64 bits. Sorry to report that the installation fails as soon as it starts, with message:
"Error reading setup initialization file".
Please let me know what to do, or fix the error if it's in your installation script.

Until I hear from you I'll reinstall version 6.10.18.

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Message 33135 - Posted: 30 May 2010, 17:14:06 UTC - in response to Message 33134.  

See BOINC Installer: Error reading setup initialization file for what causes that error and how to fix it.
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Message 33136 - Posted: 30 May 2010, 18:33:39 UTC - in response to Message 33134.  

Dear friends:

I just started installing version 6.10.56 on my computer, an HP xW8600 workstation with 4 processors under Windows 7-64 bits. Sorry to report that the installation fails as soon as it starts, with message:
"Error reading setup initialization file".
Please let me know what to do, or fix the error if it's in your installation script.

Until I hear from you I'll reinstall version 6.10.18.

Daniel MARTIN

Try the 64 bit version. I had somebody else with exactly the same problem.
Maybe a download problem indeed.
http://boinc.berkeley.edu/dl/boinc_6.10.56_windows_x86_64.exe
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Message 33152 - Posted: 31 May 2010, 7:36:41 UTC - in response to Message 33135.  

Thank you: your advice proved effective.

I installed version 6.10.56 on both my HP workstations, one with an NVIDIA GPU and one with an ATI GPU. Both now run fine, but the NVIDIA GPU alone is compatible with the Milkyway@Home project that requires double-precision calculations.
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Message 33174 - Posted: 1 Jun 2010, 10:05:02 UTC
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After installing the 64 bits edition of BOINC version 6.10.56, I found suspicious network traffic started to happen. Using the Windows 7 resource monitor I found two boinc processes that started to have a connection to www.007guard.com

In the host list I have an entry that redirects 007guard.com to localhost which should prevent the system from connecting. When the resource monitor is active and you can see boinc becoming active, at first a connection is made to localhost. But after a few seconds, it is replaced and a connection to www.007guard.com is made.

To make sure I have deinstalled boinc and deleted all of its directories. Then performed a full system scan with McAfee, Spybot SD, and Ad-Aware, and no problem was found. Then I downloaded and installed a fresh copy of the boinc software version 6.10.56. Within a few minutes a connection to www.007guard.com was created.

I have not seen this behavior with previous versions of boinc. Does the software on the boinc download site contain a new virus not found yet by any scanner?
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Message 33178 - Posted: 1 Jun 2010, 12:27:14 UTC - in response to Message 33174.  

It's more likely that your malware scanners didn't find it.

Do a net search for the full name of the problem program, and look at some of the results for help.
This one for instance.

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Message 33281 - Posted: 6 Jun 2010, 13:22:34 UTC

I installed the latest version (6.10.56) the other day and since then it appears that it will only download and run tasks for a single project at a time (I'm signed up for 5 projects: cosmology@home, einstein@home, lhcathome, milkyway@home & seti@home). I have a quad core machine (AMP Phenom 9550 Quad-Code @ 2.20 GHz, 4.0 GB, 32 Bit Vista Home Premium). Before installing this new version, I usually had several projects running or waiting to run tasks at a time. Any other similar reports or thoughts?
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Message 33282 - Posted: 6 Jun 2010, 14:05:16 UTC - in response to Message 33281.  

The latest version has a new option:
Suspend work if CPU usage is above
0 means no restriction
Enforced by version 6.10.30+

The default is 25%.

This is used for limiting heat problems.

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If your previous version was 5.*, then you need to start using a new version 6.* option:
On multiprocessors, use at most % of the processors
Enforced by version 6.1+


This is to allow for the trend to increasing number of cores on a cpu chip.

e.g. 25% of a quad core is one core.

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Message 33283 - Posted: 6 Jun 2010, 14:41:52 UTC - in response to Message 33282.  

The latest version has a new option:
Suspend work if CPU usage is above
0 means no restriction
Enforced by version 6.10.30+

The default is 25%.

This is used for limiting heat problems.

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If your previous version was 5.*, then you need to start using a new version 6.* option:
On multiprocessors, use at most % of the processors
Enforced by version 6.1+


This is to allow for the trend to increasing number of cores on a cpu chip.

e.g. 25% of a quad core is one core.


But suspending work can cause some tasks to fail. And as some projects don't save, you may loose some or all of your work.

On Windows machines use something else like http://www.efmer.eu/boinc/index.html This is more transparent to the running tasks.
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Message 33284 - Posted: 6 Jun 2010, 17:06:40 UTC - in response to Message 33282.  

Les,

Thanks, I did, of course, go through the options first and even reset all my projects. But just for ducks, I did the resets again about an hour after my post and it started download a bunch of work (except for lhc & milkyway, both of which reported no new tasks available). So perhaps there was just a glich somewhere [which computers never do we all know ;-)], but my box is just as busy as a little beaver right now running four workunits with another 6 waiting for some processor time. Just needed a kick in the right spot, I guess.
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Message 33354 - Posted: 14 Jun 2010, 10:49:31 UTC

Hi all,
I have installed 6.10.56 in some AMD 965 machines running openSuse 11.2 and I've noticed that several work units are not finished, are left "waiting to run", and others, more recent, are started.
Example: a work unit is 90% done but left waiting to complete. Meanwhile it's deadline is reached and work unit - ibercivis and edges - is aborted by project servers.
Back to old 6.10.17 version, and with same wu's, their report time is orderly followed, none is left before completion.

The Activity feature "Use GPU: never" does not prevent pojects from asking work for GPU, even projects with no GPU applications - edges for example.
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Message 33357 - Posted: 14 Jun 2010, 12:06:12 UTC - in response to Message 33354.  

The Activity feature "Use GPU: never" does not prevent pojects from asking work for GPU, even projects with no GPU applications - edges for example.

The "Use GPU: never" option was never intended to prevent BOINC from asking work for the GPU. It's an activity preference with which you can set if you want to use the GPU or not, and then all the time, based on preferences or never.

It doesn't prevent the work request as that's a whole different thing. If you don't want BOINC to use the GPU at all, use the 1 flag in a cc_config.xml file.

The work request continues until it backs off to once every 24 hours. It does this as a project that doesn't have a GPU app today, may have one tomorrow. Then BOINC can fetch work for it without needing your attention and intervention.
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Message 33358 - Posted: 14 Jun 2010, 15:27:14 UTC - in response to Message 33357.  

Understood, tks.
This version sometimes stops a wu before ending it and starts a new one, not respecting the Report deadline order. This puts some problems as you can imagine...
Tks again.
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Message 33366 - Posted: 14 Jun 2010, 22:32:42 UTC
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Boinc has always run in FIFO within a project. It only check due dates to prioritize work if there is a chance it won't be completed on time following the normal order.
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Message 33368 - Posted: 14 Jun 2010, 23:26:10 UTC - in response to Message 33366.  
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Boinc has always run in FIFO within a project.

Well, I have noticed that it is not working in FIFO basis. I had a lot of wu's -just one project, no mix- started but not completed, in waiting to run state. My wu's are usualy sorted out by Report deadline and only this version jumps forth and backwards...
I had several hours of work in a lot of "waiting to run" tasks, then decided to go back and use 6.10.17 in all linux machines and I guess 6.10.18 to a pair of microsoft ones, and now no loss of work as it is now running FIFO.
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