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Message 84757 - Posted: 13 Feb 2018, 5:00:13 UTC

Hello,

I have an older computer that I use as my server. Most of the time it sits there doing nothing, so I thought I would let it run BOINC and do some good. However, I was sure that it would use the GPU. While an older graphics card, I thought it was compatible. In addition, it says "Requesting new tasks for NVIDIA GPU", "Scheduler request complete: got 0 new tasks" everytime it appears to communicate with the two projects I have it attached to (Einstein@Home and Milkyway@Home). So it is requesting new tasks, but not receiving any. Not sure what the issue is, but I thought I would post to see if anyone has any insights. Following is the event log and clinfo log files below as requested:

EVENT LOG:
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | cc_config.xml not found - using defaults
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | Starting BOINC client version 7.6.33 for windows_x86_64
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | log flags: file_xfer, sched_ops, task
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | Libraries: libcurl/7.47.1 OpenSSL/1.0.2g zlib/1.2.8
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | Data directory: C:\ProgramData\BOINC
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | Running under account Administrator
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | CUDA: NVIDIA GPU 0: GeForce 8600 GTS (driver version 342.01, CUDA version 6.5, compute capability 1.1, 256MB, 212MB available, 139 GFLOPS peak)
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | OpenCL: NVIDIA GPU 0: GeForce 8600 GTS (driver version 342.01, device version OpenCL 1.0 CUDA, 256MB, 212MB available, 139 GFLOPS peak)
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | Version change (7.0.28 -> 7.6.33)
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | Processor: 4 AuthenticAMD AMD FX(tm)-4100 Quad-Core Processor [Family 21 Model 1 Stepping 2]
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | Processor features: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 htt pni ssse3 cx16 sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt aes syscall nx lm avx svm sse4a osvw ibs xop skinit wdt lwp fma4 topx page1gb rdtscp
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | OS: Microsoft Windows Server 2008 "R2": Home Server 2011x64 Edition, Service Pack 1, (06.01.7601.00)
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | Memory: 7.91 GB physical, 15.82 GB virtual
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | Disk: 57.51 GB total, 17.16 GB free
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | Local time is UTC -7 hours
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | VirtualBox version: 5.0.18
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | General prefs: from http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/ (last modified 23-Jan-2007 15:49:27)
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | Host location: none
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | General prefs: using your defaults
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | Reading preferences override file
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | Preferences:
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | max memory usage when active: 8098.57MB
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | max memory usage when idle: 8098.57MB
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | max disk usage: 17.06GB
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | (to change preferences, visit a project web site or select Preferences in the Manager)
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | This computer is not attached to any projects
2/11/2018 6:14:41 PM | | Visit http://boinc.berkeley.edu for instructions
2/11/2018 6:15:05 PM | | Fetching configuration file from https://www.grcpool.com/get_project_config.php
2/11/2018 6:16:24 PM | | Contacting account manager at https://www.grcpool.com/
2/11/2018 6:16:24 PM | | Account manager contact succeeded
2/11/2018 6:16:24 PM | | General prefs: from https://www.grcpool.com/ (last modified ---)
2/11/2018 6:16:24 PM | | Host location: none
2/11/2018 6:16:24 PM | | General prefs: using your defaults
2/11/2018 6:16:24 PM | | Reading preferences override file
2/11/2018 6:16:24 PM | | Preferences:
2/11/2018 6:16:24 PM | | max memory usage when active: 8098.57MB
2/11/2018 6:16:24 PM | | max memory usage when idle: 8098.57MB
2/11/2018 6:16:24 PM | | max disk usage: 17.06GB
2/11/2018 6:16:24 PM | | (to change preferences, visit a project web site or select Preferences in the Manager)
2/11/2018 6:18:50 PM | | Fetching configuration file from https://www.grcpool.com/get_project_config.php
2/11/2018 6:18:54 PM | | Contacting account manager at https://www.grcpool.com/
2/11/2018 6:18:55 PM | | Account manager contact succeeded
2/11/2018 6:18:55 PM | | Attaching to https://einsteinathome.org/
2/11/2018 6:18:55 PM | | Attaching to https://milkyway.cs.rpi.edu/milkyway/
2/11/2018 6:18:55 PM | | General prefs: from https://www.grcpool.com/ (last modified ---)
2/11/2018 6:18:55 PM | | Host location: none
2/11/2018 6:18:55 PM | | General prefs: using your defaults
2/11/2018 6:18:55 PM | | Reading preferences override file
2/11/2018 6:18:55 PM | | Preferences:
2/11/2018 6:18:55 PM | | max memory usage when active: 8098.57MB
2/11/2018 6:18:55 PM | | max memory usage when idle: 8098.57MB
2/11/2018 6:18:55 PM | | max disk usage: 17.06GB
2/11/2018 6:18:55 PM | | (to change preferences, visit a project web site or select Preferences in the Manager)
2/11/2018 6:18:55 PM | | Running CPU benchmarks
2/11/2018 6:18:55 PM | | Suspending computation - CPU benchmarks in progress
2/11/2018 6:18:59 PM | https://einsteinathome.org/ | Master file download succeeded
2/11/2018 6:19:04 PM | https://einsteinathome.org/ | Sending scheduler request: Project initialization.
2/11/2018 6:19:04 PM | https://einsteinathome.org/ | Requesting new tasks for CPU and NVIDIA GPU
2/11/2018 6:19:10 PM | Einstein@Home | Scheduler request completed: got 1 new tasks
2/11/2018 6:19:10 PM | Einstein@Home | This project is using an old URL. When convenient, remove the project, then add http://einstein.phys.uwm.edu/
2/11/2018 6:19:10 PM | | General prefs: from http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/ (last modified 22-Aug-2017 17:09:19)
2/11/2018 6:19:10 PM | | Host location: none
2/11/2018 6:19:10 PM | | General prefs: using your defaults
2/11/2018 6:19:10 PM | | Reading preferences override file
2/11/2018 6:19:10 PM | | Preferences:
2/11/2018 6:19:10 PM | | max memory usage when active: 8098.57MB
2/11/2018 6:19:10 PM | | max memory usage when idle: 8098.57MB
2/11/2018 6:19:10 PM | | max disk usage: 17.15GB
2/11/2018 6:19:10 PM | | (to change preferences, visit a project web site or select Preferences in the Manager)
2/11/2018 6:19:18 PM | https://milkyway.cs.rpi.edu/milkyway/ | Master file download succeeded
2/11/2018 6:19:23 PM | https://milkyway.cs.rpi.edu/milkyway/ | Sending scheduler request: Project initialization.
2/11/2018 6:19:23 PM | https://milkyway.cs.rpi.edu/milkyway/ | Requesting new tasks for CPU and NVIDIA GPU
2/11/2018 6:19:26 PM | | Benchmark results:
2/11/2018 6:19:26 PM | | Number of CPUs: 4
2/11/2018 6:19:26 PM | | 2780 floating point MIPS (Whetstone) per CPU
2/11/2018 6:19:26 PM | | 8010 integer MIPS (Dhrystone) per CPU

CLINFO LOG:
Number of platforms: 1
Platform Profile: FULL_PROFILE
Platform Version: OpenCL 1.1 CUDA 6.5.51
Platform Name: NVIDIA CUDA
Platform Vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
Platform Extensions: cl_khr_byte_addressable_store cl_khr_icd cl_khr_gl_sharing cl_nv_compiler_options cl_nv_device_attribute_query cl_nv_pragma_unroll cl_nv_d3d9_sharing cl_nv_d3d10_sharing cl_khr_d3d10_sharing cl_nv_d3d11_sharing cl_nv_copy_opts


Platform Name: NVIDIA CUDA
Number of devices: 1
Device Type: CL_DEVICE_TYPE_GPU
Device ID: 4318
Max compute units: 4
Max work items dimensions: 3
Max work items[0]: 512
Max work items[1]: 512
Max work items[2]: 64
Max work group size: 512
Preferred vector width char: 1
Preferred vector width short: 1
Preferred vector width int: 1
Preferred vector width long: 1
Preferred vector width float: 1
Preferred vector width double: 0
Max clock frequency: 1450Mhz
Address bits: 14757395255531667488
Max memory allocation: 134217728
Image support: Yes
Max number of images read arguments: 128
Max number of images write arguments: 8
Max image 2D width: 4096
Max image 2D height: 16383
Max image 3D width: 2048
Max image 3D height: 2048
Max image 3D depth: 2048
Max samplers within kernel: 16
Max size of kernel argument: 4352
Alignment (bits) of base address: 2048
Minimum alignment (bytes) for any datatype: 128
Single precision floating point capability
Denorms: No
Quiet NaNs: Yes
Round to nearest even: Yes
Round to zero: Yes
Round to +ve and infinity: Yes
IEEE754-2008 fused multiply-add: Yes
Cache type: None
Cache line size: 0
Cache size: 0
Global memory size: 268435456
Constant buffer size: 65536
Max number of constant args: 9
Local memory type: Scratchpad
Local memory size: 16384
Error correction support: 0
Profiling timer resolution: 1000
Device endianess: Little
Available: Yes
Compiler available: Yes
Execution capabilities:
Execute OpenCL kernels: Yes
Execute native function: No
Queue properties:
Out-of-Order: Yes
Profiling : Yes
Platform ID: 00DF1010
Name: GeForce 8600 GTS
Vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
Driver version: 342.01
Profile: FULL_PROFILE
Version: OpenCL 1.0 CUDA
Extensions: cl_khr_byte_addressable_store cl_khr_icd cl_khr_gl_sharing cl_nv_compiler_options cl_nv_device_attribute_query cl_nv_pragma_unroll cl_nv_d3d9_sharing cl_nv_d3d10_sharing cl_khr_d3d10_sharing cl_nv_d3d11_sharing cl_nv_copy_opts cl_khr_global_int32_base_atomics cl_khr_global_int32_extended_atomics

If additional info is required, just ask. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

Jason
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Message 84758 - Posted: 13 Feb 2018, 5:53:04 UTC
Last modified: 13 Feb 2018, 5:55:33 UTC

GeForce 8600 GTS is too old for Einstein@Home. That card can't run their GPU-tasks these days. Sorry, I don't know what the conditions are with Seti.
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Message 84760 - Posted: 13 Feb 2018, 11:16:37 UTC

I think that card should still be usable by SETI@Home, but don't expect blistering performance - it wasn't even state-of-the art (though not far behind) when GPU processing first became possible ten years ago. Gulp - that's not a phrase I expected to find myself typing!

By all means attach to SETI, and see what happens. You'll have to be quick - SETI has regular maintenance on Tuesdays, starting in around 2 hours (13:00 UTC) - or patient: SETI should be accessible again around midnight UTC.

Another thing to watch for: those early NVidia cards were quite power hungry - your electricity consumption will go up (and your room will become warmer). Your local climate will determine whether this is a good thing or a bad thing.
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Message 84762 - Posted: 13 Feb 2018, 16:41:07 UTC

It should certainly work - SETI is a lot more tolerant of GPUs than many projects.
Just don't expect it to "set the World on fire", just sit back and have some fun.
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Message 84768 - Posted: 13 Feb 2018, 22:48:04 UTC

All,

Thank you for the responses, very much appreciated. I was not expecting stellar performance. Just thought it could do some good, since it just sits there most of the time doing nothing. I will keep an eye on the GPU temp as well. I missed the Seti scheduled down time, so I will have to wait until it is back up to see if it will down load any workunits for the gpu.

Thanks again,

Jason
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Message 84806 - Posted: 16 Feb 2018, 14:56:50 UTC

It also will not work with Milkyway@home as that project will need Double Precision capable cards. Some projects it "may" still work with off the top of my head would be:
SETI
SETI BETA
Collatz
PrimeGrid - PPS Sieve sub project
Moo! Wrapper

It has been too long since I attempted Einstein or Albert.
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Message 84880 - Posted: 21 Feb 2018, 21:00:32 UTC - in response to Message 84806.  

It also will not work with Milkyway@home as that project will need Double Precision capable cards. Some projects it "may" still work with off the top of my head would be:
SETI
SETI BETA
Collatz
PrimeGrid - PPS Sieve sub project
Moo! Wrapper

It has been too long since I attempted Einstein or Albert.


Einstein is out due to the memory requirements. Albert is still on the 4G tasks when there are some available. I don't recall how much vram those need.
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Message 85006 - Posted: 6 Mar 2018, 3:39:08 UTC - in response to Message 84880.  


Einstein is out due to the memory requirements. Albert is still on the 4G tasks when there are some available. I don't recall how much vram those need.



Einstein requires 1gb of VRAM. :/ Once upon a time it didn't but at some point they upgraded the requirements.
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