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Message 112400 - Posted: 29 Jul 2023, 9:27:00 UTC
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Just now starting out with BOINC. Here's my info:
GPU : 4090
BOINC version: 7.22.2
Project: Einstein@Home

Problem: I don't think my BOINC Is working correctly. My "work done" is always an even increment of 10,000, (Currently, it is exactly 40,000). I have 145 completed tasks that are pending validation, while only 8 have been validated. Also, my GPU usage is unusually low. Task manager only shows GPU utilization of about 23-25%

Unsure if it is related, but when I first started it assigned me a bunch of CPU tasks. I only want to use my GPU, so I aborted all the CPU tasks and configured BOINC so CPU usage was limited to 0.

I've tried updating the project several times, as well as performing a "reset project" - no change.

Spoke to some other BOINCers in Discord about this, and they thought it was strange also.

Any ideas?

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7/28/2023 7:33:30 AM | Einstein@Home | Requesting new tasks for CPU
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7/28/2023 7:33:32 AM | Einstein@Home | BOINC will delete file stochastic_fullG.bank (no longer needed)
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7/28/2023 7:34:33 AM | Einstein@Home | Sending scheduler request: To fetch work.
7/28/2023 7:34:33 AM | Einstein@Home | Requesting new tasks for CPU
7/28/2023 7:34:35 AM | Einstein@Home | Scheduler request completed: got 1 new tasks
7/28/2023 7:34:35 AM | Einstein@Home | Project requested delay of 60 seconds
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Message 112401 - Posted: 29 Jul 2023, 13:39:28 UTC - in response to Message 112400.  

Problem: I don't think my BOINC Is working correctly.
Looks to me that it's doing what it should do. BOINC downloads work for you, schedules for it to run, uploads the finished tasks and reports them. That, in a nutshell, is what BOINC does: it's a manager of the work appointed to you by the project.

All the rest, waiting for validation, validating of work, the giving of credits, etc. is all things the project, in this case Einstein@Home, handles.
Einstein also works with two tasks per workunit being sent out, where validation waits until both tasks are returned correctly, before credit is doled out. If your computer races through tasks, while the computers that do the same tasks are running slower (by doing the tasks on the CPU for instance), then it takes a while for them to return the same work, before it's compared against each other, validated and credit given out.

Not everyone's computer is on 24/7.
Some people now shut down their systems because it's too hot, or they go on vacation. BOINC doesn't know that ahead of time, it can't look into the future mindset of anyone. So these people may have work on their computers that's waiting. That will now have to wait until they turn on their systems again, or until the work has timed out (met the deadline) and needs to be sent out again to another computer, and all the while your BOINC is waiting for a message back from the project whether that work cleared yet or not.

So. BOINC works as it should.
The project probably works as it should as well.
Your co-competitors though...
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Message 112402 - Posted: 29 Jul 2023, 14:30:50 UTC - in response to Message 112400.  

The other thing that needs to be said is that GPU tasks require some CPU in order to run.

By setting CPU usage to zero you’re blocking GPU tasks as well.
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Message 112403 - Posted: 29 Jul 2023, 17:33:51 UTC - in response to Message 112402.  

Oh, i didn't realize! I'll enable some CPU usage then. Thanks for the reply!
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Message 112405 - Posted: 29 Jul 2023, 18:16:20 UTC - in response to Message 112403.  

You need to uncheck "use cpu" in your project preferences. Not mess around with the cpu usage value. That should be left at 100%.
That way you won't be sent cpu tasks and will only get gpu tasks.
https://einsteinathome.org/account/prefs/project
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