Posts by skymoo

1) Message boards : BOINC Manager : Wishlist for Mac (Message 15456)
Posted 16 Feb 2008 by skymoo
One thing I'd like to see is some kind of notification that a new version is available, this could be done using Sparkle so that updates could be handled automatically.

Growl integration would be cool as well!
2) Message boards : BOINC client : Leopard (Message 13779)
Posted 13 Nov 2007 by skymoo
Are you still seeing these problems, or have things improved with time?

I'm still seeing both issues, iChat video is still jerky and iTunes playback skips - not all the time but way more than with Tiger.
3) Message boards : BOINC client : Leopard (Message 13661)
Posted 8 Nov 2007 by skymoo
Is the bug database publicly-visible? Submitting duplicate bugs is counter-productive. It's much better if people can comment adding information on the bug you already submitted.

Unfortunately not, if the bug you submit is a duplicate then you receive an email saying so. However everything you submit will be attached to the original bug report, and I've been told that the number of duplicates is sometimes treated as a way to prioritise the fixing of bugs.
4) Message boards : BOINC client : Leopard (Message 13659)
Posted 8 Nov 2007 by skymoo
Have you submitted a bug report to Apple indicating that Leopard is not honoring nice values?

I've submitted a bug, but I'd like to request that people who are running Leopard and are running into this problem also submit a bug as this will give Apple more information and hopefully lead to a quicker fix.
5) Message boards : BOINC client : Leopard (Message 13654)
Posted 7 Nov 2007 by skymoo
You will see that the BOINC projects, such as SETI@home, are running at a "nice" value of 19, the same as under OS 10.4.

Yes, I see this as well.

These observations lead me to conclude that the problem is with the Activity Monitor, not with BOINC.

Makes sense, however I think the problem goes deeper than just the Activity Monitor as top on the terminal also reports that these processes aren't nice processes - although they both probably get the process information using the same Framework. I've reported a bug on this to Apple.

Can you point me to a CPU intensive application which performs badly when BOINC is set to "run always" but performs well when BOINC is suspended or not running? If so, I will run further tests.

iChat is the worst, with Leopard I need to put BOINC on snooze whilst on a chat other wise the video is really jerky and the sound keeps dropping out. This was not a problem under Tiger.
6) Message boards : BOINC client : Leopard (Message 13627)
Posted 6 Nov 2007 by skymoo
I'm not clear what you mean by "user process" and "nice process." Could you explain? Do you mean it is running as the logged-in user rather than users boinc_master and/or boinc_project?

On Tiger the BOINC process, SETI@home etc..., were run with a nice factor greater than 0 therefore they were essentially treated as idle process that were only given CPU time when the machine wasn't doing anything else. But in Leopard they are being run as standard user processes, nice factor 0, and therefore have the same scheduling priority as regular processes. This causes problems whenever you run a CPU intensive process in the foreground, as the CPU is giving equal priority to the BOINC process and the regular user process. Hope that clears things up.

See the "nice" and "renice" man pages for details on the scheduling priorities.
7) Message boards : BOINC client : Leopard (Message 13614)
Posted 6 Nov 2007 by skymoo
I'm running BOINC 5.10.28 on Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and my tasks are being run as a user process not as a nice process as was the case using Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.

Is this a known issue?

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