Posts by hiigaran

1) Message boards : Questions and problems : Setting up headless quad nVidia Ubuntu rig (Message 85940)
Posted 19 Apr 2018 by Profile hiigaran
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If BOINC is set to start automatically, how would I make it so --allow_remote_gui_rpc is always enabled? I'd use the .cfg method if my local IP addresses didn't change occasionally. Or can the computer's network name be used as well?
2) Message boards : Questions and problems : Setting up headless quad nVidia Ubuntu rig (Message 85933)
Posted 18 Apr 2018 by Profile hiigaran
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I'll keep that in mind when the time comes. Will first try without, then with, as necessary.

On an unrelated note, what is required to use the Select Computer feature in the BOINC manager? I assume this function allows me to remotely connect to other BOINC clients on my network to add projects and view project/task progress, right? As much as I prefer using SSH for my headless rigs, a GUI on my main system would be preferable to check if GPU work is being done.
3) Message boards : Questions and problems : Setting up headless quad nVidia Ubuntu rig (Message 85930)
Posted 18 Apr 2018 by Profile hiigaran
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Honestly, I just picked a random version. My rigs are still using 384, because Folding@Home doesn't work with anything newer
4) Message boards : Questions and problems : Setting up headless quad nVidia Ubuntu rig (Message 85927)
Posted 18 Apr 2018 by Profile hiigaran
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Hey all. Felt like switching things around with my two quad 1080 rigs and giving BOINC projects some more love recently (that, and Folding@Home is being an absolute twat with drivers and such). Figured that with the upcoming release of Ubuntu 18.04, I'd make a fresh install and start running a few BOINC projects.

Now, I don't know how up to date the guides are here, so I thought I'd get some confirmation first to see what I should do, and what isn't necessary. These systems run on small M.2 drives, so I'd want to avoid installing things unnecessarily. Ideally, I'd like to install Ubuntu Server and run things headless, if possible. If not, then Desktop is fine, I suppose. The more room I have, the more projects I can attach, and the more tasks I can queue up.

Basically, the only thing I really need is for someone to fill in the blanks:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ppa/graphics-drivers
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade
sudo apt install nvidia-396
sudo apt install ???
sudo apt install boinc-client

What other packages are required to get GPU capabilities working?
5) Message boards : Android : "Waiting for tasks" message on Android BOINC (Message 77333)
Posted 12 Apr 2017 by Profile hiigaran
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Odd that climateprediction appeared in the list in that case. I never added anything through custom URLs. QCN should work, as I have an accelerometer. To my knowledge, that is the sensor needed. Radioactive I just added for test purposes. Quite unusual that it's even in the list. What portable android devices come with Geiger counters?

Speaking of, I haven't seen that function in a while, and I was trying to add WUProp manually. Did this function get disabled, or simply moved elsewhere?
6) Message boards : Android : "Waiting for tasks" message on Android BOINC (Message 77133)
Posted 4 Apr 2017 by Profile hiigaran
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I've done yet another reinstall, and it seems to be working. The only thing I did differently this time was with regards to which projects I added. I suspect that whenever I add Quake Catcher, and/or Radioactive@Home to the project list, the issue starts up. I haven't bothered checking if this is true, or which project is the problematic one if true, however.
7) Message boards : Android : "Waiting for tasks" message on Android BOINC (Message 76718)
Posted 23 Mar 2017 by Profile hiigaran
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Can't really update a project if the project list doesn't load though.
8) Message boards : Android : "Waiting for tasks" message on Android BOINC (Message 76714)
Posted 23 Mar 2017 by Profile hiigaran
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Client Messages

Thu Mar 23 10:33:34 GMT+04:00 2017||Resuming network activity
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||Suspending network activity - not connected to WiFi network
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||Suspending computation - on batteries
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||Not using a proxy
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||(to change preferences, visit a project web site or select Preferences in the Manager)
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||suspend work if non-BOINC CPU load exceeds 90%
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||don't use GPU while active
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||don't compute while active
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||max disk usage: 3.66GB
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||max memory usage when idle: 1483.99MB
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||max memory usage when active: 927.49MB
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||Preferences:
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||Reading preferences override file
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017|GPUGRID|URL http://www.gpugrid.net/; Computer ID 416334; resource share 100
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017|DENIS@Home|URL http://denis.usj.es/denisathome/; Computer ID 193956; resource share 100
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017|climateprediction.net|URL http://climateprediction.net/; Computer ID 1427506; resource share 100
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017|Leiden Classical|URL http://boinc.gorlaeus.net/; Computer ID 148151; resource share 100
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017|Radioactive@Home|URL http://radioactiveathome.org/boinc/; Computer ID 24554; resource share 100
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017|The Lattice Project|URL http://boinc.umiacs.umd.edu/; Computer ID 135623; resource share 100
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017|Fight Neglected Diseases|URL http://findah.ucd.ie/; Computer ID 145108; resource share 100
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017|ibercivis|URL http://registro.ibercivis.es/; Computer ID 465862; resource share 100
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017|MindModeling@Beta|URL http://mindmodeling.org/; Computer ID 99725; resource share 100
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017|Quake-Catcher Network|URL http://quakecatcher.net/sensor/; Computer ID 66853; resource share 100
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017|Einstein@Home|URL http://einstein.phys.uwm.edu/; Computer ID 12505344; resource share 100
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017|ATLAS@home|URL http://atlasathome.cern.ch/; Computer ID 76047; resource share 100
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017|Asteroids@home|URL http://asteroidsathome.net/boinc/; Computer ID 413587; resource share 100
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017|Cosmology@Home|URL http://www.cosmologyathome.org/; Computer ID 305247; resource share 100
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017|Milkyway@Home|URL http://milkyway.cs.rpi.edu/milkyway/; Computer ID 723812; resource share 100
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017|Universe@Home|URL http://universeathome.pl/universe/; Computer ID 66177; resource share 100
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017|pogs|URL http://pogs.theskynet.org/pogs/; Computer ID 782811; resource share 100
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||Config: report completed tasks immediately
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||Local time is UTC +4 hours
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||Disk: 12.55 GB total, 3.56 GB free
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||Memory: 1.81 GB physical, 0 bytes virtual
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||OS: Android: 3.4.0-gcf10b7e
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||Processor features: swp half thumb fastmult vfp edsp neon vfpv3 tls vfpv4 idiva idivt
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||Using 2 CPUs
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||Processor: 4 ARM ARMv7 Processor rev 0 (v7l)
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||Host name: android_4310548c
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||No usable GPUs found
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||Data directory: /data/data/edu.berkeley.boinc/client
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||Running as a daemon
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||Libraries: libcurl/7.48.0 OpenSSL/1.0.2g zlib/1.2.8
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||log flags: file_xfer, sched_ops, task
Thu Mar 23 10:33:31 GMT+04:00 2017||Starting BOINC client version 7.4.53 for arm-android-linux-gnu
9) Message boards : Android : "Waiting for tasks" message on Android BOINC (Message 76679)
Posted 22 Mar 2017 by Profile hiigaran
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All bio and physical science projects. At least, those are the ones I originally added. I can't access the project list anymore, since it crashes BOINC.
10) Message boards : GPUs : 378.78 driver issues (Message 76636)
Posted 22 Mar 2017 by Profile hiigaran
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New update. 378.92 verified functional.
11) Message boards : Android : "Waiting for tasks" message on Android BOINC (Message 76635)
Posted 22 Mar 2017 by Profile hiigaran
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One day it was working, then the next, it wasn't. Not sure what happened with the app. Nexus 5 running latest Android version, but no updates were made to either Android, or BOINC when the issue started a few weeks ago. Reinstalled BOINC to no effect. Additionally, despite adding project after reinstalling, nothing shows in the projects list. Any attempt to tap on the project button to view the list results in BOINC crashing.

Solutions?
12) Message boards : GPUs : 378.78 driver issues (Message 76594)
Posted 21 Mar 2017 by Profile hiigaran
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Nope. Manual update from nVidia with a clean install is how I always do them.
13) Message boards : GPUs : 378.78 driver issues (Message 76515)
Posted 17 Mar 2017 by Profile hiigaran
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nVidia drivers updated earlier today. According to all GPU based projects, I have a GPU missing message.

It's funny. With each driver update, I can either get BOINC GPU WUs to work, or F@H GPU WUs, but not both. This time around, F@H is chugging away happily.

Any solutions that don't involve a driver rollback? I'm guessing not. And no, BOINC is not running as a service.
14) Message boards : GPUs : Different projects and PCI-e bandwidth usage (Message 70342)
Posted 22 Jun 2016 by Profile hiigaran
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Hmm...And 3% on that slot would then equate to 24% on x1 3.0, or 48% on x1 2.0. But then again, a 660 is pretty outdated. Would be considered a low mid-end card by today's standards.

Likely, I'll need to just go for a standard system, then.
15) Message boards : GPUs : Different projects and PCI-e bandwidth usage (Message 70321)
Posted 20 Jun 2016 by Profile hiigaran
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It's a start. Thanks.

From other BOINC project forums, as well as the F@H forums, it doesn't look too hopeful for the kind of system I wanted to plan out and build, but there are a lot of inconsistencies, so...the research continues!
16) Message boards : GPUs : Different projects and PCI-e bandwidth usage (Message 70281)
Posted 17 Jun 2016 by Profile hiigaran
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I've been having some discussions on several sites regarding GPUs and bandwidth usage for distributed-computing projects, and I wanted to broaden things by hopefully getting some BOINC experts in on the matter.

Now most of us are probably familiar with GPU mining and how hardware is generally deployed in these farms, but for anyone who isn't too familiar with it, a mining farm is typically comprised of a cheap motherboard with as many PCI-e slots of any size, some basic RAM, a cheap CPU, and of course, the GPUs. Due to space limitations, these GPUs are normally connected to the motherboard via a flexible riser which is an x1 adapter at the motherboard end, an x16 adapter on the GPU, and a USB 3.0 cable connecting the two to each other. Essentially, these are PCI-e x1 extension cables. They do not actually use a USB interface. a 3.0 cable is used simply because it has the right number of wires inside to map to an x1 interface.

Now, given that these risers are bottlenecked at x1 bandwidths, this would limit performance for high-bandwidth applications such as gaming, and significant performance reductions would be observed. Since cryptocurrency mining does not require high bandwidth, no performance loss occurs here, as x1 bandwidth on PCI-e 2.0 or 3.0 is never maxed out.

I had assumed that since mining does not require such high levels of bandwidth, perhaps distributed-computing projects might be the same. In the past few weeks, I've been discussing this over on the Folding@Home forums, and to my disappointment, anything less than PCI-e 3.0 x4 or PCI-e 2.0 x8 would result in bandwidth saturation, and thus a performance loss occurs due to the GPUs never reaching full load. This was rather disappointing for me, as I had wanted to build a system specced similarly to a mining rig, for the purposes of distributed-computing.

After a bit of thinking, I started to wonder if every project would require the same levels of bandwidth as F@H, so here I am. With the lengthy backstory out of the way, my question to you guys is simply this: Are there any GPU projects on the BOINC platform that do not saturate the PCI-e x1 interface?

I would love to get some data from anyone working on GPU projects. MSI Afterburner shows bus usage, so if a few people are willing to spend two or three minutes to take a few measurements, I would really appreciate it. Please let me know what size and version the PCI-e slot of your GPU is as well.
17) Message boards : GPUs : GPU performance (Message 56010)
Posted 12 Sep 2014 by Profile hiigaran
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Ahh yes, I completely forgot about WUProp! I'll take a look through that.

Running the numbers on finances, I might be able to go for 290s though, so maybe it won't matter too much about value for money.
18) Message boards : GPUs : GPU performance (Message 55929)
Posted 9 Sep 2014 by Profile hiigaran
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Ahh, I'm sort of doing a bit of everything. Alongside BOINC applications, there's also F@H.

When you say affinity for one card over another, do you mean actual models, or do you mean ATI/AMD over nVidia or vice versa?
19) Message boards : GPUs : GPU performance (Message 55895)
Posted 8 Sep 2014 by Profile hiigaran
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Okay, so around the beginning of next year, I plan to build a new computer with as many video cards attached to the motherboard as possible, using x1 risers to mitigate the space issue. So far, I've found a motherboard that can handle 7 cards at once.

Now my question is about what you folks would recommend I use as cards. These would all be dedicated to BOINC. I'm interested in both the most powerful, and ones that are good value for money, just so I can compare performance and price differences.

I don't have a budget just yet, but I'm guessing a good 4 or 5 grand should suffice for the entire build.
20) Message boards : Questions and problems : Tasks do not begin at boot unless boincmgr starts up (Message 54392)
Posted 8 Jun 2014 by Profile hiigaran
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Heh, aside from that. Basically, not showing up in the taskbar or systray. I'll assume this to be the case, so thanks!


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