Posts by robsmith

21) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles and Glory (Message 92253)
Posted 21 Jul 2019 by robsmith
Glory - just about finished downloading the >20k photos from my road trip. Most will go into a set of time-lapse videos. Some may even get posted....
22) Message boards : Questions and problems : rosetta@home tasks don't download (Message 92062)
Posted 5 Jul 2019 by robsmith
Assuming you have permission to run BOINC & BOINC-based applications on what would appear to be a "company owned and managed" computer you will have to ask for the Rossetta servers to be white listed on the corporate firewall and any associated security applications that may be running. It is not unknown for firewalls to allow an "initial sniff" of data through from an "unknown" source, then to pull the drawbridge hard and fast once a lot of data is being transferred.
23) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles and Glory (Message 92021)
Posted 2 Jul 2019 by robsmith
...or those PM "random strangers" with that self same question (all in the hope of getting the answer they want, not the one that will fix their problem)
24) Message boards : The Lounge : Seti -- questions (Message 91990)
Posted 30 Jun 2019 by robsmith
GPUUG are one of he most consistent donors to SETI@Home, and for that I am grateful.
The best place to see what you can do to help SETI@Home is to ask the question on the SETI@Home boards.
25) Message boards : The Lounge : Seti -- questions (Message 91988)
Posted 30 Jun 2019 by robsmith
A few answers:
1 - The BLP gets its data from a number of sources. The biggest amounts are from the Green Bank Telescope in the USA and the Parkes Telescope in Australia. As far as I'm aware they do not use the big telescope in China or the Arecibo telescope as neither is very good when it comes to collecting data from a single point in the sky as neither is "fully steerable". Also it collects some data from various optical telescopes for "Optical SETI".

2 - Undoubtedly as the instruments get more sensitive and analysis techniques improve more solar systems will be located.

3 - If you are asking about SETI@Home, and how many FLOPS per hour per user then the best place to ask the question is on the SETI@Home forum - this forum is for non-project specific questions.

4 - The 64 GTX1080 GPUs are used to gather the data from the telescope receivers. An individual is probably more than welcome to provide the money for another receiver interface computer, but the cost isn't only the $$$ for the GPUs, but also all the RF hardware, the software required to run it all, and the data interfaces to those performing the analysis.
Errr - where do you get the "40% of the processing we do" from. If one is talking about SETI@Home then 64 GPUs is a very small fraction of the total processing power of that project.
What do you mean by "Can we have faith in that?"?

David Anderson is, as far as I'm aware, doing OK, he's involved in a number of projects based at the UCB Space Sciences Lab.

And, as ever, money is tight for the majority of science projects.
26) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles and Glory (Message 91983)
Posted 29 Jun 2019 by robsmith
It hasn't rained at Glastonbury this year......yet, but there is still time ;-)
27) Message boards : Questions and problems : green screen death when using my GPU no message computer then crashes. (Message 91958)
Posted 27 Jun 2019 by robsmith
Byron - the last time I saw this sort of thing was a GPU that was suffering from old-age. Given that you K4200 is probably about 4 or five years old it may be heading for the Great GPU Graveyard :-(
28) Message boards : GPUs : I can not run calculations on the GPU. (Message 91947)
Posted 27 Jun 2019 by robsmith
The clue is in this line:
Running as a daemon (GPU computing disabled)

The Windows drivers used when running as a daemon do not (by default) support the use of an nVida GPU for computational use. There may be third-party drivers that do
The only solution I can think of (and admit that this may not be a route open to you) is to re-install BOINC in non-service mode, but then it will only run under the installing user account.
29) Message boards : Questions and problems : Control the tasks you have (Message 91942)
Posted 26 Jun 2019 by robsmith
Hi - there are a few ways to achieve what you are asking....

1a - You will have to "play" with your cache settings, these easist are accessed from your SETI account home - reduce the number of days cache and the additional days cache from the defaults - it will take some attempts to get it right, and give it at least double the cache size to settle down.

1b - This is different to the cache setting. In the advanced view of the BOINC GUI go to options, then "computing preferences", this will bring up a window with a number of tabs, one of which is "computing", on that tab you will see a line something like "use at most x% of CPUs" - reduce x% from its default of 100% to the fraction percentage that gives you the number of core you want to use (each core in use equates to one task being run concurrently) - for example if you have a four core machine and want to run two tasks at a time set x=50%.

2a - Not very easy, but you can set daily schedules for both computing and network activity using the "computing" and "network activity" tabs (above).
One trick is to setting a start time of 20:00 on day one, and an end time of 08:00 on day two will allow activity between 8pm and 8am, and nothing in between - which can be very useful for those with very expensive day-time power, or very high daytime temperatures....
If you use the "download" size limit it is worth knowing that a "normal" task is just over 700kb in size, and an AstroPulse task is about 7Mb. For both the returned file is somewhere between 20 and 35kb in size.

2b - If you happen to be looking when a task finishes you will see the icon blink for a few seconds. But generally using either the fully automatic, or scheduled automatic will look after things without you having to worry too much.

3 - There are a whole load of logging flags, again accessed via the advanced view options, but this time the "event log options", I think the only ones you want set is "task" (but the transfer one can be useful when looking to see what has come and gone...)

I hope this helps - as you can see there are lots of options, and I've only scraped the surface with the ones that don't need you to manually edit files (which can be a very risky operation)
30) Message boards : Projects : CPDN Project going offline tomorrow Wednesday 29th May (15:30 UK time) (Message 91718)
Posted 5 Jun 2019 by robsmith
Well - it looks as if it partially back on its feet after a week's slumber.
All the uploads that were stacked up have finished, but still some stuff to report.
31) Message boards : Questions and problems : BOINC and BlueJeans combined cause laptop to become unresponsive (Message 91594)
Posted 21 May 2019 by robsmith
BOINC detects "usage" as mouse of keyboard inputs, thus won't detect using, say, the microphone or camera in a video conference doesn't count as "in use".
One possible solution is to make BlueJean an excluded application within BOINC, so suspending activity while taking part in a video conference.
32) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 91583)
Posted 21 May 2019 by robsmith
That all depends on the time it lands on your doorstep.
30 minutes from bare-board to working system, so say an hour including stripping the old one.
33) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles and Glory (Message 91582)
Posted 21 May 2019 by robsmith
One "decent" shock landing on a desk/table/floor can wreck a new hard disk in micro seconds :-(
34) Message boards : GPUs : radeon R7 240 -- ubuntu 18.04 -- boinc not computing on it (Message 91542)
Posted 18 May 2019 by robsmith
The developers are all volunteers so it can take days or even weeks to produce a solution, particularly when it is associated with a particular hardware setup.
35) Message boards : Projects : Collatz Conjecture Down? (Message 91489)
Posted 14 May 2019 by robsmith
There is a discussion about this on the Collatz forum:

However, I've just run a task to completion which uploaded a few seconds later so the malady may have been cleared.
36) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 91482)
Posted 14 May 2019 by robsmith
Once a week - if needed or not......
37) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 91431)
Posted 7 May 2019 by robsmith
...and unborked :-)
38) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 91430)
Posted 7 May 2019 by robsmith
It was up for a while, but someone has just borked the website good and proper :-(
39) Message boards : Questions and problems : Screen name. (Message 91415)
Posted 7 May 2019 by robsmith
...particularly where those sites and users are spread over a large number of servers in a large number of countries.
Also, as each project is administratively independent of BOINC it is the responsibility of each individual project administrator to ensure their appropriate level of compliance, not that of BOINC, which in itself does nothing apart from co-ordinating the processing on the users' computers, and as far as the projects are concerned they do not have a "direct connection" with "BOINC Central".
The only part of "BOINC Central" that has any need to consider the implications of GDPR are these forum.
40) Message boards : Projects : Question regarding resource and project management (Message 91391)
Posted 5 May 2019 by robsmith
But only if the tasks have similar durations, deadlines and the projects have task availabilities and distributions rules.

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