Posts by Bill

1) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 92477)
Posted 13 Aug 2019 by Bill
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We haven't had a shutdown in the past 13 days, right? I didn't miss a shutdown anywhere between now and then?
2) Message boards : BOINC Manager : Boinc Manager won't run on Ubuntu 18.04 after update (Message 92475)
Posted 13 Aug 2019 by Bill
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Just disregard this thread altogether. I got home last night, turned on the laptop, and after a long boot it finally got up and running. I think I got impatient because I saw no HDD activity for several minutes and it caused this whole mess.
3) Message boards : BOINC Manager : Boinc Manager won't run on Ubuntu 18.04 after update (Message 92471)
Posted 12 Aug 2019 by Bill
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Okay, now I'm not sure what's going on. I brought the laptop to work today to diagnose when I had a free moment. Earlier today I tried booting it up, and it wouldn't even get to the GUI. I turned off the laptop, and a few hours tried again and now it boots up and boinc manager loads up! I then turned it off, turned it back on again, and it is flashing the Ubuntu screen as the "dots" change between white and orange. I think Ubuntu didn't update properly and something is screwy. I'm going to attempt to reinstall it when I get home. Thanks for the help, Dave, but I'm thinking my problems are bigger than Boinc at this moment.
4) Message boards : The Lounge : Grumbles and Glory (Message 92467)
Posted 12 Aug 2019 by Bill
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That is a glory, congrats! I changed my diet a little over a year and a half ago. Smaller portions, more veg, less greasy and fatty foods, and walking/jogging (more of a fast walk) about the same distance daily. I've lost nearly 14 kg in that time with those changes. Keep it up!

Since I normally don't post in here, a grumble: I've had a cold since the middle of last week, and I can't wait for this congestion to go away.
5) Message boards : BOINC Manager : Boinc Manager won't run on Ubuntu 18.04 after update (Message 92463)
Posted 11 Aug 2019 by Bill
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My Ubuntu laptop had an update which I attempted to run. I didn't close out of Boinc prior to running the update, but I think the update went through. However, Boinc Manager didn't seem to be responsive during/after the update. I ended up restarting the computer, and since then I can click on boinc manager, but it never opens. I've restarted a couple of times to be sure, but the problem still persists.

I'm a Linux noob. I know I'm running Ubuntu 18.04 and Boinc 7.14.2, but I'm stuck with how to un-stuck the manager. Any thoughts?
6) Message boards : Questions and problems : Computing suspended even though laptop is plugged in (Message 92299)
Posted 25 Jul 2019 by Bill
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I haven't experienced this. I've run a laptop with Windows 10 and I'm sure the battery was charging and not charging but still computing. I've also had a laptop with Windows 7 with a bad battery (as in, not charging at all, only running off the AC adapter), but it would compute just fine. Just curious, what are your power settings at in Windows?
7) Message boards : The Lounge : Contemplation (Message 92289)
Posted 24 Jul 2019 by Bill
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Sounds like a nice setup! If you don't mind me asking, why the X570 board? The 5700XT won't use all that PCIe 4.0 bandwidth (at least, I don't think it would even for crunching), nor will the NVMe. Just curious, I'm not being critical.
8) Message boards : Questions and problems : Option for downloading and computing only one task at all (Message 92211)
Posted 17 Jul 2019 by Bill
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I haven't tried this, but I suppose you could set the resource share for all projects to 0. Additionally, you could set all projects to No New Tasks. Then, whenever you want to run Boinc, you could select the project you want to run and Allow New Tasks. With the resource share at 0 it should only download enough tasks for the processors you have active. When you don't want that project to download any further tasks you can set it back to No New Tasks. If you don't want all CPU cores to crunch tasks, follow Les' advice and reduce the percentage.

I know this seems to make running Boinc quite a bit more manual than automatic, but I'm guessing you are okay with that.


This works. I do this to have a backup project in case the project I am running runs out of work. With 0 resource share the task count = CPU count. No tasks will be waiting to run.
I have backup projects with a resource share of 0 as well. To clarify, I am not sure what happens when ALL projects in Boinc manager have a resource share of 0.
9) Message boards : Questions and problems : Option for downloading and computing only one task at all (Message 92179)
Posted 16 Jul 2019 by Bill
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I haven't tried this, but I suppose you could set the resource share for all projects to 0. Additionally, you could set all projects to No New Tasks. Then, whenever you want to run Boinc, you could select the project you want to run and Allow New Tasks. With the resource share at 0 it should only download enough tasks for the processors you have active. When you don't want that project to download any further tasks you can set it back to No New Tasks. If you don't want all CPU cores to crunch tasks, follow Les' advice and reduce the percentage.

I know this seems to make running Boinc quite a bit more manual than automatic, but I'm guessing you are okay with that.
10) Message boards : BOINC client : Only use 33% cpu, Boinc (Message 92166)
Posted 15 Jul 2019 by Bill
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Is this a Windows computer, or some other platform? I'm not familiar with the screen you shared. I am guessing it means that your CPU is only reaching 33% of peak capacity. Although that number seems low to me, it should be okay. Some Boinc projects are less demanding than others, which may explain the 33%.

I believe you have the correct Boinc settings. There may be other things restricting your CPU to 33%, but that would be independent of Boinc.

Edit - I just saw your other posts. The moderators would be able to answer that question, but I suggest leaving the posts here for others to learn from it.
11) Message boards : BOINC client : Only use 33% cpu, Boinc (Message 92162)
Posted 15 Jul 2019 by Bill
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It appears you are using all your CPU cores 100% of the time on this computer. Is this what you want, or do you want something else? I'm not sure I understand your original question, or what you are referring to with 33%.
12) Message boards : BOINC client : Only use 33% cpu, Boinc (Message 92160)
Posted 15 Jul 2019 by Bill
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By default, Boinc should use 100% of cpus. If it is not, you can change it under Options-->Computing Preferences. Please note that this will change the computer to read preferences locally instead of using web preferences. (This does not change web preferences, by the way).

If you are still having trouble, could you post part of your event log output when you start Boinc? That will help us with troubleshooting.
13) Message boards : News : BOINC workshop agenda update (Message 92146)
Posted 14 Jul 2019 by Bill
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Looks like it was a beautiful day by the lake! Too bad I had to be behind a desk that day.

It was great to meet everyone as well! A lot of interesting ideas, information, and discussion.
14) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 92085)
Posted 8 Jul 2019 by Bill
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Isn't everyone in Chicago at the BOINC Workshop?
Even though there will be ongoing presentations, I suspect at least one person will be checking constantly. I'm not calling anyone out, I'm just saying N>0.
I can see why they call them canyons, but fortunately it's not living up to the 'windy' bit right now. Thank you for providing those long linear sunshades over the main streets, but can you do something about the noise?
Perhaps I've gotten numb to the noise, but I do find some spots downtown can be relatively peaceful and quiet. Great pictures, by the way!
15) Message boards : Questions and problems : It appears that CPU tasks take way too long to crunch when GPU is active (Message 92036)
Posted 2 Jul 2019 by Bill
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What you're saying makes sense, but I'm still confused. When I look at my AMD APU, the GPU tasks for that processor have a very small cpu time relative to wall time. Why is that different than for the tasks my Quadro is processing? Is it just a difference in architecture? If it is, okay and I'll let it be. I have been under the assumption that if the wall time and CPU time for a GPU task are about the same, something is wrong with how I'm crunching.
16) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 92031)
Posted 2 Jul 2019 by Bill
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...and we're down.
17) Message boards : Questions and problems : It appears that CPU tasks take way too long to crunch when GPU is active (Message 92027)
Posted 2 Jul 2019 by Bill
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Well, I was just looking at my Seti tasks last night and I noticed even those GPU tasks seem to be eating up a lot of CPU time (check it out here). The first Nvidia task has a run time of 907.68, CPU time of 902, or 99% of the wall time uses CPU time. There are many other Nvidia tasks that have roughly the same percentage. That doesn't seem right to me. I get the feeling I bumped a switch walking out the door and I didn't realize it.
18) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 92026)
Posted 2 Jul 2019 by Bill
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IF you are going to Chicago in Summer, it's NOT the raw 87F Temps you have to worry about, it's the HUMIDITY!!! (Could end up feeling like it's 100F!!! (Or close to it.))
Well, the people who offered the workshop venue presumably live close by and are accustomed to it. Provided I can still walk three blocks between air-conditioning units without falling over, I should be OK.

Failing that, the $10 all-day pass for the water taxi service is looking increasingly attractive.
Three blocks is nothing. Besides, you're going to be between all the tall concrete trees so there will be plenty of shade. It is getting hot/humid, but it isn't bad...yet.

I'm sure the English pub is fine, but only those on the other side of the pond will be able to claim if it is authentic.

Ready for the electric grill this morning...
19) Message boards : The Lounge : The Seti is Down Cafe (Message 92001)
Posted 1 Jul 2019 by Bill
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Are we going to warm up the grill early for the holiday on Thursday?
20) Message boards : Questions and problems : It appears that CPU tasks take way too long to crunch when GPU is active (Message 92000)
Posted 1 Jul 2019 by Bill
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Ah, okay. I thought it was a universal truth that CPU usage was less for GPU tasks.


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