Posts by Purple Rabbit

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1) Message boards : Number crunching : Android Crunching IS coming!! (Message 4535)
Posted 9 Feb 2013 by Profile Purple Rabbit
Mikey, you'd run Boinc on a light bulb if you could :) I wonder about the practicality of Boinc on Android (at least as a cruncher) tho. Most Android platforms are not studly processors. My Kindle Fire would melt down into a pile of goo just thinking about it. I have several elderly Windows XP 1.3 GHz and 2.4 GHz processors and it's hard to find work simple enough for them to complete sometime before the end of the universe.
2) Message boards : Number crunching : App_info..xml (Message 2472)
Posted 31 Jan 2012 by Profile Purple Rabbit
With no app_info my 5770 has been getting the normal 192 (16 minutes) tasks. It used to get the 768 tasks (59 minutes).

Could the server be confused? It's been a week and the server hasn't adjusted yet.

3) Message boards : Number crunching : strange complete times being seen (Message 2137)
Posted 7 Jan 2012 by Profile Purple Rabbit
Just to end this thread because Mikey is now happy I'll mention my Christmas gift. Look out Mikey, I (and a million others) got a Kindle Fire! Santa couldn't read my mind for wanting a double hexagonal quad with 16 GPUs...sigh.

OK, I've duct taped the Kindle to the side of the computer, but darned if I know how to hook it up. I know it'll do great things, but the wires don't match :)

Maybe I should have been more specific about my Christmas gift? I guess I'll just read a book. Can I get credit for that? :)
4) Message boards : Number crunching : strange complete times being seen (Message 2105)
Posted 5 Jan 2012 by Profile Purple Rabbit
Your credit equates to my less capable HD 4770 although it takes 32 minutes to get it. My HD 5770 gets the longer 8,000 or so tasks (takes about an hour).

Didn't I read somewhere (sometime) that the server needs to get to know you before sending the longer tasks? I'm getting old and my memory was the second thing to go...sigh.

Edit: I'm jealous of your new machine (as if you weren't getting enough credit already). We're on the same team so I'm allowed to say this :)
5) Message boards : Number crunching : VPU Resets (Message 618)
Posted 9 Jun 2011 by Profile Purple Rabbit
Tomato ran Moo! for 5 days exclusively with no problems. This was while Milkyway was down. Milkyway has been up and down for the past week so Tomato has been going to its backup projects off and on.

I'll never say that Tomato isn't at fault. Most of my problems are either me or the computer...sigh. In this case I think Moo! project switching is the prime candidate for my woes, but I could be wrong.
6) Message boards : Number crunching : VPU Resets (Message 616)
Posted 9 Jun 2011 by Profile Purple Rabbit
I've been trying to isolate some problems I've seen in the last 2 weeks. Kale, has been doing Moo! since May 14th with just a couple of invalids, but nothing to kill the computer. Kale is running Moo! exclusively on an HD 5770 GPU, and has other projects running on the CPU. It's running just great.

Tomato normally runs Milkyway on the GPU with other CPU projects. Moo! is a backup as is Collatz. Milkyway and Collatz have never had a problem working together. I "think" I'm seeing a problem when the GPU (HD 4770) changes projects. Moo! has always been running when a VPU reset occurred. This causes Moo! or the next project to fail (or hang). I've run Moo! by itself on Tomato for days and it does just fine. I'm guessing that project switching may be part of the problem.

If I was fortunate then I saw this quickly, rebooted Tomato, and everything continued just fine. If not, then carnage occurred until I finally noticed the problem making Moo! (one time stuck) and non-Moo! tasks invalid. I haven't seen enough of these "interesting" events to really know what's going on.

Both Kale and Tomato are running Cat 11.5.

I'm just reporting (not complaining) about what I have seen. It may be part of a known problem however. In any event I've taken the following advice:

Me: Doctor, it hurts when I do this.
Doctor: Then stop doing it.

I've removed Moo! from the backup list on Tomato except for when I want to try it again while I watch :)

7) Message boards : News : Different workunit sizes added (Message 485)
Posted 26 May 2011 by Profile Purple Rabbit
I'm not so much reacting to "inaccuracy" as I am to "different". No big deal. I'm not adverse to thinking that Tomato is playing a joke on me though :) I started with BOINC 1.xx and CPDN in 2004 so I understand :)

My order of blame is always: (1) Me, (2) Me again-What I thought should happen, but didn't, (3) the computer, (4) BOINC and (5) the project. Something hiccuped somewhere.

I haven't eliminated reasons 1 through 4, but I thought I'd mention it in case the project tweaked something and something else happened.

I've been down in the basement consoling Tomato. He has been doing his work contentiously for 6 years and this is the thanks I give him. He's on his second CPU/Motherboard transplant, third operating system, and I finally gave him a GPU worth something more than spit. The only hope he has is knowing that he is better than Cabbage. Cabbage (1.3 GHz Celeron) is sitting next to him and is having trouble finding meaningful work. Cabbage started on SETI in 1999.
8) Message boards : News : Different workunit sizes added (Message 483)
Posted 26 May 2011 by Profile Purple Rabbit
I think something broke. I was getting 30 minute tasks for my HD 4770 in Tomato ( I look away for a couple of hours and starting at 1600UTC I get a bunch of tasks with an estimated time of 3:43 hours. They are still really only 30 minutes, but poor Tomato thinks it has 6 days of work.

Don't do that! :) Tomato had a GPU coronary and I fell out of my chair. I think both of us have recovered, but the scheduling carnage is horrendous :) I think I'll live, but Tomato is mad at me.

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