Posts by JimB

1) Message boards : Cafe Rosetta : Rosetta in the news (Message 13169)
Posted 7 Apr 2006 by Profile JimB
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Same article was picked up on MSNBC
2) Message boards : Rosetta@home Science : Winner gets what? (Message 12171)
Posted 17 Mar 2006 by Profile JimB
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Satisfraction, I think....
3) Message boards : Rosetta@home Science : Graphics (Message 2763)
Posted 9 Nov 2005 by Profile JimB
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I would vote for a graphics button so I could pop into the graphics then close them when I had my \'fix\'. I am in the camp that wouldn\'t use a screensaver unless it\'s the only way to see the graphics, then turn it off to maximize crunch time.

I agree, this would be great. I just about always never view graphics because I want to concentrate my resources on doing the science. But if there was an easy way to turn them on and off \"at the touch of a button\", this would suit me just fine! :)


This feature is included in BOINC Manager already. Simply click on the WU in the \"Work\" tab. Then on the left side there will appear a button \"Show Graphics\" or something similar (don\'t know, because having a German install). Just click there and a graphics window will pop up.


It doesn\'t seem to work yet for Rosetta wu\'s. My graphics button is greyed out. Tried several wu\'s. Hopefully this is what the Baker team is working on...or something like it. I remember the button from cpdn wu\'s. Very nice - for a few minutes ;=)
4) Message boards : Rosetta@home Science : Graphics (Message 2751)
Posted 9 Nov 2005 by Profile JimB
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I would vote for a graphics button so I could pop into the graphics then close them when I had my \'fix\'. I am in the camp that wouldn\'t use a screensaver unless it\'s the only way to see the graphics, then turn it off to maximize crunch time. At any rate, congrats to Dr. Baker and team for the very satisfactory project.
5) Message boards : Rosetta@home Science : I dont know if that should be here, but please HELP (Message 1754)
Posted 25 Oct 2005 by Profile JimB
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Lifted from the Rosetta Home Page

Join Rosetta@home
Rules and policies [read this first]
System requirements
Create account
Download BOINC
A welcome from David Baker

6) Message boards : Number crunching : Increased to 512MB as recommended memory requirement (Message 1724)
Posted 25 Oct 2005 by Profile JimB
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With the old seti classic I frequently had to stop it to do other resource-intensive tasks, but I have noticed that I rarely have to do this with BOINC in charge. When I get sluggish response and have checked task manager, it is invariably some other app hogging resources, not BOINC or the project apps. Example: doing a background full antivirus scan will bring my box to its knees. I set the av client to do those scans at night so I don\'t see it.

I don\'t necessarily think the devs should always aim at the lowest commom denominator with their apps. It\'s always a juggling act to get the science done by the largest population of computers. Since hardware is getting more robust, it seems inevitable that some platforms will get squeezed out of certain projects over time, but there are other projects with smaller requirements. Good luck in your quest for a dc project you can live with!
7) Message boards : Number crunching : BOINC 5+ upgrade (Message 1542)
Posted 20 Oct 2005 by Profile JimB
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Well I already posted this in the problems section but then noticed this thread.

Using BOINC 5.2.2 I can\'t attach to the project. I enter the URL, then my e-mail and password, but it tells me it can\'t find the account.

Any idea\'s?


You probably did, but did you use your account key instead of password?
8) Message boards : Number crunching : BOINC 5+ upgrade (Message 1516)
Posted 19 Oct 2005 by Profile JimB
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Well, my 5.2.1 upgrade odyssey is mostly over. I upgraded from 4.45 and it just wouldn\'t work. It locked up requiring numerous hard reboots, and would not work with *my* Norton (I uninstalled Norton and installed ZoneAlarm Internet Suite). I finally uninstalled boinc and renamed boinc directory, did a fresh install of 5.2.1 and it seems to be stable now....

My question is what to do with all the wu\'s in the old directory? Delete? Copy over? I can\'t recall seeing this discussed, but may have missed it.
9) Message boards : Number crunching : I\'m very pleased :) (Message 1319)
Posted 13 Oct 2005 by Profile JimB
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Ditto the good stuff! Even with the occasional errors, I give this project a very satisfactory \"warm & fuzzy\" rating. To the project staff for their responsiveness, and to the user community for their obvious interest and helpfulness in the project, in BOINC, and in the Wiki, Thanks!!
10) Message boards : Number crunching : 0xc000000005 (Message 1062)
Posted 7 Oct 2005 by Profile JimB
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The problems appear when one attempts to run this program in a shared environment, and BOINCmanager tries to sequence from Rosetta to another project.


Not only other projects, but also when boinc does its\' weekly(?) benchmarks. Even with the setting to leave in memory set to yes. It appears that boinc removes wu from memory to do benchmarks, even if leave in memory is yes.
11) Message boards : Number crunching : Client Errors (Message 910)
Posted 2 Oct 2005 by Profile JimB
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These errors are interesting. I've done a *very* quick summary list of errors I recall seeing in this forum (feel free to add to or ignore):


  • 1. wu's take longer than some expect
  • 2. wu's fail when switching projects
  • 3. wu's fail when removed from memory to run benchmarks
  • 4. wu's "flail" as regards progress & time to completion
  • 5. wu's hang at 1% and need a BOINC restart
  • 6. wu's don't seem to keep proper time crunched
  • 7. some wu's never finish
  • 8. some trial and error configuring pref's - leave in memory, 120 min swap, etc.
  • 9. different problems on different processors



I've only had #3 since I set "leave in memory to yes"; no recent problem with "exited with zero status" error.

I'm using BOINC 4.45 (tried 4.72 but didn't work well for me) & rosetta 4.77 on HT processor, leave in memory=yes, not running other projects on this box to avoid switching.


I found the wiki entry to be very well done, particularly the line-by-line log analysis. Very nice! But what a chore to do.

12) Message boards : Cafe Rosetta : What is this? A joke?? (Message 904)
Posted 2 Oct 2005 by Profile JimB
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The boss of a Madison Avenue advertising agency called a spontaneous staff meeting in the middle of a particularly stressful week. This is one pretty sharp boss!) When everyone gathered, the boss, who understood the benefits of having fun, told the burnt out staff the purpose of the meeting was to have a quick contest. The theme: Viagra advertising slogans. The only rule was that they had to use past ad slogans, originally written for other products, that captured the essence of Viagra. Slight variations were acceptable. About seven minutes later, they turned in their suggestions and created a Top Ten List. With all the laughter and camaraderie, the rest of the week went very well for everyone.

The top ten were:

10. Viagra, Whaazzzz up!
9. Viagra, The quicker pecker upper.
8. Viagra, Like a rock!
7. Viagra, When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight.
6. Viagra, Be all that you can be.
5. Viagra, Reach out and touch someone.
4. Viagra, Strong enough for a man, but made for a woman.
3. Viagra, home of the whopper!
2. Viagra, We bring good things to Life!

And the unanimous number one slogan:

1. This is your winkie. This is your winkie on drugs.
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Client Errors (Message 903)
Posted 2 Oct 2005 by Profile JimB
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I tracked one of my "exited with zero status" wu's out of curiosity, and it does get credit; it is also documented in the Wiki - "most of the time the best thing to do is to do nothing" :

2005-09-20 06:40:59 [SETI@home] Starting result 08no03aa.2694.26145.129826.90_1 using setiathome version 4.18
2005-09-20 07:33:14 [SETI@home] Result 08no03aa.2694.26145.129826.90_1 exited with zero status but no 'finished' file
2005-09-20 07:33:14 [SETI@home] Restarting result 08no03aa.2694.26145.129826.90_1 using setiathome version 4.18
2005-09-20 08:16:48 [SETI@home] Computation for result 08no03aa.2694.26145.129826.90_1 finished
2005-09-20 08:16:49 [SETI@home] Started upload of 08no03aa.2694.26145.129826.90_1_0
2005-09-20 08:16:51 [SETI@home] Finished upload of 08no03aa.2694.26145.129826.90_1_0

115364537 1140844 19 Sep 2005 21:31:33 UTC 20 Sep 2005 12:16:57 UTC Over Success Done 5,356.25 9.62 29.98

Result ID 115364537
14) Message boards : Number crunching : Client Errors (Message 879)
Posted 1 Oct 2005 by Profile JimB
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Almost the same here - issued 3 times, one success, one error, one still out. *Right now* I seem to get errors only every 5 days when benchmarks run, only on rosetta wu's.

2005-09-30 14:56:17 [---] Suspending computation and network activity - running CPU benchmarks
2005-09-30 14:56:17 [rosetta@home] Pausing result 1btn__abrelax_no_cst_14765_1 (removed from memory)
2005-09-30 14:56:17 [rosetta@home] Pausing result 1btn__abrelax_no_cst_13275_1 (removed from memory)
2005-09-30 14:56:18 [rosetta@home] Unrecoverable error for result 1btn__abrelax_no_cst_14765_1 ( - exit code -1073741819 (0xc0000005))
2005-09-30 14:56:18 [rosetta@home] Unrecoverable error for result 1btn__abrelax_no_cst_13275_1 ( - exit code -1073741819 (0xc0000005))
2005-09-30 14:56:18 [---] request_reschedule_cpus: process exited
2005-09-30 14:56:19 [---] Running CPU benchmarks
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Error report (Message 535)
Posted 26 Sep 2005 by Profile JimB
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My results have 5 client error/computing, and 2 client error/done. I get the same error code as Mr. Barrett - just sent in 2 bad wu's. I checked prefs and set Leave in memory to yes (was no). I have CPU with 1GB RAM, plenty of drive space and I'm running with seti and cpdn suspended, doing only rosetta today - 2 wu's at a time, one per thread. Any ideas why I'm getting those errors? I looked at the wiki referenced below, and I suspect I don't have prefs set properly rather than unstable hardware.

/edit...

Also, using 4.77 science app and 4.45 boinc.

Thanks,


Well, I have done about 14 wu's (uploads, anyway - are there 2 files per wu?)since last error with no more errors (I shouldn'a said that...). 2 changes I noticed - I changed leave in memory to yes, and the wu's possibly changed, from 1pvaA_ to 1btn_. Not certain just what the name change indicates, but I noticed it anywho.

My mem utilization stays around 775 - 800MB, peaked at 935MB (out of 2.52GB). I'll just keep an eye on it.
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Error report (Message 494)
Posted 25 Sep 2005 by Profile JimB
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My results have 5 client error/computing, and 2 client error/done. I get the same error code as Mr. Barrett - just sent in 2 bad wu's. I checked prefs and set Leave in memory to yes (was no). I have CPU with 1GB RAM, plenty of drive space and I'm running with seti and cpdn suspended, doing only rosetta today - 2 wu's at a time, one per thread. Any ideas why I'm getting those errors? I looked at the wiki referenced below, and I suspect I don't have prefs set properly rather than unstable hardware.

/edit...

Also, using 4.77 science app and 4.45 boinc.

Thanks,
17) Message boards : Number crunching : My experience with Rosetta WU's (Message 178)
Posted 19 Sep 2005 by Profile JimB
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Just finished my first:

Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.40GHz HT
Windows XP Pro, Service Pack 2
1GB RAM
CPU Time 93,355.33 (~26h)
Granted Credit 167.61

Works well if I do 2 projects, each with 100% Resource Share, then each wu gets a thread without a lot of flipping around.

Well, break's over. Back to the crunch.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Warning: Don't shut down BOINC Manager..!! (Message 81)
Posted 17 Sep 2005 by Profile JimB
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Don't shut down the BOINC Manager or the WU will start over again at 0:00 Time ... This is in the first few minutes (about 10) I don't know if you let it run longer if the client_state.xml file will pick it up where you left off ..


I had a momentary power outage, rebooted computer. Rosetta stayed at 26.67% done when it came back up. Could be the interval it saves its' work?
19) Message boards : Number crunching : My experience with Rosetta WU's (Message 80)
Posted 17 Sep 2005 by Profile JimB
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I've got my first rosetta (20/9.09) (resource share/%), sah (100/45.45), & cpdn (100/45.45) wu's running. All are playing nice together - so far. Rosetta wu is 2:08cpu time/26.67%/5:52 to completion since last night. HT 3.4GHz windoze. Using BOINC 4.45.

Sounds like an interesting project.






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