Posts by Frank & Stein

1) Message boards : SZTAKI Desktop Grid : Unit duration, what happened? (Message 7414)
Posted 3303 days ago by Frank & Stein
It\'s been nearly a month since I started this thread, and I must say that I\'m disappointed with the (lack of) developments since then. I have indeed completed a fair number of units, and one even reached a quorum. Many others are languishing, awaiting for some other brave souls to surrender sufficient CPU time.

The unit duration has varied by nearly 10:1 from longest to shortest, and that only counts the ones that finished without reaching the dreaded -177 (0xffffff4f) \"maximum CPU time exceeded\" error.

While others may wish to delve into the assorted arcane BOINC settings to stave off such events, I have neither the patience nor inclination to screw around on my end to make this application work.

Four days into this thread, the admin responded with a plea to forge ahead. I have done so, but with no sign of improvement I will do so no longer. This project will continue to rack up \"No New Work\" users, detached users, and frustrated participants until positive changes occur.

I appreciate the difficulties that may exist in solving the issues, but I choose not to share in those difficulties when there are plenty of other stable, and worthy projects. Best of luck to the admin and the project. I hope you get this solved. Until then, adios.
2) Message boards : SZTAKI Desktop Grid : Unit duration, what happened? (Message 7300)
Posted 3324 days ago by Frank & Stein
this host’s DCF was at 0.086, but now that I’ve reported the new result, it’s rocketed to 57, nearly a seven-hundredfold increase.


I\'ve never previously paid attention to how the estimated time to completion gets calculated. I do not know what my original DCF was on my machines. I do know this: My 2.66 Xeon rig has finished two units, and the DCF is now 100. I let it download one new unit, and the estimated time to completion is ~150 hours. My ~2.7 GHz quad has not yet finished a unit. I did let it download five. Its DCF is 1 and the estimated time to completion is also very low.

I gather that once one of these monster units completes on a given machine, the DCF will be updated and future estimates for time to completion will be fine. No?
3) Message boards : SZTAKI Desktop Grid : Unit duration, what happened? (Message 7283)
Posted 3327 days ago by Frank & Stein
Well, most of us suspend the project and wait for a response from the admin here, suggest you do the same. It seems useless to leave them running currently, as it\'ll probably not get validated since other users suspend/abort.


Agreed. I have aborted all but two units. One is finished, the other already had 10 hours in, so I\'ve decided to let it also complete. The other ~100 are toast, as they would have disrupted other projects and many would not have completed in time anyway.

Personally I can live with 100 hour units, if I know they are coming, and just importantly if BOINC knows they are coming so they don\'t screw up other projects.
4) Message boards : SZTAKI Desktop Grid : Unit duration, what happened? (Message 7280)
Posted 3327 days ago by Frank & Stein
~156,000 seconds and my first unit is complete. That\'s just a wee bit longer than old units used to take. Wonder how long it\'ll take to reach a quorum?

Sztaki suspended on my machines for a bit.
5) Message boards : SZTAKI Desktop Grid : Unit duration, what happened? (Message 7265)
Posted 3329 days ago by Frank & Stein
It\'s not BOINC. I suspended all but one unit to see what will happen on one machine. Another machine, currently inaccessible, is cranking away on more. One of the suspended units had over 8 hours with less than 10% complete. The unit still running is now over ten hours and continues to progress, albeit very slowly.

I\'ll be back when this unit finishes and/or I can get a gander at my other machine.
6) Message boards : SZTAKI Desktop Grid : Unit duration, what happened? (Message 7261)
Posted 3329 days ago by Frank & Stein
What happened? Since work became available, the units are showing really short estimated times but I have yet to finish one. BOINC shows estimated time of ~3 minutes, I\'m over 9 hours on a 2.66 GHz Xeon with a unit and only ~55% done.

If this holds, there is no way I\'ll get all the units done that downloaded.


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