07 March 2010

Another quiet week

Another fairly quiet week on the farm. The weather warmed up so only one machine was left running (Kirk). I was away for a few days and left it to do its thing. When I came back the room temperature was 33 degrees but it was still going :-) Anyway I turned it off and waited for things to cool down.

BOINC news
We got up to 6.10.36 earlier in the week. This has now become the recommended for all systems except Linux.

I like the resume of uploads. Climate Prediction and GPUgrid produce some big result files to upload and if the transfer is suspended it used to restart from the beginning, now it resumes from where its up to.

Another feature that may interest some people is the concept of a backup project (for those that want to crunch for a single project). It will only use the backup project when its out of work and can't get any for the primary project.

Maul off to be replaced
As mentioned last week Maul (its a ASUS P6T) went back to the shop. They have determined its a faulty motherboard and will be sending it off to the distributor. Hopefully it will get replaced fairly quickly. It still has a fair bit of work on it that was completed but couldn't be reported for Seti due to their last major outage.

Fermi firms up
Pricing it seems is based upon whatever they can get for it. Indications are the GTX480 will be $680 USD and GTX470 will be $299 USD. These are expected to be released in limited numbers only so the odds of getting one are fairly low. If certain web sites are to be believed then there will be less than 10,000 made.

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