17 November 2012

17th of November

As I mentioned in my last post I was going replace the old Core 2 Quad machines with i5's. I did one of them (the one that had a failed motherboard). While browsing a suppliers web site last week I find that they have i7-3770's at a cheaper price that I paid for the i5. The only reason why I got the i5 was because they were supposedly cheaper.

Anyway I have ordered a couple of them and they should arrive during the week. I will be back at the computer shop on the weekend to get the i5 swapped over to an i7. No I don't do them myself after killing two KFSN4 motherboards. I am happy to do other bits like install Windows, change drives, etc, just not the CPU's.

Project news - CPDN
ClimatePrediction are not giving out work and won't be for some time. They are planning to upgrade their BOINC software to the current version. Unfortunately theirs is a fairly old version so it will take some planning and testing. They have over 100,000 work units out in the field, but given they have 1 year deadlines on some tasks it could be a fair while before reissues of failed work units happen.

Project news - Einstein
They are coming up to the end of their current Gravity Wave run so there may be shortages or work available. They have also suggested they will be overhauling the website soon.

There is a notice that their test site (albert@home) will be effected by a planned power outage with einstein@home potentially also being effected on Sat 17th of November from 7am to 2pm local time.

Project news - GPUgrid
They are trying to get to a cuda 4.2 app only. Unfortunately they are having problems getting some people to upgrade their drivers. This primarily effects users of the older cards (ie the GTX200 family) as cuda 3.1 seems to work better for them. They may keep one work queue running cuda 3.1, hower their cuda 4.2 app can do some additional science that the older app cannot.

Project news - Seti
After a good run last week they are back to struggling mode again. It seems there is some issue where the scheduler times out when the Astropulse splitter is running at the same time. Requests can sometimes work if you set No new tasks so that it reports current work and then allow it to fetch work. That is you seperate requests to report completed tasks from requesting work.

They still have the issue with the network being maxxed out so nothing can download anyway. It gotten so bad that I don't bother with Seti any more as it takes too much hand-holding just to get work.

If that wasn't bad enough they have cut back the hours the staff can work so they aren't around as much to help out with any issues.

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