25 September 2011

25th of September

Nothing new to report this week.

BOINC testing
We got a 6.12.37 for testing as well as the major re-write version 6.13.4. I am not currently testing the 6.13.x versions until they become a bit more stable.

I will be trialling 6.12.37 in the coming week although there is no useful functionality that I am interested in just yet. Its mostly around Mac installer fixes for OSX and some additions to the Virtual Box handling.

Farm news
Maul managed to trash all its Einstein cuda work on Saturday, complaining that one of the exe files had disappeared. When I noticed it I suspended the project and detached and then re-attached. This has the effect of deleting all the project files (when you detach) and then downloading them all again (when you re-attach). This got it going again. I have since run a disk diagnostics on it but it hasn't found any issue. The drive is one that I bought earlier in the year, so isn't too old.

The weather turned cold over the weekend so I have fired up a couple of the GTX570's for GPUgrid work. I normally don't run them during the day due to the amount of heat they produce, but being cold its not an issue.

BOINC Manager on iPad
I am paying for an iPad developer to port the BOINC manager to the iPad. Part of the problem is the supporting libaries aren't available on the iPad. While he has managed to get a working version of wxWidgets (used extensively in the manager) its more recent than the version BOINC has been using and various wx functions have changed. He is trying to work around these isses.

I am not trying to get the core client or other parts of BOINC working on the iPad at the moment, the exercise is just to get a working manager so one can access your computers via the iPad.

LucidLogix Adventure
I have sent another email to Edom in Taiwan asking for pricing on the Adventure 2800 and 2500. These are PCIe bus expansion chassis. The Adventure 2800 offers 11 PCIe connectors single spaced and the Adventure 2500 has 4 PCIe connectors double spaced. No response yet from them. I last heard from them in December 2010.

I have been upable to find a source for these single slot cards. It seems Newegg  no longer has them available. The computer shop have spoken to their local MSI representative but they don't know when they will be available either.

The idea was to replace the GT240's in Maul with these. If I ever manage to get an Adventure 2800 they could also be used in there. There is a GT545 which has 144 cuda cores and looks almost the same as as the old GT240's.

17 September 2011

17th of September

Passed 10 million for Einstein earlier in the week.

BOINC testing
As mentioned last week 6.13.3 came out. It has been withdrawn due to not being able to upload. It also has various issues around fetching work.

Farm news
One of my old Acer Veriton v7900's has a failed motherboard, so I took the memory out of it and put it into Obi-Wan. As it had a 32 bit version of Windows XP it wasn't able to use all the memory. This weekend I installed Windows 7 x64 on it. Its off and running again.

The Drobo also got some new 3Tb drives installed. Rather than just re-copying the files across to it I let it recover the raid onto the new drives and then repeated the process a couple more times as I removed the older 2Tb drives one at a time. The 2Tb drives are now up for sale.

11 September 2011

11th of September

Nothing new again this week, although getting close to one for Einstein

BOINC testing
6.13.3 was released this week. It is still not stable, so I don't suggest people try it. From reading the change log it looks like they have just about rewritten it from the ground up. I haven't bothered with it yet. Oh and you can upgrade from an earlier version, but you can't go back unless you have a backup of the data directory.

Farm news
As mentioned last week Obi-Wan had a clogged up heatsink. I got the shop to clean it out and reapply thermal paste. They did it on the spot for me and it is now back in action.

While I was at the shop I dropped off both of the faulty GTX460's to arrange warranty repair or replacement.

Project news - CPDN
CPDN has produced another batch of full-res ocean work units and I have picked up 3 on one machine. So I need to leave it going for about 550 hours to finish them off.

Project news - Einstein
They are now up to 10 new Pulsars found in the Parkes data. This goes to show that the southern hemisphere probably has a lot more undiscovered pulsars and other bodies.

Einstein is having problems with the number of users after cuda work. Not only have they had to setup another machine to generate work units because they couldn't keep up, but now their network connection is getting hammered (probably as a result of having more work available). They had a CPU and a GPU version of the app for the Binary Radio Pulsar Search, but are now only giving out work to GPU hosts.

Project news - Seti
They were trying to process some older data, however it has turned out to be un-usable. Various processes that split the data into work units kept crashing, so they have given up on it and are processing newer data. This meant that they didn't have any work available for a while.

There is a newer v7 app in the works for multi-beam searches. The optimised GPU version is already available but the CPU version is not.

04 September 2011

4th of September

Nope nothing new this week

BOINC testing
6.12.34 (Windows/Linux) and 6.12.35 (Mac) were promoted to release status. No real change for me as I am already running 6.12.34 on all the boxes except one.

Farm News
Things have been fairly quiet. I finished off the two remaining CPDN full-res ocean work units and then couldn't get any other CPDN work until a couple of days ago. They are only running 2 experiments, the regional (HADAM3P-EU) and the Rapid-Rapit (HADCM3N also known as the full-res ocean), so there isn't much work getting generated and when it is they all get taken quickly.

I got fed-up with Chrome not displaying web pages when IE works fine, so I removed Chrome from most of the machines. I will remove it from the 2 remaining machines today.

I got a new router, which has improved download speeds a bit. The IP addresses on my network changed so that created a bit of work.