Calculating task completion estimates

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Re: Calculating task completion estimates

Unread postby Jacob Klein » 11.09.2017 04:28

Woot - Zathras picked up a task!
... and it looks like it'll be a LONG one. Check this out:
http://www.rnaworld.de/rnaworld/workunit.php?wuid=6330835
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Re: Calculating task completion estimates

Unread postby gemini8 » 11.09.2017 08:06

Woah - that's a long list of unsuccessful encounters!
Have fun!
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Re: Calculating task completion estimates

Unread postby Michael H.W. Weber » 11.09.2017 11:20

It's a nice one. :D

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Re: Calculating task completion estimates

Unread postby Peter Hucker » 14.09.2017 17:19

Jacob Klein wrote:Woot - Zathras picked up a task!
... and it looks like it'll be a LONG one. Check this out:
http://www.rnaworld.de/rnaworld/workunit.php?wuid=6330835


I've just got one twice as big, and it's gone onto a slower machine! I wish I could transfer a task from one computer to another.
http://www.rnaworld.de/rnaworld/workunit.php?wuid=6330931
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Re: Calculating task completion estimates

Unread postby Jacob Klein » 17.09.2017 03:54

ROUGH WEEK!

Zathras (Dell Latitude E6510, from ~2010) is still having kernel freezes, where Windows 10 just freezes completely. This one is very difficult to track down. I think it happens more often when the aging hard disk is under heavy load. So, I just spent ~$100 on a new SSD for him.

RacerX (Dell XPS 730x, from 2009) is having a problem with his after-market water cooler, Corsair H80i v2. That cooler is only 1.5 years old, but was struggling to keep the CPU cool lately - temps on the overclocked i7-965 were 85-95*C instead of my usual 70-85*C. And now (due to my troubleshooting), the cooler doesn't cool AT ALL (CPU goes to 100*C during Windows bootup, and cpu thermal throttles the clocks real low to stay alive). So, I just spent ~$130 on an identical-replacement cooler plus 3-year-protection-plan plus performance thermal grease, for him.

Both orders are being expedited, and I will install the hardware early next week.

Speed, who is on the Insider Fast partition, picked up an Insiders-only NVIDIA driver update from Windows Update, version 387.68. However, when I loaded GPU tasks, I got a GSOD (green-screen-of-death, an Insider thing), and it LUCKILY didn't take out my 3 RNA World tasks! I used DDU and reinstalled the latest supported driver, 385.41, and also used the "Show or hide updates" troubleshooter package to hide that problematic GPU driver.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/hel ... -in-window

Whew. All in all, no data loss yet, but I'm mid-way through a technology crap-storm. Those who know me, know that I actually enjoy it. :) I'm going to make these PCs SING again! I'm lucky to have a wife that lets me throw some money at these adventures sometimes, hehe!

Oh... And Oracle released VirtualBox 5.1.28. And I found a nasty BOINC 7.8.2 bug where, if using an Account Manager that requests a delayed detach to a project because of a URL change, BOINC gets into a stupid loop where it communicates with the Account Manager every 10 seconds infinitely. Hurray that I found it at least? :) David Anderson says it'll get fixed in the next BOINC release. I'm going to send BOINCstats a donation, their bandwidth costs must be ludicrous this month.
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Re: Calculating task completion estimates

Unread postby Peter Hucker » 17.09.2017 10:51

Thanks for the headsup on virtualbox. Shouldn't it autoupdate? It only told me when I launched the controller.
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Re: Calculating task completion estimates

Unread postby Jacob Klein » 17.09.2017 13:51

Peter Hucker wrote:Thanks for the headsup on virtualbox. Shouldn't it autoupdate? It only told me when I launched the controller.


- Oracle VirtualBox does not autoupdate. I'm not sure why you think it would.
- Do NOT update VirtualBox, while BOINC is still running or boinc.exe is still showing in Task Manager.
- Do NOT update VirtualBox to a newer major release (ie: 5.1.x to 5.2.x), while BOINC still has VirtualBox tasks. Because, if you do update to a newer major release, then when you try to run those tasks (which use a version of VBoxWrapper that requires the older version)... the tasks will immediately fail with computation error, and all work will be lost.

It's best to only update VirtualBox when BOINC has no VirtualBox tasks and BOINC isn't running ... but I haven't had any problems updating a MINOR release while BOINC wasn't running. :)
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Re: Calculating task completion estimates

Unread postby Peter Hucker » 17.09.2017 15:00

It does when you open it, at least it tells you there's a new version. It just doesn't bother informing me if it's used by Boinc but not actually opened in a window. I expected it to do it because every piece of software known to mankind has done so for the last decade.
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Re: Calculating task completion estimates

Unread postby Jacob Klein » 17.09.2017 15:30

Your expectations are too high for VirtualBox. Be careful when updating it. Heed my prior advice. :)
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Re: Calculating task completion estimates

Unread postby Peter Hucker » 17.09.2017 15:32

I shall close BOINC before the upgrade and not do it on any machine with a big task running.
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Re: Calculating task completion estimates

Unread postby Jacob Klein » 17.09.2017 15:43

:)
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Re: Calculating task completion estimates

Unread postby Jacob Klein » 19.09.2017 01:25

Ahhh....
RacerX has a new H80i v2 cooler, and is now crunching at a balmy 65-72*C, instead of a nuclear insta-100+*C-in-BIOS.
Zathras has a new SSD drive, and it is zippy! So far, OS installs are going smoothly.
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