1) Forums : Technical Support : Blood from a stone (Message 6041)
Posted 3 May 2008 by Profile erkltuiqb6ia5[YI)b}{
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Ha, glad I could be of service. :-D


I have this project suspended on all my machines.
Haven\'t tried to get work for over two weeks. Seems
pointless to knock, when no one is at home. They should
pull the plug on this gem. The U of I has really tarnished
their reputation with all the resources they have allocated
to the hardware and the admin. My sympathy to the to everyone
who tried their best and still flew the plane into the ground.

Voltron
2) Forums : Technical Support : No work for platform (Message 5979)
Posted 20 Apr 2008 by Profile erkltuiqb6ia5[YI)b}{
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Well Thunder that should illicit some kind of response from the masses still here ;) Me I am done commenting on credit unless forced. I will say I agree with needing more ram as Scott even had said so in a post and guess it just hasn\'t been tried yet....but who knows? No word almost 2 weeks....the saga continues


I think pc66 must be a little scarce by now.

Voltron
3) Forums : Technical Support : No work for platform (Message 5977)
Posted 20 Apr 2008 by Profile erkltuiqb6ia5[YI)b}{
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All my machines have this project \"suspended\" and \"no new work\". This is my choice based on the project performance over the last three weeks. I will reconsider allocating resources to this project when we hear from the guy who\'s
ass is on the line when the project cannot perform. I doubt there is such a rigorous management structure available. The fabled \"last post\" may very well be.

Voltron
4) Forums : Technical Support : Thanks, Scott! (Message 5840)
Posted 6 Apr 2008 by Profile erkltuiqb6ia5[YI)b}{
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Sugar does not substitute for fully functioning servers/software.

It be broke.

Got work?
5) Forums : Technical Support : URGENT Problems Discussion Thread (Message 5626)
Posted 31 Mar 2008 by Profile erkltuiqb6ia5[YI)b}{
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I\'m out of work too. AMD Athlon XP 2600+ running Sabayon Linux (Gentoo based distribution) keeps getting the dreaded

Sun 30 Mar 2008 07:48:14 PM EDT|Cosmology@Home|Message from server: No work sent
Sun 30 Mar 2008 07:48:14 PM EDT|Cosmology@Home|Message from server: (there was work but it was committed to other platforms)

I guess it\'s time to suspend cosmology@home and start running something else until the problems are solved.


I was able to pry some WU\'s out of the vault late on 3/30 by using retry over and over and over. Not worth the aggravation. I have added another 64 bit project to my fastest machines, and will be draining Cosmo from all my rigs. This project was the one and only 24/7 on my farm. Too bad the U of I considers it a cute distraction. Over the last month, I considered it to be a growing nuisance. I can\'t afford to air condition idle machines. Unlike Cosmo, my upkeep is dedicated and expensive. I\'ll check back to see how things are going.

It\'s about mid day in my time zone (and U of I) and I haven\'t noticed any communication from the admins regarding the latest performance tweak. It wouldn\'t make a difference anyway. There\'s always next weekend for more fun.

Regards-Voltron
6) Forums : Technical Support : URGENT Problems Discussion Thread (Message 5597)
Posted 29 Mar 2008 by Profile erkltuiqb6ia5[YI)b}{
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All my machines are now disconnected until this problem is resolved....


Just don\'t have the time to babysit these machines.


Stevea; I have two rigs shut down due to lack of work from cosmo. 1 is
an AMD x2 and the other is an Intel x2. I have others that are draining
their cache and won\'t last the day. My new AMD x2 rig is \"burning in\"
on one of my backup projects (32 bit app). Not happy for the third
weekend in a row.

It occurs to me that the U of I has some serious deficiencies in
hardware, software, and personnel. Cosmo is fast regressing to sub alpha.

The \"weekday warriors\" in the IT and astronomy departments are not giving
Urbana a full pull. I will haul all they can send and I am sure all of us
\"lab rats\" would rather crunch than wonder where the cosmo staff is this
weekend.

Flame the project, not each other.

Regards-Voltron
7) Forums : Technical Support : URGENT Problems Discussion Thread (Message 5552)
Posted 29 Mar 2008 by Profile erkltuiqb6ia5[YI)b}{
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Ahhhhhhh......cats. Anyway, if you browse throught the top 200 computers on this
project, you might stumble upon some AMD rigs identified to \"anonymous\" and running Linux. They might be AMD 3600x2\'s and they might be be outperforming some stock Intel quads. They be mine. If the project is committing work to
other platforms, these little 3600\'s certainly know nothing about that. I suggest you try again.

Ahhhhh....doors.

Regards; Voltron
8) Forums : Technical Support : URGENT Problems Discussion Thread (Message 5546)
Posted 29 Mar 2008 by Profile erkltuiqb6ia5[YI)b}{
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Whats the Point in having a Urgent Problems Thread when it\'s quite obvious nothing about this Project is very Urgent to anybody that has to fix the Urgent Problems.


Brian and PB; I just put together another rig and have been trying to get work. I have gotten as may as six WU\'s by trying a combination of Boinc 5.10.30/5.10.45, www.cosom..., and cosmo...., adjusting my local preferences, resetting the project, detaching/reattaching and retrying communications. I get \"there is work but it is committed to other platforms\", \"no work sent\", or \"server cannot open the database\".

No luck. The server is clearly on its weekend schedule, and the software suffers from bit rot. First we had St Pattys fun, then Easter fun, and now we have Opening day weekend fun. My new rig is an AMD Brisbane core X2 4400 (59.00-free ship) running At 3ghz, pushing 64 bit Linux. What a waste of resources. The most urgent problem this project has is lack of attention, but not from the volunteers who in most cases are busting their butt just trying to push a few volts their way.

Anyone care to recommend another project with a 64 bit app? I have a number of rigs looking for a new home.

Voltron


9) Forums : Technical Support : Validator Down or Messed Up ??? (Message 5404)
Posted 22 Mar 2008 by Profile erkltuiqb6ia5[YI)b}{
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Any update on the pending credit issues? I have 60+ workunits pending and don\'t appear to have succesfully received any credit since yesterday.


I am not happy with the \"pay cut\". My RAC is in the dumpster, and all of us are
on the way to zero. I have reset a number of my rigs and the the resent lost WU\'s
come back with \"to completion\" times double what they were previously. I think Cosmo needs to take a time out. Give us a definite shut down period, close the servers for that amount of time and get their act together. There is clearly a number of issues mentioned on the boards that mandate a serious project review by those hoping to make a \"rep\" on this gig.

If nothing else, let them know your feelings here, and reset, reset, reset, until
we get their attention. A 30 percent reduction in RAC burns, I haven\'t shut down
any of my farm and the electric utility has not offered a compensatory rebate.

Until next time, computing for negative credit............

Voltron
10) Forums : Technical Support : Project suspension - could be handled differently (Message 5347)
Posted 19 Mar 2008 by Profile erkltuiqb6ia5[YI)b}{
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\" Having worked for Rockwell International Information Technology, I have seen I.T. graduates get their first job and bring this wing-it attitude into the work environment and cause considerable havoc because the attitude is \"code it and implement it and test it in production to find the logic or code errors\".
[/quote]

In our coding shop, we called it \"vibration testing\" I was one of the testers. The code grinders hated it because we did our absolute best to crash their work and we danced in the isles when we shipped them the \"abend\". I applaud your post, and the experience you bring. Urbana\'s reputation is beginning to slip and I am shoveling kilowatts into an idle farm.

Voltron
11) Forums : Technical Support : URGENT Problems Thread (Message 5261)
Posted 15 Mar 2008 by Profile erkltuiqb6ia5[YI)b}{
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My guess is someone tripped over the power cord on the way out
of the office on Friday afternoon. The entire staff appears to be
otherwise occupied this St Patty\'s weekend. Speculation? See here:

http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/841985,CST-FTR-bouncer14.article#

My farm is dead in the water and this will give me an opportunity to
pull some bios upgrades and other tweeks to my marginal crunchers.

In lieu of any word from the project admins, make the best of this
down time. Tune your rigs, crunch your alternate projects, or upgrade
your hardware.

tpitf.

Voltron
12) Forums : Technical Support : Server error: Can\'t attach shared memory (Message 5241)
Posted 15 Mar 2008 by Profile erkltuiqb6ia5[YI)b}{
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The feeder has been down for over 4 hours. I am unable to get new work
so will run dry soon. The Cosmo team is probably down at the strip in
Urbana drawing straws for who will get weekend duty (assuming there is any). Are any of the admins or monitors willing to update us? My electric utility needs a heads up when I load shed. Consider it a courtesy.

Voltron
13) Forums : General Topics : Downloading CAMB (Message 5230)
Posted 14 Mar 2008 by Profile erkltuiqb6ia5[YI)b}{
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Thomas: If you are concerned about updating your version of Boinc,
You can always do a \"clean and jerk\". Detach from all your projects,
exit boinc, and run a search for \"Boinc\" on your C drive. Send the
files and folders to the recycle bin. Download and install the
latest version and reattach to your favorites. I have gotten rid of
a lot of legacy trash that way, and Mr Windows was happier for it.

Enjoy-Voltron
14) Forums : Technical Support : Server error: Can\'t attach shared memory (Message 5229)
Posted 14 Mar 2008 by Profile erkltuiqb6ia5[YI)b}{
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Nothing like a feeder failure on friday afternoon, especially
if the St Patty\'s day weekend is upon us. We may all be going
to impulse power. To paraphrase John Wayne in \"True Grit\",
\"Fill your que\".

Voltron
15) Forums : Technical Support : Server error: Can\'t attach shared memory (Message 5227)
Posted 14 Mar 2008 by Profile erkltuiqb6ia5[YI)b}{
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This is new and deserves a comment or two from the admins. Care to share?

Voltron
16) Forums : General Topics : Is There a Definative Project URL? (Message 5056)
Posted 7 Mar 2008 by Profile erkltuiqb6ia5[YI)b}{
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I have been using \"cosmologyathome.org/\" when detach/reattach to correct the URL from previous (January 08) project changes. Camb 2.08 now says I should use \"www.cosmologyathome.org/\" and please detach/reattach. Anyone care to simplify future attempts to contribute to this project.....eh?

Voltron
17) Forums : General Topics : Cosmology@Home credit discussion (Message 4919)
Posted 4 Feb 2008 by Profile erkltuiqb6ia5[YI)b}{
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This discussion has been beaten to death on every distributed
computing project I have participated in. The trick is stop
counting the angels on the head of this pin, and concentrate
on paying your electric bill. If the bill is just right, build
another rig.

Voltron
18) Forums : Technical Support : So what\'s With the Quota? (Message 4731)
Posted 25 Jan 2008 by Profile erkltuiqb6ia5[YI)b}{
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In a couple of minutes it\'s a new day (UTC). Maybe your problem will be solved then.

Anthony.


Good answer, if you are working on your post count.

Try again.

Voltron
19) Forums : Technical Support : So what\'s With the Quota? (Message 4726)
Posted 24 Jan 2008 by Profile erkltuiqb6ia5[YI)b}{
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I would hasten to add that the rig in question is ID 13757.

I would shut it down, but I use my farm to heat my house.

Voltron
20) Forums : Technical Support : So what\'s With the Quota? (Message 4725)
Posted 24 Jan 2008 by Profile erkltuiqb6ia5[YI)b}{
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One of my best rigs has been doing nothing (no WU\'s) coming up on 24 hours. I have the chirpy little message about \"reached quota of XX work units\". How do you reach a quota when the server gets hosed, you can\'t up load, you detach/retach, you\'ve done no work in the last day, and the project url gets jacked? Ehhhhhh?

Voltron


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