1) Forums : Technical Support : Progess, Honesty and Donations (Message 10175)
Posted 18 Feb 2012 by Profile Ray_GTI-R
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OK - someone has to do some straight talking so step up ... moi!

Help me get this right ... and please feel free to shoot me down in flames if I've got anything wrong:-

1) You have a distributed CPU/GPU project open to a worldwide audience expecting 24/7/366 (it's a Leap Year!) performance.

2) You have no IT support. You cannot find anyone at any time over the past 10 elapsed days who is willing for free or at any (reasonable) cost to fix this issue (or subsequent issues on a pro-rata basis ... free is still free at this point).

3) This situation continues to infinity (obvious, I know) as you have said.

4) You have public funds to run this project via the National Science Foundation under Grant No. AST0507676.

5) I have checked and cannot find any link for private funding to pay someone to "kick the hardawe " as someone esle put it.

I have US$10 to help pay someone to "Turn it off then turn it on again."
So, where do I send it?

Please - the past is history.

Progress. Move on!

Ray

My thoughts about the following remarks are private so please don't ask ...

I know that Professor Wandelt is away currently, and he has promised me to work on this as soon as he is back.

then
Professor Wandelt is no longer at UIUC

and has not been for a long time according to other posts.

... all within the space of 10 physical days.

Hint:- arranging a new job for a professor and the period of working notice before leaving the old job takes ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
2) Forums : General Topics : Can't upload, upload server out of disk space (Message 10090)
Posted 13 Feb 2012 by Profile Ray_GTI-R
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Please ...

"he will deal with these server problems as an urgent matter as soon as he is back"

What exactly does "as soon as he is back" mean:- later today, March, 2014?

HELP!
3) Forums : Technical Support : URGENT PROBLEMS THREAD (2009 and after) (Message 10025)
Posted 9 Feb 2012 by Profile Ray_GTI-R
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"free credit for your lost work"

UH?

Work not lost by me (again, sigh).

Ergo, me unhappy, me say so.

Simplz.
4) Forums : Technical Support : URGENT PROBLEMS THREAD (2009 and after) (Message 10016)
Posted 8 Feb 2012 by Profile Ray_GTI-R
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Faik, kind words, thanks.

:-)

No progress.

:-((

Reading your other replies to this issue the BOINC credit that I should have earned may be completely lost i.e., no return for my time, capital investment, human & electrical energy for 36 hours solid processing to complete just 2 tasks then automatically & manually checking, re-submitting results.

OK, it's a shot in the dark but hope that you "get it"*.

I have opted out of this project once before for a different reason but tried again recently just for fun. These (mis)adventures are becoming a broken record.

* "maybe" is a cop-out IMHO.




5) Forums : Technical Support : URGENT PROBLEMS THREAD (2009 and after) (Message 9996)
Posted 7 Feb 2012 by Profile Ray_GTI-R
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Dear C@H valued members,

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Professor Wandelt is currently traveling, but he will look into this as soon as he is back. Dealing with this problem will be treated as a priority. Thank you very much for your patience and understanding.

Please do not hesitate to give us your feedback either on this issue and on any other matter that might come up in the future.

Best wishes,

Faik
---
Member of the C@H Team!



Thanks for the really quick reply ... 12 minutes :-))
6) Forums : Technical Support : URGENT PROBLEMS THREAD (2009 and after) (Message 9989)
Posted 6 Feb 2012 by Profile Ray_GTI-R
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Faik -

I currently have several completed jobs pending uploads to the server, and each time I attempt to force a retry, I receive another failure message. Help!

- Gene Weber


Me too :-(
7) Forums : General Topics : Why do you participate in Cosmology@Home? Who is the \"most surprising\" participant? (Message 9790)
Posted 3 Jan 2012 by Profile Ray_GTI-R
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Why do I participate?

Not any longer!

Task 20145611
wu_121011_191506_1_1_1
Sent 13 Dec 2011 21:37:56 UTC
Received 2 Jan 2012 18:26:19 UTC
Outcome Success
CPU time 121799.8
Granted credit 0
Task was reported too late to validate ... yet it crunched on for 24 hours solid knowing that a different PC had already fulfilled the minimum quorum of 1.

What a waste of my CPU effort and my electricity for >33hours CPU & days of always-on elapsed time at the expense of not crunching other tasks that would have completed on time.
Even if my PC had beaten the other PC (and that PC would have been given zero recognition for it's contribution) mine would only have been given a paltry credit compared with other projects that recognise honest work, selfless comittment & devotion and reward in a commensurate manner e.g., WCG, Moo etc etc.

Something is seriously wrong hereabouts.
8) Forums : Cosmology and Astronomy : "The age of the universe is 13.75 0.13 billion years since the Big Bang." (Message 9652)
Posted 8 Nov 2011 by Profile Ray_GTI-R
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Hi Faik.

Thanks for taking the time & effort to clarify the bit I understood - it helps to know I'm not being dumbed-out by these TV shows.

Now for the main question:-

If there's stuff out there we can't presently ... AND MAYBE NEVER WILL ... see/detect then:-

What's the age of the universe?

FWIW I realise non-dumb people will never accept the notion of introducing the naughty-step reply of "infinite".

9) Forums : Cosmology and Astronomy : "The age of the universe is 13.75 0.13 billion years since the Big Bang." (Message 9644)
Posted 8 Nov 2011 by Profile Ray_GTI-R
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Really?

As a proper layman something puzzles me about the precision of this figure.

A recent "dumbed down" TV program asked "If there are so many stars why is the night sky so dark" and answered with "Because the light [from most stars] hasn't reached us yet." and "[anyway] the universe is expanding and the rate of expansion is increasing."

OK, understood.

So the age of the universe is based on observed light/radiation etc and maybe other theoretical stuff that I'll never understand.

Here's the question.

If there's stuff out there we can't presently ... AND MAYBE NEVER WILL ... see/detect then:-

What's the age of the universe?

FWIW I realise non-dumb people will never accept the notion of introducing the naughty-step reply of "infinite".
10) Forums : General Topics : Reporrt deadlines ar(e) too short (Message 9184)
Posted 20 Nov 2010 by Profile Ray_GTI-R
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Bump!
See also thread "Just left C@H for the last time" for similar (and more) comments.
Non-reply after 2 to 4 weeks from admin is sad.
11) Forums : General Topics : Reporrt deadlines ar(e) too short (Message 9154)
Posted 5 Nov 2010 by Profile Ray_GTI-R
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Just dumped CAH on one PC as the last couple of tasks caused continual disk thrashing due to the size of the Working Set pushing out RAM usage beyond what is available.

So ... aside from (sensible) longer Completion times ... please create smaller WUs.

That way I can re-enable CAH to do the good work and avoid 99 hour duration caused by current too-large WUs.

Pretty please?

Thanks, Ray
(PS: the CAUSE of all of this is CAH, I can only report the EFFECT(S) for superior beings to act upon in a constructive manner.)
12) Forums : Wish list : WUs require too much RAM (Message 9134)
Posted 30 Oct 2010 by Profile Ray_GTI-R
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See my previous posts.

Please ... make WUs less memory hungry. Swap file size is irrelevant to most people so make that big/work but if the basic memory requirement of a WU can never be met the exercise is pointless.

Please!
13) Forums : Technical Support : Computation errors (Message 9133)
Posted 30 Oct 2010 by Profile Ray_GTI-R
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FWIW3 the 8 failed tasks were 2 batches of 4 WUs running at the same time.

As a test I set up running just 1 CPU and have completed a CAH WU since my last post. :-)

BUT ...
I have just "freed" a CAH WU that was permanently stuck on a "Waiting for memory" error by increasing the (while active) Memory usage % from 60 to 80.
Sleep is set at 90% but my PC never sleeps ...
This running WU's Properties showed a Working set size of 773MB so would my original setting of active memory to 60% of the available1000MB ever have freed-up the WU as the PC was always active?

And it seems that my PC will never be ableto run more than 1 CAH WU at any one time :-(

The swap file seems to be of no use to CAH WUs???

Anyone else have these problems?

Previous WU failures seem to not be my failt!?!"
14) Forums : Technical Support : Memory workload (Message 9132)
Posted 29 Oct 2010 by Profile Ray_GTI-R
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> Since the posting of these earlier messages, it would appear that (all the important concerns) have not changed

See http://www.cosmologyathome.org/forum_thread.php?id=805&nowrap=true#9130 / 1

15) Forums : Technical Support : Computation errors (Message 9131)
Posted 29 Oct 2010 by Profile Ray_GTI-R
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FWIW the 9th task on this PC went to about 25% then the "Time to complete" started reversing (getting longer & longer) despite Progress ticking along quite nicely.

FWIW2 the PC is a Q6600 with 1gb running BIONC 6.10.58 / wxWidgets 2.8.11 / CAMB 0.00 (is that right???) @ 100% CPU under Ubuntu 10.10,
16) Forums : Technical Support : Computation errors (Message 9130)
Posted 28 Oct 2010 by Profile Ray_GTI-R
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The last 8 WU's I ran on the same PC went to more than 60% complete then "Computation error" came up.
What do I need to do/are there WU's reported back for CAH to investigate???
Thanks, Ray
17) Forums : General Topics : Reporrt deadlines ar(e) too short (Message 9109)
Posted 22 Oct 2010 by Profile Ray_GTI-R
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Keep getting dozens of WUs that ALL need completion in 12 days but each of my PCs is only completing a WU in 2 or so days, maybe longer as I don't do 24/7.

24 x 2 =/= 12

PLEASE ...

Add 1 month to complete each WU, then I may have a chance to do useful work. Otherwise I have to keep Aborting tasks so that WUs are properly processed by other 24/7 power WU crunchers (... and my processng power isn't wasted BTW).

Thanks Ray
(not a power WU cruncher.)