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Message 46120 - Posted: 10 Feb 2011, 1:44:03 UTC

The Computer Science account server at RPI has crashed, making it hard for us to access the Milkyway@home server. The staff is working hard to restore it.

We have to wait this one out. In the meantime, the Milkyway@home server may start doing crazy things - please bear with us until we regain access. Thanks!

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Message 46277 - Posted: 18 Feb 2011, 1:44:54 UTC

I don't know if this event is one of those "crazy things" ... the symptoms look to me more like a problem with the local MW executable, but ... yesterday 2/16 my computer did an n-body task, cleaned it from my computer, and 21 hours later the server still acts as though it does not know about it. My local BAM "Messages" tab records the task completion:

2/16/2011 9:16:36 PM Milkyway@home Computation for task de_nbody_model6_4_24159_1297838514_0 finished

but it does not show any communication with the server - no upload message for the results, no completed task report message, also no log of any problem communicating with the server. The Tasks list on my account at the MW website still shows this task as In Progress:

313634391 237231713 16 Feb 2011 7:02:51 UTC 24 Feb 2011 7:02:51 UTC In progress --- --- --- --- MilkyWay@Home N-Body Simulation v0.21 (sse2)

I don't compute for MW often: last fall I was engaging MW regularly but backed off after the version update around November-December slowed all my tasks down to ~half the previous speed. I'd rather put my FLOPS where they're more productive, since my machine is just a pre-CUDA dual cpu. Every so often I try a task to see if things have improved ... things haven't, and stuff like this vanishing task isn't much encouragement either.

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Message 46292 - Posted: 19 Feb 2011, 3:10:29 UTC

Is the server still having issues? Just curious because I'm trying to update milkyway@home from BOINC and it isn't requesting any new tasks.

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Message 46299 - Posted: 19 Feb 2011, 13:11:45 UTC - in response to Message 46292.

If BOINC isn't requesting new tasks, than BOINC thinks it has enough WUs for the cache size you have set for your 4 projects all together.

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Message 46300 - Posted: 19 Feb 2011, 15:34:24 UTC - in response to Message 46277.

I don't know if this event is one of those "crazy things" ... the symptoms look to me more like a problem with the local MW executable, but ... yesterday 2/16 my computer did an n-body task, cleaned it from my computer, and 21 hours later the server still acts as though it does not know about it. My local BAM "Messages" tab records the task completion:

2/16/2011 9:16:36 PM Milkyway@home Computation for task de_nbody_model6_4_24159_1297838514_0 finished

but it does not show any communication with the server - no upload message for the results, no completed task report message, also no log of any problem communicating with the server.
I think BOINC for some reason doesn't report the general stderr output for tasks, and the results go there.

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Message 46392 - Posted: 1 Mar 2011, 13:18:47 UTC

Use this time to do any maintenance you've been putting off (or trying to find time for)!!!

or on a lighter note : go have a stiff drink with your friends.

I highly recommend Vodka Pineapple, but if you're a man's man - Crown and coke. The coke should just be enough to turn the color a bit, though some people can't appreciate the sweetness of mixed drinks.


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