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1) Message boards : Number crunching : New Benchmark Thread - times wanted for any hardware, CPU or GPU, old or new! (Message 66812)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Chooka
Hmm hope I get this right...(a lot of variables)

CPU -2500K (O/C to 4.3Ghz)
RAM - 8gig DDR3
Windows 7 64 Bit
BOINC version - 7.8.3
Video Card - Vega 56 stock.
GPU Driver - 17.11.1

Average over 5 WU's - 63sec. (315sec)

Now where I get a bit confused is I'm using this app_config for the test.
I still set CPU usage to 75% though.

<app_config>
<app>
<name>milkyway</name>
<max_concurrent>12</max_concurrent>
<gpu_versions>
<gpu_usage>1</gpu_usage>
<cpu_usage>0.2</cpu_usage>
</gpu_versions>
</app>
<app>
<name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit</name>
<max_concurrent>12</max_concurrent>
<gpu_versions>
<gpu_usage>1</gpu_usage>
<cpu_usage>0.2</cpu_usage>
</gpu_versions>
</app>
</app_config>

Seems a bit slow really. I'm currently running 4WU's with "Use at most 25% of CPU", or I run 3WU's at 50%. Works out about 49 - 50sec for the WU's.

Let me know if I should change something and I'll run it again.
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti vs AMD RX Vega 64 (Message 66786)
Posted 24 days ago by Profile Chooka
The 1080Ti will cost you a lot less to run than a Vega64.
3) Message boards : News : Transitioner Down (Message 66694)
Posted 18 Oct 2017 by Profile Chooka
Thank you for your hard work Jake!
I appreciate it.
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Run Multiple WU's on Your GPU (Message 66618)
Posted 16 Sep 2017 by Profile Chooka
Sorry all, I got it sorted.
The errors are being reported by others users too so it's not my card.
5) Message boards : Number crunching : Errors (Message 66617)
Posted 16 Sep 2017 by Profile Chooka
Ah phew.... it's not my new Vega 56.
Same errors as above.
6) Message boards : Number crunching : Run Multiple WU's on Your GPU (Message 66614)
Posted 16 Sep 2017 by Profile Chooka
Hi guys, I'm back again.
Bought a new video card and am getting mutiple computaional errors. Does this file still look correct?
I seriously can't get my head around this stuff every time it comes up. Quite depressing really :(

<app_info>
<app>
<name>milkyway</name>
</app>
<file_info>
<name>milkyway_1.43_windows_x86_64__opencl_ati_101.exe</name>
<executable/>
</file_info>
<app_version>
<app_name>milkyway</app_name>
<version_num>143</version_num>
<platform>windows_x86_64</platform>
<avg_ncpus>0.5</avg_ncpus>
<max_ncpus>0.567833</max_ncpus>
<plan_class>opencl_ati_101</plan_class>
<cmdline></cmdline>
<coproc>
<type>ATI</type>
<count>0.5</count>
</coproc>
<file_ref>
<file_name>milkyway_1.43_windows_x86_64__opencl_ati_101.exe</file_name>
<main_program/>
</file_ref>
</app_version>
<app>
<name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit</name>
<user_friendly_name>Milkyway Sep. (Mod. Fit)</user_friendly_name>
</app>
<file_info>
<name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit_1.43_windows_x86_64.exe</name>
<executable/>
</file_info>
<app_version>
<app_name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit</app_name>
<version_num>143</version_num>
<platform>windows_x86_64</platform>
<file_ref>
<file_name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit_1.43_windows_x86_64.exe</file_name>
<main_program/>
</file_ref>
</app_version>
<app>
<name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit</name>
</app>
<file_info>
<name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit_1.43_windows_x86_64__opencl_ati_101.exe</name>
<executable/>
</file_info>
<app_version>
<app_name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit</app_name>
<version_num>143</version_num>
<platform>windows_x86_64</platform>
<avg_ncpus>0.05000</avg_ncpus>
<max_ncpus>0.0567833</max_ncpus>
<plan_class>opencl_ati_101</plan_class>
<cmdline></cmdline>
<coproc>
<type>ATI</type>
<count>0.5</count>
</coproc>
<file_ref>
<file_name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit_1.43_windows_x86_64__opencl_ati_101.exe</file_name>
<main_program/>
</file_ref>
</app_version>
</app_info>

Is this an old...um...file name? 1.43?
If so, where do I download a newer version? Or would I just change the 1.43 to 1.46?

Thank you once again.
7) Message boards : Number crunching : Run Multiple WU's on Your GPU (Message 66022)
Posted 15 Dec 2016 by Profile Chooka
Quick question..... ATM I have about 186 WU's which are validation inconclusive. Could that be a result of running multiple WU's?

Thx
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Run Multiple WU's on Your GPU (Message 66017)
Posted 14 Dec 2016 by Profile Chooka
Hi Keith/Rich,

Thank you very much for your help! I managed to get it working thanks to you both! :)
Using 0.5 of a CPU core, I'll just have to play around and see if I need to reserve more CPU to get the best run times.
Currently I have Einstein@Home crunching CPU tasks and M@H for GPU.
I have my preferences currently set at 98% of CPU. I think this might be a bit high for a 4 core CPU (75% would reserve 1 core correct?)

Keith - Just to be clear, in my app_config file should I remove everything from & including <app> (above <name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit</name>) right through to and including </app_version> ?

If that were the case I'd be left with the following -

<app_info>
<app>
<name>milkyway</name>
</app>
<file_info>
<name>milkyway_1.43_windows_x86_64__opencl_ati_101.exe</name>
<executable/>
</file_info>
<app_version>
<app_name>milkyway</app_name>
<version_num>143</version_num>
<platform>windows_x86_64</platform>
<avg_ncpus>0.5</avg_ncpus>
<max_ncpus>0.567833</max_ncpus>
<plan_class>opencl_ati_101</plan_class>
<cmdline></cmdline>
<coproc>
<type>ATI</type>
<count>0.5</count>
</coproc>
<file_ref>
<file_name>milkyway_1.43_windows_x86_64__opencl_ati_101.exe</file_name>
<main_program/>
</file_ref>
</app_version>
</app_info>

2 WU's makes much better utilisation of my GPU.
Thanks once again guys, I really appreciate your help!
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Run Multiple WU's on Your GPU (Message 66008)
Posted 13 Dec 2016 by Profile Chooka
Are you using Notepad to create or edit the file? Make sure you don't save it as the default *.txt file type. You need to use the *.* All Files type and save it as an .XML file. I copied your posts app_info to Notepad and saved it in Notepad as test.xml and then ran a sanity .XML check on it in Chrome and it didn't have any syntax errors.


G'day Keith.

Firstly thank you for taking the time to reply.
Secondly you are right I would have saved it as the standard text document.
Thirdly... I'm sorry you'll have to spell it out simpler than what you have. You're talking to a guy who NEVER uses notepad. Ever!

Is the exact file name *.*app_info.xml ?

I'm sure that isn't right but I feel I'm close lol.

Thank you

ps - I should clarify, I only got the syntax error using the short text mentioned in this post (below), NOT with the text I posted which is currently only running 1 WU.

<app_config>
<app>
<name>milkyway</name>
<gpu_versions>
<gpu_usage>0.5</gpu_usage>
<cpu_usage>0.05</cpu_usage>
</gpu_versions>
</app>
</app_config>
10) Message boards : Number crunching : Run Multiple WU's on Your GPU (Message 66005)
Posted 12 Dec 2016 by Profile Chooka
If it's only that copied and pasted into a file then I'm like the others and get a syntax error.
11) Message boards : Number crunching : Run Multiple WU's on Your GPU (Message 66003)
Posted 12 Dec 2016 by Profile Chooka
I always struggle with these bloody files.
Can anyone help and shed some light on what I've done wrong? I can only get 1 WU running.

<app_info>
<app>
<name>milkyway</name>
</app>
<file_info>
<name>milkyway_1.43_windows_x86_64__opencl_ati_101.exe</name>
<executable/>
</file_info>
<app_version>
<app_name>milkyway</app_name>
<version_num>143</version_num>
<platform>windows_x86_64</platform>
<avg_ncpus>0.5</avg_ncpus>
<max_ncpus>0.567833</max_ncpus>
<plan_class>opencl_ati_101</plan_class>
<cmdline></cmdline>
<coproc>
<type>ATI</type>
<count>0.5</count>
</coproc>
<file_ref>
<file_name>milkyway_1.43_windows_x86_64__opencl_ati_101.exe</file_name>
<main_program/>
</file_ref>
</app_version>
<app>
<name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit</name>
<user_friendly_name>Milkyway Sep. (Mod. Fit)</user_friendly_name>
</app>
<file_info>
<name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit_1.43_windows_x86_64.exe</name>
<executable/>
</file_info>
<app_version>
<app_name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit</app_name>
<version_num>143</version_num>
<platform>windows_x86_64</platform>
<file_ref>
<file_name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit_1.43_windows_x86_64.exe</file_name>
<main_program/>
</file_ref>
</app_version>
<app>
<name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit</name>
</app>
<file_info>
<name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit_1.43_windows_x86_64__opencl_ati_101.exe</name>
<executable/>
</file_info>
<app_version>
<app_name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit</app_name>
<version_num>143</version_num>
<platform>windows_x86_64</platform>
<avg_ncpus>0.05000</avg_ncpus>
<max_ncpus>0.0567833</max_ncpus>
<plan_class>opencl_ati_101</plan_class>
<cmdline></cmdline>
<coproc>
<type>ATI</type>
<count>0.5</count>
</coproc>
<file_ref>
<file_name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit_1.43_windows_x86_64__opencl_ati_101.exe</file_name>
<main_program/>
</file_ref>
</app_version>
</app_info>

Thank you!
12) Message boards : News : Scheduled Maintenance Concluded (Message 65935)
Posted 21 Nov 2016 by Profile Chooka
Thats the other thing I liked about my old 280 card.... It just worked with BOINC! Simple.
Now days because I'm running a 390, every times there's a change (like now) I've got to try and remember how to fix the app_config file! Hate it!
13) Message boards : News : Scheduled Maintenance Concluded (Message 65934)
Posted 21 Nov 2016 by Profile Chooka
To some extent I actually regret using an AMD card for crunching purely from an electricity bill standpoint.
AMD cards just use SO much more power than Nvidia cards. I've had to scale back my GPU crunching just to try get my power bill back under control.

With my CPU and GPU crunching, my PC is pulling about 460 Watts. It's nuts when combined with Australian electricity prices. So I have to scale back my crunching :(
14) Message boards : News : Scheduled Maintenance Concluded (Message 65884)
Posted 17 Nov 2016 by Profile Chooka
Yeah sucks about the 390 cards not being able to run more than 1 Einstein task.
My 280 was great until it died.

I haven't tried M@H yet because I'll have to try & remember how to change the xml file.
15) Message boards : Number crunching : app_info.xml Help (Message 64981)
Posted 4 Aug 2016 by Profile Chooka
Ooh Ooh I think I've got it.

Thank you for your help. No real idea how I fixed it.
Appreciate your patience with me.
16) Message boards : Number crunching : app_info.xml Help (Message 64979)
Posted 4 Aug 2016 by Profile Chooka
Ok...made a little progress...
So I copied your XML file into this directory rather than the general BOINC folder.

ProgramData\BOINC\projects\milkyway.cs.rpi.edu_milkyway

I also copied the links that you posted into the same directory which over wrote the old ones.

I'm now fetching work at least but they are still MOSTLY validation inconclusive. (107) with only 2 WU's valid.

Any suggestions?
Thx
17) Message boards : Number crunching : app_info.xml Help (Message 64977)
Posted 4 Aug 2016 by Profile Chooka
Ok so I've regained a little patience to try again.
I copied & pasted what you put up Dirk - All of it.

<app_info>
<app>
<name>milkyway_nbody</name>
<user_friendly_name>Milkyway N-Body Sim.</user_friendly_name>
</app>
<file_info>
<name>milkyway_nbody_1.62_windows_x86_64.exe</name>
<executable/>
</file_info>
<app_version>
<app_name>milkyway_nbody</app_name>
<version_num>162</version_num>
<platform>windows_x86_64</platform>
<file_ref>
<file_name>milkyway_nbody_1.62_windows_x86_64.exe</file_name>
<main_program/>
</file_ref>
</app_version>
<app>
<name>milkyway</name>
<user_friendly_name>Milkyway</user_friendly_name>
</app>
<file_info>
<name>milkyway_1.36_windows_x86_64.exe</name>
<executable/>
</file_info>
<app_version>
<app_name>milkyway</app_name>
<version_num>136</version_num>
<platform>windows_x86_64</platform>
<file_ref>
<file_name>milkyway_1.36_windows_x86_64.exe</file_name>
<main_program/>
</file_ref>
</app_version>
<app>
<name>milkyway</name>
</app>
<file_info>
<name>milkyway_1.36_windows_x86_64__opencl_ati_101.exe</name>
<executable/>
</file_info>
<app_version>
<app_name>milkyway</app_name>
<version_num>136</version_num>
<platform>windows_x86_64</platform>
<avg_ncpus>1</avg_ncpus>
<max_ncpus>1</max_ncpus>
<plan_class>opencl_ati_101</plan_class>
<cmdline></cmdline>
<coproc>
<type>ATI</type>
<count>1</count>
</coproc>
<file_ref>
<file_name>milkyway_1.36_windows_x86_64__opencl_ati_101.exe</file_name>
<main_program/>
</file_ref>
</app_version>
<app>
<name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit</name>
<user_friendly_name>Milkyway Sep. (Mod. Fit)</user_friendly_name>
</app>
<file_info>
<name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit_1.36_windows_x86_64.exe</name>
<executable/>
</file_info>
<app_version>
<app_name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit</app_name>
<version_num>136</version_num>
<platform>windows_x86_64</platform>
<file_ref>
<file_name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit_1.36_windows_x86_64.exe</file_name>
<main_program/>
</file_ref>
</app_version>
<app>
<name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit</name>
</app>
<file_info>
<name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit_1.36_windows_x86_64__opencl_ati_101.exe</name>
<executable/>
</file_info>
<app_version>
<app_name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit</app_name>
<version_num>136</version_num>
<platform>windows_x86_64</platform>
<avg_ncpus>1</avg_ncpus>
<max_ncpus>1</max_ncpus>
<plan_class>opencl_ati_101</plan_class>
<cmdline></cmdline>
<coproc>
<type>ATI</type>
<count>1</count>
</coproc>
<file_ref>
<file_name>milkyway_separation__modified_fit_1.36_windows_x86_64__opencl_ati_101.exe</file_name>
<main_program/>
</file_ref>
</app_version>
</app_info>

I created a XML file with all of the above and saved it in my BOINC folder.

I don't know what those links are which you posted -

http://milkyway.cs.rpi.edu/milkyway/download/milkyway_nbody_1.62_windows_x86_64.exe
http://milkyway.cs.rpi.edu/milkyway/download/milkyway_1.36_windows_x86_64.exe
http://milkyway.cs.rpi.edu/milkyway/download/milkyway_1.36_windows_x86_64__opencl_ati_101.exe
http://milkyway.cs.rpi.edu/milkyway/download/milkyway_separation__modified_fit_1.36_windows_x86_64.exe
http://milkyway.cs.rpi.edu/milkyway/download/milkyway_separation__modified_fit_1.36_windows_x86_64__opencl_ati_101.exe

But I saved those into my BOINC folder also and ran them. (No idea what they did)

I restarted BOINC but it will not fetch any work.
Where have I gone wrong?.

[AF>EDLS]GuL - Where did you insert that text in the file?

Thank you for the help. I'm sure I'll get there one day.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : app_info.xml Help (Message 64962)
Posted 31 Jul 2016 by Profile Chooka
Hi Mikey,

So I don't really understand? Download the apps?
I had a working version up until a few weeks ago. It finds work and downloads the units but they all come up as invalid or inconclusive now.

I'm not sure what's changed in the last few weeks to cause my app_info.xml file to not work anymore.

Unfortunately I just find all this .xml stuff too confusing. Even though I have donated to this project and enjoy it, I'm not technically minded enough to make it work anymore. I might build my own PC's but talk to me about computer language....and you'd might as well talk to me in Chinese.

I'll just move on to Einstein@Home.

Thanks anyway all :)
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Client requests work but never gets any. (Message 64957)
Posted 30 Jul 2016 by Profile Chooka
Hi all,

Yeah I have a R9 390 and it didn't work with this project either. I was given a app_info.xml and it worked up until a few weeks ago. Now all my WU's are invalid or inconclusive.
Sadly no one has been able to help with a working app_info.xml file.

Dirk has been trying to help but I can't get his app_info.xml to work for me.

I've spoken to Jake and mentioned this issue about the newer cards back in Nov 2015 but he hasn't resolved it yet.
Guess I'll just have to crunch other projects.

My old R9 280x with the Tahiti GPU worked, its the Hawaii that doesn't work.
20) Message boards : Number crunching : app_info.xml Help (Message 64956)
Posted 29 Jul 2016 by Profile Chooka
Thank you for your efforts to help.
Unfortunately, I really have no understanding of what you are saying or how all that code works.

I copied and pasted exactly what you wrote in your last post but it doesn't work.
BOINC says I don't have a usable version.

I'll struggle on. Just wish they would fix it so that the newer AMD cards would work ffs.


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