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Message 74032 - Posted: 4 Aug 2022, 3:20:39 UTC

Hello,

On the development side of BOINC, some of us are looking at making some changes to the settings. There are two parts to this that would change:

1. We are looking at adding settings for the amount of CPU cores used and percentage of CPU time that would be used in two cases: When the computer is in use and when it is not in use. 'In use' being the same definition as it is in the settings. Additionally, the setting for what percentage of non-BOINC CPU usage will now be able to have a different setting between in use and not in use as well.

2. The arrangement of the settings will be different. The rest of the settings will be still available, but in a different heading and location. For example, the settings above would be under a "when computer is in use" and "when computer is not in use" header. Other settings such as percentage of memory will be added under each of those headers, instead of under a disk and memory header.

Of course, a picture tells the story a bit clearer. Here are some screen captures of what it will look like:




Any kind feedback from the community, both positive and negative, would be appreciated. Thank you!

Bill
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Message 74033 - Posted: 4 Aug 2022, 4:20:14 UTC

You won't get any traction from your post in a project forum.

You need to open a issue on the BOINC Github account.

That is where BOINC suggestions for improvements belongs.

Milkyway@home does not create the BOINC software, it only uses it.

If you want this change to occur, you need to persuade the BOINC developers to make the required change to the server software.

https://github.com/BOINC/boinc
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Message 74036 - Posted: 4 Aug 2022, 14:12:26 UTC - in response to Message 74032.  
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I will offer some limited feedback. That is nice, but are you opening a can of worms for yourself?
I think BOINC usually has enough problems with the scheduler and other basic functions to make adding more options a questionable endeavor.
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Message 74103 - Posted: 26 Aug 2022, 20:48:25 UTC - in response to Message 74032.  
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1. We are looking at adding settings for the amount of CPU cores used and percentage of CPU time that would be used in two cases: When the computer is in use and when it is not in use. 'In use' being the same definition as it is in the settings. Additionally, the setting for what percentage of non-BOINC CPU usage will now be able to have a different setting between in use and not in use as well.

This would be great considering the amount of cores that modern CPUs have, it's usually complete nonsense to suspend computation on all of them (if suspending computation is necessary at all).

Another thing that comes to my mind regarding suspending computation on part of the cores: when using the <exclusive_app> option in cc_config, it would be great to have the possibility to set the amout of cores, that BOINC should free up for each of the applications, suspending computation on all cores is ususally not necessary.
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Message 74108 - Posted: 27 Aug 2022, 15:07:22 UTC - in response to Message 74103.  

It would be really great if Intel was available on the GPU choice. Whilst they are not as powerful as Nvidia etc there are thousands that could make a valid contribution. I can run Einstein on mine in about 80 mins where the CPU task takes over 5 hours.
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