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Posts by Dr. Ronald E. Wyllys

1) Message boards : Application Code Discussion : Why I've ceased participating in MilkyWay@Home via BOINC (Message 64242)
Posted 14 Jan 2016 by Dr. Ronald E. Wyllys
Post:
@mikey,

Thanks for your response. Your analysis strikes me as plausible. But I find your suggested solution (changing the project's percentage) unattractive.

I've participated in BOINC for nearly 10 years on the basis of sharing my desktop's idle time equally among the projects in which I participate; and I should like to continue on what seems to me to be an equitable basis for sharing idle time.

If it is of interest, I've replaced MilkyWay@Home among my BOINC projects with "theSkyNet POGS", a project of Curtin University and the University of Western Australia. So far, the POGS tasks seem to be willing to share equitably in my desktop's idle time. I hope that willingness continues.
2) Message boards : Application Code Discussion : Why I've ceased participating in MilkyWay@Home via BOINC (Message 64236)
Posted 12 Jan 2016 by Dr. Ronald E. Wyllys
Post:
I thought I should let you know the following: I have just removed MilkyWay@Home from my list of BOINC projects in which I participate by providing otherwise unused time on my desktop system.

The reason is that I have repeatedly observed that I can have a list of several MilkyWay@Home tasks with deadlines a week or more in the future, none of which are currently being processed. Yet when I try to update the list of tasks from other BOINC projects in which I participate, none of these projects submits any new tasks.

I came to believe that something about my having a list of to-be-done-in-the-future tasks for MilkyWay@Home seems to preclude my being able to load tasks from other projects and run them while waiting for the deadline(s) for the MilkyWay@Home tasks to become closer.

For example, when -- about an hour ago -- I removed MilkyWay@Home from my list of BOINC projects, and ran updates on my remaining projects, two of them immediately responded by sending my desktop system tasks to be executed. This occurred despite the fact that 5 or 10 minutes before I dropped MilkyWay@Home, none of the other projects sent me new tasks when I tried to update them.

I believe these experiences support my suspicion that something about your project tends to suppress my participation in other BOINC projects.

FWIW, my desktop system runs Linux Mint 17.3.




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