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1) Message boards : Cafe MilkyWay : Crazy GPU prices (Message 70689)
Posted 23 Mar 2021 by Profileearthbilly
Has anyone else noticed how high cards have valued? AMD RX 580 cards I paid around $120 each for 35 cards, now are auctioning up to $435 each? And that is a RX480!

It may be time to sell out. Too much stress thinking and deciding!!

We need to make chips in AMERICA!

Sunny regards, what to do,
2) Questions and Answers : Windows : Milkyway N-Body simulation hang-up in "Windows-XP SP2 x64 Edition" (Message 69638)
Posted 1 Apr 2020 by Profileearthbilly
N-Body tasks are large difficult CPU memory demanding tasks. I looked at your computers listed under your account and possibly you may want to go to your account page, click Milkyway@home preferences, click edit preferences, deselect N-Body tasks. You will only get Milkyway@home separation tasks which will work better for you.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : N-body sim processing time issues (Message 69636)
Posted 1 Apr 2020 by Profileearthbilly
Hoolabis you could upgrade to an X3370 CPU if all else fails. $42. Several used for sale on ebay.
4) Message boards : Number crunching : N-body sim processing time issues (Message 69635)
Posted 1 Apr 2020 by Profileearthbilly
Then if the GPU tasks run out I sometimes get a few 6 core N-body tasks and they run OK but a little slower.
5) Message boards : Number crunching : N-body sim processing time issues (Message 69634)
Posted 1 Apr 2020 by Profileearthbilly
Perfect time for trying 52%. I only open up five processors for N-body tasks with 1 to 3 GPU's running too, with an i7 four core 8 processor. the tasks get done from 55 minutes to 2 hours 45 minutes. Some are bigger than others.
6) Message boards : Number crunching : N-body sim processing time issues (Message 69631)
Posted 31 Mar 2020 by Profileearthbilly
I looked at your computers and tasks. It looks like you just joined this computer?

Sounds like you are familiar with the resource monitor. Are there any tasks besides milkyway that are constantly running in the CPU column? The next to last column on the right? And in the CPU graph, is there a steady CPU usage graph or does it look like a heartbeat?

Are you using any temperature apps?

I would try using only 52% cpu just to see if itl run 2 processor tasks better, for a test. Have you tried already?

Do you use anything like AVG Tuneup? And have you updated all your drivers with something like AVG Driver Updater?

You could run a free hardware test like UserBenchMark if not already tried. With BOINC Manager suspended.

Just thinking outloud;-)
7) Message boards : Number crunching : N-body sim processing time issues (Message 69629)
Posted 30 Mar 2020 by Profileearthbilly
I have several N-Body sim tasks on one of my PCs (core 2 quad). All require 3 CPUs, when it comes time for them to process, the roughly 3 hour task turns into "elapsed - ~8:30:00 ; remaining (est) - 23 days x hours, etc" Which would put the task (well) past the deadline.
If I suspend all processing and restart BOINC, the Elapsed time drops (usually significantly) and the remaining estimate goes back to a reasonable duration, only to hyper-inflate once the task start running again.

Is there anything I can do or should I just bail on these tasks? And if no other option; how can I prevent this one PC from getting them again but leave my other PC able to get them?

!!!There is a way to stop N-Body tasks but it will stop them on every computer listed with your account. You can make a new account for restricting just to that computer, BUT, probably there are too many background programs running if you use Windows 10. By terminating all the junk and unused apps in your app page that are not nessessary for proper running and for BOINC you may find your core 2 quad has new life. Be careful not to terminate an app you don't know what it does, it may be needed.

I go to Windows settings and turn off all apps in privacy. Select each windows permission and app permission one at a time in the left menu and turn them all off.

Then select APPS in windows settings and pick every app you know you don't use and after clicking the app select advanced options and click "terminate". One in particular that helps the most is terminating Microsoft Photos. Terminate all the games, 3-d viewer, camera, feedback hub, get help, groove music, mail and calendar, maps, messaging, Microsoft photos, store, mixed reality portal, mobile plans, movies and tv, one note, Paint 3-d, people, print 3-d, snip n sketch, sticky notes, all three x-boxes, phone.

This will clear up a huge amount of background stuff and give N-BODY a chance to run. Don't bother uninstalling them because Microsoft will just re-download them. Terminating them solves the background apps hogging compute power.

Hope this helps you.
8) Message boards : MilkyWay@home Science : Velocity of our galaxy, solar system, and errors in distances can account for all dark energy (Message 69432)
Posted 14 Jan 2020 by Profileearthbilly
Hi Joseph,
Thanks for your thoughts and links. I read them. Gives something to think about!

I just want to point out in the same vein, to simply accept that all energy was extruded in the big bang or bounce could be a really wrong assumption. Why not use the context of observable data from formation of black holes to give the possibility that 70% of energy and matter formed in the first few seconds bounced back to the singularity and that could be in some way connected to gravitational discrepancies with Galaxy formation. In this model only 30% of the stuff of the universe is observable.
9) Message boards : News : Multi-threaded N-body is back (Message 69430)
Posted 12 Jan 2020 by Profileearthbilly
I also think it's absolutely essential we "terminate" operation of every application within windows 10 not essential to BOINC and our GPU.

There are so many trash apps now in windows 10 and many will reload even when uninstalled. I now leave them in but terminate them so there is less going on in the background. I also go through every app permissions in PRIVACY and turn them off.

I like to use the Resource Monitor within Windows Administrative Tools to monitor CPU usage so I can see what is running and if a heartbeat is getting out of hand. Great tool I keep pinned to my taskbar. I've seen heartbeats crash nbody tasks. Some temperature monitor apps really spike the CPU usage every second leaving what looks like a heartbeat in the CPU graph. Bad for milky way tasks when it gets extreme.

I am sure you old timers know all this. It's just for any new bee like me that has problems. It really helps. Reduce background apps!!! Your CPU will like you;-)
10) Message boards : News : Multi-threaded N-body is back (Message 69429)
Posted 10 Jan 2020 by Profileearthbilly
Hi Eric and everyone,

We had some bad experiences joining gridpool with issues on getting paid our due coins daily. We kept loosing all daily earnings for days at a time so I'm back to milkyway (OFF gridpool). Milkyway is the BEST!!!

Due to low light and solar production through the short days I have turned off your GPU tasks and selected only nbody cpu tasks to do for now.

Nbody I run at 76% CPU. I have noticed nbody are touchy with automatic windows 10 updates and updating GPU drivers, causing tasks to slow to a crawl or stop all together. I selected within internet properties 'metered internet connection' so I have a chance to suspend milkyway tasks before any updating. (No automatic updates with metered windows 10 internet connection). Windows asks permission before downloading and updating with a metered internet connection giving me the chance to suspend tasks before updates. That seems to stop all problems with nbody tasks for me.

I hope this makes sense. My brain hurts right now from so much pain in my face. Not thinking as clearly as i'd like.

Sunny regards,
11) Message boards : News : Multi-threaded N-body is back (Message 69180)
Posted 21 Oct 2019 by Profileearthbilly
I have every CPU task finish without problems. CPU tasks seem to switch between multiple single processor and one multi processors without any problems at all on all five workstations as they progress down the task list.

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