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1) Message boards : Number crunching : BOINC can't finish downloading 'stars' files (Message 54343)
Posted 7 May 2012 by jjwhalen
I have a very similar problem (intermittently) on my Win7, BOINC 7.0.25 machine. "stars-xx.txt" files d/l to 100% then fail due to "transient HTTP error". They usually finish eventually. Some blocks of WUs d/l normally. My other ten projects are d/l'ing without issue.

Is there a known server problem at MW@Home?
2) Message boards : Number crunching : server crash (July 29) (Message 28555)
Posted 29 Jul 2009 by jjwhalen
FYI as of this posting, my MW account page shows the correct credit total, but exported stats at BOINCStats and Free-DC both show (-)11623 credits (or -58%).
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Please give more time to process WUs (Message 26668)
Posted 28 Jun 2009 by jjwhalen
I was merely trying to suggest something to help out. It has nothing to do with meeting requirements. It seems Boinc is getting too much work. You could go to a 20% share but I'm sure you have thought of that.

The real point here is that current Milkyway WUs have report deadlines set artificially short, compared to other BOINC projects with WUs of similar size. This can force newly downloaded results directly into high priority processing, overriding the user's desired resource share for the project. That is widely seen as a project trying to bend the rules to grab more CPU time than the (volunteer) user intends. This tends to drive multiproject supporters away. Some older BOINC projects have already learned this lesson the hard way, as their active userbase declined.

As Milkyway WUs got longer over the past few weeks, the report deadlines should've been pushed back proportionally. They weren't. Project administrators please take note: the galaxy will still be there a few days later.

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