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Message 62167 - Posted: 27 Feb 2020, 19:39:36 UTC - in response to Message 62165.  

I will post something on the BOINC boards to see if there are likely to be many objections from those who also run lots of much shorter tasks not that I consider those objections should be a bar to cutting the deadline.

(1) Don't ask or you will get a lot of objections.
(2) Just do it.
(3) Place the whiners on an ignore list.
(4) Save the world.
(5) Or at least watch it go in more detail.
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Message 62168 - Posted: 27 Feb 2020, 19:56:49 UTC - in response to Message 62167.  

(1) Don't ask or you will get a lot of objections.


Ten hours and no comments let alone objections yet. Will suggest again to the project that it might help to reduce the deadline times.
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Message 62209 - Posted: 9 Mar 2020, 12:51:53 UTC

Good idea to shorten deadlines.
Any news of more work in the offing?
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Message 62210 - Posted: 9 Mar 2020, 15:05:00 UTC - in response to Message 62209.  

Good idea to shorten deadlines.
Any news of more work in the offing?


Afraid not. Some things are being tested on the page where testing work goes out from but there are no tasks there to fully test the system and Andy didn't know of any in the immediate future so we are waiting there for work too. Most of the time anything new gets tested there first which pics up virtually all the simple mistakes that can cause stuff to crash on every computer things run on as well as ensuring that the data back from the dozen or so tasks typically makes sense before sending thousands to the main site.
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Message 62269 - Posted: 30 Mar 2020, 15:42:44 UTC

Thanks for the new batch of N216 tasks for Linux. I have downloaded one and I am running it now. Because of the COVID-19 lock down I have limited myself to one task at a time for now. I am using most of my system's RAM to host a game server for people like me who are stuck inside.
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Message 62282 - Posted: 8 Apr 2020, 5:56:21 UTC - in response to Message 62160.  

Last work completed in the first week in January. Nothing since. I guess the project has just about run out of steam. I have been a contributor since 2006 but I guess at my ripe old age of 77 it must be time for me look for something else. Colin
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Message 62283 - Posted: 8 Apr 2020, 7:51:50 UTC - in response to Message 62282.  

Last work completed in the first week in January. Nothing since. I guess the project has just about run out of steam. I have been a contributor since 2006 but I guess at my ripe old age of 77 it must be time for me look for something else. Colin


I run rainfall Africa from WCG when nothing available from CPDN. Rosetta and others now are working on things to do with the CoVid-19 pandemic. So plenty of worthwhile causes to donate computer time to till more comes up.
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Message 62284 - Posted: 8 Apr 2020, 11:43:37 UTC - in response to Message 62282.  

Last work completed in the first week in January. Nothing since. I guess the project has just about run out of steam.


I do not think it is out of steam. I got three N216 work units about a week ago, and one more a few days later. They are crunching right now. The first three have completed over 25% and each of the three have delivered a trickle.

There are a lot more in the queue:

UK Met Office HadAM4 at N216 resolution 3945
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Message 62285 - Posted: 8 Apr 2020, 15:13:07 UTC

There are a lot more in the queue:


But, alas, not for Windows users. I would guess most Linux users would find it fairly simple to get windows tasks running under WINE. I don't know how easy it is to set up a VM under Windows to run the Linux tasks. Perhaps a Windows user could do it and write a howto including installing the 32bit libraries?
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Message 62286 - Posted: 8 Apr 2020, 15:27:23 UTC - in response to Message 62284.  

THE PROJECT SEEMS TO HAVE GIVEN UP ON WINDOWS!
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Message 62287 - Posted: 8 Apr 2020, 15:41:50 UTC - in response to Message 62286.  

THE PROJECT SEEMS TO HAVE GIVEN UP ON WINDOWS!


I doubt it. This week a small batch of Windows tasks went out for testing and have been returned. Even if that particular test doesn't result in work for main site, they wouldn't bother doing it if they didn't plan on sending out more Windows work in the future.

However, it is not the project that generates the work but researchers in universities all around the world. From what I understand the WAH2 Windows tasks are particularly suited to running tasks looking at particular regions and when a researcher wants that type of data about their climate, that is what they will use. There have in the past been even longer periods without any work for Linux but as I said, for us it is relatively simple to jump on the Windows bandwagon when that happens.
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Message 62289 - Posted: 8 Apr 2020, 20:44:46 UTC - in response to Message 62286.  

THE PROJECT SEEMS TO HAVE GIVEN UP ON WINDOWS!

Which is how Linux users have felt for years. :)

The recent testing Dave mentioned has been on new ancillary files, and a new Windows build.
Once that's out of the way, it only needs a weather event in a relevant area that the researchers there decide to investigate.
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Message 62290 - Posted: 8 Apr 2020, 22:37:45 UTC - in response to Message 62285.  

I've done it using VMware rather than Virtual Box - gives more Linux flavours to install. I'm using VMware workstation 15 Player and Ubuntu 18.04. Good instructions on the BOINC pages and also in the Linux thread - Courtesy of a Dave Jackson !
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Message 62291 - Posted: 9 Apr 2020, 10:42:38 UTC - in response to Message 62285.  

I used Oracle VM Virtualbox to install a 32bit version of Linux Mint to avoid potential issues with 32bit libraries. I chose Mint because the Cinnamon version has a Windows -like interface. It runs with no problems and I have completed several tasks successfully.
To preserve your current task, you also need to remember to shut down BOINC before closing VirtualBox if you are shutting down or restarting Windows for any reason. If Windows decides to play up and restart without warning, then you might lose the current task and have to start another.
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Message 62449 - Posted: 21 May 2020, 11:19:48 UTC

This post is directly about the absence of new work for Windows machines, but about posting on these boards. Because no work has been available for some time now my RAC is now closing to 1 (1.69 currently) I am getting close to the limit when I can no longer post to the forums. I think the normal limit is that you have to have RAC >= 1 to post here. I hope that the limit is removed or lowered before Win only user are ruled out from posting here. The questions and answers section should be without this restriction, but that doesn't seem to exist in the current version of message boards.

(If this isn't a good thread for this, please feel free to move this post to an appropriate thread.)
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Message 62450 - Posted: 21 May 2020, 17:05:41 UTC - in response to Message 62449.  

I see what you mean. I just checked my RAC and after about 4 months of no work for Windows my RAC is down to 6.3. I hope they fix this before all the Windows people lose the right to post on this site.
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Message 62451 - Posted: 21 May 2020, 19:59:26 UTC

You can still post in the General issues section.
Perhaps make a thread in Getting started - Windows orphans.
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Message 62453 - Posted: 21 May 2020, 23:31:29 UTC

As if by magic, New Work Announcements - so the RAC decay is a problem for another day.
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Message 62454 - Posted: 22 May 2020, 7:36:00 UTC - in response to Message 62453.  

As if by magic, New Work Announcements - so the RAC decay is a problem for another day.

Though only for the computers that managed to grab some of them. ;)
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Message 62455 - Posted: 22 May 2020, 8:55:06 UTC - in response to Message 62449.  

Just grand. All the ancients can now rest in peace in their forgotten niches. The Catacombs Of Climate Prediction. Who is the Chief Ancient?
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