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Message 23944 - Posted: 15 Aug 2006, 16:57:55 UTC

Typically BOINC does not give you credit for reports that are not finished on time, but this project has a way-out dealine date and additional rules for Trickle reports and credits. How does this work with the BOINC rule? I did a calculation and figured I had to complete 0.17% of my project EVERY DAY to make the deadline, yet I can only do approx. 0.05% (give or take) at most daily. Does this mean that 19 months from now I am going to be stiffed by credits, or that my my work will be tossed? I\'ve searched the forums & FAQ for about 5 minutes and could not find a satisfactory answer, although there are a few answers that imply behavior on the part of the application, none of which clearly answer this specific question.
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Message 23945 - Posted: 15 Aug 2006, 17:19:42 UTC

As long as trickles are received on a somewhat regular basis, you get credit each trickle. Each trickle has vital information, so it is not wasted. Finishing after the deadline is not an issue, if the server believes your unit is still alive. I actually seen a WHOLE WU uploaded with all the trickles, at once, and the person got their credits. This was seven months after the downloaded the unit. See this WU. As you can see every trickle on that was the same date, within second of each other, from first to last. Sent date and received date were approximately seven months apart.

So the tolerance on this project is wide open. Go ahead, keep crunching your small amount. You are doing good work.

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Message 23947 - Posted: 15 Aug 2006, 20:58:55 UTC

Bzag00, I\'d also recommend that you exit boinc by right-clicking on the icon, and select \'exit\', before shutting down Windows. On a slower machine, sometimes Boinc can\'t shut down quick enough and Windows decides to kill it (which is fatal to the model).

In addition to that, I would recommend taking a backup at intervals (shut down the model as above, then copy the c:\\program files\\boinc folder).
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Message 23950 - Posted: 16 Aug 2006, 5:03:08 UTC - in response to Message 23947.  

Bzag00, I\'d also recommend that you exit boinc by right-clicking on the icon, and select \'exit\', before shutting down Windows. On a slower machine, sometimes Boinc can\'t shut down quick enough and Windows decides to kill it (which is fatal to the model).

For those of us who have BOINC installed as a service (i.e. no BOINC Manager icon), the equivalent is to open up a command prompt window, type \"net stop boinc\", and wait for confirmation that the BOINC service has been stopped successfully.

In addition to that, I would recommend taking a backup at intervals (shut down the model as above, then copy the c:\\program files\\boinc folder).

Always good advice for anyone crunching CPDN.

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Message 24105 - Posted: 26 Aug 2006, 18:50:39 UTC - in response to Message 23945.  

As long as trickles are received on a somewhat regular basis, you get credit each trickle. Each trickle has vital information, so it is not wasted. Finishing after the deadline is not an issue, if the server believes your unit is still alive. I actually seen a WHOLE WU uploaded with all the trickles, at once, and the person got their credits. This was seven months after the downloaded the unit. See this WU. As you can see every trickle on that was the same date, within second of each other, from first to last. Sent date and received date were approximately seven months apart.

So the tolerance on this project is wide open. Go ahead, keep crunching your small amount. You are doing good work.

Occasionally (once every few months), the developers go through the results and see which ones have not trickled in the last 6 months or so. These are declared dead and re-issued. The person that waited 7 months to trickle was a bit lucky that there was not a check during the last month.


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