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Message 64794 - Posted: 6 Nov 2021, 21:57:27 UTC

First time posting, but long time user. Starting 5 months ago, I have not received a single task. Yes, it's a Windows 10 computer, but its always on and always running BOINC. I know Windows tasks are fewer and further between, but this seems odd. Do I have an issue on my end? Computer is a home built on a Gigabyte board with::

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (10.0, Build 19043) (19041.vb_release.191206-1406)
AMD FX-8350 Eight-Core Processor (8 CPUs), ~4.5GHz
Memory: 32768MB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB

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Message 64795 - Posted: 6 Nov 2021, 22:32:21 UTC - in response to Message 64794.  

The project runs work from external researchers, using different programs developed by the UK Met Office.
Several years ago, it was decided that instead of the Oxford project people developing support programs for each of the different modelling programs, in all OSs, they would concentrate on one OS for each program.

The external researchers using the modelling programs that ran on Windows computers has decreased in recent times, and they all "disappeared" early last year, leaving only some running Mac version models, and most running Linux version models.

And now the work is mostly coming from a few Oxford researchers.
And they're using the modelling programs that run on Linux.

So, Windows is out, and Linux is in.
For now at least.
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Message 64796 - Posted: 7 Nov 2021, 0:08:42 UTC - in response to Message 64795.  

Thanks Les. Yes, I have read that. I just didn't think that meant zero, especially if your running 24/7. I've read others mentioning running BIONIC on a Linux VM. Is that worth doing or should I stick with another project? Unfortunately, there is no other climate specific project that I am aware of, and that is where I would like to contribute. WCG runs an Africa Rainfall project, but that has wound down and will end next year.
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Message 64797 - Posted: 7 Nov 2021, 0:22:07 UTC - in response to Message 64796.  

You can see what models are available here: Project status

and the OS on which they run here: Applications

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As for running on/in a VM, I've no idea.
I gave up on Windows years ago, when MS was trying to get people off XP: "Please upgrade to a new OS, and if needed, new hardware to support it."
So I upgraded to Linux Mint, and new hardware.
Best advice I've ever had from MS. :)
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Message 64798 - Posted: 7 Nov 2021, 20:05:49 UTC - in response to Message 64796.  
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Thanks Les. Yes, I have read that. I just didn't think that meant zero, especially if your running 24/7. I've read others mentioning running BIONIC on a Linux VM. Is that worth doing or should I stick with another project? Unfortunately, there is no other climate specific project that I am aware of, and that is where I would like to contribute. WCG runs an Africa Rainfall project, but that has wound down and will end next year.
Your machine is specced well enough to run CPDN tasks in Oracle VirtualBox VM with ubuntu. There are lots of tutorials online on how to set up the VirtualBox VM and ubuntu. The tutorials usually create a tiny Virtual Disc, so create the virtual disc with at least 10GB per core. Whilst running CPDN in the VM I also pause Windoze updates for as long as doze lets me. That prevents the monthly updates rebooting the PC unexpectedly and crashing tasks.in the VM. We also run Africa Rainfall in the unused Windoze OS cores.

I posted some VM info to this thread in July: https://www.cpdn.org/forum_thread.php?id=9025

Good luck with whatever you decide.
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