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Message 45290 - Posted: 17 Nov 2016 | 10:48:09 UTC

Dear cruchers!

the GPUGRID server you know and (I guess?) love has done a huge service to science. Thanks to your support, the experiments we have being running grew in size and scope... AND we have enough ideas for the future to keep this trend.

So, we decided to significantly upgrade the capabilities of our server - and a new is almost in place. Likely next Monday, we'll stop the server for some hours, then perform the transition. We now need your patience, because the switch-over will require some down time (and hiccups, possibly).

But we are definitely looking forwards for the new expanded experimental capacity! We'll keep you informed!


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Message 45291 - Posted: 17 Nov 2016 | 11:21:33 UTC - in response to Message 45290.

Thank you Toni,

Sounds like good news and since you think its worth the investment it makes me more confident that the work and my contribution to it is worthwhile.

Downtime and teething problems are to be expected in this case.

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Message 45292 - Posted: 17 Nov 2016 | 11:38:19 UTC

Could you give us the old and the news specs?

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Message 45293 - Posted: 17 Nov 2016 | 12:13:51 UTC

Thanks, Toni.

Bring on the new beast....
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Message 45294 - Posted: 17 Nov 2016 | 13:51:49 UTC
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Good news. My hope is that somehow the ever annoying download issue will be gone when the new server is fully operational.

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Message 45295 - Posted: 17 Nov 2016 | 14:12:38 UTC - in response to Message 45294.
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"My hope is that somehow the ever annoying download issue will be gone when the new server is fully operational."

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Message 45298 - Posted: 17 Nov 2016 | 14:56:42 UTC - in response to Message 45295.
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"My hope is that somehow the ever annoying download issue will be gone when the new server is fully operational."

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Message 45301 - Posted: 17 Nov 2016 | 15:55:34 UTC - in response to Message 45298.

Yes, our commitment is steady. The computing power you are donating provides a scientific tool whose importance can not be overstated.

The most important upgrade is the disks - storage space was somewhat limiting, in the sense that we had to pay attention to not having too many experiments running at the same time. (And note that the server only works as a temporary buffer!)

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Message 45302 - Posted: 17 Nov 2016 | 17:22:46 UTC

It's "only" a hw upgrade or there is also some sw updates (for example boinc server libraries)??

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Message 45305 - Posted: 17 Nov 2016 | 19:35:21 UTC - in response to Message 45298.

"My hope is that somehow the ever annoying download issue will be gone when the new server is fully operational."

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Message 45309 - Posted: 18 Nov 2016 | 2:21:46 UTC
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Very good news, hoping it goes well :)

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Message 45310 - Posted: 18 Nov 2016 | 2:54:05 UTC

Good news for sure! I look forward to crunching even more work units. I might even bring a second GPU on line to celebrate.

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Message 45311 - Posted: 18 Nov 2016 | 5:29:30 UTC

Congrats guys! This is good news for both us (the users) and your team[s] as well!

And yes, specs would be most interesting to see (they don't want to tell us it's actually being hosted on an old HP-UX box with a PA-RISC CPU, or maybe an IBM AS/400...).
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Message 45313 - Posted: 18 Nov 2016 | 9:17:35 UTC

To my point of view you do not have a major problem with the storage devices but rather with bandwidth. You can't imagine how slow data transfer from your server is compared to other DC projects and how often it just breaks down and causes a reduction in project productivity.

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Message 45314 - Posted: 18 Nov 2016 | 10:40:42 UTC
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Congrats! :)

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Message 45315 - Posted: 18 Nov 2016 | 10:44:16 UTC - in response to Message 45305.

+googolplex :)

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Message 45316 - Posted: 18 Nov 2016 | 11:04:20 UTC - in response to Message 45305.

"My hope is that somehow the ever annoying download issue will be gone when the new server is fully operational."

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Message 45317 - Posted: 18 Nov 2016 | 12:23:31 UTC

What is your internet connnection speed? Because ultimately no matter how fast your internal network is, the bandwidth won't increase unless you have faster internet.

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Message 45318 - Posted: 18 Nov 2016 | 13:56:28 UTC - in response to Message 45317.

What is your internet connnection speed? Because ultimately no matter how fast your internal network is, the bandwidth won't increase unless you have faster internet.

The problem is at the GPUGRID server's end - believe me...

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Message 45320 - Posted: 18 Nov 2016 | 16:02:31 UTC - in response to Message 45319.

The virus spreading bots are also happy about the server upgrade.

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Message 45321 - Posted: 18 Nov 2016 | 16:04:25 UTC - in response to Message 45313.

To my point of view you do not have a major problem with the storage devices but rather with bandwidth. You can't imagine how slow data transfer from your server is compared to other DC projects and how often it just breaks down and causes a reduction in project productivity.

Michael.


Try Seti@home project and you find very slow internet connection...and slow downloads.

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Message 45346 - Posted: 21 Nov 2016 | 8:15:52 UTC

Good news, Toni!
Thanks for the heads-up :)
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Message 45380 - Posted: 24 Nov 2016 | 15:34:56 UTC - in response to Message 45321.
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Try Seti@home project and you find very slow internet connection...and slow downloads.

And because SETI's network performance is bad (which I actually can't confirm at all), GPUGRID has to be, too?

The problem is that once a GPUGRID download is interrupted (which happens on a daily basis), no further work is delivered for a day. And that, in turn, reduces the project's overall throughput.

As a consequence, at present, at our end over here, it is advisable to have a second GPU project running in parallel to GPUGRID just because GPUGRID's reliability in terms of work delivery is extremely insufficient. This other project then of course competes for the GPU cycles...

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Message 45415 - Posted: 28 Nov 2016 | 1:13:18 UTC - in response to Message 45290.
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Dear cruchers!

the GPUGRID server you know and (I guess?) love has done a huge service to science. Thanks to your support, the experiments we have being running grew in size and scope... AND we have enough ideas for the future to keep this trend.

So, we decided to significantly upgrade the capabilities of our server - and a new is almost in place. Likely next Monday, we'll stop the server for some hours, then perform the transition. We now need your patience, because the switch-over will require some down time (and hiccups, possibly).

But we are definitely looking forwards for the new expanded experimental capacity! We'll keep you informed!




Please give us a more firm ETA for server upgrade. I can't help but think you have let us down again both in server upgrade and keeping us informed about said upgrade and project as a whole.

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Message 45417 - Posted: 28 Nov 2016 | 9:11:17 UTC - in response to Message 45290.

Likely next Monday ...

Does the empty ready-to-send queue imply that you meant *this* Monday?

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Message 45430 - Posted: 29 Nov 2016 | 11:37:38 UTC - in response to Message 45417.

Preparations for the move are ongoing. Another reason why we can't fill up the queue right now is that the old disk is at it capacity limit.

By the way, old specs:

Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU X3470 @ 2.93GHz, 4 cores
24 GB of RAM
~2 TB of storage
Redundant storage, power, etc.

New specs:

Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v3 @ 2.40GHz, 6 cores x 2 cpus
32 GB of RAM
~6 TB of storage
Also redundant.

Both are Dell Poweredge. The OS will be updated as well, implying that the recompiled BOINC server may require some tweak period.



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Message 45433 - Posted: 29 Nov 2016 | 12:27:13 UTC

Huge upgrade! Great :D

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Message 45563 - Posted: 3 Dec 2016 | 11:11:03 UTC

Upload took again hours to complete with only a few bytes of result data compared to other projects.
And: Since days, WUs are not delivered again.
Very disappointing.

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Message 45577 - Posted: 3 Dec 2016 | 19:27:13 UTC

Toni, any rough estimation as to when new WUs will be available for download ?

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