1) Message boards : News : New server is running! (Message 45688)
Posted 36 days ago by Profile robertmiles
I'm a fresh newbie in gpugrid and cannot get any work since first attempted yesterday.

My WCG is working fine on CPU since 2008.


With what graphics card? GPUGRID insists on fast, fairly recent graphics cards with an Nvidia GPU, and has very few CPU-only workunits.

I've also been on WCG since 2008.

Many others are also complaining about getting little or no GPUGRID work now.
2) Message boards : News : New server is running! (Message 45662)
Posted 37 days ago by Profile robertmiles
I'm getting new WUs, but with VERY slow downloads of the larger files.
3) Message boards : News : New server is running! (Message 45638)
Posted 40 days ago by Profile robertmiles
I'm getting tasks on my laptop, my desktop won't get them though. It might have t do with its wifi signal because WGC does the same thing. I'll try using my laptop as an access point.

If you use BOINC Manager (Advanced View) on your desktop, click on Activity, then make sure you do not have it set to Suspend network activity or Suspend GPU or Suspend. Also click on Projects, then GPUGRID, and make sure you do not have it set to No new tasks (listed in the Status column).

If you use Simple View, click on View, then Advanced View, to switch views. To switch it back, click on View, then Simple View.

Also click on Projects, then on one of the BOINC projects listed, then Home page. You should then see a web page for that project.

By the way, what GPU (or graphics card) does that desktop use? GPUGRID can use only some of the graphics card models.
4) Message boards : News : New server is running! (Message 45620)
Posted 41 days ago by Profile robertmiles
The forwarding services already available, such as gridrepublic and World Community Grid, only need to download one copy of the files specific to each workunit, regardless of how many wingmates tasks for that workunit will be sent to. So such forwarding already provides some server relief, just not as much as you want.

World Community Grid, however, requires a code review for all applications they forward; I'm not sure if you'll consider that fast enough to be worthwhile.
5) Message boards : News : New server is running! (Message 45619)
Posted 41 days ago by Profile robertmiles
What could help is to move the download and or upload service to another host and better network.

That would certainly help with the huge CUDA runtime files, because they are created by NVidia and redistributed without alteration by the project. I actually downloaded the whole CUDA 8.0 development toolkit (1.2 GB) during testing over the weekend - it only took about five minutes - and confirmed that the cufft_80.dll it contains is identical to the one distributed here.

The gridrepublic project is already providing somewhat similar services for the Fight Neglected Diseases project; you might want to contact them.

https://compute.gridrepublic.org

I think that BOINC should develop (perhaps should already have developed) a more efficient way of handling shared library files between projects, but that won't happen overnight. Instead, we could ask somebody else to host the files and allow GPUGrid to use a download URL pointing to their servers: maybe another BOINC project with ample resources - Einstein comes to mind - or even NVidia themselves as a project sponsor could provide the download facility.

In other words, modify BOINC to allow specifying a URL to download a file from, as well as the name of the file to download, on the list of files to download. What I've seen so far indicates that this is currently possible only by specifying one alternate URL to download ALL of the files from and upload ALL of the files to.

I assume that you're aware of the boinc_dev mailing list as the place to request changes to BOINC. If not, see:

http://lists.ssl.berkeley.edu/mailman/listinfo/boinc_dev

That would require developing a way to avoid file name conflicts between shared files used by different projects. One way to do that would be to extend the system currently used for sharing files used for sharing files between multiple tasks from the same BOINC project to allow specifying which project to look for the file under, then create a new type of BOINC project that does no more than download large files needed by some other BOINC project.
6) Message boards : News : New server is running! (Message 45583)
Posted 45 days ago by Profile robertmiles
I don't really understand... You're downloading projects through a website and not through BOINC and able to do the project?


I believe I've read that BOINC uses the same download method normally used for websites, on the same port, but then does something rather different with the files it downloads.
7) Message boards : News : New server is running! (Message 45528)
Posted 47 days ago by Profile robertmiles
Does GPUGRID need a faster internet connection to make the new server effective?
8) Message boards : News : New server is running! (Message 45517)
Posted 47 days ago by Profile robertmiles
Hello, I would like to know why since when I downloaded the GPUGrid program with the intention of helping, for more than 3 months I have never received any tasks to analyze on my computer?


You have an AMD card, this card is not supported under this project yet, in the mean time you can help other biological projects such as Folding@home and Malariacontrol.net. If you want to help the astrophysics community you can help SETI@home or Einstein@home.

Folding@home is currently moving to a new site:

https://foldingathome@stanford.edu

Malariacontrol.net appear to have gone inactive - it's been at least days since I could reach their site.
9) Message boards : News : New server is running! (Message 45516)
Posted 47 days ago by Profile robertmiles
Hello, I would like to know why since when I downloaded the GPUGrid program with the intention of helping, for more than 3 months I have never received any tasks to analyze on my computer?


What graphics board do you have available for such tasks? GPUGRID now refuses to download for anything except rather recent Nvidia-based graphics boards, and not the slowest of those.

Have you told BOINC to enable downloaded GPU workunits? If so, CUDA type, OpenCL type, or both?
10) Message boards : News : New server is running! (Message 45469)
Posted 48 days ago by Profile robertmiles
The server status page says that there is only one task ready to send.

Apparently it is not of a suitable type for my computer, since it wasn't sent here.


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