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Message 1908597 - Posted: 23 Dec 2017, 12:03:35 UTC

I notice that all the deadlines on all the SETI takes are more than a week out. Is there a way I can set BOINC up to only do transfers once a week for 1 hour. I don't see the option in the scheduler. When I try to type in 00:00 start time and 00:00 end time it won't let me so I have to give a 1 minute window for each day and a 1 hour window for the one day a week. Can I eliminate this 1 minute window somehow.
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Message 1908621 - Posted: 23 Dec 2017, 17:06:18 UTC - in response to Message 1908597.  

If you use the local preference setup you can set a schedule for certain day and hour to use the internet.
You can also just add the option to only cache 0.5 days of work so you don't have a pile of tasks on your computer.
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Message 1908622 - Posted: 23 Dec 2017, 17:46:30 UTC - in response to Message 1908621.  

I would just like it to connect every Friday at midnight until 1am. I would like to store up to 10 days of work on the computer so it doesn't run out. When I hit OPTIONS and then Read Local Prefs file it does nothing. Is there something I need to do in order to get that to work.
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Message 1908623 - Posted: 23 Dec 2017, 17:47:03 UTC

Using a start time of 24:00 and an end time of 00:00 will disable network activity.
That allows two ways to have network activity only on specific days.

You can use 24:00-00:00 for the general time parameters and override on the day you want to allow. The inverse can also be used.

Both of these examples will only allow BOINC to use the network for 1 hour on Friday between 13:00 and 14:00


Another option is set the time you want to allow in the general time parameters and then have a script run boinccmd --set_network_mode disable always and boinccmd --set_network_mode enable auto when you wouldl ike BOINC to stop and start network activity.
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Message 1908627 - Posted: 23 Dec 2017, 17:59:16 UTC

Also some of these programs they offer to run in conjunction with BOINC are amazing. That TThrottle program is awesome. I've been adding modifications to my tower and strapping on as many fans as possible until I get hurricane force winds inside the case.

I only do SETI jobs but there was many years when I let it go so I decided to start back up again and see how much computers have changed. Before I was only able to do a packet a day, computers have changed so much. Now with just my desktop, laptop and phone it will push out considerably more than my computer in the past. That GPU processing stuff is NUTS. Stronger than my CPU's, takes 6 hours per core on the CPU but that GPU pushes them out once every 30 minutes.

Is it possible to put multiple video cards inside a computer and have them all process packets?
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Message 1908628 - Posted: 23 Dec 2017, 17:59:59 UTC - in response to Message 1908623.  

Thanks a lot, I'm going to set these times now that you helped me figure it out. Thanks.
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Message 1908631 - Posted: 23 Dec 2017, 18:05:07 UTC - in response to Message 1908627.  

Is it possible to put multiple video cards inside a computer and have them all process packets?

Just look the top computers, all has multiple GPU's

https://setiathome.berkeley.edu/top_hosts.php
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Message 1908642 - Posted: 23 Dec 2017, 19:04:41 UTC

Add in as many cards as will fit in your computer. Then add this option <use_all_gpus>1</use_all_gpus> to your cc_config.xml file in your BOINC directory with Notepad.Then use Re-read config files from the Options menu in the Manager. You should see all the gpu's that are installed picked up in the Event Log. Boinc will use all available resources.
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Message 1908648 - Posted: 23 Dec 2017, 20:25:28 UTC - in response to Message 1908642.  

Add in as many cards as will fit in your computer. Then add this option <use_all_gpus>1</use_all_gpus> to your cc_config.xml file in your BOINC directory with Notepad.Then use Re-read config files from the Options menu in the Manager. You should see all the gpu's that are installed picked up in the Event Log. Boinc will use all available resources.

Weeeelllll... Maybe. I found that I had hit the limit of either 5 or 6 on one of my systems with dual proc Xeons and 10 4x PCI-E slots that I am using USB expanders on, and it has I believe 8 or 9 cards hooked up to it that way, but it ran out of memory space if I remember correctly, and I had to disable them one at a time until it would finally boot. I also had to go into the BIOS and disable everything that I could that wasn't necessary, to free up as much as I could. But in the 'normal' world, I'd say yeah, as many as you can get to fit onto the MB. ;-)

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Message 1908651 - Posted: 23 Dec 2017, 20:36:24 UTC - in response to Message 1908648.  

Add in as many cards as will fit in your computer. Then add this option <use_all_gpus>1</use_all_gpus> to your cc_config.xml file in your BOINC directory with Notepad.Then use Re-read config files from the Options menu in the Manager. You should see all the gpu's that are installed picked up in the Event Log. Boinc will use all available resources.

Weeeelllll... Maybe. I found that I had hit the limit of either 5 or 6 on one of my systems with dual proc Xeons and 10 4x PCI-E slots that I am using USB expanders on, and it has I believe 8 or 9 cards hooked up to it that way, but it ran out of memory space if I remember correctly, and I had to disable them one at a time until it would finally boot. I also had to go into the BIOS and disable everything that I could that wasn't necessary, to free up as much as I could. But in the 'normal' world, I'd say yeah, as many as you can get to fit onto the MB. ;-)

it has I believe 8 or 9 cards

Showoff ;-}

OK, caveat.... add as many at the OS/mobo will allow without complaining.
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Message 1908659 - Posted: 23 Dec 2017, 21:00:34 UTC - in response to Message 1908648.  

Add in as many cards as will fit in your computer. Then add this option <use_all_gpus>1</use_all_gpus> to your cc_config.xml file in your BOINC directory with Notepad.Then use Re-read config files from the Options menu in the Manager. You should see all the gpu's that are installed picked up in the Event Log. Boinc will use all available resources.

Weeeelllll... Maybe. I found that I had hit the limit of either 5 or 6 on one of my systems with dual proc Xeons and 10 4x PCI-E slots that I am using USB expanders on, and it has I believe 8 or 9 cards hooked up to it that way, but it ran out of memory space if I remember correctly, and I had to disable them one at a time until it would finally boot. I also had to go into the BIOS and disable everything that I could that wasn't necessary, to free up as much as I could. But in the 'normal' world, I'd say yeah, as many as you can get to fit onto the MB. ;-)

I wonder if that would still be an issue with an UEFI MB & UEFI GPUs.
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Message 1908662 - Posted: 23 Dec 2017, 21:06:17 UTC
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Long time ago, with Windows XP in the 590/690 era (actually a dual GPU) i found the problem to put more GPU's on a MB was not the Boinc itself. IIRC it's limit is huge, 16 or even more GPU's (i think was 64 but I'm not sure i forget the right number) . Was about something they explain as OS resources. Never really understood what resource means but the easely explanation i received was something like each GPU take a part of the resources of the OS until it can't handle any more.
At that time i was able to run a host with 3x690+1x590 for a total of 8 GPU's the limit of slots available on my MB.
AFAIK the Windows XT resource limit was removed on the newer versions and they could handle more than 8 GPU's .
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Message 1908670 - Posted: 23 Dec 2017, 21:37:03 UTC - in response to Message 1908662.  

Actually, what I found out was it was something I believe called the memory space, I had a thread about that build, and the gent at Supermicro explained to me that it is completely OS independent, it's a limitation of the system board, some lame excuse about them not ever expecting that a person would ever load it up with 10 video cards, or some such nonsense. ;-) I guess video cards require X amount of memory space per card, and apparently I had ran into the limit.

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Message 1908671 - Posted: 23 Dec 2017, 21:55:55 UTC - in response to Message 1908670.  
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Actually, what I found out was it was something I believe called the memory space, I had a thread about that build, and the gent at Supermicro explained to me that it is completely OS independent, it's a limitation of the system board, some lame excuse about them not ever expecting that a person would ever load it up with 10 video cards, or some such nonsense. ;-) I guess video cards require X amount of memory space per card, and apparently I had ran into the limit.

Yes that memory problem happening on the 32 bits OS, But not on the 64 bits builds.
What i say for sure 8 works and Boinc could handle a lot more.
But to to that you need a special MB and the OS who could handle that.
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