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Message 2046252 - Posted: 22 Apr 2020, 2:08:38 UTC
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If you have been wondering about how much memory a given project will use, then I have a solution for most of you. It isn't a perfect solution because everyone will be running a different computer configuration (i.e. CPU/GPU), and many will be doing things differently on their computer (i.e. playing games, doing web searches, running office programs, etc.). WUProp@home-Results has a website with most of your answers. If you are planning on building a new computer and are curious about how much RAM to obtain, then use this to help you decide based upon which project you are going to be running.

https://wuprop.boinc-af.org/results/delai.py

The above link will open up a webpage titled "WUProp@home - Results".
On the left you will find a menu that will open up when you hover over it with your mouse.
Under the RAM section, enter what system you are running and press the "OK" button.

The end result is a table listing the BOINC projects, a list of the application (tasks) per project, and the memory requirements in MB for each application for whether you run a 32 bit or 64 bit CPU. This is a per core answer, not for the entire project, and the numbers given are averages. To the right is a link (graphical icon) to a graph which shows the varied range based upon what CPU and what platform you are running. If you have a late model, high end CPU, look toward the upper region of the graph. An older/slower CPU, look toward the lower region.

If you explore more and go to the project section you will find more info for each of the BOINC projects. Just remember to press the "OK" button after entering each item in the window boxes.

I hope this helps.

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Message 2046716 - Posted: 24 Apr 2020, 12:30:44 UTC - in response to Message 2046252.  

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Message 2046909 - Posted: 25 Apr 2020, 12:52:44 UTC

I've never done an upgrade specifically for BOINC before and I've always thought that if I did it would be a CPU or GPU upgrade.

A few days ago I did my first ever BOINC motivated upgrade: more RAM.
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Message 2047050 - Posted: 26 Apr 2020, 4:34:28 UTC - in response to Message 2046909.  

I've never done an upgrade specifically for BOINC before and I've always thought that if I did it would be a CPU or GPU upgrade.

A few days ago I did my first ever BOINC motivated upgrade: more RAM.

Hi Cygnus X-1,

Let me know how your "BOINC motivated upgrade" works with more RAM. I'd be interested (and a few others too, I imagine) to hear what CPU, GPU, Motherboard, HDD/SDD and RAM you have now, and what RAM you are upgrading to. Let it do some work for a day or a week and let me know in here what your results were -vs- results are.

If anyone else out there is thinking along the same lines, let me know (even privately by email, just begin the subject line with BOINC) and I'll tabulate the results and put them in here. Maybe it will prove interesting. Who knows?
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Message 2047061 - Posted: 26 Apr 2020, 9:03:52 UTC

mine for example ... 3984635 and screen ^^
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Message 2047125 - Posted: 26 Apr 2020, 17:53:30 UTC - in response to Message 2047061.  
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mine for example ... 3984635 and screen ^^

Good job, Kissagogo27. If your thinking of upgrading your computer with more RAM, how much more?

I know your computer is an older one, and that's okay. If you don't really know how much RAM your computer can take, you can use this guide to find out since I don't know what motherboard your computer has. Take it with a grain of salt though, because the website says: "Note: please treat this list as a guide; while we strive to maintain accuracy for all our components we cannot guarantee that our data is 100% accurate." I will say that with the age of your computer, it may be difficult to find compatible RAM for the specific MB that you have.
https://www.pc-specs.com/cpu/AMD/Athlon_64_X2/Athlon_64_X2_Dual_Core_4400+/77/Compatible_Motherboards
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Message 2047160 - Posted: 26 Apr 2020, 21:36:25 UTC

it's an A8NE from Asus ;) and have a free memory slot

even if only one process run and the other say lacking memory, suspend it in the right clic menu of boinctray icon and resume it restarts the 2 process together ;)
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Message 2047182 - Posted: 26 Apr 2020, 23:58:33 UTC

I've never done an upgrade specifically for BOINC before and I've always thought that if I did it would be a CPU or GPU upgrade.

A few days ago I did my first ever BOINC motivated upgrade: more RAM.

Hi Cygnus X-1,

Let me know how your "BOINC motivated upgrade" works with more RAM. I'd be interested (and a few others too, I imagine) to hear what CPU, GPU, Motherboard, HDD/SDD and RAM you have now, and what RAM you are upgrading to. Let it do some work for a day or a week and let me know in here what your results were -vs- results are.

If anyone else out there is thinking along the same lines, let me know (even privately by email, just begin the subject line with BOINC) and I'll tabulate the results and put them in here. Maybe it will prove interesting. Who knows?


I can tell you that right now that my system is now usable while running 8 Einstein Gravitational Wave Search tasks on the CPU (4 cores with HT) which I've seen use as much as 2GB for a single task. Before the upgrade my my GUI would freeze up if too many simultaneous Einstein Gravitational Wave Search tasks ran and used up all my available RAM. At this point I'd have to connect to it from another computer to suspend Einstein to restore responsiveness. With some projects such as Rosetta, some tasks are paused if there is not enough available RAM. I could have set resource limits in BOINC but I'd rather be able to use the full computing power of my CPU.

I checked the system monitor a few minutes ago and 87% of my 16GB is being used.

-5 Einstein Gravitational Wave Search tasks using about 2 GB each
-2 Einstein Gravitational Wave Search tasks using about 1 GB each
-1 Einstein Gamma-ray Pulsar Search tasks using arround 750-800 MB
-1 Seti task on Intel GPU using a relatively negligible ammout of memory

I was able to run Einstein like this before the upgrade, just not while I was actively using the PC. I had an 8GB flash drive serving as a swap partition, most of it was used. I'm sure that slowed things down.

The system is a Dell Optiplex 9010 USFF, the specs sheet is available here.

Mine has an i7-3770 CPU and runs Linux Mint 19.2

Old RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800
New RAM: 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3L PC3L-12800
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Message 2047218 - Posted: 27 Apr 2020, 5:25:42 UTC - in response to Message 2047182.  

I can tell you that right now that my system is now usable while running 8 Einstein Gravitational Wave Search tasks on the CPU (4 cores with HT) which I've seen use as much as 2GB for a single task. Before the upgrade my my GUI would freeze up if too many simultaneous Einstein Gravitational Wave Search tasks ran and used up all my available RAM. At this point I'd have to connect to it from another computer to suspend Einstein to restore responsiveness. With some projects such as Rosetta, some tasks are paused if there is not enough available RAM. I could have set resource limits in BOINC but I'd rather be able to use the full computing power of my CPU.

I checked the system monitor a few minutes ago and 87% of my 16GB is being used.

Hi Cygnus X-1,
It seems that your PC is doing extremely well with doubling the RAM. I suspect that you are doing about 75% more work with BOINC, while not having to access your PC with another computer.

Is your computer now allowing you to access the basic computing strategies without having to pause your BOINC projects? There are a few settings you can change (I assume) in your BOINC Manager, or go to the web settings to do the same, so that you don't need to relax or put a hold on projects.

Let me know if your computer is fine for you, or if you need assistance.

Regards,
George

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