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CPU Folders - Look at BOINC for Covid-19

Discussion in 'Team OcUK Distributed Computing Projects' started by FreeStream, Mar 23, 2020.

  1. FreeStream

    Capodecina

    Joined: Apr 10, 2004

    Posts: 13,301

    Rosetta@Home is now releasing/labelling more WU with "COVID-19".

    Currently 50% of my WU in my queue are COVID 19 related.

    I've switched all my CPUs across to BOINC with my RX580 still pointing at FAH.
     
  2. Pants

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 3,034

    Location: Leicester

    Same, CPU on Rosetta and GPU on folding for me
     
  3. Th0nt

    Soldato

    Joined: Jul 21, 2005

    Posts: 7,271

    Location: N.Ireland

    Yep it best of both worlds. If f@h can get enough server capacity will config back to that.
     
  4. schumi84

    Mobster

    Joined: Sep 5, 2006

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    Location: West Ewell, Surrey

    I have noticed in the advanced view about 80% of my work units are now COVID-19; it's keeping my 3600 busy which is nice.

    My F@H units have completely dried up, though I don't really have a GFX card capable of helping much anyway on that.
     
  5. FreeStream

    Capodecina

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    Yep same!
     
  6. colinmcr

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Scotland

    Thanks for this I'll switch to Rosetta also
     
  7. ChrisD.

    Capodecina

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    I've been doing both but there's always COVID-19 work on BOINC.
     
  8. Rainmaker

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Aug 18, 2007

    Posts: 8,446

    Location: Liverpool

    My BOINC stopped uploading/downloading about 24 hours ago. The remaining active work units completed and trailed off, and I noticed that both uploads and downloads had stalled, with ever-lengthening delays until retry. I spent all today thinking their servers were now overloaded, as with FaH's and just left it running.

    By chance, I loaded up my network adblocker (AdGuard Home) just now... and one of my filter lists, Energized Ultimate, added boinc.bakerlab.org (Rosetta's server) to their blacklist yesterday. Idiots! I white-listed the domain and BOINC is back up and running at full tilt again. Shame about the work time / points I lost during the downtime though. I'm now down to 5th place on the OcUK leaderboard. :p

    You all might want to add boinc.bakerlab.org to your Pi-Hole/AdGuard/pfblockerNG whitelists!

    Just as interesting, imo, is the little dip on 25th March. That was when I followed @ChrisD. advice and undervolted and underclocked my 3960X. The performance/points drop is minimal as you can see, considering it's now pulling so much less electricity (100W now vs 280W before).

    [​IMG]
     
  9. ChrisD.

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    That's very minimal difference, considering the savings in electricity and heat output. I'm up to number 2 on the OcUK list for recent points. :)
     
  10. ChrisD.

    Capodecina

    Joined: Sep 20, 2006

    Posts: 24,332

    I'm running both BOINC and Folding, is there a way to set BOINC up so that when I get WU's for Folding that the BOINC tasks pause?
     
  11. Th0nt

    Soldato

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    Thanks will check Pi-hole and try this in case.
     
  12. Rainmaker

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Liverpool

    View > Advanced view. Then Options > Computing preferences > Supend when non-BOINC CPU usage over X% (25 by default iirc). Or just have BOINC doing CPU and Folding doing GPU. I'm getting fairly consistent work for FaH that way and BOINC is obviously always busy.
     
  13. ChrisD.

    Capodecina

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    Cheers, I'll give that a go.
     
  14. Glanza

    Capodecina

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    Location: South Yorkshire

    Switched over to Boinc from F@H. Going to switch an idle server over at work too see if it picks any tasks up as F@H didn't want to give it any tasks.
     
  15. Luke

    Soldato

    Joined: Jul 19, 2005

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    Location: S. Yorkshire

    I'm using BOINC for CPU on a 2700x. Are there any tips for doing similar undervolting on this for cheaper running? I'd like to do this long term so if I can reduce my power consumption that would be ideal.
     
  16. ChrisD.

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    Just set the clock speed to stock and then keep lowering the core voltage until the point it becomes unstable, then slightly add.
     
  17. NickK

    Capodecina

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    Yup - been running Rosetta@Home as F@H rarely has work for me.

    Running a Mac Mini 3.2GHz 6 core i7 with hyperthreading = 12 workloads.

    I have got one minor issue with one task in advanced mode "Waiting for Memory". I have 32GB and nothing else has been running so unless there's a memory leak (I note that accountsd in OSX Catalina is taking 915MB). I may have to reboot after 13 days uptime.. top says 28GB used, 410MB available.

    Each task says it's using 6GB virtual in the BOINC manager..

    A quick reboot and accountsd is now taking 24MB.. all the tasks are now running and all is hunky-dory. Worth checking on your memory use OSX peeps. Actually F@H has finally just worked up with a new task (the download bug?) too.. so cooking on fire. now using 18GB of memory.
     
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  18. NickK

    Capodecina

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    F@H peeps - try a restart. F@H has a download bug that sometimes stops new work completely.
     
  19. hanluc

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    Boinc by default is set to use only 50% memory when in use, you can change it in computing preferences / disk and memory.
     
  20. ozaudio

    Mobster

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    Location: St helens

    edit - never mind , it was somebody else.
     
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2020