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1) Message boards : Number crunching : The Scottish Boinc Team calls a new year challenge (Message 1214)
Posted 19 Dec 2013 by Alez
Unfortunately the new TB units will not be ready in time for the challenge. As such my intention is to delay the challenge until 1/2/14 as per Ant's request.
Have a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year to all.
2) Message boards : Number crunching : The Scottish Boinc Team calls a new year challenge (Message 1201)
Posted 7 Dec 2013 by Alez
PM me if you want to change the date of the challenge to something more suitable for the project.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : The Scottish Boinc Team calls a new year challenge (Message 1186)
Posted 4 Dec 2013 by Alez
Hogmanay FM@H Hootanany 1/1/14 - 8/1/14

Welcome to Scottish Boinc Team's new year challenge. Join us for a dram, a bit of banter and some friendly rivalry. Fight Malaria @ Home is a well run project contributing towards a very worthy cause that deserves our crunching power as much as any other.It is TSBT's home project.
All teams and computers are welcome here, the FASTER, the better. More crunching power for the project and more credits for your team, and that is the point of a competition in the first place :) So lets see in the new year in style and start the projects year with a bang

details for the competition are here
4) Message boards : Cafe : The Scottish Boinc Team (Message 1180)
Posted 3 Dec 2013 by Alez
Welcome to The Scottish Boinc Team ( established in 1999 as Scotland's Seti ), one of the oldest and we'd like to think, best Boinc teams around. After joining the team here, head over to our forum Join us.

We crunch for all Boinc projects and are always adding new ones as they come along. Our aim is to use our spare computing power to advance human knowledge while enjoying some friendly competition amongst ourselves and with other teams. So if you're Scottish by birth, ancestry, residence, emotional attachment or even if you've no link whatsoever with Scotland but just fancy being part of a lively friendly team, please come join us, everyone is welcome. Take part in shaping your team, chat, get help and advice or help others. Participate in Team challenges and competitions both with ourselves and other rival teams. It's a very informative, user and newbie friendly, forum with stats, team and individual milestones, information and lots of help. Come join us, you will be assured of a warm welcome and it's easy to do.

Come see our website and forum.
Reading is free without registration.
Team members can Register and will be able to immediately post and be granted access to additional private team areas.
5) Message boards : Number crunching : WU's Not Being Saved In Memory? (Message 1053)
Posted 19 Oct 2013 by Alez
I have excellent cooling...water cooled + at least 5 fans. But what I don't like is a processor running at well over 80°C all the time as, being a pensioner, I'm trying to make this machine last way beyond its expected life span and I've already burned out 1 fan (replaced) and a hard drive failed last month, plus I don't like slowing down my regular forum support work that I volunteer for.
I tried your suggestion and the running temperature shot up 10° straight away and the fans started roaring. I'll just reduce the amount of work I'm keeping in my cache so I have less to deal with. As you can tell by my stats, I've been doing things slowly for quite a while. I have no interest in breaking records, as I see so many BOINC users doing. I don't regard it as a contest.
Thanks for your help ;-)

Always best to do what works best for you. Other peoples suggestions are just that :)
The only thing I would add further is that I run 2 i7's both crunching 24/7 on 5 cores with the other 3 cores feeding the 3 GPU's in each one. CPU's are not overclocked or anything and both run stock intel coolers and I have never seen the temperatures above 75c. With water cooling I would have expected far lower temps. Maybe you should check the cooler to ensure the rad is not choked with dust. Don't want to sound all expert or anything, I'm sure you know what you are doing, just trying in a small way to be helpful.
6) Message boards : Number crunching : WU's Not Being Saved In Memory? (Message 1048)
Posted 19 Oct 2013 by Alez
The use no more than 20% CPU time will slow it down brutally. Personally I would install better cooling ( case fan etc. ) and rather than using 20% cpu time I would limit the number of cores to say use 50% of processors. Will have the same effect but you will only run 4 units at 100% 4 cores idle, better use of your computer for what you want to do and should stop you running into 'running high priority'. Maybe worth a try and see if it works for you, but ultimately it's your equipment and your choice.
7) Message boards : Number crunching : WU's Not Being Saved In Memory? (Message 1046)
Posted 18 Oct 2013 by Alez
The units have rather bizarre parameters. They've been running continuously for about 6 hours now and show an elapsed time of 1.25 hours with 6 minutes left to go, which is total rubbish as I know they'll still be going long after the deadline of 4.14pm my time has elapsed. (It's now 11am).

I'm tempted to abort the rest as they have no hope of completing today.

running for 6 hrs but only showing 1.25 hrs is not normal. Are you running other projects ? is boinc switching between projects ? The chembl units are the ones that are notorious for long run times.
6hrs running but only 1.25 run time makes me think that your cpu is over committed. Are you doing other stuff on the pc whilst it's crunching that uses a lot of cpu ? gaming etc. On an i7 you should be ripping through the units in minutes. Even the long running ones should be no more than an hour with a few exceptions.
8) Message boards : Number crunching : WU's Not Being Saved In Memory? (Message 1041)
Posted 18 Oct 2013 by Alez
Normal behavior on this project. The wrapper does not checkpoint so when you shut down all progress is lost and the unit will restart from scratch. This has been discussed a million times before. Originally the units ran for 3 - 5 mins so check-pointing was not required. Mostly the units are still not massive so in reality you are not loosing that much.
9) Message boards : Number crunching : TSBT has called a new challenge on FM@H (Message 1022)
Posted 8 Oct 2013 by Alez
I am going to look into one later in the year.
Hoping that the credit for long running units will be sorted as there is issues with running a competition with such a disparity in credit for time. Have a feeling that the guys that are serious about the competition will start cherry picking units and dumping all the long running ones which would not be good for the project.
10) Message boards : Number crunching : What happens to WU's that are WIP when you shut down? (Message 1021)
Posted 8 Oct 2013 by Alez
short answer yes. All progress will be lost and they will start all over again.
11) Message boards : Number crunching : Batch of Error Work Units (Message 1016)
Posted 5 Oct 2013 by Alez
I'm receiving a bunch just now. error report indicates pt is not a valid autodock type

Name vina_31922_1380972623.966141-1162-PFL2560c_1.pdbqt-112818-CHEMBL316647_0.pdbqt-14p2flex-_0
Workunit 141793048
Created 5 Oct 2013, 11:30:43 UTC
Sent 5 Oct 2013, 17:42:57 UTC
Received 5 Oct 2013, 17:53:40 UTC
Server state Over
Outcome Computation error
Client state Compute error
Exit status 1 (0x1) Unknown error number
Computer ID 16636
Report deadline 16 Oct 2013, 3:42:57 UTC
Run time 6.28
CPU time 0.03
Validate state Invalid
Credit 0.00
Application version vina v3.01
Stderr output

process exited with code 1 (0x1, -255)

Parse error on line 20 in file "ligand.pdb": ATOM syntax incorrect: "Pt" is not a valid AutoDock type. Note that AutoDock atom types are case-sensitive.
18:51:35 (20774): called boinc_finish

12) Message boards : Number crunching : TSBT has called a new challenge on FM@H (Message 932)
Posted 27 Aug 2013 by Alez
There was a conflict between the team ID's on FM@H and the original challenge. Ultimately Willy at Boincstats couldn't resolve the problem so we have had to cancel the challenge. A new one will be called once we are in a position to set up the challenge on Boincstats.
At least the project got a nice boost for a few days.
Sorry about the problems guys.
13) Message boards : Number crunching : Work Units are lasting about an hour again (Message 929)
Posted 27 Aug 2013 by Alez
I'm now getting units that are running for 2-3 hours minimum. I don't mind the time as such but you must give out more credit as 5 credits for units that run 3 mins and 10 credits for units that run 3 hours is wrong.
14) Message boards : Number crunching : TSBT has called a new challenge on FM@H (Message 918)
Posted 23 Aug 2013 by Alez
As per the title.
Details can be found here

Last in a series of 4 challenges called in memory of a founder member of TSBT. All are welcome to join in.
15) Message boards : News : GoFundMe server appeal (Message 724)
Posted 18 Jun 2013 by Alez
Well I hope my donation goes to a new server, but if not then it will still go to a worthy cause and that's what matters.
16) Message boards : News : GoFundMe server appeal (Message 719)
Posted 14 Jun 2013 by Alez
My donation made, keep up the good work guys.
17) Message boards : Number crunching : really long running tasks (Message 647)
Posted 13 May 2013 by Alez
I agree with Janos, the longer running units are better for my bandwidth and must be better for the project servers. Checkpoints would be nice but realistically you don't loose that much time if you shut down. Upgraded credit would off course be nice but again wont stop me crunching away.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : really long running tasks (Message 639)
Posted 10 May 2013 by Alez
I got a whole bunch of these longer units too. Thought my computer had thrown a fit at first.
19) Message boards : Number crunching : TSTB chooses FightMalaria@Home as team project. (Message 619)
Posted 2 May 2013 by Alez
Final score was a victory for TSBT ahead of a very strong showing from Boinc@Australia, with BOINC.Italy in 3rd. Congratulations and thanks to all who took part.
20) Message boards : Number crunching : TSTB chooses FightMalaria@Home as team project. (Message 615)
Posted 30 Apr 2013 by Alez
over 2000 pending validation now. Cracking on as best as can, one eye on the rear view mirror, one ear cocked for the fat lady to sing :() We're only 55k in front, still 24 hrs to go.....

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