...and now 7 million on SETI !!

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...and now 7 million on SETI !!

Post by UBT - Timbo » Sat Mar 21, 2020 3:06 pm

Hi all

As mentioned on this topic:

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=6559&p=128570#p128300

I have been aiming to reach the 7 million mark on SETI@home and to do so, before it stops making tasks available in 10 days time.

And despite SETI not issuing any NVidia tasks recently, I am pleased to be able to report that my account has now reached this :-)

I would have liked to get to 10 million (like I've done with some other projects,) but the SETI admins have decided to go into hibernation long before I could even get close and unless I bought up some serious computing time on some cloud servers, this wasn't going to be possible.

I've still got a few SETI tasks in my cache (though currently suspended due to this weekends Sprint) and I'll crack on until the end, to see how far I can get.

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Re: ...and now 7 million on SETI !!

Post by UBT - PennyQ » Sat Mar 21, 2020 6:55 pm

Yay!! Well done Tim!! :happy-bouncyyellow: :happy-cheerleadersmileygirl: :happy-cheerleadersmileyguy: :happy-cheerleadersmileygirl: :happy-cheerleadersmileyguy:
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Re: ...and now 7 million on SETI !!

Post by UBT - Timbo » Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:25 pm

Hi all

So, I have now got 7,500,035 credits on my SETI account - and I reckon I might be able to get to 8.5m and perhaps further, if the NVidia tasks continue to be available (though they have been sporadic for a few days).

We shall see ;-)

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Re: ...and now 7 million on SETI !!

Post by UBT - Timbo » Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:26 pm

UBT - PennyQ wrote:
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Yay!! Well done Tim!! :happy-bouncyyellow: :happy-cheerleadersmileygirl: :happy-cheerleadersmileyguy: :happy-cheerleadersmileygirl: :happy-cheerleadersmileyguy:
Thanks Penny :-)

Still time for me to get a wee bit higher though !!

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Re: ...and now 7 million on SETI !!

Post by Woodles » Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:30 pm

Keep going Tim :D

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Re: ...and now 7 million on SETI !!

Post by UBT - Timbo » Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:59 pm

Hi all

Now at 8.19 million and increasing...!!

I just wish I'd started crunching SETI that little bit earlier and I could have made it sooner :-(

oh well....

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Re: ...and now 7 million on SETI !!

Post by Woodles » Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:44 pm

Congratulations Tim.

Another 3/4 days to nine million, it's going to be close.

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Re: ...and now 7 million on SETI !!

Post by UBT - Timbo » Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:23 pm

Hi all

Now at 8.33m...and just 4½ days to go (and maybe one extra day to empty any buffers of SETI tasks).

For some reason BOINCstats is way behind on listing the account total:

https://classic.boincstats.com/en/stats ... 2/0/112288

which says I have 7,273,513 credits.

It's times like this I wish ubtstats.co.uk was still working :-(

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Re: ...and now 7 million on SETI !!

Post by Woodles » Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:06 pm

Maybe SETI is lying to you .... :lol:

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Re: ...and now 7 million on SETI !!

Post by UBT - Timbo » Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:29 pm

Woodles wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:06 pm
Maybe SETI is lying to you .... :lol:
Hi Mark

Good point...although more likely is that whatever database gremlins have been affecting their "back office" system(s) which prevents one accessing some task data plus the ginormous number of "awaiting validation" tasks, is slowing things down a bit = but not to worry - by April some of those SETI servers can take a nice long rest !!

Or maybe they have a "nobble" button, that adds an extra 1m credits to your total just to make you feel good. (Tips hat to a visual gag from "Not the Nine O'Clock News" from yonks ago about a motorist filling up to an exact number of "pounds" only for cashier to ht the "nobble" button that adds 1p (I think) to the total),

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Re: ...and now 7 million on SETI !!

Post by Woodles » Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:24 pm

Hi Tim,

Last stats update from SETI was 9:20 PM yesterday ... and you had 7,273,513.12693 total credit then so Boincstats is reporting what it's told. Looks like the SETI website data is up to date but their exports are way behind.

I wonder what they're going to do with those servers ... :techie-hiding: :techie-typing:

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Re: ...and now 7 million on SETI !!

Post by UBT - Timbo » Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:39 pm

Woodles wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 4:24 pm
Hi Tim,

I wonder what they're going to do with those servers ... :techie-hiding: :techie-typing:

Mark
Hi Mark

You mean these:
Hosts
bruno: Intel Server (2 x 2.66GHz Xeon, 8 GB RAM)
carolyn: Intel Server (2 x quad-core 2.4GHz Xeon, 96 GB RAM)
centurion: Intel Server (2 x hexa-core 3.4GHz Xeon, 512 GB RAM)
georgem: Intel Server (2 x hexa-core 3.07GHz Xeon, 96 GB RAM)
khan: Intel Server (2 x 3.0GHz Xeon, 32 GB RAM)
lando: Intel Server (2 x quad-core 2.4GHz Xeon, 12 GB RAM)
marvin: Intel Server (2 x 2.66GHz Xeon, 16 GB RAM)
oscar: Intel Server (2 x quad-core 2.4GHz Xeon, 96 GB RAM)
paddym: Intel Server (2 x hexa-core 3.07GHz Xeon, 132 GB RAM)
synergy: Intel Server (2 x hexa-core 2.53GHz Xeon, 96 GB RAM)
muarae1: Intel Server (2 x hexa-core 3.07GHz Xeon, 76 GB RAM)
muarae4: Intel Server (2 x hexa-core 3.07GHz Xeon, 76 GB RAM)
thumper: Sun Fire X4500 (2 x dual-core 2.6GHz Opteron, 16 GB RAM)
vader: Intel Server (2 x dual-core 3GHz Xeon, 32 GB RAM)
I'm sure they could be moved to earning some CryptoCoins? Maybe join GridCoin? Maybe switched to Folding@home ??

Or just shut-down in which case you can be sure of one thing though - their leccy bill is going to get a whole lot lower !!

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Re: ...and now 7 million on SETI !!

Post by UBT - Timbo » Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:26 pm

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Fri Mar 27, 2020 2:23 pm
Now at 8.33m...and just 4½ days to go (and maybe one extra day to empty any buffers of SETI tasks).
So, 6 hours later and now at 8.5m - an increase of 170,000 credits - that's about 28k per hour.

If this keeps up, with 100 hours to go until midnight on the 31st, that's a possible 2.8m credits, plus I still have 3,400+ "pending" validation tasks.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that SETI doesn't run out of tasks. !!

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Re: ...and now 7 million on SETI !!

Post by Damien Healy » Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:24 am

Well, it does actually look like there is not a lot of work available on SETI!

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Post by UBT - Timbo » Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:45 am

Hi Damien

It does tend to vary - at times there are very few and then a new batch of 40,000+ come through, which happened last night.

But there does seem to be a high demand so they don't last long. I did increase the resource share to 500 and then to 1000 in the vain hope that it might increase the number of tasks in the cache...and to some degree it might have helped: I have 260, 112 and 177 tasks in 3 of my hosts - normally you can get upto 150 CPU tasks and 150 tasks per GPU...due to SAH limiting restrictions.

This rather puts a bit of a dampener on my quest to reach 10m...currently sitting at 8,599,883 credits...and less than 4 days to go :-(

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Re: ...and now 7 million on SETI !!

Post by Woodles » Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:29 am

It's not looking good at the moment :(

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Post by UBT - Timbo » Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:28 pm

Woodles wrote:
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:29 am
It's not looking good at the moment :(
Hi Mark

Indeed...a lack of tasks is seriously hampering progress...and there's not a lot I can do about it - it's weekend now so, unless SAH is running a script to make more tasks available, there's not much hope of getting to the target before the "official" hibernation date.

I did pose a question on the SAH message board which hasn't been answered properly (to date):

https://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_t ... p?id=85393

So, there is a slim chance that some tasks may be available for a while due to resends as some work units may "time out" on some hosts if they are not crunched in time or some may just abort tasks. It's a long shot and one won't know until an admin gives an update on what's going to happen.

There is even an chance that due to lockdowns, the hibernation might be postponed... 8-)

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Re: ...and now 7 million on SETI !!

Post by UBT - Timbo » Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:48 pm

Hi all

My account is now at 9,103,549 credits and rising quite nicely.

The lack of tasks over the weekend has rather impacted how confident I am of achieving the target 10m...but there's stil a day or so to go, plus the chance that some re-sends might be available even if "new" tasks are no longer available.

There are still about 2,700 tasks "pending validation" so, if/when a wingman ever completes those tasks, then further credit might be forthcoming.

So, can the total increase by 896,552 before SAH hibernates? lol

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Re: ...and now 7 million on SETI !!

Post by Woodles » Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:54 pm

503,666 in two days, two days to go plus pendings, 896,552 to get, it's going to be close :D

At least there's some work available now.

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Re: ...and now 7 million on SETI !!

Post by UBT - Timbo » Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:39 pm

Hi all

4 hours on from the last posting and total now at 9,175,208 - so an increase of approx 72,000 or around 18,000 per hour.

With possibly up to 32 hours to go, that's around 576,000 credits - and a total figure of approx 9.75m...Add some "pending" credits, currently about 3,000 tasks, this could get VERY close...

Tasks do seem to be scarce most of the time...hence the need to have a large cache to keep one ticking over when fewer are available.

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