Posts by adrianxw

1) Questions and Answers : Windows : Lots of WUs with 'Validate error' status (Message 462)
Posted 25 Oct 2019 by adrianxw
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I suspended the project some time ago for the same reason. I had only added it to one machine, a 4GHz i7 running Windows 8.1. No overclock. The applications are faulty.
2) Message boards : News : Request for feedback (Message 426)
Posted 16 Sep 2019 by adrianxw
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>>>
We have 209 different simulators supported by this project. We don't have the resources to maintain native versions of so many tools, especially for Windows.
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What you do have, though, is a community of people, some of whom are professional software engineers and developers across various platforms.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Invalid rate. (Message 299)
Posted 14 May 2019 by adrianxw
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Task number 07213152_016_1

>>> 194 (0x000000C2) EXIT_ABORTED_BY_CLIENT

While I was out. Too many unexplained and unexplainable errors. I'm backing off for a longer period now, if the project is still there in six months, I may give it another try.
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Invalid rate. (Message 280)
Posted 25 Apr 2019 by adrianxw
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That would be of potential use in fixing this. If the task is getting to a point where it needs something, and is not getting it, it may just wait until it times out. I hope the project team are watching.
5) Message boards : Number crunching : Invalid rate. (Message 278)
Posted 24 Apr 2019 by adrianxw
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We are volunteers, we are free to choose what we volunteer our resources towards. It is the nature of the platform.
6) Message boards : Number crunching : Invalid rate. (Message 276)
Posted 24 Apr 2019 by adrianxw
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What is important to me, is my machines running and completing valuable scientific work for the benefit of responsible scientists to aid their research. On regular occasions, the project here is throwing faulty work units to crunchers who are wasting their time. Recently, I've had few errors, others have many, but am still seeing validation errors - something is not right here.

Another project, I can't remember which, had problems with Virtual Box 6 and asked that crunchers who wanted to continue their work should retain, or return to 5.

I have set no new tasks again.
7) Message boards : Number crunching : Invalid rate. (Message 274)
Posted 24 Apr 2019 by adrianxw
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I've had another failure today:

1672983 1204102 818 24 Apr 2019, 9:30:36 UTC 24 Apr 2019, 9:56:04 UTC Completed and validated 146.55 99.14 1.15 boinc2docker v1.12 (vbox64_mt)
windows_x86_64
1673020 1204118 818 24 Apr 2019, 9:30:36 UTC 24 Apr 2019, 12:23:53 UTC Error while computing 6,825.86 5,924.72 --- boinc2docker v1.12 (vbox64_mt)
windows_x86_64
1673021 1204119 818 24 Apr 2019, 9:30:36 UTC 24 Apr 2019, 9:56:04 UTC Completed and validated 292.68 252.41 2.31 boinc2docker v1.12 (vbox64_mt)
windows_x86_64

.. note the REALLY long run time, the abort code is the:

197 (0x000000C5) EXIT_TIME_LIMIT_EXCEEDED

... the task is getting into a loop or similar from which it has no way out, and so it runs until it is killed by the task itself. I've had 80+ Normal Completion task as well on the same machine today. So whatever the loop is, it is an "unusual", on my machine, BUT, you said you are losing a lot? I can't see your machine.

I only have the project on this machine, the other I have here is pretty much identical, (same motherboard, processor, RAM, SSD, graphics, OS, VBox), so I doubt we'd learn anything by putting it on there as well.

Both my machines here are connected to about ten projects, some being Virtual Box set ups, I have seen more errors and problems from the work units here than probably the rest of my projects this centuary combined.
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Invalid rate. (Message 270)
Posted 24 Apr 2019 by adrianxw
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>>> Seems to be an issue with Windows 8.1 as the host OS.

I think there must be more too it than that. I have 8.1 on this system, and VirtualBox 5.1.28, today I have had 60 completed and validated so far. I had a single error yesterday, and 200+ Normal completion and validated.
9) Message boards : News : Request for feedback (Message 266)
Posted 23 Apr 2019 by adrianxw
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Seeing some more failures, this is the reported error, Same as I was seeing in March:

Exit status -2135228415 (0x80BB0001) Unknown error code

Windows 8.1 x64
10) Message boards : News : Request for feedback (Message 255)
Posted 13 Apr 2019 by adrianxw
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Reportig errors is potentially useful to the project team. They can see what tasks errored, on what machine, under which operating system etc. They probably test on various systems, but no project can try everything.

My systems are connected to about a dozen projects at any one time. I do not crunch wcg, a poor moderating decision in their forum was the start of a small exodus from the project about a year ago.

>>> If a very small number of errors

· Valid (591) · Invalid (188) · Error (30)

The bad figures here are probably more than the sum of all the other projects I have been connected too since 1999.
11) Message boards : News : Request for feedback (Message 253)
Posted 12 Apr 2019 by adrianxw
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I stayed away for a few weeks, came back expecting better, but overnight...

197 (0x000000C5) EXIT_TIME_LIMIT_EXCEEDED

... more of these. They have been failed by everyone that has had them and are obviously resends, but, the first send date was only a few days ago, they are not hang overs from weeks ago. No new tasks set AGAIN.
12) Message boards : News : Request for feedback (Message 238)
Posted 24 Mar 2019 by adrianxw
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I noticed another bad one today. I'm sure they know about this, I'm sure they will fix it, I have set nnt for the present.
13) Message boards : News : Request for feedback (Message 228)
Posted 22 Mar 2019 by adrianxw
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Sounds promising, I'll re-enable the project on this machine so I can watch it.
14) Message boards : News : Request for feedback (Message 221)
Posted 20 Mar 2019 by adrianxw
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Another load of work units arrived, and another load of errors and invalids, of various types. I have set no new tasks, the project needs more work to be done before it releases work again.
15) Message boards : News : Request for feedback (Message 213)
Posted 5 Mar 2019 by adrianxw
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There certainly WERE lots of validate errors, but I've not had one recently. Certainly the error count I have on my results page here now is VASTLY larger than at any other project I have on here, in fact, it is probably larger than I have accumulated across all my projects in the last 20 years. I've had a few long runners as well, but not nearly as many.
16) Message boards : News : New workunit pipeline (Message 181)
Posted 31 Jan 2019 by adrianxw
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All of the units that arrived today worked fine here. They are different from before, these run very quickly to completion.
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Invalid rate. (Message 175)
Posted 20 Jan 2019 by adrianxw
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No, they fail pretty quickly. I've kept the project enabled on this machine so I can keep an eye on it.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Invalid rate. (Message 173)
Posted 19 Jan 2019 by adrianxw
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A few more work units arrived, and failed.
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Invalid rate. (Message 172)
Posted 18 Jan 2019 by adrianxw
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My printer is old. It is an HP Laserjet 4. I have had it since late in the last centuary. I have rarely used it, but it is sometimes nice to be able to knock out 20 Christmas circulars.I bought a newer, modern, printer, a colour inkjet, but rarely need to print anything and it quickly died with blocked jets. The laser just kept knocking out the 20-30 sheets per year I needed. I rebuilt my systems to all 64 bit and didn't really think about it until the Christmas circular was dawning, and have been fiddling with it since.
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Invalid rate. (Message 170)
Posted 18 Jan 2019 by adrianxw
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However, it indicates that some of the other machines are probably not configured or operated correctly. Maybe the wrong VirtualBox version, insufficient memory, overclocking or whatever?
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Interesting though, isn't it, that the problem is only found with THIS project? With the virtualbox version, putting an older version on, instead of the current, is not a solution, it is a bodge.


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