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Message 27972 - Posted: 8 Jan 2013 | 17:04:27 UTC

I get the feeling the GPUGrid is only for an exclusive club of members. I want to donate time for GPUGrid, but I think the deadline times you get is a borderline joke.

I just restarted my GPU work load again, and the first work unit i got was with a estimated time to complete: 32 hours. Fair enough. Then I look at the deadline. 5 days. Lets just do some math here.

I'm home and have turned on my computer on normal workdays 16-22. That gives me 6 hours of potential computation time. I normally use my computer, so it's more like 1-2 hours of computation time that will be available. That gives BOINC an effective computation time of 10 hours pr work week.

I'm short 22 hours.

Weekend are sometimes different. Maybe I can give 7-8 hours on a weekend. So that's 16 hours + 6 for 3 weekdays. 24 hours in total. I'm still 8 hours short.

And all those calculations is with a IF i'm home attribute.

When I look at some of the other GPU project there is out there, then it just gets worse. WCG offer GPU computing for Help Conquer Cancer. Their estimated completion time is 2 minutes. Fair enough, GPUGrid has more stuff to work out. But WCG offers a deadline of 7 days. 2 more days for a unit the is vastly smaller than GPUGrid.

I want to help GPUGrid out. I really do. The project is something personal that I want to support, but the deadlines just denies me.

Could we please increase those deadlines to something that can give us mortals a fighting chance to help you out?

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Message 27975 - Posted: 8 Jan 2013 | 21:04:18 UTC - in response to Message 27972.

There won't be longer deadlines, this research project needs fast wu returns.
In your case, you should not crunch the long workunits. These are intended for enthusiasts, who leave their PC turned on 24/7.
You can select the type of workunits you want to run on your hosts in your profile.
Click on your user name on the top right.
Look for the Preferences for this project
Click on GPUGrid settings.
Uncheck the checkboxes of ACEMD beta and ACEMD for long runs (8-12 hours on fastest GPU).
Save your settings.
In the BOINC manager select the GPUGrid project, and click on "Refresh".
I suggest you to abort your current long workunit if it won't finish on time, because it will be resent to another host if yours doesn't report it until the deadline, and if the other host reports it before yours, you won't receive any credit for it.

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Message 27978 - Posted: 9 Jan 2013 | 6:55:35 UTC

I did not knew they had that option. Thank you. I'll test to see if i'm able to complete those instead.

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Message 27979 - Posted: 9 Jan 2013 | 7:20:50 UTC - in response to Message 27978.

you should easily be able to complete the short tasks by the deadline.

The long tasks really are for people who have dedicated rigs or are able to leave their computers on overnight.
Note also that the current long tasks are reallllly long. so a 460 will struggle to complete them.

Welcome back to GPUGrid by the way! :)

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