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Doing a Little to Help the World and Your Fellow Man (person?)

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TravelingGeek    140

 

I could learn a LOT from you TFP.

Word.  TFP is my hero.   TAZ427 is not so far behind.

 

hey, I'm about to dive into Microsoft High Performance Computing (HPC) in a big way... anyone here have knowledge in that?  Our R&D team have drank copious amounts of the HPC coolaid.  As a test bed, I think I will be getting a few 8 core last generation decommissioned systems to play with.  It is unclear at this time if we keep them in our Annapolis data center or ship them to our Missouri City data center. (LOL)   If they come here and I am paying the AC/AC costs, then I think we should at least get some fun test experience out of them doing massively parallel processing for the betterment of human kind*. 

 

* do you think I can expense that line item?

 

 

 

And BB has THREE graphics cards?!?!?  Who would'ha thought?!?

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Thot    57

I'm here again to drum up support for this noble effort.  It costs you nothing and supports research.  You can learn about the World Community Grid Here.  Several of the projects in my initial post have completed and new ones added.  Click Here to see the five current research projects.

 

You can see a roster of the current team members Here

 

Oh yes, i_am_jim is me.  I joined before I thought of creating a Geocaching Team

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Thot    57

I'm here again to drum up support for this noble effort.  It costs you nothing and supports research.  You can learn about the World Community Grid Here.  Several of the projects in my initial post have completed and new ones added.  Click Here to see the six current research projects.

Here are the current geocaching team members.  I think some of them lost the link.

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GASTX    388

Reinstalled the client software after a system rebuild ( had forgotten about it). Client running again

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Team Four Paw    358

I had to power down all the machines I had running for various reasons.

I did however power up a retired 24 core dell server we had in the lab. Put in the rack and installed Ubuntu server minimal install. Installed client and it's crunching away now.

It's kind of a nice machine though.. So I don't know that I won't re-purpose it for something else... 

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Team Four Paw    358

I built a new small cluster this morning. We had some retired servers that have been scraped for parts laying around in the lab. Basically just the chassis, system board, cpu, and random assortment of memory. ( I said random... LOL )

Anyway I decided to try my hand at DRBL which is a pretty cool project.

Long story short I installed Ubuntu Server 16.04 base install, openssh, and DRBL on the one server I could find drives for, oh, and also the BOINC client.

The other remaining servers with no drives were configured to boot from the network card and connect to the DRBL server for the OS. Basically these servers are just thin clients at this point.

Ran the BOINC script included with DRBL and away they all went crunching work units. 48 CPU cores total between the 4 machines. So 48 work units can be crunched at a time.

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KeyResults    604

Thot: you just gained some serious cycles for the team!

Traditionally, computers (or cluster, or grids) get names...what shall this potential cure for Cancer be named Jason?

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Team Four Paw    358

El Cheapo ?... kind of like El Chapo... but short on hardware and free. but not stature... and well less villainess. Yea, I have no idea. 

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GASTX    388

Just name it NEEDS MAINTENANCE, Oh wait you said it was running linux, nvm

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KeyResults    604

As an aside, I noticed WCG added the Zika Virus Research to the list of projects looking for cycles too. 

I'm surprised more people don't step in. FUD I guess. It's a shame.

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Thot    57

WCG has gotten several more projects since they won a national award recently for best distributed processing application (or something like that)

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KeyResults    604

A New Version of BOINC is out for Windows and MAC: Which is currently 7.6.33 Here is a link to release notes.  https://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/Release_Notes_for_BOINC_7.6

Several notable things have been fixed and updated including NVidia video GPU recognition. 

BOINC is a program that lets you donate your idle computer time to science projects like SETI@home, Climateprediction.net, Rosetta@home, World Community Grid, and many others.

BOINC is the software behind the World Community Grid. You only need to install or upgrade BOINC 7.6.33 For World Community Grid, Our own Thot's (Jim) team HGCS. 

If you already are participating in the World Community Grid, chances are you are using version 7.4 of the software, or older. I strongly recommend you upgrade and re-run the benchmark from the BOINC Manager menu at the top of the screen. It only takes a minute or two. The upgrade for me on Windows 10 Pro was flawless. 

Here is the UC Berkley download link for BOINC: http://boinc.berkeley.edu/download.php

You can follow a link or two and read about the virtual box download and decide for yourself if you'd like to help scientists and researchers in other initiatives such as SETI@Home, which require Virtual Box along with BOINC. Your choice.

Speaking for myself, I'm quite proud of my participation in this program to help stomp out cancer in children, and the daunting task of mapping cancer markers. A few years ago, on this HGCS.org website, Jim (aka THOT) invited anyone who was willing to loan their PC or MAC's idle time to science. Several of us did. I for one am really glad Jim did that. I cannot tell you how good it makes you feel to get the occasional updates from the appreciative research scientists. You see your little laptop or desktop PC just sitting there, and you know that when you're not using it it's helping to unlock the cure or solution to many of man's nastiest or toughest problems.

Here's the link to the World Community Grid: https://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/

It's just a little thing, but as part of tens of thousands of other little things all over the world (the World Community Grid), you are making a difference over time. The status reports prove it. It's pretty cool. If you have a computer, that you're willing to leave on at night, or share while you're not using it, please consider this extremely worthwhile donation of some of your idle computer's processing power. It's free and absolutely secure, and fully configurable.

Thanks again Jim!

(TFP: Dude! You da man)

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Team Four Paw    358

Funny story... when I got laid off I guess one of the other admins shutdown my little cluster. Fast forward a little bit and being a little out of touch it appears I can't remember my password to WCG. I don't want to change it though. <Queue funny part> I guess the admin didn't turn off all my machines I had running BOINC. I guess I still got one machine at my old job cranking them out... Changing my password would break that... :rolleyes:

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Thot    57

That's the problem with not getting notices from HGCS, I didn't know about your post 'til just now.  Thanks for the kind words Kenny and the rest of you, please SIGN UP!

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Team Four Paw    358
On 3/2/2017 at 7:51 PM, Baytown Bert said:

I had a hard drive crash and just re-downloaded the .exe file.

Storage is cheap. I have a 6bay and 8bay hotswap drive dock. I use a Dell H310 Raid controller flashed with LSI firmware. These things are cheap but highly functional.

I would suggest a RAID10 with 4 drives. You would be able to survive two failed drives with no need to reinstall your OS on a new drive.

I don't run boinc on this machine as it's the lifeblood of my little network here. Lost of redundancy built into it though.

In other news.. I remembered my password for WCG...

 

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Thot    57

I'm here to encourage others to join.  This is really a chance to participate in something worthwhile that costs you almost nothing.

Here's the current roster.

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