GPUGrid Work Availability

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I might make this a sticky so it's easier to keep track of what's happening with this project since we've been one of the top teams pretty much since its start. Over the last year work has been kind of erratic especially in the last few months. The project has had some turnover in developers and came out with a new app that took awhile to get most of the bugs out. Work has been in short supply for quite awhile. As of now there's plenty of work, the server shows thousands of available tasks for the first time I can remember in quite awhile!

If you want to participate, review the project requirements here.


TLDR:
  1. This is a Windows and Linux Nvidia-only project.
  2. You must select the ACEMD3 app in your project preferences.
  3. Windows, CUDA80 Minimum Driver r367.48 or higher
    Linux, CUDA92 Minimum Driver r396.26 or higher
    Linux, CUDA100 Minimum Driver r410.48 or higher
    Windows, CUDA101 Minimum Driver r418.39 or higher
  4. This project can push GPUs very hard compared to other projects. If you card is overclocked and work is failing, back off. Just because it's stable on other projects or games doesn't mean it will be stable here. Also make sure the card isn't running too hot, you might need to set fans speeds higher than normal. I think Nvidia cards, at least from Pascal up (10xx series) start to throttle at 72 degrees so I try to keep mine below that.
  5. There is a bug in the app that affects systems with different GPUs. Using a system with a 2080 and a 1080 as an example, if you need to restart BOINC or your computer, if the app was running on the 2080 and restarts on the 1080 it will fail. There are some ways around this. I feel the best solution is multiple clients. If you have a system that has an older Nvidia card, like anything older than Maxwell (9xx series), a project exclusion (<exclude_gpu> in your cc_config) might be a better option.
The current work announcement is here.

My machines were built primarily to crunch this project so I'm excited about this. :woot::USA:
 

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Work is still spotty at best. Hopefully these test jobs pave the way for larger tasks and consistent work soon.
 

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I just realized I hadn't updated this thread. There is now PLENTY of work...except for the current outage. :LOL:

I came home to find every client dry and trying to upload finished work. The site is down, I saw a message on Twitter they (I expect Toni) were rebooting the server. Hopefully it's not a major hardware problem.
 

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Work is still plentiful. I've put some resources into our new Folding@Home team, but with the recent surge of interest there due to the coronavirus work is extremely difficult to get. I've set exclusions in cc_config and set GPUGrid to a share of zero to deal with the FAH downtime. Excluded apps for me are as follows:

Code:
    <exclusive_app>FahCore_21.exe</exclusive_app>
    <exclusive_app>FahCore_22.exe</exclusive_app>
How this works: When the Folding@Home apps are running, BOINC suspends GPUGrid work, and resumes it when Folding work isn't running. This works very well if you want to keep your GPU crunching / folding as much as possible. You could use this for any BOINC project, at first I was using PrimeGrid (sieve app) as the backup since the work runs quickly. Now I'm using GPUGrid as the FAH outages have gotten longer and longer.
 

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There's still plenty of work available, but the admin Toni recently posted saying the number of hosts attached has doubled in the last month. I'm seeing work slow to upload and download at times, and the forum is very sluggish. There's been a longstanding network issue that is thought to be in the university or possibly an ISP backbone provider that has been causing problems like this for a long time, and the increasing load is making it worse.
 

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Administrator
USA team member
There's still plenty of work available, but the admin Toni recently posted saying the number of hosts attached has doubled in the last month. I'm seeing work slow to upload and download at times, and the forum is very sluggish. There's been a longstanding network issue that is thought to be in the university or possibly an ISP backbone provider that has been causing problems like this for a long time, and the increasing load is making it worse.
 
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