1) Message boards : Number crunching : Can anyone explain the badges? (Message 6611)
Posted 11 Sep 2019 by Profile Bill Michael
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And, now over a year and STILL no answer. :-(


I guess nobody cares about the forums or this project at all. No staff around that will answer questions. Almost TWO YEARS trying to get one simple question answered?
2) Message boards : Number crunching : Can anyone explain the badges? (Message 5624)
Posted 9 Nov 2018 by Profile Bill Michael
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And, now over a year and STILL no answer. :-(
3) Message boards : Number crunching : Credit Issues (Message 5400)
Posted 13 Apr 2018 by Profile Bill Michael
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Ditto!
4) Message boards : News : Development project "face lift" (Message 5228)
Posted 1 Nov 2017 by Profile Bill Michael
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I do not see an issue on boincstats. If there is one, the site managers should be contacted.


If you click on the "Credit Overview" or "Last 40 Days" or "Overview" tabs on that page, you will see that LHC-dev has not exported the xml files since the date mentioned. This is the SAME recurring problem that has been referenced in any number of other threads. The project - your end - is simply not providing the information - something is messed up in your site configuration. Again. That's what we keep trying to tell you! I just pulled the xml file myself from your site - it is EMPTY. Just a list of users, no credit data.
5) Message boards : Sixtrack Application : The Sixtrack Application (Message 5222)
Posted 29 Oct 2017 by Profile Bill Michael
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Got three jobs, completed successfully, but validator and assimilator are not running.
6) Message boards : News : Development project "face lift" (Message 5212)
Posted 22 Oct 2017 by Profile Bill Michael
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To make the issue of VM apps clearer, we have updated the "Terms of use" for this project, and the link on the front page.


There is now a mention of VM on the home page, but not on https://lhcathomedev.cern.ch/lhcathome-dev/join.php - which also mentions 'selecting project from the list', but DEV is not ON the list...

Nothing about requiring an "always on" internet connection and unlimited bandwidth, which eliminates more volunteers than VBox does.

I can't find any "Terms of use" anywhere.
7) Message boards : News : Development project "face lift" (Message 5211)
Posted 22 Oct 2017 by Profile Bill Michael
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Plus there is still NO explanation for the "badges" that magically appeared on our profiles, in my case in spite of my never doing a single work unit for the subproject the badge appears to be for.

The message when my mouse is hovering over the icon is "Joined ATLAS for over 360 days". These are ATLAS badges so I would suggest that you ask questions about these in the ATLAS topic of the production project.

I am not ON the production project. Never joined. Badge is HERE. Never did any ATLAS tasks here (or there, or anywhere). Thus the confusion on having a badge, on a project that doesn't appear to even GIVE badges, and then it's one for a subproject that I've never worked on. Unless badges have been implemented here with zero notice and zero explanation, there should be NO badges. I suspect something (badge stuff) got copied over from production, I'd been here over a year, it automatically assumed I needed a badge. I don't care one way or another if a project gives badges (although there was discussion HERE way back on giving badges for different types of help), but if a badge is going to show up, it ought to at least be a correct one. I'd expect one for CMS, since that's where I've done 5000 hrs work.

So, plus one for getting the web code "up to standard", and minus 100 for still failing to put the MINIMUM effort into communicating with your potential volunteers.
Then ANOTHER minus 100 because the stats sites STILL show lhcathome-dev as being "offline". You haven't fixed whatever is causing that, and have known about it for months.

Which stats site is reporting it as being "offline"? We have no control over an external stats site.

BoincStats.com - for a long time, the stats XML was not being properly exported from here. I THINK that part is fixed here, but they still show 'offline'. It could be on their end, pinging an invalid URL since the change; I think Willy gave up and assumed this project was dead when the XML didn't update for months, he may have just never looked again. Bok runs FreeDC - he doesn't have a "project status" AFAIK, but his thread "Credit Per App statistics" still hasn't been fixed, either, no subproject data at any stats site, so you aren't getting ALL the xml out correctly.
8) Message boards : Number crunching : Credit Issues (Message 5191)
Posted 12 Oct 2017 by Profile Bill Michael
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https://lhcathomedev.cern.ch/lhcathome-dev/server_status.php


Yes, that is where I got "consistently shows unsent tasks". At this moment it shows 218 unsent for Benchmark. Three in progress. Zero users in last 24 hours. Benchmark is "on" in my preferences. Windows, Mac, and Linux boxes running. All get "no work available from project". I did get three whole tasks for Sixtrack recently. The one on the Mac failed immediately, the two on Windows ran to completion and have been waiting for validation ever since.
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Can anyone explain the badges? (Message 5190)
Posted 12 Oct 2017 by Profile Bill Michael
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Three months later, still no answer. Typical.
10) Message boards : News : Development project "face lift" (Message 5189)
Posted 12 Oct 2017 by Profile Bill Michael
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Site looks a lot better - but my main complaint since the beginning has NOT been addressed. That is a notice and explanation on the "join" page saying that a) VirtualBox is required for this project, and b) a CONTINUOUS network connection is required as there will be network traffic flowing the entire time a work unit is running. These two factors will turn away a large number of potential crunchers - but it will be before they learn it the hard way and leave pissed off at the project for failing to communicate these requirements up front.

Plus there is still NO explanation for the "badges" that magically appeared on our profiles, in my case in spite of my never doing a single work unit for the subproject the badge appears to be for.

So, plus one for getting the web code "up to standard", and minus 100 for still failing to put the MINIMUM effort into communicating with your potential volunteers.

Then ANOTHER minus 100 because the stats sites STILL show lhcathome-dev as being "offline". You haven't fixed whatever is causing that, and have known about it for months.
11) Message boards : Number crunching : Credit Issues (Message 5165)
Posted 30 Sep 2017 by Profile Bill Michael
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The stats site that I use for "what do I need to run now" has shown LHCathome-dev as being "offline" now for over a month.


Two and a half months later, it's STILL showing as "offline". Have no idea if any credits are being exported, as I've gotten no work on any of my machines during that period. (ATLAS, ALICE, SixTrack, or Benchmark, which consistently shows unsent tasks but none in progress and no users, as discussed elsewhere.)
12) Message boards : News : Multicore Shutdown (Message 5164)
Posted 30 Sep 2017 by Profile Bill Michael
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Haven't been following this, but now I'm confused - your "multicore" tasks just reserve "n" cores instead of one, and run "n" separate processes?

How is this any more efficient than just having "n" separate BOINC tasks? Especially if, as discussed here, "n-1" of the threads could be idle? VBox biting you again? Doing "multicore" in order to have less VBox overhead?

What is the gain for "multicore"? Sounds like a patch on top of a patch on top of a patch, instead of trying to solve the real problem...
13) Message boards : Number crunching : No new tasks are distributed. (Message 5117)
Posted 9 Sep 2017 by Profile Bill Michael
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Server SAYS that there are Benchmark tasks available, but I get "no tasks available for Benchmark application" on my hosts.
14) Message boards : Number crunching : Credit Per App statistics (Message 5112)
Posted 1 Sep 2017 by Profile Bill Michael
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BoincStats has current figure, Free-DC does not...


Free-DC have Atlasathome as separate project.
It needed removed, because it is included in LHCatHome.


Possibly true, no idea, not on LHCatHome or Atlasathome - problem is with DEV, which FreeDC has just fine, it just isn't being updated. BoincStats, even after (one or more?) updates still shows DEV as being "offline", so there is some problem still with the DEV server.
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Credit Per App statistics (Message 5108)
Posted 31 Aug 2017 by Profile Bill Michael
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Guess it was a one-shot. BoincStats has current figure, Free-DC does not... Of course, no change lately since no work available for my selected apps. Sigh.
16) Message boards : Number crunching : issue of the day (Message 5087)
Posted 16 Aug 2017 by Profile Bill Michael
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"Server error: feeder not running"
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Can anyone explain the badges? (Message 5076)
Posted 15 Aug 2017 by Profile Bill Michael
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I seem to have an "ATLASYearsBronze-gluon.png" badge, but no idea where it came from, or what it means. I see that others have this or other badges. Searched forums, find nothing about badges. Home page doesn't mention badges. "My account" page shows the badge but no links to get info. AFAIK, I've never done any ATLAS tasks? Done plenty of others, would expect a CMS badge if anything, since that's what I did most of the work on.

https://lhcathome.cern.ch/lhcathome/badges


That answer is for a different project, which I am not attached to. Question is why I have a badge on THIS project, which as far as I can tell from the web site does not GIVE badges. Then the secondary question would be why the badge is for the "Atlas" sub-project, when I have never participated in said sub-project. There is obviously an error somewhere.
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Credit Per App statistics (Message 5075)
Posted 15 Aug 2017 by Profile Bill Michael
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Don't know if it is a "permanent" fix or just a one-shot, but my last couple of months work just finally showed up on the stats sites. Thanks!
19) Message boards : Number crunching : Can anyone explain the badges? (Message 5058)
Posted 3 Aug 2017 by Profile Bill Michael
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I seem to have an "ATLASYearsBronze-gluon.png" badge, but no idea where it came from, or what it means. I see that others have this or other badges. Searched forums, find nothing about badges. Home page doesn't mention badges. "My account" page shows the badge but no links to get info. AFAIK, I've never done any ATLAS tasks? Done plenty of others, would expect a CMS badge if anything, since that's what I did most of the work on.

Oh - the badge (like the credits and everything else) is not being exported to the stats sites, which STILL show this project as being "offline", for months now.
20) Message boards : Number crunching : Another Problem (Message 5057)
Posted 30 Jul 2017 by Profile Bill Michael
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Bump.


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