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Server problems this past weekend
We had what we thought was a hard drive crash - the drive went into a read-only state and the server crashed. It would not even allow a remote reboot. We finally got someone in there this morning to do a hard shutdown.

The system came back and appears to be working now. But we will continue to keep an eye on it.

If you are like me, you will have a bunch of WUs that need uploading. Please have patience as everyone will be uploading at the same time, so there might be delays.
16 Nov 2020, 17:21:24 UTC · Discuss

New and improved apps coming soon
I have made some improvements to the cpu code. I am seeing somewhere between 30% and 40% speedup, depending on the case.

I have deployed the new executable for 64bit linux. I am currently trying to get it to build for 64bit windows. I hope to have that ready by tomorrow sometime.

The next step is to use these same tricks on the GPU versions. GPUs can be very finicky, so this might take several weeks before I have something worthwhile.
13 Nov 2020, 2:51:56 UTC · Discuss

Should the fixed credits be higher?
I have had a couple people mention that the fixed credits should be higher. I tried to set the credits to be in line with the cobblestone definition, but it's possible I missed the mark.

I will wait for feedback before making any changes. Please share your credit opinions.
17 Jun 2020, 18:21:19 UTC · Discuss

Expired SSL certificates in BOINC Client -- User Action Required
This was discussed in another thread, and it just occurred to me I should post a news item with more explicit instructions.

The issue is that the BOINC client comes bundled with SSL certificates and these expired earlier today. Here are the basic steps to fix the problem. (Note: this works on linux and I see no reason why it shouldn't work on Windows too.)
1. Download the new "ca-bundle.crt" file from here:
2. Replace the old ca-bundle.crt file with the new one (it should be in your BOINC root directory).
31 May 2020, 5:27:43 UTC · Discuss

Moving to fixed credit
I have replaced CreditNew (or CreditScrew as some like to call it) with a fixed credit system.

The fixed value is based on the average runtime from many samples from a single machine in a well controlled environment (one of my own computers). Obviously, the fixed value will change with each batch, since each batch has a different average runtime.

This should be a pretty fair system, especially after a host has processed enough WUs for the average to kick in. The main downside is the potential for cherry pickers - hopefully there won't be too many of them.
23 May 2020, 0:10:28 UTC · Discuss

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