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PatHawks
 
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2009-01-26 01:20:31

Anybody know if I can crunch anything on a computer with 14MB RAM?

I'm not sure I'll have any luck, but I'd love to get a couple credits on this thing before I toss it out the window.

Why?
To see if I can, of course!
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2009-01-26 05:23:09

Anybody know if I can crunch anything on a computer with 14MB RAM?
I'm not sure I'll have any luck, but I'd love to get a couple credits on this thing before I toss it out the window.
Why? To see if I can, of course!


I'm not even sure if you could get the manager to load. You would have to boot to a shell, not a gui, though basic Xwin might work. If the machine booted, I'd expect you'd have to boot to a shell, and then run the BOINC client with commands, not the GUI manager.

Aside from that, I think I've seen some projects that will run with 64Mb RAM *available*. I'm not sure if any will run with 32Mb. Most require from 128Mb to 512Mb *available*. Remember, they try to load the data file, crunching engine, and output file into memory simultaneously to reduce drive IO.

You also have to consider if the money required to power that PC and cool it would be worth the slow crawl of data crunching.
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2009-01-26 05:38:46

I'm not even sure if you could get the manager to load. You would have to boot to a shell, not a gui, though basic Xwin might work. If the machine booted, I'd expect you'd have to boot to a shell, and then run the BOINC client with commands, not the GUI manager.
Everything is setup and the computer is linked to my BAM account. I've got that under control.
Only problem is that projects need more than the 13MB of RAM available.
Here's some log for ya.
Code:
Sun Jan 25 22:31:28 2009|sudoku|Sending scheduler request to http://dist2.ist.tugraz.at/sudoku_cgi/cgi
Sun Jan 25 22:31:28 2009|sudoku|Reason: To fetch work
Sun Jan 25 22:31:28 2009|sudoku|Requesting 432 seconds of new work
Sun Jan 25 22:31:33 2009|sudoku|Scheduler request succeeded
Sun Jan 25 22:31:33 2009|sudoku|Message from server: No work sent
Sun Jan 25 22:31:33 2009|sudoku|Message from server: (there was work but you don't have enough disk space allocated)
Sun Jan 25 22:31:33 2009|sudoku|No work from project
Sun Jan 25 22:31:33 2009|sudoku|Deferring scheduler requests for 5 minutes and 49 seconds
Sun Jan 25 22:31:49 2009|AQUA@home|Sending scheduler request to http://aqua.dwavesys.com/aqua_cgi/cgi
Sun Jan 25 22:31:49 2009|AQUA@home|Reason: To fetch work
Sun Jan 25 22:31:49 2009|AQUA@home|Requesting 432 seconds of new work
Sun Jan 25 22:31:54 2009|AQUA@home|Scheduler request succeeded
Sun Jan 25 22:31:54 2009|AQUA@home|Message from server: No work sent
Sun Jan 25 22:31:54 2009|AQUA@home|No work from project
Sun Jan 25 22:31:54 2009|AQUA@home|Deferring scheduler requests for 1 minutes and 41 seconds
Sun Jan 25 22:33:39 2009|AQUA@home|Sending scheduler request to http://aqua.dwavesys.com/aqua_cgi/cgi
Sun Jan 25 22:33:39 2009|AQUA@home|Reason: To fetch work
Sun Jan 25 22:33:39 2009|AQUA@home|Requesting 432 seconds of new work
Sun Jan 25 22:33:44 2009|AQUA@home|Scheduler request succeeded
Sun Jan 25 22:33:44 2009|AQUA@home|Message from server: No work sent
Sun Jan 25 22:33:44 2009|AQUA@home|No work from project
Sun Jan 25 22:33:44 2009|AQUA@home|Deferring scheduler requests for 1 minutes and 55 seconds
Sun Jan 25 22:34:15 2009|BOINC alpha test|Sending scheduler request to isaac.ssl.berkeley.edu/alpha_cgi/cgi
Sun Jan 25 22:34:15 2009|BOINC alpha test|Reason: To fetch work
Sun Jan 25 22:34:15 2009|BOINC alpha test|Requesting 432 seconds of new work
Sun Jan 25 22:34:20 2009|BOINC alpha test|Scheduler request succeeded
Sun Jan 25 22:34:20 2009|BOINC alpha test|Message from server: No work sent
Sun Jan 25 22:34:20 2009|BOINC alpha test|Message from server: Upper Case needs 95.37 MB RAM but only 13.17 MB is available for use.
Sun Jan 25 22:34:20 2009|BOINC alpha test|No work from project
Sun Jan 25 22:34:20 2009|BOINC alpha test|Deferring scheduler requests for 12 minutes and 50 seconds
Sun Jan 25 22:35:00 2009|NQueens@Home Project|Sending scheduler request to http://nqueens.ing.udec.cl/NQueens_cgi/cgi
Sun Jan 25 22:35:00 2009|NQueens@Home Project|Reason: To fetch work
Sun Jan 25 22:35:00 2009|NQueens@Home Project|Requesting 432 seconds of new work
Sun Jan 25 22:35:06 2009|NQueens@Home Project|Scheduler request succeeded
Sun Jan 25 22:35:06 2009|NQueens@Home Project|Message from server: No work sent
Sun Jan 25 22:35:06 2009|NQueens@Home Project|No work from project
Sun Jan 25 22:35:06 2009|NQueens@Home Project|Deferring scheduler requests for 1 minutes and 0 seconds
Sun Jan 25 22:35:41 2009|AQUA@home|Sending scheduler request to http://aqua.dwavesys.com/aqua_cgi/cgi
Sun Jan 25 22:35:41 2009|AQUA@home|Reason: To fetch work
Sun Jan 25 22:35:41 2009|AQUA@home|Requesting 432 seconds of new work
Sun Jan 25 22:35:47 2009|AQUA@home|Scheduler request succeeded
Sun Jan 25 22:35:47 2009|AQUA@home|Message from server: No work sent
Sun Jan 25 22:35:47 2009|AQUA@home|No work from project
Sun Jan 25 22:35:47 2009|AQUA@home|Deferring scheduler requests for 11 minutes and 9 seconds
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2009-01-26 07:31:56

Anybody know if I can crunch anything on a computer with 14MB RAM?

I'm not sure I'll have any luck, but I'd love to get a couple credits on this thing before I toss it out the window.

Why?
To see if I can, of course!



it won't get you the boat-anchor award : Pentium 120
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2009-01-27 03:21:57

Don't make me pull out the 486...
PatHawks
 
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2009-01-27 03:29:31

Don't make me pull out the 486...
Please do!
PatHawks
 
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2009-02-12 20:39:14

Just thought I'd post an update on the progress of getting this door stop to crunch.

I found out that FreeHAL will send WUs and even load, but after 4 seconds, it always exits with the message
Code:
Process exited with code 2 (0x2)


Usually in Linux, this would be a permissions error. I don't think that's the case on my system, as I went to the BOINC directory and did the old
Code:
chmod 777 *
chmod 777 */*
chmod 777 */*/*
...

Note: you should never do that on a system you care about at all. It throws all security out the window

So I'm not sure where to go from here.
I've got another call for help posted in the FreeHAL forums. Anybody here have any ideas?
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2009-02-13 01:23:15

As far as I know FreeHal doesn't have a working Linux Application, their working on it but so far nones come out that actually work ...
PatHawks
 
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2009-02-13 18:00:21

As far as I know FreeHal doesn't have a working Linux Application, their working on it but so far nones come out that actually work ...

Oh.
Well that's quite odd.
Wonder what it sent to my box
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