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#1 Coming Back

Unread post by leecarver » Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:08 pm

Hi All...

After some time away, I'm jumping back into the crunching scene. I'm updating the rig that was in my garage after cannibalizing it (likely going to be putting a cheapo Seagate or WD Sata HDD - but open to recommendations) and am going to have it hooked up at my office so it can run 24/7. Otherwise, the main system (after a PSU update) is plinking away at World Community Grid.

I'm likely going to be setting up the 24/7 rig to use Linux (which I have very little experience with), so if anyone has any recommendations, let me know.

Look forward to seeing you all around the boards again!

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#2 Re: Coming Back

Unread post by davidBAM » Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:40 pm

Hi Lee - you won't know me but very nice to have you back on.
leecarver wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:08 pm
Seagate or WD Sata HDD
Since you asked for recommendations, mine would be a small SSD. They are also pretty cheap and make a massive difference.

All my systems use Ubuntu 19.04 so happy to help with that. https://tsbt.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=139&t=10495

Only reason not to IMHO, would be if you also wanted AMD GPU crunching - this is troublesome on recent Linuxes (although Dirk has posted a fix recently). nVidia GPU crunching on Linux is fine
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#3 Re: Coming Back

Unread post by leecarver » Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:29 pm

Hi David,

I was actually considering that - saw some flash deals this weekend for a 120GB drive. My fear/hesitancy was the read/write life of the SSD drives with as much as BOINC projects do. I take it that is a minimal concern based on your comments?

I'll definitely come to you with questions for Linux. I put a R5770 Hawk in the crunching rig. Should I look at doing Windows instead? I had some other driver issues with the wireless USB adapter with Linux previously that I never really got sorted out. $14 on a copy of Windows 10 isn't that bad.

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#4 Re: Coming Back

Unread post by Bryan » Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:36 pm

3 of my machines have 120GB SSDs that have been running BOINC 24/7 for 6 years now. I wouldn't be too concerned with reliability.
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#5 Re: Coming Back

Unread post by davidBAM » Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:46 pm

I think your wireless USB will fail before a recent SSD will, to be honest. (Betcha your wireless USB it is supported under Ubuntu 19.04)

Seems many folks still dual boot: Windows / AMD for the ease of driver configuration / performance & Linux for CPU projects (tends to pay better on most projects). I don't dual boot as Windows is too detrimental to my mental health & takes me out in a rash. I just stay Linux / nVidia throughout but this means I suffer on challenges involving Einstein and MilkyWay (and Gerasim of course)
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#6 Re: Coming Back

Unread post by leecarver » Mon Aug 26, 2019 4:38 pm

Thanks Bryan and David. I'll go ahead and pick-up a SSD and plan on using Ubuntu. I think scole had recommended I run "funky" or some similarly named project on my Linux machine (purely for stats). Does that mean anything to you all?

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#7 Re: Coming Back

Unread post by davidBAM » Mon Aug 26, 2019 4:41 pm

WUprop ?

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#8 Re: Coming Back

Unread post by leecarver » Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:02 pm

Found the old thread... Scole had suggested running "goofy" on Linux. I knew it was akin to funky or something :)

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