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PrimeGrid Challenges 2021

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cellarnoise

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Galumpkis week on the forum!

With team member inspiration since last Sunday, I continue to enjoy plenty of leftovers and a side standalone meatloaf, because of Gluttony.. ;) Pre-Thanksgiving challenge. A challenge within a challenge? Next week the challenge will likely be trying to fit into pants.

Back on topic, a voltage starved (something in my home needs to be on a diet) 1050TI! is spitting out roughly a task an hour.

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Fardringle

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Maybe, but not just yet. Wait to see if SETI.Germany manages to pass AMD Users, and then consider adding the 4th place team that point. :p

Or just have it be whoever is in the top three spots behind us, and adjust the names as needed. At the current rate, we will be outpacing the next three teams (no matter who they are) very soon. Our hourly output has been steadily increasing for the past 16 hours or so while the other teams have been pretty much stable in their output during that time..
 
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Ken g6

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Day 1 stats:

Rank___Credits____Username
1______38250823___Galumpkis
2______33860125___Skillz
9______7366346____crashtech
10_____7107594____emoga
20_____4762654____xii5ku
32_____3109067____markfw
33_____3068637____biodoc
45_____1710189____Orange Kid
74_____869245_____VirtualLarry
77_____849030_____Icecold
93_____667095_____Fardringle
104____598364_____Skivelitis2
127____456859_____cellarnoise2
192____222365_____Lane42
228____129376_____Ken_g6
313____28301______geecee
394____4043_______waffleironhead

Rank__Credits____Team
1_____103052027___TeAm AnandTech
2_____37514997___Antarctic Crunchers
3_____37312847___Czech National Team
4_____35307519___AMD Users

Galumpkis week on the forum!
^^^ What he said!
 

Markfw

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6th place...Not bad for 5 GPU's
 

Ken g6

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PrimeGrid seems to be down right now. And I didn't bunker enough. :(

Edit: They're back up. :)

Meanwhile, congrats to @VirtualLarry on your AP26! :)
 

StefanR5R

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PrimeGrid seems to be down right now.
I don't have inside knowledge of the causes, of course, but: These workunit sizes are a bit smaller than in usual PG challenges, after all.¹ It has happened before in one or another semi-recent challenge with small WUs that the server ran into mild difficulties, e.g. couldn't keep up with the intended 15 minutes of stats cycles. It can only go downhill now in this type of challenges, until the next server upgrade, or some fundamental changes in the server config maybe. (E.g., the number of tasks assigned per work request, which is currently 1...)

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¹) Plus, there are a few quite enthusiastic contestants at the top of the scoreboard.
 

Fardringle

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Icecold

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They rebooted the server about an hour ago. This was also posted to the Primegrid Discord -

Magic Mike said:
@everyone That last crash wasn't the normal network problems we see every few months. Somebody, or something, was doing an awful lot of queries against the database -- enough to bring the system to a crawl. This wasn't normal activity. If anyone was doing anything unusual, for example screen scraping or statistics gathering, or anything like that, please contact me or Rytis, privately if you would prefer. I'm not trying to blame anyone, but it's possible somebody has got something running that is malfunctioning.
 

VirtualLarry

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One of my rigs that I checked, had finished four or five GPU WUs, and was in a communications back-off time-out waiting 27 minutes for the project.
 

StefanR5R

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Due to my unreliable internet link, I have set my buffers to ~1/2 day.
Before the server crash I was in place 18, right after it in place 13.


That is, the folks in places 17…13 had set very small or no buffers.
 

Ken g6

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Day 2 stats:

Rank___Credits____Username
1______96389163___Galumpkis
2______47792303___Skillz
7______17728555___crashtech
13_____11219325___xii5ku
24_____8866299____emoga
28_____7091422____markfw
32_____5809791____biodoc
44_____3658915____VirtualLarry
47_____3327389____Orange Kid
65_____2175134____Icecold
96_____1411007____Fardringle
98_____1358448____cellarnoise2
110____1176513____Skivelitis2
154____735826_____Lane42
241____258752_____Ken_g6
294____129376_____Howdy
330____76817______geecee
381____28301______waffleironhead

Rank__Credits____Team
1_____209221207___TeAm AnandTech
2_____77843922___AMD Users
3_____77795406___Czech National Team
4_____75224058___Antarctic Crunchers

We're really running away with this one. Yes, there's a vast distance between us and the next teams.
 

VirtualLarry

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Aug 25, 2001
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Ugh, 3 rigs on PrimeGrid (10 GPUs total), and one of my mining rigs, were down because my Wireless Ethernet Bridge must have glitched, or perhaps the base router. Got that working again, not sure how long it's been down.
 

StefanR5R

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They rebooted the server about an hour ago. This was also posted to the Primegrid Discord -
Magic Mike said:
@everyone That last crash wasn't the normal network problems we see every few months. Somebody, or something, was doing an awful lot of queries against the database -- enough to bring the system to a crawl. This wasn't normal activity.
I guess they have figured out by now what the source was, haven't they? >:-D


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I know, my text smiley is showing an evil laughter…
However, this was a challenge at a project with very small workunits. A server crash during such a challenge, while unfortunate*, should not be overly surprising. (To anybody who paid attention to PG challenges during recent years, that is.)

edit 2: *) yet not unavoidable on their part, IMO
 
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StefanR5R

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One more PS:
The PrimeGrid owners have the organization and implementation of these challenges in their own hands (unlike, e.g., Formula Boinc sprints). And all of their server settings are their own choice. Such as <request_delay>, the number of tasks assigned to a single work request, or the <report_immediately> property of their tasks.
 
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Ken g6

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Preliminary final stats:

Rank___Credits____Username
1______96389163___Galumpkis
4______54843295___Skillz
10_____23974990___crashtech
14_____17546620___xii5ku
27_____11211239___markfw
31_____8866299____emoga
41_____5809791____biodoc
48_____5142696____VirtualLarry
50_____5037578____Orange Kid
62_____3820635____Icecold
89_____2308553____cellarnoise2
114____1758705____Skivelitis2
115____1714232____Fardringle
178____897546_____Lane42
223____557934_____kiska
249____392171_____Ken_g6
324____129376_____Howdy
324____129376_____geecee
395____36387______waffleironhead

Rank__Credits____Team
1_____240554457___TeAm AnandTech
2_____127390887___AMD Users
3_____119490865___Antarctic Crunchers
4_____119082522___Czech National Team

Wow, almost double the next team! :eek:

I think I'll post this reminder, in case someone was using rented systems:

Michael Gutierrez said:
ABORTING WU's allows them to be recycled immediately; thus a much faster "clean up" to the end of a Challenge. DETACHING, RESETTING, and PAUSING WU's causes them to remain in limbo until they EXPIRE. Therefore, we must wait until WU's expire to send them out to be completed.

Likewise, if you're shutting down the computer for an extended period of time, or deleting the VM (Virtual Machine), please ABORT all remaining tasks first. Also, be aware that merely shutting off a cloud server doesn't stop the billing. You have to destroy/delete the server if you don't want to continue to be charged for it.

Thank you!
 

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