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Message 3053 - Posted: 3 Jan 2021, 23:53:52 UTC

I've had a liking for mathematics all my life, so when I saw this project on the list I couldn't resist looking into it. Now having opened my account I must confess that this 66 year old man has no clue what comes next. I looked at the teams and learned nothing of what any of them are about, or just what I can do for the project. Can someone please point me in the right direction?
Old coot or something like that.
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Message 3055 - Posted: 4 Jan 2021, 12:26:21 UTC - in response to Message 3053.  

I've had a liking for mathematics all my life, so when I saw this project on the list I couldn't resist looking into it. Now having opened my account I must confess that this 66 year old man has no clue what comes next. I looked at the teams and learned nothing of what any of them are about, or just what I can do for the project. Can someone please point me in the right direction?


To be honest there is nothing left to do except sit back and let the Project do it's thing, you are already getting and completing tasks and they are coming back as valid, that's the best anyone can do. We users provide the computational power to each Project so they can try to achieve their individual goals. As for Teams they are mostly for chatting among each other, some have website forums while others use FaceBook, some of the Teams provide alot of technical support in case you run into questions or problems while other Teams are pretty lacking in that area and are all about the social interactions while other Teams are just there.

The one thing I might do is stop letting this Project use your cpu cores and instead signup for another Project that interests you instead for them. Collatz is designed to use your graphics cards and the cpu cores kind of came along for the ride and since the graphics cards(gpu's) tasks get soooo many credits here while the cpu tasks get so little credits compared to the time they take to run it's not worth it in the long run. There's a whole list of Project in the Boinc Manager where I'm guessing you found this one that would love to have your resources crunching for them as well. Some have longer tasks than others and the credits vary from project to project based on many things, ie more credits often means more users that can put a strain on the hardware etc etc. World Community Grid is a decent one that pays about average credits and has some World based sub projects ie working on the Covid vaccine, helping to find the cure for cancer here is a list of the current active ones with some having more work than others:

OpenPandemics - COVID-19
Africa Rainfall Project
Microbiome Immunity Project
Smash Childhood Cancer
Help Stop TB
Mapping Cancer Markers

The Africa Rainfall tasks are pretty long, as in 20 hours each, while the Open Pandemics tasks are around 3 hours for each task. The Help Stop TB units are in the 5 to 6 hour range but they almost never have any of them as the Researchers process the data from the tasks to make new tasks.

If you like Prime Numbers then PrimeGrid has tasks for both the cpu's and gpu's, and you can choose which kind of task you want to run, and they also have alot of sub-projects to choose from.

Since you only have one gpu in that machine you can run only one Project at a time so if you choose to run multiple projects the time will be split among them. The same thing with your cpu cores, they can only run one project at a time and Boinc doesn't allow fine tuning to allow ie 2 cores on this project and 2 cores on that project.

Here's an old webpage, there are lots of dead and outdated links on it but it does give a better explanation of what each Project is about and may help you decide which you like better than others. http://www.distributedcomputing.info/projects.html
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Message 3059 - Posted: 7 Jan 2021, 18:19:33 UTC - in response to Message 3055.  

As usual, Mikey has done a terrific job explaining things. The most important thing I can do is to add a hearty "Thank you" for committing your computing resources to this project. However, I will also encourage you to be active on the message board for each of the projects to which you contribute. I have "met" a number of terrific people on these boards and they have been very generous with their advice and support.
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