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Message 1494 - Posted: 9 Aug 2005, 9:07:42 UTC
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Recently the DB server ran into some memory related problems and it became apparent that we are probably going to hit that memory limit again at some other time even though the problems faced in this test will now be fixed.

Basicly there is a single large table that stores all workunit "results" that are in progress. When a lot of results are sent out at the same time this table will grow in size. We would also like to store at least a couple of months of statistical and debug data from that table.
Furthermore the CPU isn't that active on that host, so in the future (when a linux client is ready) it will be made to function as an in-house renderer - in other words it will be able to help out with the rendering without having to spend extra time downloading and uploading results since it is wired directly to the result server with 1Gbit network.

At the moment this host is completely maxed out at 1GB of memory usage with 200MB in the swap file. It has become increasingly clear that it will need a memory upgrade.
The plan is to make this upgrade next Tuesday (the 16th of August 2005).

However, server-class memory is expensive so I won't be able to afford paying all of it myself.
So this is your chance to influence the project directly. If you would like to contribute it doesn't matter how small an amount of money you give - all of it adds up!

Everyone who donate will get their usernames on the donation history page.

Take a look at the "Make a donation"-page to check out the progress or make a donation.

Feel free to reply with comments or further ideas in this thread.
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Message 1495 - Posted: 9 Aug 2005, 9:14:34 UTC
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I did a donation of 5 Euro some minutes ago.
Take it as a seed and let it grow!

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Message 1496 - Posted: 9 Aug 2005, 9:21:23 UTC - in response to Message 1494.  
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Thanks Raimund - your donations are really making a difference!

Some technical information for those who would like to know:

The DB server is currently running with 2x512MB PC3200 CL2 184-pin DDR RAM in a dualchannel configuration running a bit faster than 400Mhz.

After the upgrade the DB server will have:
- 2x512MB PC3200 CL2 @ 400MHz
- 2x1GB PC3200 CL2 @ 400MHz
giving it a combined total of 3GB of RAM - all of it running in dualchannel-mode for maximum throughput.
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Message 1497 - Posted: 9 Aug 2005, 12:55:45 UTC - in response to Message 1494.  

Take a look at the <a href="http://burp.boinc.dk/donation_form.php">"Make a donation"-page</a> to check out the progress or make a donation.

Feel free to reply with comments or further ideas in this thread.


I tried to make a donation through the donate page, however PayPal kept telling me "You must enter a quantity of at least one." and wouldn't let me.

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Message 1499 - Posted: 9 Aug 2005, 13:14:51 UTC - in response to Message 1497.  
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I tried to make a donation through the donate page, however PayPal kept telling me "You must enter a quantity of at least one." and wouldn't let me.

Did you fill out the entire form on the "Make a donation"-page? If so, what browser do you use?
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Message 1501 - Posted: 9 Aug 2005, 13:21:18 UTC - in response to Message 1499.  

I tried to make a donation through the donate page, however PayPal kept telling me "You must enter a quantity of at least one." and wouldn't let me.

Did you fill out the entire form on the "Make a donation"-page? If so, what browser do you use?


I filled out all of the form apart from Address 2, and tried it in Opera 7.54 and IE 6.

I just tried it again and it worked, so I don't know what happened, although I have been having quite a few computer problems, and have had to restart numerous times tonight.
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Message 1502 - Posted: 9 Aug 2005, 13:23:31 UTC - in response to Message 1501.  

Hopefully not caused by BURP?
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Message 1503 - Posted: 9 Aug 2005, 13:28:25 UTC - in response to Message 1502.  

Hopefully not caused by BURP?

No, my boot records decided to die on me. So I had to repair the boot stuff, fix windows, and make sure all the hardware was working again.

BURP seems to be running fine :)
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Message 1504 - Posted: 9 Aug 2005, 13:30:20 UTC - in response to Message 1503.  

Sounds nasty - you are sure you don't have some kind of virus?
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Message 1505 - Posted: 9 Aug 2005, 13:38:38 UTC - in response to Message 1504.  

I just installed a new hard drive, so I think that's what did it, however I will run a thorough virus scan. Thanks for reminding me about that, I was just pleased to get my computer up and running again.
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Message 1506 - Posted: 9 Aug 2005, 13:44:18 UTC - in response to Message 1505.  

I just installed a new hard drive

Ah yes, that would make sense. Windows doesn't like changing partition or drive numbers...
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Message 1513 - Posted: 9 Aug 2005, 17:02:00 UTC - in response to Message 1501.  

I tried to make a donation through the donate page, however PayPal kept telling me "You must enter a quantity of at least one." and wouldn't let me.

Did you fill out the entire form on the "Make a donation"-page? If so, what browser do you use?

times tonight.



Tried this afternoon and now, no chance, it stopped with telling "you must specify quantity"

XP and IE6 fixed.
Made hardcopy of the page.

What can we do?

{I don't have any problem with boot records...;-)}
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Message 1514 - Posted: 9 Aug 2005, 17:12:33 UTC - in response to Message 1513.  

Now that's really odd. Could you walk me through what you did - exactly, step for step?
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Message 1515 - Posted: 9 Aug 2005, 17:19:11 UTC

I donated 10&#8364;, let's hope you will soon have all the money you need. ;)

@Mahray: Did you try it again? I got an error page telling me that PayPal would have "temporarily problems" - however everything worked fine (I received an email and when I logged in, the transactions were already finished).
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Message 1516 - Posted: 10 Aug 2005, 9:24:17 UTC

so how close are you to being able to afford the memory upgrade?
I have a catapult. Give me all the money or I will fling an enormous rock at your head.
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Message 1517 - Posted: 10 Aug 2005, 9:30:57 UTC - in response to Message 1516.  

so how close are you to being able to afford the memory upgrade?


Have a look at the "Make a donation page".

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Message 1518 - Posted: 10 Aug 2005, 10:09:39 UTC

damn, miles away. don't think you're gonna get it by tuesday...
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Message 1519 - Posted: 10 Aug 2005, 10:45:58 UTC

I hope that it will be possible.

Are anyone still having the "You must specify a quantity..."-problem?
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Message 1524 - Posted: 10 Aug 2005, 14:02:04 UTC

10% already donated.
Come on guys, if everybody just donates 1 Euro, there should be more than enough money to by the memory upgrade.


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Message 1525 - Posted: 10 Aug 2005, 15:22:54 UTC

Maybe Janus should put up a more eye-catching announcement on the main page with some info why it is important to have that upgrade instead of just linking to this thread. BTW: Is "newest first" still default for this board? If so, anyone who clicks on the link will see my posting on top of all other and Janus' (important) explanations on the bottom.

Oh and for my previous reply: Just ignore about "trying again" - I read over that Mahray was already able to donate. ;)
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