Posts by UBT - Timbo

1) Message boards : Questions : Why do I need VirtualBox if I'm already running BOINC and have other projects running? (Message 366)
Posted 28 Mar 2020 by UBT - Timbo
Post:
I'm a long time BOINC "contributor"... I started back in the early 2000s with SETI@Home and now that they're closing shop temporarily they sent me over here.

I'm surprised that the download screen says I need VirtualBox. Why is that? Can't I just run BOINC like I currently do with SETI and WCgrid?

Thanks!


Science United seems to be geared up for the casual user who isn't interested in tweaking their computer or changing over to different projects at various times, or even being involved in any leaderboards or Teams or Project Challenges.

So, if you are already running BOINC, SU is not for you.

As for VirtualBox - it is needed by some tasks on some projects - and it can be installed by downloading it from the boinc.berkeley.edu website - so you can download BOINC on it's own, or the "combined" BOINC+VBox download the next time BOINC needs to be upgraded on your host.

regards
Tim
2) Message boards : Questions : Computing Use options? (Message 365)
Posted 28 Mar 2020 by UBT - Timbo
Post:
Hi

I saw that the first option:

Low power - Use 25% of processors, and stop computing when computer is idle.


Seems a bit strange...why should the CPU "stop" processing tasks when the computer is doing nothing?

Surely it should "stop" when the computer is NOT idle...and only resume when it becomes idle?

That would be the most obvious way to have a "Low Power" mode....otherwise, CPU is doing normal work *and* BOINC work at the SAME time (and consuming more power) and is doing nothing when PC is sitting around, twiddling its thumbs.

regards
Tim





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