A Conversation for The [email protected] project

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Post 1

Batty_ACE

I posted this on the SETI site but never got a response... I stopped using [email protected] because whenever it loaded it shot my CPU usage up to 100% and kept it there, even when the screensaver was off... I'd love to continue using it and helping but obviously it's not going to happen if it hogs my CPU. Any thoughts?

TIA

smiley - bat


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Post 2

The Researcher formally known as Dr St Justin

I don't know if SETI is the same, but I use a similar kind of program. It uses all available resources - so CPU usage is always at 100% or thereabouts - but doesn't hog the resources. It only uses what would otherwise be free.

As I said, I don't know if this is how SETI works though...


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Post 3

Batty_ACE

The SETI site states that it only uses about 16%. I thought that it might be a 'leaky memory' issue when the screensaver is disengaged so I tried running it constantly in the background (another option with the program) and it didn't help. It's not my system because I'm running a P4 with decent RAM so it must be the program. smiley - sadface

What is it that you're running, Dr. St. J?


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Post 4

The Researcher formally known as Dr St Justin

smiley - sadface Oh... Are you sure it is SETI hogging the CPU?

The one I'm running is from United Devices - searching for new treatments for cancer. There's a link somewhere on my space.


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Post 5

Batty_ACE

Oooh! I think I'll check that one out. My Dad died of cancer.

I cheked the device manager. If you look at the performance tab it shows CPU usage. Then if you look at the processes tab it shows which program is using what. It was SETI alright. And it would have been fine if it had been using unused resources but my computer was lagging badly when it was running. smiley - erm


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Post 6

Batty_ACE

I just downloaded the program and installed it. I'll look at my system's performance over the next week or so to make sure it doesn't have any memory leaks. Thanks for telling me about this, Dr. St. J. Though I liked the thought of the [email protected] project this one is a bit closer to my heart.


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Post 7

The Researcher formally known as Dr St Justin

No probs Batty! It's one that's quite close to me, too...

I actually found a link to it on here somewhere... can't remember which researchers page it was though!


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Post 8

Batty_ACE

I'll put a link to it on my page as well... thanks again.


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Post 9

Batty_ACE

I was taking a peek at your guideML for your page and read the part about Trillian. I use Trillian too. Handy little device. smiley - smiley I used Imici before someone told me about Trillian. I definitely think Trillian is the better of the two.

If you want to reach me I'm on all of them via Trillian.

MSN: [email protected] (don't email here, I only have it for .net)
ICQ: 997160
Yahoo & AIM: batty6842


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Post 10

The Researcher formally known as Dr St Justin

smiley - ok I'll add you to my buddy list next time I fire it up... smiley - smiley


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Post 11

Batty_ACE

Thanks. I'll look for you! smiley - ok

I updated my userpage with the cancer research screensaver. smiley - biggrin giving you credit for telling me about it, of course.


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Post 12

The Researcher formally known as Dr St Justin

smiley - wow So I see! smiley - biggrin

Thanks hon! smiley - cuddle


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Post 13

Batty_ACE

Any time! smiley - hug


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Post 14

marvthegrate LtG KEA

I note that [email protected] uses 100% of my processor as well. I am running an athlon XP1500+ with a gig of ram and I get units done between 4 and 8 hours now.

Then again I leave my box up 24/7 and have one machine that also only runs seti.

I may have to donate time for the cancer research as well. perhaps I will task my second box with that goal.


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Post 15

Batty_ACE

That's exactly how I do it. I built a small network at home and leave my laptop and desktop up 24/7. The laptop does SETI (since I almost never use it) and the desktop does the Cancer Research.

Which OS are you running on your computer? XP? I'm wondering if SETI is only leaky in XP or something.


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Post 16

marvthegrate LtG KEA

I am running Win 2k pro. When it comes right down to it I don't care if it does use %100 of the resources avail (which it does not, it only uses about 100 Mb RAM). But if there is a way to make it run better and faster I am all for it.

I have thought about switching to the command line version of Seti to bet better performance.


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Post 17

Batty_ACE

I don't really know enough about the program. I removed it from my desktop because of the memory leak. I don't pay much attention to what it does to my laptop since I seldom use it.


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Post 18

marvthegrate LtG KEA

hmmmmm.. A memory leak would likely manifest not by %100 CPU utilisation but by hard locking the computer as the memory is exhausted. I have not noticed any trouble with the %100 CPU utilisation as of yet. I think that I have enough processor that SETI can use whatever I am not currently using (which is how I thought that it was supposed to work).


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Post 19

marvthegrate LtG KEA

By the way. I read through the FAQ at SETI and [email protected] will use about 16 mb RAM and all of the available processor. That is about what I thought it would do. That is why it uses %100 on your machine. If you do not have a really fast proc then perhaps it is better not to run it all the time. But in looking at your previous posts I note that you are using the cancer research. I think that I may dedicate one of my boxen to that research as well as one for seti. Now if only I could get my machine at work to connect through our firewall.....

Marv (with ambitions of rising to number 2 overall in the h2g2 seti group)


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Post 20

Batty_ACE

It's not a slow processor. It's a P4 2GHz. Plenty of processor... plus I have tons of RAM as well.. Oddly enough it doesn't seem to do this to my laptop which has an inferior processor and substantially less RAM. Hence my thoughts that it might have to do with WinXP or something. It is a memory leak, smiley - erm at least according to CompTIA's definition of the term anyway. The process doesn't relinquish the processor when the screensaver is cut off as it's supposed to. It holds on until I go into task manager and end the process from there, substantially slowing down (or vaporlocking) the computer until I do.

The cancer research program, like SETI does use 100% of the processor when I'm not using the computer, or the balance of it when I am (if it's set to do so). However it doesn't hold onto the processor like SETI does.


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