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Old 2003-03-22, 01:22   #12
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another thing is mabey a easyier way for prime to start and stop at certian times
Look in undoc.txt for a way to do this...
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Old 2003-03-22, 06:00   #13
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What exactly would one graph? Everything but the last iterations is essentially just a sequence of bits.

I have suggested in the past a "towers of hanoi" type animation based on the number of iterations - this would allow it to appear to be working quickly even though we all know that LL work takes weeks to months.
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Old 2003-03-22, 16:13   #14
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Clearly, if implemented we'd need to offer two versions - one with and one without the feature.
Should the feature become a higher priority in the future: one program might be sufficient. The prime.ini file could include a switch to enable the feature. The default setting, of course, is off.

One way to avoid the "script kiddie" problem would be for the download files to be signed with a PGP key and/or had an MD5 checksum available, much in the way that many of the Linux distributions handle their updates. Now that I think of it, it might be a good idea to do this even if you don't automate the process.
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Old 2003-03-24, 04:27   #15
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Auto-updating the executable might be tolerable as a "I just finished all the work in my intermediate files, time to go look for a new upgrade" basis - but losing work due to an executable change in the middle of a LL would be WAY annoying.
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Old 2003-03-24, 04:34   #16
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What exactly would one graph? Everything but the last iterations is essentially just a sequence of bits.

I have suggested in the past a "towers of hanoi" type animation based on the number of iterations - this would allow it to appear to be working quickly even though we all know that LL work takes weeks to months.
it could chart iteration times over a or your teams progress or your pirtualer comptuers out put or your expected rank after compared to others ( how quickly or slowly your gaining or lossing to them)

compare your computers output to thers

stuff like that

nothing fancy just line graphs or something to make it a little more interactive
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Old 2003-03-24, 15:14   #17
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I like the idea of a "towers of hanoi" screen saver because the solution with the minimum numbers of moves takes 2^n-1 moves, a Mersenne number! n is the number of disks. Anyway, it could be aranged so that a disk is moved after a certian number of iterations, and the number of iterations would be chosen so a disk is moved every 2 to 4 seconds, and the number of disks would be chosen so that the puzzle would be solved at the end of the LL test.
Obviously, the number of iterations between disk moves would not be constant throughout the whole test so that the puzzle would be solved exactally at the same time as the test finishes.
This can be applied to TFing also, and P-1 I suppose.
Of course, you wouldn't have to use the screen saver if you want the LL test gets as many CPU cycles as posible, but the screen saver should be programed to use as little CPU as posible.
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Old 2003-03-24, 20:02   #18
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i dont think a animation just repeating its self would do much better in makeing people more intrested in praticipating.

i know it would be simple(ish) to do.

i mean look at folding for example they have plugins that give you a welth of information about how your doing compared to other people

i think its this comparison that drives them to be more compedative with eachother and drives them to do better and recruit more people
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Old 2003-04-08, 14:44   #19
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It actually looks like there was once a GIMPS program with a screen saver. if you look at programs.txt, you'll see that there was a Version WQ3 and WQ4 that apparently had screen savers. Of course, this was way before my time in GIMPS, so who knows what that was all about? (read: I'm curious about this tidbit of history, does anybody know about it?)
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Old 2003-04-08, 20:24   #20
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It actually looks like there was once a GIMPS program with a screen saver. if you look at programs.txt, you'll see that there was a Version WQ3 and WQ4 that apparently had screen savers. Of course, this was way before my time in GIMPS, so who knows what that was all about? (read: I'm curious about this tidbit of history, does anybody know about it?)
IIRC, this was the windows 3.11 version. Windows 3.11 didn't have preemptive multitasking, and a lot of applications at that time didn't support cooperative multitasking. With a screen saver you could run the client when the computer wasn't used.
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Old 2003-04-08, 21:06   #21
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I'd like to make some simple suggestions for the client.

1. Over a year ago George added a time stamp to some of the lines in the screen output - I'd like to suggest that he add that to *most* of the lines in the screen output (and also the results.txt output, if it isn't already done there).

2. There is an ongoing discussion in Lone Mersenne Hunters section on 'faster factoring' where it would be useful to add a time-stamped line at significant checkpoints in trial factoring and P-1, like when the bit depth changes (and also restart the iteration counter and timer at those points).

3. (Let's get greedy..) How about some trial factoring timings in the 'benchmark' part of the program - a small range of mersenne sizes and bit depths.

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Old 2003-04-09, 17:41   #22
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i have a idea as well

when you run benchmark

is there anway to have it run the bench
then prompt you for some info

chipset ram type timings ETC

then store that in your results.txt
and next time it comunicates with the server to send thouse results to a database or something like that

( they were working on a bench database in a diffretn thread)
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