Project downtime on Tue Jan 23rd

Hi everyone,

We are going to shut down the project next Tuesday, Jan 23rd at around 10 AM CET for an upgrade of our database backend systems to make them ready for the years to come. We're going to upgrade hardware parts, operating systems as well the databases themselves, which is why we need to shut down the entire project, including the BOINC backend and this very website.

Generally you don't have to do anything at your end. Your BOINC client will temporarily pause fetching new tasks and automatically upload your finished ones as soon as the project is up and running again.

We expect the upgrades to be finished the same day and will announce it here accordingly.

Cheers,
Oliver

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adrianxw
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Best of luck with your

Best of luck with your upgrades. These things always appear to be harmless before they start, but can sometimes throw a curve ball nobody was expecting! Yes, you're right, I've been there and done that!

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Every time you got hit by

Every time you got hit by such a curve ball you try to learn from it and do it better next time with even more elaborate planning and prior procedure validation Cool

 


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Good luck!  Looking forward

Good luck!  Looking forward to crunching more data for Einstein@Home in the years to come!

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>>> Every time you got hit by

>>> Every time you got hit by such a curve ball you try to learn from it and do it better next time with even more elaborate planning and prior procedure validation.

Absolutely. The problem is that the curve balls have a habit of appearing unepectedly. It is always easier to learn from something that has happened than to predict and therefore plan for something that was  unpredictable and hasn't happened /yet/.

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Sure, but hopefully the

Sure, but hopefully the approach to perfection follows an asymptotic curve. The remainder is what keeps this job interesting...

 

 


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adrianxw
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It was certainly enough to

It was certainly enough to keep me in the business for 40+ years.

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Dr. Infinity
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In the immortal words of

In the immortal words of Donald Rumsfeld it is the "unknown unknowns" that are the REAL problem.

Best of luck and may all your downtimes be short and uncomplicated, relatively speaking that is,

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Don't tell me that, with your

Don't tell me that, with your capacity for perspicatious perspicacity, you have not projected a calendar of unplanned occurrences. Forty years of "Information Technology" taught me that computers (analog or digital) are going to do whatever their inner will commands and all I can ever do is go along for the ride and make it somewhat less bumpy for the users.

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Anyone who has never made a

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

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Good luck with the changes.

Good luck with the changes. Hopefully, Murphy will leave you alone.

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Good Luck Don't forget to do

Good Luck Don't forget to do a BETA Test before releasing back to us.

 

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IMO it's too bad you chose

IMO it's too bad you chose Tuesday, a lot of people  over at Sete  use Einstein as their backup project during Seti's 10 to 12 hr maintenance which happens every Tuesday.

I don't think it will affect me I'll just increase my cache to 3 days and hopefully not run out of work.

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FYI for all who need a place

FYI for all who need a place while projects are down, https://boinc.berkeley.edu/dev/forum_thread.php?id=8105 on the Boinc Developers board is available.  Bookmark it.

 

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Betreger wrote:I don't think

Betreger wrote:
I don't think it will affect me I'll just increase my cache to 3 days and hopefully not run out of work.

Hence our early announcement.Innocent

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Good luck with the upgrade

Good luck with the upgrade tomorrow!  I'm curious to know more details since I'm in IT and we always have an upgrade planned.

 

Plenty of backup projects.  I've bounced around from Milkyway@Home, Rosetta@Home, and World Community Grid in addition to Einstein & SETI.

 

 

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My machines are typically

My machines are typically connected to 15-20 projects. Not all have work all the time, but with a broad scope, my machines are never out of work.

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Best of luck with the

Best of luck with the upgrade. I've been in IT for more than 30 years, and appreciate fully the tasks you are about to undertake.  Thank you!

 

Cheers,

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Welcome back! The upgrades

Welcome back!

The upgrades went fine so far. There are still some things to be done in the background but the project and our website should be fully back up and running again.

Thanks for your patience and support.

Cheers,
Oliver

 


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Some problem on the DB

Some problem on the DB occurred this morning that looks related to the upgrade. It should be fixed now, and the DB and daemons are slowly crawling through the backlogs. Sorry for the inconvenience in the past five hours.

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Have just finished putting

Have just finished putting Ubuntu onto three computers. That was nothing in comparison to your tasks.

Best wishes for continued sanity.

(would send a case of beers to you if I could.)

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Bernd Machenschalk wrote:Some

Bernd Machenschalk wrote:
Some problem on the DB occurred this morning that looks related to the upgrade

Yep, the pro devs of the Python DB module we use for scripting purposes changed their API in a backwards-incompatible way when moving from version x.y.4 to x.y.5. They clearly followed all best practices Yell

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