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I think we who are testing the new versions should collect some of our thoughts here. I did some searching and couldn't find a thread about these alpha versions. So if there already is one, pardon me and you can close this.

 

Earlier today I upgraded from 6.12.34 to 7.0.8 which is dated 13th of January. Newest version for certain project testing looks to be 7.0.15 which can be found at BOINC dev forums http://boinc.berkeley.edu/dev/forum_thread.php?id=6698

First thoughts about this 7.0.8 client are quite positive.

Seems that the data files from 6.12.34 are compatible with 7.0.8 since I didn't bother deleting those and just uninstalled version 6 first and installed 7.0.8 to the same folder paths and when I fired versio 7 up, it loaded the preferences correctly and all projects were there and gpugrid's long run and help conquer cancer 6.42 tasks continued where they left off.

 

 

One thing I noticed about 6.12.34 vs 7.0.8 is that my 470 seems to be loaded harder by GPUGrid somehow :D

Before with 6.12.34 if I would have afterburner open and I would look at the green history data and move my mouse around that area the gpu usage would change from a steady 97-98% to fluctuating between 80-90%. Now if I do the same with 7.0.8 it doesn't drop much at all, now it stays at the steady 97-98%.

Weird.. Also I didn't have much of an interface lag but now I seem to get a small amount of it. Not much but just a tad.

Mind this though, I didn't restart my computer after upgrading and everything else is the same except the client version. The GPUGrid work unit is the same also.

Might reboot in a minute.

 

Also one thing I noticed is the project tab. The left side where are the suspend, no new tasks, update and other buttons located looks the same but the width of the side changes according to how long the name of the project is. So if I would first have let's say BURP selected, the side quite narrow, but when I would select let's say World Community Grid it changes the width accordingly which is kinda annoying.

It's just I've grown accustomed to the way the side doesn't change on the older version so it's not an actual problem :D Just something I noticed

projectside.jpg

There is also a new tab in computing preferences for exclusive applications which is quite nice :P

exclusivetab.jpg

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Well, since I use BOINC Tasks to control everything, I really don't care what the manager does so long as CLIENT communicates properly with BT...

However, the CLIENT side did behave weird on me after I ran some POEM and Albert tasks... for some reason, it would never START a Moo! task even if that was the only GPU task pending. Hmm, it also would not start Milkyway, but that was before the new OpenCL WU's...

Maybe I should try it again with the latest project updates...

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I couldn't get 7.0.8 to start a MOO WU either.
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Currently running 7.0.8 here. Not noticing anything notable from the work unit computation side, but I really like the overall changes to the BOINC client.

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Also one thing I noticed is the project tab. The left side where are the suspend, no new tasks, update and other buttons located looks the same but the width of the side changes according to how long the name of the project is.


It's a great change.
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I had 7 with Moo! problems, but Moo! was having server issues at the time, and I have gained 400+ WU's as out of time... I never saw them here !

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