State: Postponed: VM job unmanageable

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State: Postponed: VM job unmanageable

#1 Ungelesener Beitrag von robertmiles » 10.06.2021 05:30

I just got a task, and it's in a state I've never seen before.

cmsearch VM (VirtualBox) 1.0.2 1.19 (vbox64)
cmsvm_GA-p[e20-30MB_Lin64f]_1_Ozyzias_latipes (Japanese-medaka) more not copied
State: Postponed: VM job unmanageable, restarting later.

From log file:

6/9/2021 1:31:58 AM | | Starting BOINC client version 7.16.11 for windows_x86_64
6/9/2021 1:31:59 AM | | VirtualBox version: 6.1.12

Does this mean something unexpected? For example, is the VirtualBox version incompatible with this task?

This workunit has already failed for a long list of users, so is the workunit faulty?

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Re: cmsearch XXL and VM cross validation

#2 Ungelesener Beitrag von robertmiles » 12.06.2021 01:05

> State: Postponed: VM job unmanageable, restarting later.

I've found a procedure that restarts such tasks.

Shut down BOINC Restart Windows. Start BOINC.

More inconvenient than the XXL tasks, but it looks like it will work if I check often enough.

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Re: cmsearch XXL and VM cross validation

#3 Ungelesener Beitrag von Michael H.W. Weber » 12.06.2021 08:03

This is actually a regular XXL task.
The message reported is new to me, however.

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Re: cmsearch XXL and VM cross validation

#4 Ungelesener Beitrag von Jacob Klein » 12.06.2021 14:38

Robert,

1) Your discussion about your task, should have been done using a new thread, instead of hijacking the "cross validation" thread. If you'd like to continue the discussion, please start a new thread.

2) Your Task is in fact a VM task. The work-unit link is here: https://www.rnaworld.de/rnaworld/workun ... id=6330896 ... and it should complete successfully if you can keep it running long enough, with as few interruptions as possible. I should know - I already completed it, and you are my wingman on this workunit.

3) "Postponed: VM job unmanageable" happens when BOINC loses communications with the VirtualBox executables that control the VM. The exact cause is usually unknown. And yes, restarting the PC can help.

4) There is a "progress.txt" file within the slots folder for that task. If you open it to take a peek, you should hopefully see it progressing. Immediately close that text file after you've peeked, to not interfere with the task. You can keep an eye on that percentage value over time, to know that the task is working. Note that a value of 0.98765 is the highest it will go (and it will show 98.765% in the UI), but that DOES NOT MEAN that it's stuck -- It is still working! You can just look at the modified date/time of that progress.txt file, and if it's updating every half hour, it is still progressing normally.

5) It took me 228.5 days of processing time, to complete that one. I estimate it will take you about that long (since amazingly my CPU that completed it is the same model as yours) or it may take longer (since I carefully set a fully stable overclock)... so... try to keep your PC as stable as possible, and good luck!
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Re: State: Postponed: VM job unmanageable

#5 Ungelesener Beitrag von Michael H.W. Weber » 12.06.2021 22:28

...I split the thread accordingly.

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Re: State: Postponed: VM job unmanageable

#6 Ungelesener Beitrag von Jacob Klein » 12.06.2021 22:29

Thanks Michael, I appreciate that.

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Re: State: Postponed: VM job unmanageable

#7 Ungelesener Beitrag von robertmiles » 09.07.2021 00:05

I've found that shutting down and restarting only BOINC also restarts such tasks but only for a few hours rather than about a day I get if I also restart Windows. This suggests that increasing clutter on the memory space is related to the cause of the problem.

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Re: State: Postponed: VM job unmanageable

#8 Ungelesener Beitrag von gemini8 » 09.07.2021 05:41

You might try to increase resource share for the project to the upper limit, and adjust your Boinc preferences to switch between applications every 999 minutes.
That way other projects and the OS should not interfere too much with the RAM you need on vbox.
I also adjusted RAM settings for in use and while idle to the same amount, so it doesn't get swapped around.
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