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Message 11800 - Posted: 21 Apr 2013, 23:54:57 UTC

This project does have some strange bugs related to the "Client" to "Server" messages that one sees in the BOINC tab "Notices"

These error "Notices" don't ask for Hard Disk "RAM" ...

21 Apr 13 16:45:28 | BURP | Message from server: Blender needs 3624.00 MB RAM but only 2405.06 MB is available for use.

21 Apr 13 16:45:28 | BURP | Message from server: SunflowerBlender (Linux) is not available for Microsoft Windows running on an AMD x86_64 or Intel EM64T CPU.

21 Apr 13 16:45:28 | BURP | Message from server: SunflowerBlender needs 7550.00 MB RAM but only 2405.06 MB is available for use.

21 Apr 13 16:45:28 | BURP | Message from server: Blender needs 15899.00 MB RAM but only 2405.06 MB is available for use.

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As you can see above, WIN x86 clients get messages that should only be going to Linux clients.

Note : x86 clients can's use the SunFlowerBlender as it is a Linux application.

Note : RAM in all these error messages means HARD DISK RAM, not CMOS RAM.

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These are not fatal flaws by any means, but could really confuse some novice users not used to misrouted messages.
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Message 11806 - Posted: 22 Apr 2013, 22:06:12 UTC - in response to Message 11800.  
Last modified: 22 Apr 2013, 22:09:17 UTC

Indeed the messages are odd but they are actually quite exactly right.

The server has a list of work that needs doing (you can see this list here). When you ask for work it will run through this list in random order and for each session check if your machine will work with it. In your example it first looked at
Session 1602. This session requires 3624MB of RAM (yes RAM, as in memory). It also requires 174MB disk space but that's besides the point. The machine only has 2405MB RAM available so the server moves on to the next in the list:
Session 1569 happens to be available only for Linux. The Linux version is not available for Windows, so the server moves on:
Session 1435 is a Sunflower session and it requires 7.5GB RAM - still too much
Eventually it will find a session with low enough memory requirements for the host.

These messages are not shown in the new versions of BOINC as far as I'm aware.
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