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Message 1472 - Posted: 5 Jan 2019, 11:28:20 UTC

Dear all, while monitoring the overall situation of the server I just noticed this host: http://gene.disi.unitn.it/test/show_host_detail.php?hostid=33492.
Very fast execution times (suspiciously fast) and no valid results, the format of the output results is also strange.

The host belongs to a gridcoin pool, if someone were able to contact the owner please do it.

If you happen to find other 'strange' hosts, please tell me. I'm also open to suggestions about how to handle this situation.

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Message 1474 - Posted: 5 Jan 2019, 15:45:58 UTC - in response to Message 1472.

That's not even a fast machine by today's standards.

1) Do you have the the e-mail of the owner?
2) You can ban the host in BOINC.
3) I believe in BOINC you can set server side rules so that a bad host will automatically get fewer WUs/day until it's down to 1 per day. Then if it starts returning valid results the WUs/day will increase.

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Message 1483 - Posted: 9 Jan 2019, 16:00:40 UTC - in response to Message 1474.

Ok, I have blacklisted it, setting its max_results_day field to -1, let see what happens.

The problem here is that I do not have any owner's e-mail address (because of the gridcoin pool mechanism)

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Message 1487 - Posted: 10 Jan 2019, 16:43:39 UTC - in response to Message 1483.
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>> setting its max_results_day field to -1, let see what happens.

You should be able to do this for all hosts so that this problem will automatically take care of itself. Hosts failing for any reason can be cut off and then build back up if/when the problem is fixed. This is also a service to the owner of the machine as they sometimes won't notice that their host is failing. The work restriction is one way to automatically give them a heads up.

>> The problem here is that I do not have any owner's e-mail address (because of the gridcoin pool mechanism)

Yet another problem with BOINC allowing "pools" of users to register as a single user. There should probably be something like a subteam and require the individual users to provide an e-mail address.

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Message 1502 - Posted: 15 Feb 2019, 13:05:46 UTC - in response to Message 1487.

Hello,
There is no available resource on the pool for an individual pool user to locate another pool user by computer id.
Contact Brian at admin@grcpool.com . He will respond as quickly as he can. He responds to critical issues fairly quickly. Try putting something spiffy in the Subject like "From Admin at TN-Grid" to get his attention.

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Message 1503 - Posted: 15 Feb 2019, 13:38:17 UTC - in response to Message 1502.

Hello,
There is no available resource on the pool for an individual pool user to locate another pool user by computer id.
Contact Brian at admin@grcpool.com . He will respond as quickly as he can. He responds to critical issues fairly quickly. Try putting something spiffy in the Subject like "From Admin at TN-Grid" to get his attention.


Brian also helped solve the problem of cheating at Collatz last year, he proactively informed the Collatz Admin of a possible problem!!


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