Im having problems with usage dropout

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Im having problems with usage dropout

Postby sic » Sat Nov 28, 2015 11:40 pm

It stays 100 then drops to 0 and then back to 100, i have a amd 390 with new crimson drivers, tho it did the same thing with older drivers as well. Any ideas of how to stop it?
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Re: Im having problems with usage dropout

Postby Joe_H » Sun Nov 29, 2015 3:15 am

This may be normal. The newer GPU folding cores - 17, 18 & 21 - all pause periodically to write a checkpoint and also run a data validation on the WU in progress using the CPU. If this is the case, then you do not need to do anything.

Otherwise more information would be needed from you about your setup. One place to start is by posting the first 100 or so lines of the log file. Directions for locating and posting the file can be found under the Welcome topic - viewtopic.php?f=81&t=26036.
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Re: Im having problems with usage dropout

Postby sic » Sun Nov 29, 2015 9:44 pm

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Re: Im having problems with usage dropout

Postby Joe_H » Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:40 am

I don't see any issues with the setup or processing looking at the information in the log. The TPF appears to be fairly consistent throughout, about 5:30 on average leading to a PPD of approximately 228K. Someone with an AMD 390 would have to comment on how that compares.

So, as I mentioned earlier, if the drop in GPU utilization happens in a periodic manner that coincides with processing a consistent percentage of the WU, it is normal. While doing the validation steps and checkpoint creation the processing is done on your CPU, and the GPU will be idle for a short period.

If monitoring shows this happening more frequently, it might be related to data being transferred to the GPU for processing. Or it could point to your GPU being throttled for other reasons.
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