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- - By pawnslinger (****) Date 2019-07-29 22:33
I believe it is a fruitless exercise (to hope for new features in Aquarium).  But, oh well, I am bored this afternoon.

Recently, I have been analyzing up to 4 games simultaneously.  For the most part, I have them in separate Aquarium runs, so they don't actually share resources within Aquarium (usually).  But, sometimes, it is more convenient to have a couple of projects running simultaneously within 1 Aquarium.  Right now, if 2 or more games are being analyzed within 1 Aquarium, I use the "Set CPU Usage" to something like 50% in both projects.  It works okay.  But it could be better.

It would be nice to be able to assign engines on an IDeA project level, thus dedicating certain engines to each project.  The benefits would be worth me upgrading.  If anyone developing Aquarium still cares about selling upgrades.
Parent - - By Ghengis-Kann (***) Date 2019-07-30 17:09
Hi Pawnslinger!

That's a good one.

I currently have 9 different installs of AQ2019 for the purpose of running simultaneous projects with specific engine assignments.
They all have their own dedicated database trees as well to avoid the lock out problem.
It is an absolute necessity to have multiple separate installs when analyzing one project with LC0 and another with Komodo or Stockfish.

My personal plea is and has been to return the record numbers to the database.
There is an empty column where these numbers used to be (in Aquarium 2011).
When you use "Mark Range" it refers to these numbers but you can't know what they are because they have been made invisible.
Parent - - By pawnslinger (****) Date 2019-07-30 18:22
Wow, Ghengis!!  9 installs... I won't catch that anytime soon.

I have 5 installs currently, 4 on my workstation, and 1 on my server.  I do not know why (perhaps my LAN has been hacked), but I had soooo much trouble with RTHomeServer, that I quit using it and just installed Aquarium directly on the server.  Runs okay, but much less flexible.  It is better than turning the server into a flower pot, I guess.

Anyhow, the server has become the bottleneck now.  I have been lazy... I need to install a 2nd or 3rd Aquarium on the server to give it more flexibility.
Parent - - By Ghengis-Kann (***) Date 2019-07-31 18:28
I've had some problems with RTHomeServer406 generating memory access errors that temporarily disable the engines and have tried everything to get rid of them, including disabling windows error reporting and data execution prevention with registry edits. Also assigned engines to specific processors in my dual processor server but nothing works.

I have also been getting problems with the program freezing on exit, or when re-starting Infinite Analysis, but years of Aquarium usage has enabled me to accept these things as inevitable.

Have you had any luck with Linux?
I am going to build a new toy for myself when the 64 core Threadripper chips come out and am torn between Windows 7 X64 Pro or Ubuntu Linux as the primary operating system.
Aquarium usage plays a major part in that decision since I think I can get by with Linux on everything else I do.
Parent - - By bifmeister Date 2019-07-31 23:11
I would really like to see a Linux version or at least something that would run reliably under Linux.

--Bryan
Parent - - By pawnslinger (****) Date 2019-08-01 00:33
I 2nd this idea.  I would love a Linux version.  But this would be a really big request, more than likely, I think.

I could finally leave Windows behind.  Aquarium is the only reason I run Windows... and the Windows update policy is driving me crazy.
Parent - - By Ghengis-Kann (***) Date 2019-08-01 17:33
Forced updates are one of the reasons I have drawn a line in the sand over Windows 10.
I have hoarded a pristine copy of Win 7 X64 Pro that I hope to use on my next build, but it will hinge on whether the motherboard manufacturers release Win7 compatible drivers.
If not then damn the torpedos I'm switching to Linux come Hell or high water.

If necessary I will run Aquarium on one of my existing computers and use the new one to supply remote engines.

Pawnslinger, did you ever succeed in getting remote engines to run on Linux?
Parent - - By pawnslinger (****) Date 2019-08-01 21:30
Hi Ghengis:

No, I gave up trying, because of time pressure (odd to say that about correspondence chess).  Yes, time pressure plays a big role in correspondence chess... just not the same intensity as OTB.  The day I cracked a tooth at the US Open was the day I gave up OTB.

Anyhow, due to time pressure, I also just plain gave up on remote engines.  My LAN seems to be too subject to disruption, the remote engines kept dropping offline.  The day I found my wireless printer using 30 Mbps of my LAN bandwidth (doing nothing I could figure out)... and choking out my remote engines (and my remote desktop), that was the day I stopped using (a) that printer... turned it off (permanently, I hope) and (b) stopped using RTHomeServer (too much time being lost).
Parent - - By Ghengis-Kann (***) Date 2019-08-02 16:48
Hi Pawnslinger.

I have had fewer problems with my network since I pulled all the wireless cards and went back to cables.
I was getting pings as long as several seconds with the wireless setup that were causing engines to drop, and they are down to a few milliseconds with ethernet cables.
Parent - By pawnslinger (****) Date 2019-08-02 18:26
Hi Ghengis:

I wish I knew why the wifi printer was chewing up so much bandwidth... nothing in the house was queued for printing.  The traffic was all between the server and the printer.  My son said someone was trying to use the printer to hack into our LAN!?  Anyhow, that was just one of our problems.  Every week for about 2 months something different came up, one week it was the router - it dropped everyone off the LAN to do a software update.  So all users, wired or wifi, were affected.  I couldn't believe it was happening, I had just updated the router firmware the week before.  It is a Netgear router and apparently they follow the Windows policy, i.e. update automatically at the most inconvenient time.  At least it had a switch (in the Advanced setup) that I could use to disable automatic updates.  Finally I just had to get some work done, and said enough is enough.
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