upstatelabs wrote: my understanding is that the short deadlines are completely deliberate, and are a necessity for the project.
Are you sure about this? It's not really ideal for multiple projects so I don't think it is deliverate, maybe a bug?
I am completely sure. The one-day tat is both deliberate and a complete necessity. Contrary to the opinions elsewhere, it isn't trivial to extend out the tat because tomorrow's work depends on today's work. That is how this project works, it's on the index page, you know.
After finishing its calculation, each client computer sends it's results back to the server, which summarizes the results and sends out more jobs.
It isn't an issue meeting the tat if your system runs 24/7, since the WUs typically are under 1hr run time. And I have no problem getting multiple projects to go on one system if I just set it up to switch projects every 2 hrs and don't try to micromanage as it settles itself out. If you are on a laptop that is off a lot, or a system that is only 'on' occasionally, you should choose another project like WCG or Einstein or seti that has a long tat. If you can do the WUs, then stay on and enjoy the project. If you can't, don't get mad, just choose something else.