Whenever a preferred project (temporarily) runs out of work or the specific feeder is off line, the work fetch policy checks if other preferred projects have tasks available. If that is not the case, the next step is to see if the device profile has the alternate work option selected. If so, the project servers will look if they can send replacement work as to prevent that the volunteer device/devices end up being idle.

To opt in for alternate work, visit your My GridMy Projects page where the following section with choices is available:

Please note: Some projects may occasionally have periods where no work is available. If you choose to receive work for only one project, the project may, at times, not have work units available for download. For this reason, we recommend that you select more than one project.

  • If there is no work available for my computer for the projects I have selected above, please send me work from another project.
  • Please opt me in to new projects as they become available.

If you use multiple device profiles, then you can set these options separately for each.

Whenever the condition has happened a record is made in the client message log similar to this example:

Sending scheduler request: To fetch work.  Requesting 4 seconds of work, reporting 0 completed tasks
Scheduler request succeeded: got 1 new tasks
Message from server: No work can be sent for the applications you have selected
Message from server: No work is available for Help Conquer Cancer
Message from server: You have selected to receive work from other applications if no work is available for the applications you selected
Message from server: Sending work from other applications

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