What do Suspended, Waiting and Postponed mean?

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Simply said, preempted (BOINC v5.8.0 and earlier) or waiting (BOINC v5.8.1 or later) means paused.

When you have multiple projects attached to BOINC and at least 2 of those projects have work, you will see that BOINC switches its crunching between those two projects. The tasks BOINC is currently working on show as Running, while the ones it was working on before show as preempted or waiting.

It is done this way to give equal CPU time to all projects, set in accordance with your resources (set through the project's preferences) and with the amount of time until your tasks reach their deadline.

Original writer Original FAQ Date
Jorden 46 07-01-2007