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UX/UI issues & enhancements

  • This is a running compilation of notes taken over the last month I've been working with pimp. There will likely be redundancies in the text.

    As a background note, I have worked in digital production for 20+ years with a special in large-scale content management systems and the tooling (UX/UI) of such.

    Pimp is a fantastic tool and I would like to help out with any improvements. If the team ever intends on making changes to miner.farm, let me know and I can contribute wireframes and the like.

    Basic issues

    • After session timeout clicking from a view to pool view gives a bad gateway error, requires page refresh. Session getting lost, and AJAX not setting a true logged out state
    • Default redirect to profile page after logging in has little to no use. Redirect to farm view by default or have a profile setting that specifies what your preference is. Based on my main body of suggestion how to integrate views, just redirect to farm view instead.


    • The errors per hour are convoluted by the difference (or lack thereof) between warnings and errors
      • Warnings occur when a miner is off, but a miner cannot necessarily run if another miner is already running. There should be a way that a non-running miner can be set to NOT incur a warning and make the errors screen convoluted. I also question what the difference between a warning and error is treated, as the errors bar is where both are reported. I want my email alerts to warn me when I actually need to do something and so warnings that a miner is off-line is really a non-issue. When my miner has a GPU going sick or dead, that is a warning I want to get and action, and should actually be an error, not a warning/
    • Based on above I suggest that alarms can be set on different entities, a farm (agent), a pool and a miner
    • An alarm logic would be useful where the results of the data being monitored can cause action. For instance, if a miner has GPUs that are sick or dead or HWs go above x%, miner is restarted and log a warning. This could be expanded to cumulative logic as well, if X warnings are logged within a period of time, the box is restarted

    General IA/UX

    • General nesting could be enforced more. When a piece of data belongs to a parent, it gets tabbed. The IA generally shows data following, farm view shows agents, with miners following. These could be nested more to show miners belonging to the agent, which belongs to a farm. Controls could be incorporated into this IA, hence the comments below are mostly about merging screens together. Restart controls especially should be incorporated directly in-view.
      • Pool is a really sub of miner except that you identify any and all pools that may be configured in the miner.
      • Without being able to "switch pool", I believe that the pool view really has no use right now
      • Hence the pool view is really a report of what is the currently active pool which is tangential to the miner itself, you can easily merge both views and a miner has an expand/collapse function which opens to reveal the pools, and a feature addition can switch active pool
    • Alert view only shows miners that belong to a profile. If you could apply alert logic to agent, miner, pool you can make this view nested based on the hierarchal relationship between agent, miner, pool which it's individual reporting logic
    • Pool view even more so, it shows crawled pools irrespective of it's relationship to a miner or agent, in which case it's a clusterf### of data which doesnt really tie to anything. Considering you cannot action what this does or mean, it seems redundant. This view could come back to life if you could by-control switch pools. In which case you would again, present the data by nesting it based on its hierarchal relationship between agent, miner, pool.

  • One this I would def add on the O/S side is that something should be built to allow any intel onboard graphics to be "ignored:" by pimp rather than insist it be disabled. this makes little sense when you dont want to drive the x-term using one of the GPUs for mining.

  • Staff

    Thanks Redfred5. Well thought out and described. We have started building PiMP & Miner.farm 3.0, and these kinds of ideas will be driving development. When we have a beta, we will most certainly include you if you wish..

  • So many good point in this post. Glad to here the team is already working towards some of these. One thing I'd like to add in is on Miner.farm when I go to the alerts view I get a different GPU count on one of my rigs than on the farm view. I only have 8 GPUs on the rig and Miner.farm shows that when you look at the rig details but on the alerts view it shows that I have 9 GPUs. May something to do with this?

    Agent Host GPUs
    GPU 01: AMD/ATI Radeon RX 470/480/570/580
    GPU 02: AMD/ATI Radeon RX 470/480/570/580
    GPU 03: AMD/ATI Radeon RX 470/480/570/580
    GPU 05: AMD/ATI Radeon RX 470/480/570/580
    GPU 06: AMD/ATI Radeon RX 470/480/570/580
    GPU 07: AMD/ATI Radeon RX 470/480/570/580
    GPU 08: AMD/ATI Radeon RX 470/480/570/580
    GPU 0a: AMD/ATI Radeon RX 470/480/570/580

    Skips 04 and ends at 0a so maybe that is where the 9 comes from? Just something I noticed.

  • @catch22 However, they are still 8 :) Slightly broken addressing, you can see how they look with gputool --status and gputool --list

  • @blackice True, I know I didn't gain a GPU (I wish I did!) just another weird little bug because that means the Farm view and the Alert view are generating the total count in two different ways since they get two different values.

  • @catch22, yes please. i certainly would like to be involved. i started wireframing in 2000, so ive done literally thousands of them.

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