- PrimeGrid: False Google malware alert
07.03.2014 18:45 Uhr
Earlier today Google’s Chrome browser started blocking access to some forum posts on PrimeGrid’s website. Most importantly, there is no malware at PrimeGrid and it is 100% safe to access our website. What happened is not specific to PrimeGrid, and in fact isn’t specific to BOINC. This false report likely affected numerous tech forums across the entire Internet. Many people use CPU-Z to monitor their computers, and also use their “validation” system to register and show off their computers. The website used by CPU-Z for this validation is “valid [dot] canardpc [dot] com” and that’s the website that Google thinks is malicious. (I don’t actually know if it is or not. I suspect it’s fine.) Because many people put a link to their CPU-Z validations in either their signatures or in posts, any forum webpage with such a link now gets blocked by Google as malicious. Just to be perfectly clear, even if CPU-Z’s website WAS malicious, merely viewing the PrimeGrid forum pages would not pose any risk. While researching this problem on the web, I discovered that this is not the first time CPU-Z has been erroneously flagged by Google as being malicious. It’s therefore reasonable to expect that it also won’t be the last. In order to prevent this from happening in the future, effective immediately links or references to the CPU-Z validation site are prohibited in both forum posts and in signatures. The server will automatically remove posts or signatures that reference valid [dot] canardpc [dot] com. Four signatures and a handful of posts had to be removed.
- MindModeling@Home (Beta): Power Shutdown this Saturday (2014-03-08)
06.03.2014 20:05 Uhr
I apologize for the late notice, but I just received word that the Wright State University Engineering building where the MindModeling servers are located will be shut down temporarily this Saturday 2014-03-08 from 0700-1200 EST. I will be turning off our servers several hours in advance to facilitate a graceful shutdown. During this period, you will not be able to access our scheduler, this website, etc. There is a chance that I may not be able to remotely power-on the devices, in which case we will not have access again until the following Monday. -Tom
- SETI@home: Astropulse database is back.
06.03.2014 19:25 Uhr
Astropulse work is flowing once again. Thanks to Matt and Jeff for performing the necessary brain transplant.
- World Community Grid News: System Maintenance: Sunday March 9th from 2:00 UTC – 8:00 UTC
05.03.2014 17:18 Uhr
- EDGeS@Home: New application – Zeta-Search
05.03.2014 14:00 Uhr
EDGeS@Home will launch a new application called Zeta-Search soon.
- GPUGRID: Maxwell GTX750Ti
05.03.2014 11:54 Uhr
Hi Guys, Just a line to say we’ve got our first GTX750Ti card up and running. The performance out-of-the-box matches a GTX480. We’ll have a public app for GPUGRID just as soon as CUDA 6.0 is publicly released, which will probably happen at GTC at the end of the month. Matt
- GPUGRID: WU opi: Simulations on opioid receptors
05.03.2014 08:33 Uhr
Hi, I have just submitted several hundred simulations on a collaboration study on opiod receptors. They are not much. Any problem use this thread. thanks, gdf
- BOINC: World Community Grid enables drug discovery
05.03.2014 07:15 Uhr
A recent paper in Cancer Medicine describes seven promising drug candidates – identified with the help of World Community Grid – for neuroblastoma, a common form of childhood cancer.
- Wildlife@Home: Windows Workunits
05.03.2014 07:14 Uhr
Hi everyone, I am happy to announce that I have sent out the first round of windows work units. Please note that these may be unstable and I will address any errors as they arise. Thanks!
- climateprediction.net: New Weather@Home Project – Were Recent UK Floods Due to Climate Change?
04.03.2014 10:08 Uhr
You can help us answer the question: How much, if at all, was climate change to blame for the recent flooding in the UK?
Help us answer this question in the latest weather@home experiment, launched today, with live results posted on the website daily over the next month. Nathalie Schaller explains the science behind this new project:
The winter of 2013/2014 was the wettest ever recorded leading to severe flooding in many parts of the country. Many have been asking whether this level of extreme rainfall and the resulting floods are linked to climate change. This is not an easy question to answer, and we can never say that any particular flood was caused by climate change. However, we can ask and answer the question of how the odds of getting an extremely wet winter have changed due to man-made climate change: have past greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of pollution “loaded the weather dice” towards (or perhaps even away from) an event of this nature?
In order to see if the dice have been loaded, we need to roll the dice many, many times, and that is what this experiment will do: we are going to run climate models for the recent winter thousands of times, creating an “ensemble” of models, which should show us the effect of any subtle loading. The ensembles need to be as big as possible to obtain robust estimates of the probability of rare events.
So, to do this, we are asking for the help of the general public. We need to run two very large “ensembles” of weather simulations, one representing conditions and “possible weather” in the winter we have just had, and one representing the weather in a “world that might have been” if we had not changed the composition of the atmosphere through greenhouse gas emissions. By comparing the numbers of extreme rainfall events in the two ensembles, we can work out if the risk of a wet winter has increased, decreased or been unaffected by human influence on climate. We expect to obtain results within a month from launch, and plan to publish results as they come in, so you will be able to see the result as it emerges.
We do not know what the results will be. It is absolutely possible that the experiments will tell us that climate change had nothing to do with the extremely wet winter we have just had.
Please help us by donating your spare computing power to the project – sign up now!
Read more about the Weather@Home 2014 experiment:
Read press coverage of this experiment in the Guardian:
- Collatz Conjecture: Android Applications Now Available
03.03.2014 21:25 Uhr
Solo Collatz applications are now available for Android. The Android application supports ARM, x86, and MIPS (Little Endian) processors. Assuming Murphy’s Law will prevail as usual even though the apps work on my hardware, please let me know of any issues.
- PrimeGrid: Consumer-grade UPSs and new computers
03.03.2014 20:52 Uhr
If you use a consumer grade UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) to keep your computer running during momentary power glitches or short outages, you should probably read this thread: Oops! Lesson learned about UPS and active PFC power supplies (Discussion on this topic should be directed to that thread.) In short, most of the inexpensive UPSs you would buy for your home are incompatible with newer computer power supplies because the power supply uses something called “Active PFC”. If the UPS switches to battery power, the computer may shut off. In the worst case scenario, the UPS, the computer power supply, or other components of the computer may be damaged. The problem is that most inexpensive UPSs don’t produce a true sine wave output, and that messes up the active PFC power supplies. Business grade UPSs (such as APC’s “Smart-UPS” line) produce pure sine wave outputs and work fine with new power supplies, but those start at around $300. The only consumer grade UPSs with true sine wave outputs that I’m aware of are from Cyberpower. They’re a little more expensive, but much less than the business grade UPSs. If you have a computer with a power supply that has active PFC, or if you might ever get one in the future, you don’t want to use a UPS with “stepped” or “simulated” sine wave output. At best, the computer will shut off. At worst, you’ll be buying new computer parts. Keep in mind that as time goes on, more and more power supplies will be using active PFC. It’s a “green” technology, is good for the power grids, and is mandated by regulation in some jurisdictions, notably the EU.
- Wildlife@Home: projects, posters and publication information
02.03.2014 22:03 Uhr
Hi Everyone! Sorry things have been a bit slow this last week — I was traveling and did not have a particularly good internet connection. On another note, our students have been somewhat busy and successful at presenting posters about the project. I’ve made a page for our publications/posters/presentations here: http://volunteer.cs.und.edu/wildlife/alpha/publications.php If you’d like to take a look at any of the posters. One even won the most outstanding student poster award at the North Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society Conference. Our students have also written up descriptions of the projects that they’re using Wildlife@Home for, and links to these can be found on the alpha version video selection page here: http://volunteer.cs.und.edu/wildlife/alpha/video_selector.php Feel free to ask us any questions about them, and suggestions for improving them are welcome! Once I get back to NY tomorrow I’ll start making more updates to the validator, and the new interface. I’m hoping in the next week or so we can move the alpha version of the webpage live. cheers, -Travis
- MilkyWay@Home: More New N-Body Runs
28.02.2014 21:07 Uhr
I have started: de_nbody_02_28_orphan_real_0 ps_nbody_02_28_orphan_real_0 de_nbody_02_28_orphan_real_1 ps_nbody_02_28_orphan_real_1 de_nbody_02_28_orphan_real_2 ps_nbody_02_28_orphan_real_2
- BOINC: BOINC 7.2.42 released to the public
28.02.2014 20:28 Uhr
A new version of BOINC is ready for public use. You can download it here. See the release notes and version history for details.
- BOINC: HTC announces Power to Give
27.02.2014 09:43 Uhr
HTC is supporting Android-based volunteer computing through a new program called Power to Give. This is described in two YouTube videos: one about how to participate and another about the science being done.
- BOINC: BOINCCalculator 0.5.1 released
27.02.2014 04:31 Uhr
Climateprediction.net users: a new version of BOINCCalculator has been released.
- theSkyNet POGS – the PS1 Optical Galaxy Survey: Minor down time
27.02.2014 01:42 Uhr
Hey guys, Just a quick heads up that there will be up to an hour of down time on the POGS server today as we add a new database table. The new table will improve the performance of galaxy searches and allow us to award trophies based on the number of galaxies a user has helped contribute to. Cheers Alex
- yoyo@home: OGR-27: official results
26.02.2014 23:00 Uhr
Dear friends, distributed.net is proud to announce the completion of OGR-27! It is almost five years ago to the day that we began on this exciting journey. Almost 20,000 of you joined us.. without whom, it would have been impossible. We have proven conclusively by the exhaustive search of all possible rulers that the previously predicted 27-mark ruler is indeed the most optimal one. We were confident that we would find a more optimal ruler during this search, but it was not to be. We expected it to take us seven years to complete this awesome task but thanks to your efforts recruiting your friends and co-workers to our effort and a little help from Mooreâ€™s Law, we did it in five. The best known ruler is 27/3-12-26-25-29-2-9-36-10-68-1-4-17-53-35-8-16-28-6-14-13-71-18-19-23-7 (length 553). Represented the other way, this is marks at positions 0 3 15 41 66 95 97 106 142 152 220 221 225 242 295 330 338 354 382 388 402 415 486 504 523 546 553. In total, we verified 302,621,586 unique stubs (2,526 with 3-diffs, 179,120 with 4-diffs, 6,457,815 with 5-diffs and 295,982,125 with 6-diffs), requiring each to have been completed at least two times independently and with an identical node count. Additionally, due to a client implementation bug in some early clients, we required all stubs to have been verified at least once by a client greater than v2.9109.518. This delayed us by a few weeks towards the end of the project but was necessary to ensure that no work was skipped. The shortest ruler was sent to us 11 times, with one user completing it twice. I will be writing to this user directly for some help picking lottery numbers! We will be sending some distributed.net swag to the lucky winners and hope that you will join us as we move on to our next challenge! (from http://blogs.distributed.net/2014/02/25/16/09/mikereed/)
- yoyo@home: OddWeirdSearch: report on new stage of our search
26.02.2014 23:00 Uhr
Check the posting about information from the author about the next stage.
- SETI@home: Astropulse Offline
26.02.2014 20:22 Uhr
The server hosting the Astropulse database crashed. The database is okay, and we have a replacement machine, but it may be 1-2 weeks before Astropulse is back on line. We are still serving regular (multibeam) workunits in the meantime.
- World Community Grid News: System Maintenance: Sunday March 2nd from 2:00 UTC – 8:00 UTC
26.02.2014 14:04 Uhr
- Radioactive@Home: Firmware sources
25.02.2014 22:02 Uhr
We have updated firmware source files and detector diagrams to newest version. ZIP archive is available under this link. All sources are available under GPL v3 licence.
- GPUGRID: "Power To Give" – volunteer distributed computing for smartphones
24.02.2014 23:17 Uhr
HTC have just announced “Power To Give”, a new BOINC-based initiative for volunteer distributed computing on Android smartphones. HTC deserve to be commended for putting effort into helping the development of a polished BOINC client for Android. You can read all about it here: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-02/24/htc-power-to-give and see a video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0oJ39vs_Kk GPUGRID’s very own Gianni De Fabritiis presented at the launch, happening as part of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Video to follow soon, but you can read as-it-happened coverage here http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/02/htc-mobile-world-congress-press-conference-live-blog-follow-all-the-news-as-it-happens/ We’re very excited about this! Expect more news soon… Matt
- Constellation: Call for mentors and students for Google Summer of Code 2014! Google awards stipends of US$5500 to selected students
24.02.2014 20:30 Uhr
Due to spamming, please reply to this thread on our ideas thread! AerospaceResearch.net accepts applications for mentors and students for Google Summer of Code (GSOC) 2014, now! As a mentor, you can realize your space software, and as a student you are coding it during the summer and are paid US$5500 by Google for it! The application period for Mentors is open now and you can apply via https://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/org2/google/gsoc2014/aerospaceresearchnet. So be creative and propose your idea and be a trustworthy mentor to a young and creative mind! For you students, the application period starts 10 March and will end 21 March. Prepare yourself and read our and all the other 190 organizations’ ideas. And then come back to AerospaceResearch.net, because we have the most awesome coding ideas for your. They are all space applications! Here is a brief overview:
- [SSGT-XX] Solar System Grand Tour (continuation of last year’s GSOC project)
[DGSN-XX] Distributed Ground Station Network
[COMT-XX] Comet Trails (supported by Institute of Space Systems, Stuttgart University)
[SNET-XX] Sensor Networks (supported by RadioPunks)
[DEOP-XX] Dynamical Evolution of Protoplanets
GSOC is an annual coding campaign, in which Google awards stipends (of US$5500) to selected students who work on free and open-source software projects for certain organizations during the summer. This year it is Google’s 10th Summer of Code. It will be bigger and better! With this years 190 organizations, it tops last year’s 177 open source projects and organizations who took part and mentored 1,192 students and their projects. In general, GSOC is open for students aged 18 and older. It offers diverse projects ranging from software development for Wikipedia and Linux operating systems, to mobile platforms, to firmware and also academic work on basic algorithms. People can also mentor emerging developers during their three months of work and provide support and personal help. (some background information on Wikipedia) On a private remark about GSOC 2013, AerospaceResearch.net was lucky to have been selected as an organization and mentoring three students. This was an “awesome and motivating” experience and we advise projects and students alike to visit GSOC 2014 website and apply! You can find our information and ideas via https://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/org2/google/gsoc2014/aerospaceresearchnet. During GSOC 2013, we mentored 3 students who coded open-source space application. So this is your chance to combine three things you like during summer: space, programming and money. Of course Google looks for talented programmers like you! Being a mentor is inspiring because you support great students and great space projects. Mentors are also invited to Google HQ in Mountain View (paid flight) to the mentors summit and get a tour. This is rewarding in many ways to be part of such a great campaign! You, as a mentor or student, can propose and let your space project ideas be realized! So if you have coding ideas for your project, you can propose them to us and we will announce them on our ideas page to the coding GSOC students. Here is your chance to find further helping hands.
- PrimeGrid: Double Top Secret Mystery Challenge starts March 1st 2014, 18:00 UTC
24.02.2014 15:56 Uhr
After 4 year long hiatus, PrimeGrid is once more offering a challenge on the Prime Sierpinski Problem subproject. The challenge will last 15 days and runs from March 1st, 2014 18:00 UTC to March 16th, 2014 18:00 UTC. For more information, assistance and cheery banter please do join us on the forums in this thread
- Asteroids@home: Server on-line
24.02.2014 12:16 Uhr
There a little problem with booting server due to bad configuration of Apache. Server is on-line again. Radim Vančo (Kyong)
- SAT@home: First result in the experiment for Bivium
24.02.2014 05:56 Uhr
First result in the current experiment was obtained by Retupmoc and dimawalker.
Первые результаты текущего эксперимента были получены Retupmoc и dimawalker
- theSkyNet POGS – the PS1 Optical Galaxy Survey: Galileo Galilei – Challenge Recap!
24.02.2014 05:22 Uhr
Wow! What an amazing week for theSkyNet and POGS. In the last 7 days we’ve achieved a whole host of project milestones. First of all a big thank you to the ‘Astronomy.Ru Forum’, for setting up another exciting challenge and secondly to everyone who connected their computer to the POGS network, we could not do this without you. I’ve put up a post with lots of cool stats and the prizes winning results, over on the main page http://www.theskynet.org/news/49. It would be really awesome if you could check it out. Cheers Alex
- yoyo@home: OddWeirdSearch continues
22.02.2014 23:00 Uhr
I released some workunits for Linux 64 systems as test. We now attack a range up to 1028.