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- NFS@Home: Server upgrade
09.12.2013 22:40 Uhr
The server will soon be going offline for a few hours for a server upgrade. If you find the site is down, be assured that it will be back soon.
- Asteroids@home: Longer workunits
08.12.2013 10:50 Uhr
There are twice longer workunits in a que. Credit is doubled and so the deadline.
Radim Vančo (Kyong)
- Collatz Conjecture: Clearing up the Backlog (12/05/2013)
06.12.2013 04:15 Uhr
In order to clear up the backlog of half a million workunits that the BOINC daemons felt the need to create when the database was unresponsive, a number of them have been redesignated as solo_collatz workunits. Those workunits that were originally mini_collatz workunits will run in 1/8th the time and receive 1/8th the credit. Those workunits that were originally collatz workunits are the same size as the solo_collatz workunits and will take the normal time to crunch and receive the normal solo_collatz credit.
- World Community Grid: FightAIDS@Home project update
05.12.2013 19:48 Uhr
Project and experiment updates from the Scripps website: May 2008 – December 2013
- World Community Grid: The Clean Engery Project Update
05.12.2013 17:16 Uhr
Project updates from the World Community Grid forums
- POEM@HOME: POEM++ OpenCL Announcement
05.12.2013 16:21 Uhr
The POEM++ OpenCL project ‘gpucrystal’ is going to be finalized soon. In other words no more work units will be created, and as soon as the circulating jobs are finished, the queue will run dry.
We are currently working on a follow-up project, which will start in January 2014, accompanied by a new POEM release.
Thank you all for contributing your GPU power to this project. Please use this POEM OpenCL rest period to support other great projects in the BOINC network.
I’m looking forward to see your GPU back at POEM next year.
POEM++ OpenCL Ankündigung
Das POEM++ OpenCL Projekt ‘gpucrystal’ wird demnächst abgeschlossen. Das bedeutet keine weiteren Workunits werden erstellt, und sobald die Umlaufenden berechnet wurden, wird die Aufgabenliste leer laufen.
Wir arbeiten derzeit an einem Folgeprojekt, das im Januar 2014 zusammen mit einer neuen POEM Version herausgebracht wird.
Vielen Dank für die GPU Rechenleistung die ihr alle diesem Projekt beigesteuert habt. Bitte nutzt die Pause von POEM OpenCL um andere großartige BOINC Projekte zu unterstützen.
Ich freue mich darauf eure GPU nächstes Jahr wieder bei POEM zu sehen.
- Wildlife@Home: start/end times in new interface
04.12.2013 16:03 Uhr
I think I might have fixed the problem — is anyone still having any issues with it (and in what browser)?
- Wildlife@Home: change to events in the new interface
04.12.2013 06:37 Uhr
So we talked things over today, and we’re changing the sitting, standing, walking and flying events to just:
On Nest (for when the bird is in the video and at its nest)
Off Nest (for when the bird is in the video but not at the nest)
On Nest has two tags, one for sitting and another for standing (which you can enter if you see the bird doing them, and if you want to be great you could tell us in the comments what time the bird is doing each — but that’s optional).
Off Nest has four tags, sitting, standing, walking and flying; which you can mark if the bird is doing any of those while off the nest. As before these are optional (but useful to us, especially if you put in comments what times each is happening — but again that’s optional and won’t be validated either way).
Hope that streamlines things and makes it a bit easier.
- Collatz Conjecture: 2,739 Steps
03.12.2013 21:47 Uhr
Congratulations to EG of team Ars Technica who discovered 2,739 steps for the number 2,382,737,577,286,911,665,266 on November 15, 2013. That ends the almost 3 year lull in the Collatz project record book!
Also, the bug in the daily high steps page has been fixed so that solo_collatz application results will display properly on the page.
- Wildlife@Home: storage server back up
03.12.2013 20:41 Uhr
Got an email saying the storage server is back up, and that it’s firmware that was causing the crashes has been updated. So hopefully we should have some smooth sailing here on out.
- Wildlife@Home: more storage system outages
03.12.2013 17:26 Uhr
Just got some texts. Looks like the storage system will be offline for an hour or so while they do upgrades. I’ll keep you posted.
- Wildlife@Home: videos streaming again
03.12.2013 16:11 Uhr
Looks like the storage server is back up and running. There might be some outages today, depending on how things go with the upgrades.
- Wildlife@Home: video storage server down
02.12.2013 23:35 Uhr
Looks like the storage server is down again. UND’s support people are working on it right now. It looks like its as having some weird issues with it’s virtual memory overflowing, and they need to apply a kernel patch to it to fix things. Looking like it might not be back up until tomorrow.
- Wildlife@Home: new interface working again
02.12.2013 23:14 Uhr
I’ve updated it so that the start/end times are the offset in the video (not the actual time displayed in the video), as converting between the two isn’t always very accurate.
- World Community Grid: December 6th: Live webcast with results from Discovering Dengue Drugs – Together
02.12.2013 22:00 Uhr
Join us on December 6th for a live webcast where Dr. Stan Watowich will explain his team’s progress since the end of Phase 1, and outline how computational research helps accelerate the search for important treatments.
- Wildlife@Home: updating start/end times on the new interface
02.12.2013 19:57 Uhr
I’m updating the start and end time areas on the new interface so it won’t be working for awhile until that’s ironed out.
- Wildlife@Home: discussion button working on the new interface
02.12.2013 05:20 Uhr
The discussion button is working on the new interface. You can now post segments of videos in the discussion forum (as opposed to the entire video). The forum code for this is:
You can see an example here:
Let me know if you have any problems!
- BOINC: Portuguese article on BOINC
02.12.2013 00:57 Uhr
A new Portuguese-language article discusses BOINC and several of the projects that use it.
- Wildlife@Home: updates to the new interface
01.12.2013 23:38 Uhr
I’ve made a bunch of updates to the new interface:
1. I’ve added a bunch of tooltips for the various buttons which I’m hoping will help people use the new interface better. We’re also in the process of updating the instructions (that you can click on on the top of the page) to be more detailed. Let me know how the tooltips are working and if there are any other changes you’d like for that.
2. We’ve added various animal tags for the predator and non-predator animal tags.
3. Any changes you make to an event are automatically updated in the database — you don’t need to click the update button anymore, and the update button has been removed.
4. When clicking on the time text areas, the behavior used to be that it would automatically update to the current time. This can be annoying if you want to change the time already in there (as it would be updated to the current time in the video). Now, if there is no time entered it will update to the current time in the video, otherwise it will let you edit the time already entered.
Still to do:
1. Get the discuss event button working (it’s the blue comment button on the side).
2. Add a button to specify difficulty of watching the video (I think we’ll just have this default to easy and let you change it otherwise). Should this be on a per-event basis or for the entire video?
3. Add buttons to either view the next video in time at the nest, or a random new video.
4. Get the validator working for the new interface.
Let me know if you have any other suggestions or problems with the new interface! And here’s the link to test it out again:
- Wildlife@Home: updating tags on the new interface
01.12.2013 18:45 Uhr
I’ve updated some of the tags on the new interface. For the predator event, you can tag it with different species of predators, and for the non-predator event, you can tag it with non-predator species.
We’ll be updating the instructions for the new interface with descriptions of the different tags, and I’ll be updating the page with hover tooltips to make it as user friendly as possible (especially as there are a lot more events to mark).
As always, if you have any suggestions for making the new interface easier to use they’ll be very appreciated.
- Wildlife@Home: fixing slow loading videos
01.12.2013 17:34 Uhr
I started up a script to go through and re-convert all the slow loading videos. Tweaking the settings to ffmpeg is converting them down to approximately 1/4th their previous size. I ran the script over night using a single process to test it, and it got through about 50 videos without any problems, so now I’m going full blast with almost all the cores on the video server. With ~11000 videos to go through and 8 cores I’m hoping it’ll be done in a week or two.
- Asteroids@home: Server maintenance
29.11.2013 19:13 Uhr
There is going to be server maintenance on Saturday 30.11.2013 starting at 09:00 UTC and it will take about 8 hours.
Radim Vančo (Kyong)
- MilkyWay@Home: New N-Body Runs
29.11.2013 18:22 Uhr
I have started:
and am starting right now:
- POEM@HOME: Inside Our Group
29.11.2013 14:56 Uhr
The Nanoscale and Biomolecular Simulation Group, hoster of POEM@HOME, is also involved in other projects.
For those who are interested in our field of activity, I’d like to draw attention to MMM@HPC, a project which provides partners in research and industry with an easy interface for multiscale material modelling.
In eigener Sache
Die AG Wenzel, Betreiber von POEM@HOME, ist auch an anderen Projekten beteiligt.
Diejenigen, die sich für unsere Tätigkeitsbereiche interessieren, möchte ich auf MMM@HPC aufmerksam machen, ein Projekt das Partnern in Forschung und Industrie eine leicht bedienbare Schnittstelle für das “Multiscale Material Modelling” bereitstellt.
- Collatz Conjecture: Solo Validator Back Online (11/28/2013)
28.11.2013 14:31 Uhr
The solo_collatz validator was down due to it attempting to decode a corrupted WU. The faulty result has been set aside for further analysis and the validator is back up and running. It will probably take a while to catch up, so relax, eat some Turkey, watch the Packers beat the Lions, and check back later. Happy Thanksgiving!
- Wildlife@Home: Alpha version of new video watching interface up for testing.
27.11.2013 07:53 Uhr
I think the new video watching interface is getting close to ready, or at least close enough to ready enough to let you all start trying it out.
You can access it for different species/locations:
You’ll probably notice there’s a lot more to the interface than there was before. Also, the videos are going to be longer — no more shorter clips — but don’t worry, the new interface saves what video you’re on as well as your progress so you can leave and come back to them if you want, and it still uses your min/max video durations.
The way observations are done now is also totally different. Instead of yes/no/unsure for different categories, now you can add events, and specify their start time, end time, leave comments and tag them with various additional information if need be (we’re still working on adding some tags so there will be more on that later).
If you click on either of the time boxes, it will automatically enter in the current time in the video for you, which should speed up doing that, you won’t have to type it in manually.
This obviously is going to change how validation works (and once the interface is all set I’ll get to working on that), but a lot of the issues with unsure markings will go away. Either people have marked events or not. Also, accuracy is going to be redone as well.
With the new interface, I’ll be tracking:
valid events marked
invalid events marked
And instead of having an accuracy value that goes back to the dawn of time, it will be based on how many missed/invalid events you’ve marked in the last X videos (X is still undecided). So hopefully there will be less worry about accuracy, and more incentive to just mark whatever events you can find — especially as there are now a whole lot of different events you can mark.
One major thing I want to add to it before it really goes live is a way to post events in the video discussion forum. The old version just posts the entire video — what I’d like to do here is have the option to discuss an event (which has a start and end time marked), which would then show that clip of the video in the discussion forums, kind of like how some youtube comments work. Hopefully have that up and going in a day or so, depending on whatever kinks I run into.
Let me know what you think, and I’ll be working on it over thanksgiving break — it’s nice to finally have some time to really sit down and devote to working on the project again.
I should also have something up and running tomorrow to start re-converting all those slow loading videos. It’ll take awhile to get them all converted however, but it’s in the works.
cheers and happy thanksgiving!
A couple usage notes! Click “New Event” to start entering in a new event. When you change anything in the event (like what type of event it is, it’s start time, end time, comments, etc) a green update icon will show up on the right. Click that to submit your changes to our server. You can keep adding, changing, updating and removing events as much as you want for a video until you click the “next video” button.
The page will also save what video you are working on (for each site/species combo), so if you have to leave the page or your computer crashes, etc; all the events you’ve saved to the server will still be there when you come back so you won’t lose any of your progress.
- The Lattice Project: Server Upgrade
26.11.2013 19:15 Uhr
I’ve just upgraded the server software and web pages, so please let me know if you notice anything amiss. As part of this upgrade, the credit granting should now follow the new BOINC system; hopefully this will address some of the recent complaints about credit granted being erratic and/or too low. As always, your feedback is welcome and your participation much appreciated.
- Wildlife@Home: videos back up
26.11.2013 17:14 Uhr
Looks like the storage system is back up!
- Wildlife@Home: video storage appliance down
26.11.2013 16:31 Uhr
Streaming videos isn’t currently working because of some technical problems with the storage appliance we’re using to store the videos. People are currently working on this (as it serves a lot of projects on campus) so hopefully it will be back up soon. I will keep you posted.
I also have almost finished an initial implementation of a new video watching interface, and should be ready to release it to everyone for testing and suggestions (as soon as the video storage system comes back online).
- Einstein@Home: Einstein@Home Volunteers Discover Four "Young" Gamma-Ray Pulsars
26.11.2013 09:17 Uhr
Congratulations to our volunteers:
Thomas M. Jackson, Kentucky, USA
Doug Lean, Australia
Hans-Peter Tobler, Germany
NEMO computing cluster, UW-Milwaukee, USA
David Z, Canada
whose computers have found 4 new gamma-ray pulsars in data from the Large Area Telescope on board NASA’s Fermi Satellite. These are the first gamma-ray pulsars ever discovered by Einstein@Home; only a few dozen such objects (spinning neutron stars whose pulsations are only visible via their gamma rays) are known.
The scientific paper is available here (use PDF link on the top right-hand side) and will be published in the next hours in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. If you are interested in learning more, a press release and other materials concerning the discovery are also available on-line.
Many thanks to all Einstein@Home volunteers, whose computers have made these exciting discoveries possible!