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  • Rosetta@home: Project News Apr 2, 2014
    02.04.2014 07:00 Uhr
    Journal post from David BakerThere has been very exciting recent progress in designing vaccines and small molecule binding proteins using Rosetta that is described in two recent papers in Nature. These and other recent advances are described in the new Rosetta@Home Research Updates thread. It was suggested there that we send out a monthly email newsletter describing recent progress–we haven’t done this before to avoid clogging everybody’s inboxes but we certainly could if there is interest.
  • Wildlife@Home: moved to new interface
    01.04.2014 21:40 Uhr
    Hi Everyone, I’ve officially moved the webpage over to the new interface (this isn’t an april fools joke, we just had two snow days in a row from a crazy blizzard so I had time to work on it). Apart from the new interface for watching videos, I’ve updated the list of species here (Watch Video -> Site and Species Descriptions): Each has a listing of projects that the information from the videos you watched will be use for. There’s also a new page for reviewing videos you’ve watched (expect an update later tonight or this week that will allow you to report events you think are wrong) (Your Name -> Review Videos): And a page listing the publications, talks and posters that your time and efforts has helped us make here (Project Information -> Publications): If you still want to get at any of the old webpages (to look at the videos you watched in the old interface for example), I’m keeping that alive here for awhile: And one one final note, we’ve had an article accepted in the Wildlife Professional, and you get a PDF of it on our publications page here: Let me know if you have any questions or problems with the new interface. It looks like everything has moved over successfully but there might be some things I’ve missed. After I update the review videos page to allow you to report events, then I’ll go back to getting the new validator running 24/7. cheers, –Travis
  • 30,000 Results in for weather@home 2014 UK Flooding Experiment
    01.04.2014 16:32 Uhr

    We’ve now had nearly 30,000 model results in, which is entirely thanks to our wonderful participants!

    Here’s how the plot is looking:

    uk flooding results 005 Alle BOINC Projektnews

    You can see that there is some “wobble” in the curve for the blue models. This makes it difficult to say anything conclusive about the difference between the blue (“winter as observed”) and green (“winter that might have been without climate change”) results.

    So, we are going to keep running the experiment for another week or so to get some more model results back which will hopefully help give us a clearer overall result.

    Here is the animation of the results so far:

  • Collatz Conjecture: Switching To CreditNew
    01.04.2014 13:55 Uhr
    The majority of BOINC projects are using CreditNew and includes all the largest projects. After much deliberation and more than a few run-ins with the credit cops, Collatz will switch to the CreditNew system beginning tomorrow. I expect both the GPU and CPU credits will be drastically reduced because of this change but it will result in cross project parity at a level never before seen in BOINC. Since the basis of CreditNew is that credit is based on hardware across projects and not how well the hardware works on any one project, some changes to the applications will also be required. Not all projects have 64-bit applications or can make use of 64-bit math. As a result, a user running 32-bit windows on his 64-bit processor today only gets half as much credit because he only works half as fast as the user with a 64-bit operating system. That just isn’t fair. The user doing half the work should get the same amount of credit because he has the same CPU. So, I will be removing all 64-bit Collatz applications. In addition, all assembly language and intrinsic optimizations will also be removed so that the applications run at a level that compares with the BOINC benchmarks since the benchmarks do not take into account any of those optimizations. GPU optimizations will also be removed and all applications will be downgraded where ever possible to the oldest possible version. For example, CUDA 1.0 will now be the standard so that the project does not take advantage of any features not supported by the oldest nVidia GPU as it wouldn’t be fair to the person who spend hundreds of dollars on a new GPU to get more credits just because his hardware works faster at certain calculations. The new Collatz GPU applications will only be allowed to run a few times faster than the CPU applications. That will allow Collatz to achieve parity with projects which have GPU applications that can’t run in parallel very well. In order to assure that the oldest software will be used, all applications will be migrated to COBOL and entered via punch cards. If your CPU or GPU is currently overclocked, you can dial it back since it will no longer matter. It has been said that credits are not worth anything. I think the contrary is true. Credits cost money. You hardware will now last longer because of this change and the result is that it will save you money. If you stop crunching altogether, just think how much money you will have! Sure, some will see the lower credits at Collatz as a bad thing. But, think of it this way… While the credit will go down in Collatz, it really won’t matter since all the Collatz applications will run at a level not seen since Apple IIe and DEC PDP-11s. You won’t have to worry that your computer is getting less credits while using the same amount of electricity because even if you switch to another project, your credits and electric bill will remain constant. You will get less credit but the CEO’s of the power companies will still get their bonuses thanks to your contributions. Finally, because new volunteers who join the project won’t ever be able to catch up to the credit leaders due to the switch to using CreditNew, the total credits will also be adjusted for all users, hosts, and teams. You will see an 80% reduction. But, on the bright side, you will be able to achieve those mega milestones tracked at FreeDC all over again!
  • BURP: BURP has been acquired by Facebook inc.
    01.04.2014 12:00 Uhr
    In a short press release today the California-based company Facebook Inc. announced that they have bought the BURP rendering platform including all assets for $21 billion. “Facebook Chairman and CEO, Mark Sugarbird” wrote:
    I’m excited to announce that we’ve agreed to acquire BURP, the leader in BOINC-based online rendering technology using Blender. Facebook’s mission is to make the world more open and connected. This has mostly meant building mobile apps that help you share with the people you care about, but at this point we feel we’re in a position where we can start focusing on what will come next to enable even more useful, entertaining and personal experiences. BURP’s mission is to enable you to experience the impossible. Together the technologies open up the possibility of completely new kinds of experiences!
    The buyout is just one in a series of large technology investments made recently, but the price tag completely dwarfs that of the Oculus Rift. As a consequence of this merger there is going to be some changes in the near future:
    • All accounts will be merged with existing Facebook accounts and will be automatically converted to use your real name and personal picture (regardless of your security settings)
    • We’re adding support for playing mini-games while uploading sessions. You can add credit card information in the user account settings to make in-game purchases easier.
    • Random delays of around 3-5 seconds will be added to the website from time to time for no apparent reason.
    • If a session contains references to known living persons it will automatically post a link on their wall through WhatsApp with Instagrammed 3D previews from the rendered animation, easily browsable with any attached Oculus Rift.

    The PR department has yet to come up with a good name for the new platform but has revealed that to honor the legacy of both parties it will most likely be some combination of the words “face” and “burp”.

  • GPUGRID: Custom Android client
    27.03.2014 15:54 Uhr
    Dears, we are playing with a customized skin of the BOINC client. It attaches to GPUGRID by default (but allows you to add other projects manually). Feel free to try the (unsigned) apk at Let us know.
  • World Community Grid News: Doubling down: new website and software features
    26.03.2014 20:12 Uhr
    As we move toward our second decade of supporting humanitarian research, we’re excited to introduce a more approachable and welcoming World Community Grid, as well as a new software application available for upgrade.
  • Launch of new weather@home experiment on the causes of recent heatwaves and drought in Australia and New Zealand
    26.03.2014 16:22 Uhr

    We’ve just launched another new regional modelling experiment looking at the link between climate change and the recent heatwaves and drought in Australia and New Zealand.

    2013 saw record high temperatures across Australia, with repeated heat waves in many parts of the country. New Zealand experienced a severe drought in the North Island. Many people are asking “Did human-caused climate change play a role in these extreme events?” increasing the chances of heat waves and making the drought more severe.

    Australia experiences heat waves every summer somewhere in the country, so maybe the extreme events in 2013 were just due to natural variability.

    We have put together a collaboration of scientists at the University of Oxford in England, the UK Met Office, the University of Melbourne and NIWA in New Zealand to try to answer these questions.

    Read more about the experiment on the weather@home ANZ 2013 experiment page on our website.

    Mitchell Black explains the science behind this new project, and why we need your help to answer these important questions about the link between extreme weather and climate change:

    NIWA, New Zealand, scientist Suzanne Rosier explains more about the Weather@home ANZ experiment:

    To answer these questions, we are asking for help from the general public. We need to run two very large “ensembles” of weather simulations, one representing conditions and “possible weather” in 2013, the year 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 heat waves and drought events in the two ensembles, we can work out if the risk of a heat waves or the risk of drought has increased, decreased or been unaffected by human influence on climate.

    You can help by signing up to the weather@home ANZ 2013 project, making your home computer available to run these weather simulations over Australia and New Zealand.

    The simulations are run in the background so you can still use your computer normally. You can even look at the results on your monitor while the simulations are running. And when they finish, the output data is automatically send back to a server at the University of Tasmania and made available for scientists to analyse.

    The great advantage of this project is that many thousands of simulations can be completed for each case, the world we experienced in 2013 and the world that might have been, without human-caused changes in climate. This allows a much better assessment of the changes in the risk of extreme events. This project is only possible by making use of the computer power of people’s home computers.

    While the initial focus is on extreme events in 2013, simulations will also be made for other years, allowing scientists to better assess the possible role of climate change in the Black Saturday bushfires in Australia in 2009, the record rain events in New Zealand in 2012 and the record rain events in eastern Australia in 2010 and 2011.

    Read press coverage of this story:

    26.03.2014 15:13 Uhr
    A big hi to all the users! I’m currently undergoing my master thesis in the lab and I’ll very proud to participate in this fantastic community for the first time by sending some simulations to gpugrid. You will identify them with the ID A2AR, which stands for A2A adenosine receptor. It is a membrane protein from to a huge family called GPCRs that is key on neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson and therefore an important target of drug development. With these simulations we will try to prove the affinity of a couple of known ligands in silico.
  • More Results for UK 2014 Flooding Experiment – Over 15,000 Models Run
    25.03.2014 17:23 Uhr

    We’re now at more than 15,000 results, and we still have more coming in – we’re hoping to get to 10s of thousands of models back before we make a final statement about the results.

    Here’s a plot of the latest results:

    uk flooding results 004 Alle BOINC Projektnews

    And here’s the animation, now showing all 15,000+ models:

    It’s really exciting to see so many results coming in! Thank you, as always, to everyone who is helping us by running the models on their computers, and if you aren’t already signed up, we still need more models run, so please join in!

  • SAT@home: Competition 'Bivium cipher can not stand'
    25.03.2014 06:33 Uhr
    Competition Bivium cipher can not stand will be held from April 1 to April 8.

    Соревнование Bivium cipher can not stand будет проведено с 1 по 8 апреля.
  • SAT@home: Bivium14_0 solved
    25.03.2014 06:29 Uhr
    Problem Bivium14_0 was solved by madx and kunzea.

    Задача Bivium14_0 была решена madx и kunzea
  • World Community Grid News: FightAIDS@Home project research application update for Android
    24.03.2014 19:15 Uhr
    New release of the FightAIDS@Home research application for Android users to address a recent issue causing more invalid results than expected.
  • World Community Grid News: Paper published about processing the results from the Nutritious Rice for the World project
    24.03.2014 15:41 Uhr
    A paper about innovations and performance improvements that were used to process the results data from the Nutritious Rice for the World project. The paper was published online on March 17, 2014 in the journal Bioinformatics.
  • GPUGRID: WU: CMYB_equil
    24.03.2014 11:02 Uhr
    Hello all, I have submitted some simulations of a small peptide to the short queue. This is a special type of simulation, and it is also the first time I am running them, so there may be errors with them. Please let us know what you see. There should be pass through quickly, however, so hopefully they don’t cause too many problems. Nate
    24.03.2014 10:38 Uhr
    Hi All, I’ve just submitted our first large batch of work units for the CPU application, named “DUDHIVPR*”. The purpose of these WUs is to test the correctness of operation of our application by attempting to reproduce published benchmark data. Matt
  • GPUGRID: Thanks to Anonymous for donation
    21.03.2014 09:23 Uhr
    Hi, we have received a high donation from a person who likes to remain anonymous. This message is just to thank this person. The money will contribute to pay a PhD student. In the current economic situation we need more donations. Anybody who would like to contribute please do so using the donate link above. GDF
  • SETI@home: Friday March 21 SETI talks to be webcast live.
    20.03.2014 21:48 Uhr
    The SETI talks by Jill Tarter, Eric Korpela, Shauna Sallmen, and Ian Morrison at the “Search for Life Beyond the Solar System” conference will be broadcast live on Friday, March 21. The scheduled time for the talks is: 1:30PM PDT (2030 UTC) – Jill Tarter 2:00PM PDT (2100 UTC) – Eric Korpela 2:20PM PDT (2120 UTC) – Shauna Sallmen 2:40PM PDT (2140 UTC) – Ian Morrison To connect go to If you have difficulty with that link, try Once you are there, select enter as guest, and enter a name, then click “Enter Room”. Participants may get the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers.
  • Over 5,000 results in for Weather@home 2014 UK Flooding experiment
    20.03.2014 16:42 Uhr

    We’ve now have several thousand results back, which is fantastic! Thank you so much to everyone who has been running models for us.

    We still have more models to run, so if you haven’t signed up yet, please do.

    Here is the latest plot with over 5,000 models:

    uk flooding results 003 Alle BOINC Projektnews

    As you can see, with this many models, the curves are really filling in at the extreme weather risks to the right of the plot.

    For more information about how to rest this return time plot, please see the Expected Results page.

    We’ve also updated the animation for this plot, showing the plot as it builds up from just a handful all the way to 5,000 models:

  • Wildlife@Home: moving over to new interface officially
    19.03.2014 19:56 Uhr
    Hi Everyone, Since it’s spring break and I have time to work on things I’ll be moving over the site to the new interface in the next couple days. Two big parts of this will be: 1. getting the validator running more steadily for the new interface, and 2. creating a new interface for you to view and report observations made in the new interface. I’ve updated the teams backend interface which should make validating reported observations significantly easier (and part of the interface they’re using regularly, so they won’t be able to ignore them). I’ll keep you all posted as things progress. cheers, –Travis
  • World Community Grid News: FightAIDS@Home project update
    19.03.2014 19:48 Uhr
    Project and experiment updates from the Scripps website: May 2008 – March 2014
  • GPUGRID: acemdlong application 815 updated for Maxwell
    19.03.2014 16:59 Uhr
    The cuda60 version of application version 815 is now present on acemdlong for those of you with the latest driver or a Maxwell card. Matt
  • WEP-M+2 Project: 12-digit factor of P2203 has now been found by the project…
    19.03.2014 11:53 Uhr
    …47310 times
  • POEM@HOME: POEM++ 2.0 Release
    18.03.2014 17:31 Uhr
    I’ve just updated the POEM@HOME Binaries to Version 2.00. This is the first big step for our new GPU project. I’ll have to adjust some parameters of the new work units, and will send them out at the end of this week. I’m confident the errors which occurred during the test phase have been resolved. If you encounter any problems nevertheless, please report it in our message boards. Version 2.00 von POEM@HOME ist jetzt verfügbar. Das ist der erste große Schritt für unser neues GPU Projekt. Ich muss noch einige Parameter der neuen Workunits anpassen, und kann diese dann gegen Ende der Woche raus schicken. Ich bin zuversichtlich, dass die Fehler, die während der Testphase aufgetreten sind, beseitigt wurden. Falls jemand dennoch auf Probleme stoßen sollte, meldet sie bitte in unserem Forum.
  • 2nd Batch of Results from Weather@Home 2014 UK Flooding Experiment
    18.03.2014 16:36 Uhr

    Thank you again to everyone who has been running models for us on this experiment. We’re now able to show you the 2nd batch of results, with just over 500 models.

    Here is a plot of the second batch of results from the weather@home UK Flooding experiment we’re currently running:

    uk flooding results 002 Alle BOINC Projektnews

    Each dark blue and green dot represents one model that was run on a participant’s computer. If climate change had changed the odds of getting the severe flooding last winter, then we should expect to see a significant gap between the blue and green dots. For more information about how to read this Return Time Plot, please see the Expected Results page.

    We’re hoping to eventually get several thousand model runs done, but we thought it would be interesting to plot the results so far, so you can see why we need so many results.

    With only 47 model runs (see First Results below), there simply aren’t enough dots to state statistically if there is a difference between the blue and green dots.

    Now, with 510, we’re starting to see a better pattern emerge. As you can see in the plot, there isn’t currently any significant gap between the blue and green dots.

    This short video shows an animation of the plot, as more and more results are added in:

    The lighter green dots represent the individual patterns of sea surface temperature we estimated as the response of the climate system to man-made climate change. The smaller light green dots therefore represent the uncertainty in the human influence. If the blue dots lie within the area covered by the light green dots, then we can’t attribute these results to climate change.

    But we need even more results to be able to make a statistical statement about the influence of climate change on the risk of extreme flooding.

    We will be posting further results in the next few days, when we should be into the 1000’s of model runs.

    So, please help us by signing up and joining in!

  • SAT@home: Bivium14_1 solved
    17.03.2014 09:03 Uhr
    Problem Bivium14_1 was solved by Crystal Spirit and Shaman.

    Задача Bivium14_1 была решена Crystal Spirit и Shaman
  • SIXTRACK: Status, March 2014
    16.03.2014 08:43 Uhr
    First, in reply to a recent query about 2014 workload, thanks to Msssimo: “The majority of the 2014 studies will be devoted to LHC upgrade and the rest to understand the nominal machine. I do not expect any increase in workload when approaching the LHC re-start in 2015, on the other hand, we will all be locked up in the control room and the resources for performing the simulations will be reduced.” Second, we have been experiencing major problems with our Windows executables for several months now. There are “small” result differences between Windows and Linux. After extensive testing I believe they are due to the Windows ifort compiler. This will be verified and fixed as soon as I return to CERN next week. In addition new builds of SixTrack for Windows, which now include a call boinc_unzip, are failing on Windows in at least two ways; there is a problem parsing the hardware description (/proc/cpuinfo on Linux) and secondly we get “cannot Create Process” errors. So, we shall first try and build without the hopefully resposible call, and fix the result differences. We can then resume development of the case splitting to smaller WUs and the return of all results. It is great that your support continues and, when required, we have lots of capacity. Saw a new record of over 140,000 WUs in process a couple of weeks ago. Eric.
  • SIMAP – Similarity Matrix of Proteins: New workunits for March and April upcoming
    15.03.2014 09:38 Uhr
    During the last week we have imported about 900.000 new proteins from the Uniprot database into SIMAP. The workunits of these sequences will be available from Mon, Mar 17. We expect about a month of further continuous work for SIMAP. Best regards and thanks a lot for crunching SIMAP, Thomas
  • Collatz Conjecture: Brook/CAL ATI for 32-bit Linux
    14.03.2014 21:00 Uhr
    I added a 6.00 version for 32-bit Linux app w/ ATI Brook+/CAL SDK 1.4. It compiles, but I have no idea whether it actually works as it was built on an Ubuntu 12.04 machine. That build machine does not have an AMD GPU installed which mean getting a little creative in order to get the Brook/CAL libraries installed. If it will not run on your machine at all, please run “ldd solo_collatz_6.00_i686-pc-linux-gnu__ati14″ and post the output. If it runs but errors out, please post the stderr.txt (the normal BOINC output). If it does run, let me know as well. It uses the same command line parameters as the v2.09 ATI apps.
  • yoyo@home: Chemnitz Linux Days 2014
    13.03.2014 23:00 Uhr
    I will be on the Chemnitz Linux Days 2014 from 15.-16.3. in Chemnitz Germany. has a booth in the main hall where you can meet me and other people. The “Chemnitz Linux Days” is a conference that deals with Linux and Open Source Software. It is open for everyone, novices and experts alike.

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