CAS@home: CAS@home maintenance period
25.07.2014 07:45 Uhr
IHEP Computer Center enters the annual maintenance period starting from 25th July, and finishes at 30th July. The CAS@home server will be shutdown during this period!
Thanks for your understanding!
SIXTRACK: Power Supply Ripple
22.07.2014 15:40 Uhr
Asequesed and for your information Miriam has described her
recent studies as follows:
A principal component of the planned upgrade to a high luminosity LHC (HI-LHC) is the replacement of the high field quadropole magnets – the so called “inner triplet”.
The long term beam stability can be significantly reduced by magnetic field errors, miasalignment of the magnets and by irregularities in the power supply (ripple). The recent batch of fifteen or so studies, involving over one and a half million cases or Work Units each of one million turns (for a stable beam), are aimed at determining the maximum allowable tolerances for the power supply ripple assuming the known field and alignment errors.
SIXTRACK: More on DOWNLOAD
22.07.2014 15:38 Uhr
After running through the w- WUs I am now running
a few test jobs as I think the WUs may have been OK.
I cannot reproduce the problem (of course!) at CERN on my
Windows 7 system. Eric.
World Community Grid News: Pioneering a Molecular Approach to Fighting AIDS
21.07.2014 21:51 Uhr
World Community Grid is being featured at the 20th International AIDS Conference which begins today in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Arthur Olson, FightAIDS@Home principal investigator, shares his perspective on how World Community Grid is helping his team develop therapies and a potential cure for AIDS.
GPUGRID: New CPU Application for testing
21.07.2014 21:07 Uhr
There’s a new CPU app available for Linux clients. A few WUs are out now, with some more to come after I’ve received the first results back.
The app is multithreaded, I think the default behaviour of the BOINC client is to allocate all cores to it.
Please report any observations here.
MilkyWay@Home: Milkyway/Bitcoin Utopia Update
19.07.2014 21:33 Uhr
Another Boinc project has come aboard to help us fundraise for Milkyway.
Bitcoin Utopia has agreed to team up with us on fundraising for Milkyway’s future. To take part in this type of assistance for our project, please go to their site and follow their procedures.
Their program for Milkyway is Campaign #3.
We truly appreciate their support!
Disclaimer: The Milkyway project staff, students and moderators are not responsible for any issues your computer may have with their WU’s. Please follow their recommendations for optimal results (credits are pretty nice too!). Any concerns or questions over how their project raises funds should be posted on their website for their admins to assist.
The Admins of Bitcoin Utopia are fantastic people and my experience shows they will do whatever they can to assist you.
Also remember Bitcoin Mining is not a quick process so the Bitcoin Utopia folks and us want to remind you to still donate in the more direct manner if you wish to.
Any support is appreciated tremendously!
SIXTRACK: Download Errors located.
19.07.2014 08:32 Uhr
ERR_DOWNLOAD problem located and there should be no more once this
batch of dud WUs has been cleared. May be Monday before
I can do anything else. Eric.
SIXTRACK: DOWNLOAD ERRORS
18.07.2014 14:24 Uhr
Just noticed error rate has doubled to about 6% in
last 24 hours. Seem to be ERR_RESULT_DOWNLOAD which I
have confirmed my checking MBs right now. Any help/detailed
info welcome while I notify CERN support.
(Another Friday afternoon problem!) Eric.
malariacontrol.net: Updating test application
18.07.2014 09:02 Uhr
As of today, I am updating the malaria control test application to OpenMalaria v32 (see previous news item). Also today, I will be starting a small experiment using this simulator version of roughly 17000 workunits.
With this release comes support for an extra platform: 64-bit Windows (previously, the 32-bit Windows application was used on both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows). This build requires the .NET framework and has so far only been tested on Windows 7 and 8.1, so let us know if you run into any issues.
- D Hardy
MilkyWay@Home: MilkyWay@home passes 50% of fundraising goal!!
15.07.2014 20:40 Uhr
I would like to let you all know we have surpassed the 50% mark for our fundraising goal! We could not have done it without you all, Thank you! here is a message from Professor Newberg:
“I would like to personally thank each and every MilkyWay@home supporter who has helped us to raise $21,843.97 towards our goal of $40,480 to keep up operations through summer 2015. So far, 324 people have sent money by credit card, Paypal, and check to support our work of tracing tidal streams in the Milky Way halo and using them to determine the location of dark matter. We have received donations from $0.23 to $5000 (Wow!), and sent out 36 fabulous T-shirts to donors. Some of you have included really wonderful notes along with your donations, that I have really appreciated.
Already, your donations have made it possible to offer Jake Weiss his co-op job for fall 2014, we know we will be able to continue to publish our papers in highly cited journals for the next year, and graduate student Sidd Shelton has his summer salary funded. This puts in a much, much better position than we were two weeks ago. Additional donations will fund conference travel (so we can tell other scientists about our findings, and get new ideas) and undergraduate student summer salary. Undergraduate research have in recent years been the driver behind MilkyWay@home software development, but to continue that they need summer support and opportunities for professional travel.
Thank you all, really, for your continued support of MilkyWay@home.
Prof. Heidi Jo Newberg”
MilkyWay@Home: Revised policy for Shipping T-shirts Internationally
03.07.2014 15:13 Uhr
There has been a recent change in our policy regarding shipping T-shirts internationally. We previously required an extra $100 dollar donation for international addresses. However, due to our recent experience with sending T-shirts international, we have decided that this is no longer necessary.
It costs us about $12 more to mail internationally than in the United States, plus we have to fill out a customs form, but we have found a convenient way to mail without running to the post office. While we would appreciate an additional donation for international shipping addresses, we will no longer require it. Unfortunately, the web form for credit card donations still says the additional $100 donation is required. You can ignore that and just type in the size requested.
As before, the sizes available are adult Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, XXLarge, or XXXLarge
Thank you all for your continuing support,
Wildlife@Home: New user and gold badge surveys online
02.07.2014 22:19 Uhr
Our biologists have been really interested in getting some more information about our users so we can make the website better and more informational. Users who haven’t gotten a gold badge for watching video yet can take our new user survey which has a couple questions about where you live and what you do, which should only take a minute or two to complete.
There’s a second more in-depth survey for after you’ve gotten a gold badge so we can get some more information for people who have used the site a bit. It’s another quick one.
Right now, there’ll be a link in the navbar when there’s a survey available, and also a link on top of the video watching page. They’ll disappear after you take the survey. If this is annoying, please let me know and we can come up with a better solution — we just don’t want people to miss taking the survey as we could really use the information to help improve the website.
If you have any suggestions and/or improvements for the survey pages, please let us know!
MilkyWay@Home: Fundraiser Progress
02.07.2014 19:24 Uhr
Our current progress for the fundraiser is $11,505.22, which is a little over a quarter of the way there! We have already sent out 18 T-shirts! A big thank you to everyone who contributed from myself and the MilkyWay@home team!
Due to the large influx of donations, it will take some time to update the profiles for users who wish to have a special contribution badge appear. Therefore, I ask for some patience in that regard.
Thank you all for your continuing support,
Wildlife@Home: Short writeup on computer vision efforts
02.07.2014 19:08 Uhr
Kyle’s written a brief description of what he’s been doing with the work units we’ve been generating for automated detection of the wildlife, you can find it here:
And it’s linked from the video site selection page and on the front page. Let us know if you have any questions, and anything you’d like more details about!
I’ll also be uploading another training video from Becca today; and we’ll also be putting up a brief survey to get a little more information about our volunteers so we can make the site better and provide better information and updates about the science we’re doing here.
MilkyWay@Home: PayPal and other options
01.07.2014 18:51 Uhr
Many of you have asked about paypal and other donation methods. To address these concerns, Professor Heidi Newberg asked me to post the following on her behalf:
I would like to answer some of your posts. I am aware of the problem with not having a direct Paypal giving option. I prefer to use Paypal myself. Until the university wakes up to this as an important option, the only thing I can do is offer my personal Paypal account as an option. I will donate all of your donations back to MilkyWay@home. It will not be US tax deductible, but that is not a problem for donors who do not reside in the US. You can send to Heidi Newberg, email@example.com and put your username/userID, indicate whether or not you would like a badge on your profile and T-shirt info in the notes section if applicable. So far five people have taken me up on this option. I know it is not ideal.
Regarding Kickstarter and other online donation sites, I did research these right after I was told that my grant was not renewed. These sites take a fraction of the proceeds (5% or more), and do not provide much (though they can figure out paypal better). I decided it was better to use the infrastructure provided by BOINC and by my university.
I am having some trouble understanding GRIDcoin/BitCoin donations. In understand that I could take donations in these currencies, and then convert them to the cash that I need to pay students, etc. However, doesn’t that undermine the value of the currency itself? Why are people willing to exchange their BitCoins for GRIDcoins, and then their BitCoins for US dollars? Is there anything I can buy now with GRIDcoins (except BitCoins)?
And thank you for all of your help on my research project.
Wildlife@Home: Finishing videos with no events
30.06.2014 20:16 Uhr
Going through the videos watched while I was gone, I noticed a few videos were submitted with no events marked. I’ve updated the pages so that the “finished” button will disable when there are no events (as there should always be at least one, even if it is just too dark, etc).
Wildlife@Home: Back from vacation
30.06.2014 18:59 Uhr
Had a great two weeks island camping on Lake George, NY. Now I’m back and will be updating things again. Will be working on getting the new validator running smoothly, and then getting the revalidation process working. After that I want to focus on developing the more BOINC side of the project, by implementing some computer vision techniques for automated detection using all the events you guys have provided.
30.06.2014 14:41 Uhr
I am scheduling a small amount of down-time next Monday for server updates. If all goes to plan this will only be a few minutes.
In other news, release 32 of our simulator software, OpenMalaria, is ready for use. This release includes a lot of work to increase the breadth of types of malaria intervention and intervention deployment strategies which OpenMalaria can simulate, as well as allowing monitoring of multiple subsets of the simulated human population. The test application and shortly thereafter branch A will be updated to use this in the next few weeks.
MilkyWay@Home: New N-Body Runs (6/28)
28.06.2014 15:42 Uhr
These are the new runs:
Most people’s issues with the last set should be fixed. Post errors here please. Also, if you are having issues still with the ones from 6/10 and 6/11, expect to stop seeing those work units as the queue vacates in the next few weeks.