This page summerizes the rule changes with respect to last year's Pentathlon as well as the rules regarding how the Pentathlon works, the disciplines and projects, the overall score and the statistics.
The BOINC Pentathlon is a competition by and for Volunteer Computing enthusiasts. The organizers do not approve of systems that are based on monetization instead of enthusiasm, and will not provide a stage for teams which have the main goal of creating and spreading such systems, not least because of incidents in the past. It should go without saying that the goal of participating in the Pentathlon is to advance the projects and the own team. Any behaviour that intentionally harms the projects or other teams devalues the Pentathlon and may lead to consequences from the organizers, the other participants or the project administrators.
- New discipline: Obstacle Run. Three obstacles of one day each have to be crossed on this year's Marathon track. At each obstacle, each team gets a bonus of 100%, 150%, or 200% of the credits it scored on the day in this discipline's stats. The obstacles and the bonus are announced at the beginning of the respective day. The project for the Obstacle Run is announced three days prior to the start.
- The days of Javelin Throw can now also be announced at 06:00 UTC, 12:00 UTC, or 18:00 UTC on the third day prior to the start.
All teams should sign up for the Pentathlon until 02 May 2022 using this registration form.
The BOINC Pentathlon starts on 05 May 2022, 00:00 UTC, and ends on 19 May 2022, 00:00 UTC. So, it will run for exactly 14 days.
No team will know the complete Pentathlon schedule right from the beginning! The exact time and the project for each discipline are announced on the main page and via Blog (Feed ). This announcement happens on the fifth day prior to the start for the City Run or the Cross Country, and on the third day prior to the start for all other disciplines. Each day of Javelin Throw is announced on the third day prior to the start. While all disciplines start and end at 00:00 UTC, the projects may be announced at different times (00:00 UTC, 06:00 UTC, 12:00 UTC, 18:00 UTC) to avoid that some teams are always surprised in their sleep. The obstacles at the Obstacle Run are announced at the beginning of the respective day.
The disciplines differ in runtime and possible projects. For example, the Obstacle Run takes place during the whole Pentathlon, while the Sprint lasts only three days. Hence, at any time at least one discipline will run, but often different disciplines will run simultaneously.
The BOINC Pentathlon consists of 5 disciplines:
- Obstacle Run (14 days, with bonus credits on 3 one-day obstacles)
- Sprint (3 days)
- City Run (5 days)
- Cross Country (5 days)
- Javelin Throw (5 x 1 day, only each team's third best daily score counts)
To make the Pentathlon as exciting and trouble-free as possible while at the same time maintaining a maximum of flexibility, all five projects are chosen by a small group of the organizers this year.
Projects are not eligible if they
- cannot provide a sufficient supply of work units*
- do not support at least Windows and Linux
- provide non-CPU-intensive (NCI) applications
- are test-only projects
- do not allow the creation of new accounts
- do not support WebRPC
*: Because of the way a BOINC server works, even a project with a generally stable supply of work units can sporadically be out of work if too many computers request work units at the same time.
For the overall score, points are awarded in every discipline┬áto the best 30 teams that received credits. The winner of a discipline collects 100 points. The exact distribution of points:
The team that collects the highest number of points in all 5 disciplines wins the BOINC Pentathlon. This means that the winner may get a maximum of 500 points.
In case of a tie in the overall score, the tied teams are ranked by their head-to-head comparison. Hence the team that is placed better than the other teams in more disciplines is ranked higher.
The champions of the individual disciplines are also honored. Therefore, teams can reach for the podium in a single discipline if they don't see a chance for themselves to succeed in the overall score. In the end, they may be honored as well.
Solely the statistics at https://www.seti-germany.de/boinc_pentathlon/statistiken/pentathlon.php are considered to award points and declare the winners. They are based on data provided by the projects via WebRPC and are updated every hour.
A race day will start and end at 0:00 UTC (also known as GMT).
If a project's server is unreachable at the starting time of a discipline or at the beginning of a day of Javelin Throw or an obstacle day, only credits granted after the first successful statistics update will be counted. Likewise, the last successful statistics update will be the final result, if the server is unreachable at the ending time of the discipline or the end of the day, respectively.