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Dr. David Anderson describes SETI@home & BOINC

Dr. David Anderson describes SETI@home & BOINC

 

 

 

Dr. David Anderson (Director of SETI@home and BOINC) describes SETI@home, BOINC and Distributed Computing. BOINC is a simple software program that was developed by a team in Berkeley University California led by Dr David Anderson who started one of the original volunteer computing projects called SETI@home. BOINC was originally started back in the late 1990's but only became public in early 2000. Since it started, all most 10 million people around the world have downloaded and ran the BOINC program. Today there is about 1.5 million people running BOINC on their home or work PC's and putting their computers spare capacity to good use for science.


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Jeremy Baker  - Greetings   |Sun, 12 Sep 2010 23:14:21 +0100
Nice short video about SETI Boinc.
SETI has many wonders to share with the world
aside the news from the sky, wisdom and altruism for the community.
In 2005 when
I discovered the BOINC project, it dramatically affected my work in software
design.
Keep up the good work!

3.26 Copyright (C) 2008 Compojoom.com / Copyright (C) 2007 Alain Georgette / Copyright (C) 2006 Frantisek Hliva. All rights reserved."

 
  • SIXTRACK: News SIXTRACK: News Project link 19 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm WU Submission SUSPENDED 19th April, 2014 News link

    SIXTRACK: News In order to avoid any further errors and waste of your valuable resources I have temporarily stopped WU submission. There are only a few thousand WUs active and when they are cleared I hope we will have new Windows executables. Sadly the Windows executables are now giving wrong results in many cases. I looked at using Homogeneous Redundancy but I would still get wrong results. I thought of removing the Windows executables but they are over 80% of our capacity. In this way I hope in a few days after users and support return from vacation we can safely introduce new Windows executables after tests using the BOINC test facility. Sorry about that but I would rather get it fixed properly as we have lots of new work coming. Thankyou for your patience and support. Eric.

  • WEP-M+2 Project: News WEP-M+2 Project: News Project link 19 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am 12-digit factor of P2203 has now been found by the project... News link

    WEP-M+2 Project: News ...48804 times

  • PrimeGrid: News PrimeGrid: News Project link 18 Apr 2014 | 11:08 pm FMA3 LLR going live on all LLR projects News link

    PrimeGrid: News Early Sunday, April 20th UTC (Saturday afternoon or evening in the western hemisphere) we are going to install the new FMA3 (aka AVX2) version of LLR on the remaining LLR projects. Especially on Intel Haswell CPUs, but to some extent also on Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge CPUs, this new app is significantly faster. It also consumes more power, and generates more heat. Please make sure your computer is up to running the new app. In general, expect the highest temperatures with shorter projects (PPSE, SGS, and PPS) while longer projects such as SoB and PSP will run slightly less hot. Information and discussion about the new LLR app can be found in this thread.

  • MilkyWay@Home: News MilkyWay@Home: News Project link 15 Apr 2014 | 5:45 pm Release of MilkyWay Sepearation Modified Fit v1.30 News link

    MilkyWay@Home: News Hi everyone, I have just released a new version of MilkyWay Separation Modified Fit. There were small changes made that only effected the integration area used in our likelihood calculations to be more consistent with previous versions of MilkyWay@home. This is just a minor bookkeeping change so no issues are expected, but as always if any issues come up please post them here. Thank you, Jake W.

  • SETI@home: News SETI@home: News Project link 14 Apr 2014 | 6:48 pm "Science in the City" Video News link

    SETI@home: News A new short video about our project (made by the Exploratorium in San Francisco) is now available. You can view it at the Exploratorium website or on YouTube.

  • PrimeGrid: News PrimeGrid: News Project link 14 Apr 2014 | 5:55 pm Shakespeare's Birthday Challenge 20 April 2014 16:16 UTC News link

    PrimeGrid: News In honour of one of the most famous playwrights and poets in English literature, PrimeGrid is hosting a challenge from 20 April 2014 16:16 UTC until 23 April 2014 16:16 UTC on the Proth Prime Search (not extended!) Project. For more information, answers to questions and general banter please do feel free to join us in this thread on our forums.

  • yoyo@home yoyo@home Project link 13 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm OWS: Optimized Version for Sandybridge News link

    yoyo@home We released an optimized version for Intel Sandybridge architecture. Read more about it in our forum.

  • Einstein@Home: News Einstein@Home: News Project link 11 Apr 2014 | 10:12 am Gravitational Wave search GPU App version News link

    Einstein@Home: News Due to the excellent work of our French volunteer Christophe Choquet we finally have a working OpenCL version of the Gravitational Wave search ("S6CasA") application. Thank you Christophe! This App version is currently considered 'Beta' and being tested on Einstein@Home. To participate in the Beta test, you need to edit your Einstein@Home preferences, and set "Run beta/test application versions?" to "yes". It is currently available for Windows (32 Bit) and Linux (64 Bit) only, and you should have a card which supports double precision FP in hardware. BM

  • BURP: News BURP: News Project link 9 Apr 2014 | 7:03 pm Correction to the previous news post News link

    BURP: News A tiny little spelling error got into the news item from 1st of April causing it to look like BURP had been acquired by Facebook. The intended text was of course: "Happy 1st of April!"

  • PrimeGrid: News PrimeGrid: News Project link 9 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm Badge threshold changes News link

    PrimeGrid: News For longer than I can remember, some of PrimeGrid's badges have required twice the credit as other badges. The reason for that difference long ago ceased to be relevant and so we have lowered the required credit for those badges to be the same as all the others. Therefore, you may have gone up a badge level in those projects. This change also applies retroactively to closed or suspended projects. The affected projects are all the sieves, AP26, GFN, and PSA. Discussion of this topic is in this thread.

  • Docking@Home Docking@Home Project link 7 Apr 2014 | 11:05 pm Docking@Home is Retiring News link

    Docking@Home With a heavy heart, we are announcing the retirement of the Docking@Home project. Unfortunately, we no longer have the resources to maintain the project. Starting on April 30, 2014 Docking@Home will no longer be distributing new jobs but will continue to collect results. On May 23, 2014 the server will stop accepting results as the project enters retirement. We hope that you can use this time to point your workers to new VC projects. (here is a link to active BOINC projects). Over the past 9 years we’ve had 98,512 Volunteers contribute computing power from 264,535 hosts. We have granted a total of 5,422,290,917 credits, which means our volunteers contributed roughly 159,398,584 Hours (18,196 years!) of computation. Back in Jan we made all of the result data public and we will keep that interface active. Thank you to everyone that made Docking@home a success over the years. It’s been fun! Please join us on the forums to share your best and worst story from the project. Over the past few months we’ve been working on bringing the ExSciTecH project to life. We hope that you will join us in our adventure on this new project. Feel free to stop by…

  • Leiden Classical Leiden Classical Project link 7 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm Project News 8 april 2014 News link

    Leiden Classical Today a disk has been replaced (RAID) and the famous OpenSSL update was made on this project.

  • GPUGRID: News GPUGRID: News Project link 7 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm WU: BARNA News link

    GPUGRID: News Hey everyone, I am sending out some WUs to the long queue called BARNA (pun intended). The system we are investigating is Barnase/Barstar which are two proteins that interact with each other. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnase http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barstar This will be (as far as I know) our first protein-protein interaction study and we are hoping to study some interactions like the ones in the crystallographic model and further develop the corresponding analysis tools.

  • GPUGRID: News GPUGRID: News Project link 6 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am New CPU work units: 3HHM-1/ZINC News link

    GPUGRID: News Hi gang, The testing for the CPU application is over and these are the first production WUs. In this project we are studying the PI3Kalpha, a mutation of which is implicated in tumor formation. You can read more about it, and see the structure, here: http://www.rcsb.org/pdb/explore.do?structureId=3HHM Over the course of this project we will be testing some 22 million commercially-available drug-like molecules, drawn from the ZINC database http://zinc.docking.org/, to find compounds which are predicted to bind strongly to the protein in a way which will inhibit its function. Once we have screen the whole database, we will take the best hits and test them for efficacy in a series of in vitro experiments. Hopefully we will find inhibitory compounds which can then serve as the basis for future drug development. Matt

  • MilkyWay@Home: News MilkyWay@Home: News Project link 2 Apr 2014 | 3:05 pm New Separation Runs News link

    MilkyWay@Home: News I have started separation runs ps_separation_79_DR8_Rev_7_2_001 and 002 I will be adding some more runs to the list over the next couple of days. Let me know if you see any errors. Jeff Thompson

  • Rosetta@home Rosetta@home Project link 2 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am Project News Apr 2, 2014 News link

    Rosetta@home 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.

  • BURP: News BURP: News Project link 1 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm BURP has been acquired by Facebook inc. News link

    BURP: News 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…

    • GPUGRID: News GPUGRID: News Project link 27 Mar 2014 | 3:54 pm Custom Android client News link

      GPUGRID: News 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 www.gpugrid.net/download/apk/edu.berkeley.boinc.AndroidBOINCActivity.apk. Let us know.

    • SETI@home/AstroPulse Beta: News SETI@home/AstroPulse Beta: News Project link 23 Mar 2014 | 9:16 pm SETI@home 7.28 for ARM-Android released... News link

      SETI@home/AstroPulse Beta: News There are two versions. A version that supports NEON, and a "safe" version the just uses VFP instructions. Devices that support NEON could get either, although there should be a 3:1 preference for the neon version. Please run whichever version you get, as cancelling results will skew the completion statistics.

    • SETI@home: News SETI@home: News Project link 20 Mar 2014 | 9:48 pm Friday March 21 SETI talks to be webcast live. News link

      SETI@home: News 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 http://connect.arc.nasa.gov/ebi2014/. If you have difficulty with that link, try http://connect.arc.nasa.gov/ebi2014?launcher=false 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.

    • WEP-M+2 Project: News WEP-M+2 Project: News Project link 19 Mar 2014 | 11:53 am 12-digit factor of P2203 has now been found by the project... News link

      WEP-M+2 Project: News ...47310 times

    • POEM@HOME: News POEM@HOME: News Project link 18 Mar 2014 | 5:31 pm POEM++ 2.0 Release News link

      POEM@HOME: News 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.

    • SIXTRACK: News SIXTRACK: News Project link 16 Mar 2014 | 8:43 am Status, March 2014 News link

      SIXTRACK: News 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…

    • SIMAP - Similarity Matrix of Proteins: News SIMAP - Similarity Matrix of Proteins: News Project link 15 Mar 2014 | 9:38 am New workunits for March and April upcoming News link

      SIMAP - Similarity Matrix of Proteins: News 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

    • yoyo@home yoyo@home Project link 13 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm Chemnitz Linux Days 2014 News link

      yoyo@home I will be on the Chemnitz Linux Days 2014 from 15.-16.3. in Chemnitz Germany. Rechenkraft.net has a booth in the main hall where you can meet me and other Rechenkraft.net 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.

    • Docking@Home Docking@Home Project link 10 Mar 2014 | 4:05 pm ExSciTech games beta version online! News link

      Docking@Home Explore the molecules that make up the world around us! Challenge yourself to identify them using molecule flashcards game! Build your own question sets to challenge the rest of us! Join us in the ExSciTecH (Exercise, Science, Technology, and Health) project!ExSciTecH molecule flashcards are live and now in public beta. You can access ExSciTecH here! You can play the flashcards game without an account, but you will need to register a new account to save your high scores and to build your own question sets. Your question sets will be public after we review them. In the forum, there is a tutorial on how to build question sets through this link. We look forward to having experienced volunteers with chemistry background to enrich our question sets. Please note that the account is separate from your Docking@Home account.

    • MindModeling@Home (Beta): News MindModeling@Home (Beta): News Project link 6 Mar 2014 | 8:05 pm Power Shutdown this Saturday (2014-03-08) News link

      MindModeling@Home (Beta): News 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: News SETI@home: News Project link 6 Mar 2014 | 7:25 pm Astropulse database is back. News link

      SETI@home: News Astropulse work is flowing once again. Thanks to Matt and Jeff for performing the necessary brain transplant.

    • MilkyWay@Home: News MilkyWay@Home: News Project link 28 Feb 2014 | 9:07 pm More New N-Body Runs News link

      MilkyWay@Home: News 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

    • yoyo@home yoyo@home Project link 26 Feb 2014 | 11:00 pm OddWeirdSearch: report on new stage of our search News link

      yoyo@home Check the posting about information from the author about the next stage.


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