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2022-10-04: BOINC, Uania fights COVID with SiDock and Science United

The Italian networking company Uania has arranged to run SiDock@home on their routers, contributing to research on the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Thanks to Uania for taking this pioneering step in volunteer computing. Thanks also to Vitalii Koshura and Natalia Nikitina for their work in getting BOINC and the SiDock app running on the Uania platform.

2022-10-03: LODA, Milestone reached: 100k programs!

We have reached the major milestone of 100k programs for OEIS integer sequences. This is an incredible achievement that was possible only by your amazing community support. Thank you all for your contributions to the LODA project! Special shout out to L'Alliance Francophone, who have boosted our findings during the last couple of weeks.

You have found many exciting new and faster programs for integer sequences. This includes decimal expansions of many irrational constants such as the Ap

2022-10-03: ODLK1, The results of the ODLK1 project for April-June 2022

The results of the ODLK1 project for April-June 2022 have been published.
Application odlk3: 435579 CF ODLK;
Application odlkmax: 442435 CF ODLK.

Yandex.Disk
https://disk.yandex.ru/d/SgngxR6G86eVtg
Archive ODLK1_Apr-Jun2022_named.7z
14 MB.

2022-10-02: MLC@Home, MLC@Home shutting down for now, and thank you!

MLC@Home Is shutting down
After over two years, some bumpy moments, and the tremendous support from our volunteers,
I, as MLC admin, am making the decision to shut down MLC@Home as a BOINC project for the
time being.

Why?
We've achieved the goals I set out to accomplish (and more!) with 4 complete datasets comprising
dozens of terabytes of data to analyze. Now we need to focus on analyzing the results and writing papers.
As a researcher, at some point you have to stop generating data and write; and my family, work, and
school commitments have limited the amount of time I can spend generating new experiments. This
should be evident as I've been less and less responsive to the community over the past 6 months,
for which I apologize. While we can always want more from any endeavor, I think we've accomplished
a lot for now, and want to put the project on indefinite hiatus until something new comes along.

This is a time to celebrate all that our volunteers have achieved together! This
community has been amazing between the forums and Discord. We're shutting down not because of any
problem, but because we've achieved the goals we set out to accomplish. For that, I couldn't be
more grateful.

The only bittersweet aspect to shutting the project down is that I hoped to grow MLC@Home beyond MLDS,
to become a platform for democratized machine learning research. I failed to gain traction with other
researchers and as such MLDS was the only project on MLC@Home. COVID is partly to blame[1], but there are
a number of other factors ranging from how research is funded in a hot field like ML to my own limited time
commitments. If other researchers express an interest we can revive the project in the future, but for now
I can not justify running the project without a real path to meaningful new work. That's wouldn't be fair to
our volunteers.

What happens now?
First, as promised, the datasets will remain available (DS4 will require some thought and time to release, see
below), and the main MLC@Home website (https://www.mlcathome.org) and twitter feed will remain active so I
can post updates on any papers and how to access DS4 when available. For now, there are no changes
to the BOINC server portions of the website. I'll need to read up on how to properly archive the forums,
project pages, and stats so that they can remain available (read only) without becoming a magnet for spam
and the (currently hourly...) hacking attempts (sigh...). I will also be winding down the Discord community
over the next month or so.

For me personally, I will continue my research and work on publishing meaningful results. I'll also continue
to support other BOINC projects (I've been contributing to BOINC since the SETI@Home classic days)
and support the idea of volunteer computing. At some point, I'll write up my experience as a researcher
starting a new project and running it from the beginning to end; and hope that will be a resource for other
projects wanting to start out. It's generally been a positive experience, but there are some definite areas
for improvement.

For you, I encourage you to continue to support other great BOINC projects with your computing time. The
official list is here https://boinc.berkeley.edu/projects.php.

DS1/2/3 are up for download now, what about DS4?
DS4 is large over 12TB in size for just the Dense portion. So ti's going to require even more time to copy,
package, analyze, and upload. I intend to do this after my analysis and thesis is complete, which should
be in the next 6 months. If you are a researcher and want access to the dataset sooner, please contact
me directly and we can work something out.

The original idea for DS4 was to compute neural networks for each type of data using dense, LeCun-style
CNNs, and AlexNet CNNs. It turns out LeCun networks are so small and easy to compute that I can compute
50,0000 of them them locally on my won workstation in a day or two, so I didn't bother sending those out
as BOINC workunits (also because the current client crashes when computing LeNet5 on some platforms,
and it was faster to computer it locally than track down the bug). Since its debatable what scientific
benefit having AlexNet (another CNN) brings over LeCun networks I'll likely drop those from the dataset.

Thanks
Even if nothing else happens, MLC@Home has been major success. We produced scientifically
interesting and unique datasets, introduced a whole new type of science (machine learning) to the BOINC
community, and showed that machine learning research can be conducted by a group volunteers over
the internet.

There are a few groups and individuals I'd like to specifically thank for making this project such a success.
These include, but aren't limited to: the BOINC developers, especially Vitalii Koshura and the other
developers on the BOINC Discord server, for helping me develop the project from the very
beginning, Marcus (Delta on the BOINC Discord servers) for contributing directly to MLC@Home's
server backend processing software, and who, along with JRingo run the BOINC Radio podcast that
promoted and supported MLC@Home from very beginning. Mike from the PrimeGrid project for
providing some crucial early advice for running a new project. I'm sure I'm forgetting many others, just
know that we, as a community have many to thank for the success of this project.

I'd like to extend an extra thanks to the early volunteers on the project who helped make the forum a
helpful and welcoming place.

Thanks also to the CoRaL Labs and my advisor at UMBC for supporting the research and providing
funding for the new server after we quickly out-grew our original 2015-era ThinkPad laptop.

Finally, thanks to our 4200+ volunteers, who crunched over 12.5 million work units using more than
17000 hosts. I am truly humbled by your contributions and what we've achieved together. None of this
would have been possible without you. Thank you for giving a small unknown researcher a chance, and
I encourage you to seek out smaller projects in the future, as their success will help determine
whether BOINC continues to grow and thrive.

I leave you with one last, satisfying website screenshot:


Thanks again to everyone,
pianoman

-- MLC@Home primary researcher and admin:
https://www.mlcathome.org/
email: mlcathome2020@gmail.com
Twitter: @MLCHome2

2022-10-01: YAFU, Aliquot sequence 385^52 has terminated!!!

Aliquot sequence 385^52 has terminated!!!

2022-09-29: YAFU, Aliquot sequence 55^76 has terminated!!!

Aliquot sequence 55^76 has terminated!!!

2022-09-26: DENIS@Home, Temporary stop of tasks // Parada temporal de las tareas

Hello everyone:
First of all, excuse these days without notices from us, but the start of the course has required more time than we expected and we have not been able to be as active as we would like in the project.

We update you on how the optimization of the model is going: after 3 iterations of the algorithm, the model is gradually improving, but one of the markers is greatly limiting the improvement. We full understand why this is happening, so we need to stop and analyze it in detail before continuing.

Thanks to all the simulations you have done we have a wide variety of situations to study and we hope to resume the simulations shortly (ideally 1 week, but it is easy for it to be two).

On the other hand, the applications that we had in Beta mode have already been sufficiently analyzed to be considered stable, and until we modify the application again, the beta tasks will be stopped.

Thank you very much and we will keep you informed shortly.

All the best,
Jesus.

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Hola a todos:
En primer lugar, disculpad estos d

2022-09-22: MilkyWay@home, Server Maintenance 12:00 PM ET (16:00 UTC) 9/23/2022

Hey Everyone,

We've been noticing some occasional long loading times and brief connection disruptions with the server, so I'm going to take things down at noon ET tomorrow (4PM UTC) and reboot the server. It should be back up pretty quickly. Hopefully this fixes the issues we're having.

Best,
Tom

2022-09-21: MilkyWay@home, New MilkyWay@home Scientist

Hello everyone,

My name is Kevin Roux and I will be working with Dr. Newberg for my Ph.D thesis. I look forward to working on this project and working with you all for the next couple of years.

Best,
Kevin Roux

2022-09-21: MilkyWay@home, New MilkyWay@home scientist

Hi, my name is Hiroka. I am a PhD student working with Prof. Newberg. As part of my theses, I am working on the nbody project.

Thank you,
Hiroka

2022-09-20: SRBase, cable provider down

The network connection was not available for nearly 6h. I have just tried to call and in this time it is back online but very slowly.

Apologies for that!

2022-09-19: YAFU, Aliquot sequence 69^70 has terminated!!!

Aliquot sequence 69^70 has terminated!!!

2022-09-19: WEP-M+2 Project, 12-digit factor of P2203 has now been found by the project...

...374646 times

2022-09-19: ODLK1, The results of the ODLK1 project for January-March 2022

The results of the ODLK1 project for January-March 2022 have been published.

Application odlk3: 422819 CF ODLK;
Application odlkmax: 486530 CF ODLK.

Yandex.Disk
https://disk.yandex.ru/d/8WxL-T-PzK0E6w
Archive ODLK1_Jan-Mar2022_named.7z
14.5 MB.

2022-08-29: QuChemPedIA@home, Project update

Dear crunchers.

The project was developed a few years ago with an intern and a very limited budget. Despite many project submissions, we did not get any funding. Sometimes we are told that our project is too ambitious, sometimes not enough... It is discouraging! The truth is that the public funding of research in France is extremely low.

Our prototype programs are outdated. At the beginning, I struggled with VMs, then security changes in the Linux kernel started to prevent the application from running properly.

Despite everything and thanks to you (thank you!), we are coming to the end of a computing campaign and the integration of the data will take me a lot of time. The project is obviously not finished and we could still submit many calculations. But today the priority is to analyze and valorize what we already have. I'll go through the last calculations that had problems and see if I can resubmit some tasks, but very soon there will be no more WU.

We have made a lot of progress with little funding, we will continue to share our scientific publications with you. Moreover, we are currently finishing writing an article and I can already tell you that we have developed a way to greatly reduce the calculations of unstable molecules.

See you soon
Kind regards,
Benoit

2022-08-25: DENIS@Home, Review of the electrical installation of the University // Revisi?n de la instalaci?n el?ctrica de la Universidad

Hi!
Due to a review of the electrical installation of the University, DENIS@home could be temporarily out of service today between 15:00 and 20:00 CEST.

Sorry for any inconvenience it may cause.

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Hola!
Debido a una revisi

2022-08-24: ODLK1, Connection ok

hi,

the service provider say that problem on network should now be resolved.

Thanks

2022-08-23: ODLK1, Back from holiday

hi,

Murphy law is always in on modality!

Last year I did not went to holiday and all was fine.

This year I takes 15 days holiday to compensate the last years, and something goes wrong!

I leaved on 6 and the day 7 I got an email notification that my weather station (that every five minutes put online the collected data), was not online (it uses the same internet connection of the server).
However when I check the station and server connectivity from the cell all was fine.

But every days/few days, I got that the weather station was going offline for 2 to 8 hours, but always when I check it it was back online, so I suppose the station has some problem (maybe low internal battery).

When I come back last day, I see that weather station was ok, but I got no internet connection instead!

So it happens that for 15 days connection to server has some blackout (fortunately that was not for more that 8 hours in some days, so all can still get credits).

Now the service provider is investigated the issue, so if you get some hours of not connection to the server this is due for this problem that I hope will be fixed soon.

Thanks

2022-08-19: WEP-M+2 Project, 12-digit factor of P2203 has now been found by the project...

...370149 times - still no sign of any larger factors

2022-08-17: DENIS@Home, Status of the proyect // Estado del proyecto

Hello!
I am writing this post to summarize a little the news that we have had over the last month. As we have already commented on the forums, we detected a problem with the checkpoint files that caused many windows tasks to end with an invalid result. After several tests and several attempts we have managed to detect where the problem was and solve it. Due to this, we have implemented some of the improvements that we had planned for the checkpoint file. We have made it more robust. We have kept it as beta for quite a few days and it seems that the problem is fixed. We will continue to analyze how the program works, but the percentage of errors that we receive is more than reasonable in a project of these characteristics.

A special thanks to all of you who have been giving us feedback and helping us find the problem.

Today we have re-launched simulations in the NHuVe project. These tasks are no longer beta. We will inform you of the status of that project as we receive results. In the coming weeks we also plan to add tasks to the HuVeMOp project. With both projects working we hope to have a fairly stable flow of tasks.

On the other hand, we have been working on expanding the number of platforms and we have added in beta mode an application for ARM64 on linux (e.g. RaspberryPi), and ARM for Apple (for new Apple chips). We want to see how well they work. If all goes well, in the short term we could also consider expanding to Android.

All the best,
Jesus.

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Hola!
Os escribo este post para resumir un poco las novedades que hemos tenido a lo largo del

2022-08-10: NumberFields@home, Future of the Project

I've been procrastinating in sharing some news and I finally got around to doing it.

My old thesis advisor who has been backing this project retired in May. I don't actually work for the university, so this means the project has lost is primary benefactor.

The good news is that the university has allowed the project to continue. The bad news is that they will not be supporting any more hardware upgrades. This means when the current hardware fails the project will come to an end.

I'm hoping the current hardware can last several more years. One of the most critical parts is the hard drive, and we just got a new one about 1.5 years ago. Given that the previous hard drive lasted over 4 years, this is a positive.

This news has played into my reasoning on the order of the searches. Given that sf3 is practically guaranteed to be complete, I though it was prudent to use our finite time to first concentrate on sf7. The short term goal is to get sf7 to the same state that sf3 is currently in, which should take us into early next year. At that point, we can either spend the time to finish off sf3 and sf7, or continue on with sf6. Doing sf6 will allow us to find more fields in the finite time we have left, but finishing off sf3 and sf7 will allow us to say with 100% certainty that they are indeed complete. I am leaning towards finishing off sf3 and sf7, but that may change as time goes on.

2022-08-05: ODLK1, Holiday

Hi,

from tomorrow there will be 2 weeks holiday and so there will be no physical access to server in case of problems.

Be sure to have a backup BOINC project in case of problem here for not let your clients without works.

Thanks

2022-08-04: WEP-M+2 Project, P2203:220000000 wu's (of 10000 trials each equiv.) processed!

Thanks to all the users. Please keep crunching!

2022-07-30: YAFU, Finished Sequences

These sequences have finished:
38^19
41^68
54^67
67^74

yoyo

2022-07-27: BOINC, BOINC client 7.20.2 released

A new version of the client has been released for Windows and Mac OS. Download it here. Release notes are here.

2022-07-19: WEP-M+2 Project, 12-digit factor of P2203 has now been found by the project...

...365020 times

2022-07-12: YAFU, Aliquot sequence 22^67 has terminated!!!

Aliquot sequence 22^67 has terminated!!!

2022-07-07: DENIS@Home, Today is the day // Hoy es el d

The tasks are coming!
We have finished the work on time and now you visit the new version of the website. We will be updating and adding things.

Today we are also testing a newsletter. You are many people, so it still takes a while to reach you (more than 3000 e-mails sent now).

We are going to go little by little to verify that everything works correctly and to avoid saturating the server.

Thank you so much!

Best,
Jes

2022-07-06: Rosetta@Home, COVID-19 vaccine with IPD nanoparticles wins full approval abroad

The IPD is excited to announce it's first designed protein medicine with full approval abroad.

Congrats and thank you to all Rosetta@home contributors! The computing you have provided has greatly aided in de novo protein design challenges such as vaccine development leading to breakthroughs like this.

For more information you can visit the IPD vaccine news post.

A video is also available here.


From the IPD news site:

? Clinical testing found the vaccine outperforms Oxford/AstraZeneca?s

? The protein-based vaccine, now called SKYCovione, does not require deep freezing

? University of Washington to waive royalty fees for the duration of the pandemic

? South Korea to purchase 10 million doses for domestic use

A vaccine for COVID-19 developed at the University of Washington School of Medicine has been approved by the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety for use in individuals 18 years of age and older. The vaccine, now known as SKYCovione, was found to be more effective than the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine sold under the brand names Covishield and Vaxzevria.

SK bioscience, the company leading the SKYCovione?s clinical development abroad, is now seeking approval for its use in the United Kingdom and beyond. If approved by the World Health Organization, the vaccine will be made available through COVAX, an international effort to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccines around the world. In addition, the South Korean government has agreed to purchase 10 million doses for domestic use.

The Seattle scientists behind the new vaccine sought to create a ?second-generation? COVID-19 vaccine that is safe, effective at low doses, simple to manufacture, and stable without deep freezing. These attributes could enable vaccination at a global scale by reaching people in areas where medical, transportation, and storage resources are limited.

?We know more than two billion people worldwide have not received a single dose of vaccine,? said David Veesler, associate professor of biochemistry at UW School of Medicine and co-developer of the vaccine. ?If our vaccine is distributed through COVAX, it will allow it to reach people who need access.?

The University of Washington is licensing the vaccine technology royalty-free for the duration of the pandemic.

Congrats and thank you again to all R@h contributors!

2022-07-01: NumberFields@home, New badge type

To help increase interest in the project, I am creating a new badge based on fields counts, and tuned especially towards subfield 7. If this works well, I will also create separate badges for the other subfields.

I already put the hooks in to keep tract of the field counts for sf7. Now it's just a matter of creating the badge images, etc. Hopefully that should be done in the next several days.

Happy crunching!

2022-06-29: LODA, Project Status Update

I'm pleased to announce that we have reached a new milestone: more than 90,000 mined programs for OEIS integer sequences. Thank you all for your contributions to the LODA project!

Since our last major milestone in late of May, we have made various improvements to our mining tool, our infrastructure and project websites. This includes among others:
Reduced error rate and optimized task configuration Checkpoints and improved progress reporting Credit level badges Programs per user monitoring on the dashboard Complete rewrite and replacement of API server

Our next target milestone is to reach 100,000 programs. We plan to improve the quality of the mined programs by including additional data sources and extend the configuration of the miners to improve the mining rates. Reducing errors stays one of our top priorities. We rely on your support for reaching our next milestone and highly appreciate your contributions!

Cheers,
The LODA Team

2022-06-28: DENIS@Home, Official relaunch of the project // Relanzamiento oficial del proyecto

Dear users,
With a little delay compared to our original idea, next Thursday, July 7th, we will relaunch the DENIS project.

Over the next few days we will be updating the website and some features, so it is possible that some things may temporarily malfunction. When all the modifications have been completed we will notify you. If you see a bug before that warning, don't worry about what might go wrong.

However, if something generates doubts, you can ask us in the forums.

Thank you all for your patience.

All the best,
Jesus.

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Estimados usuarios:
Con un poco de retraso respecto a nuestra idea original, el pr

2022-06-25: SRBase, llr 64bit apps update soon

There will be an update for all 64bit llr apps shortly. Its based on the apps which PG is using and will benefit from the Gerbicz check. The speed is a little bit slower. Its based on llr3.8.23 with gwnum 30.4

2022-06-24: SRBase, SRBase 32bit apps - end of life

On weekend there will be a deprecation of all SRBase 32bit apps.

2022-06-24: SRBase, base R2 2nd conjecture / 2 Megaprimes

KySU found a megaprime for base R2 2nd conjecture.
The prime 612749*2^4254500-1 has 1.280.738 digits and entered the TOP5000 in Chris Caldwell's The Largest Known Primes Database.

EselTreiber, a member of the team Planet 3DNow! found a megaprime for base R2 2nd conjecture.
The prime 519397*2^4908893-1 has 1.477.730 digits and entered the TOP5000 in Chris Caldwell's The Largest Known Primes Database.

2022-06-19: WEP-M+2 Project, 12-digit factor of P2203 has now been found by the project...

...360483 times - still no sign of any larger factors

2022-06-15: BOINC, BOINC in Retrospect

Read BOINC in Retrospect, an essay on the history of BOINC.

2022-06-14: PrimeGrid, M.C. Escher's Birthday Challenge starts June 17th

The fourth challenge of the 2022 Series will be a 5-day challenge marking the 124th birthday of Maurits Cornelis Escher, one of the world?s most famous graphic artists. His art is admired by millions of people worldwide, as can be seen by the many websites on the internet. The challenge will be offered on the SR5-LLR application, beginning 17 June 13:00 UTC and ending 22 June 13:00 UTC.

To participate in the Challenge, please select only the Sierpinski/Riesel Base 5 Prime Search LLR (SR5) project in your PrimeGrid preferences section.

Comments? Concerns? Conundrums? Check out the forum thread for this challenge: http://www.primegrid.com/forum_thread.php?id=9941&nowrap=true#155914

Happy crunching!

2022-06-10: iThena.Computational, [June 10, 2022 to June 12, 2022] Planned maintenance breaks

We are scheduling project outages from June 10, 2022 to June 12, 2022.

These will be temporary access issues.
Sometimes these interruptions may last a few hours at most.

The downtime is related to upgrades (frequent problems with hard drives and storage on the iThena.Measurements platform).

2022-06-10: iThena.Measurements, [June 10, 2022 to June 12, 2022] Planned maintenance breaks

We are scheduling project outages from June 10, 2022 to June 12, 2022.

These will be temporary access issues.
Sometimes these interruptions may last a few hours at most.

The downtime is related to upgrades (frequent problems with hard drives and storage on the iThena.Measurements platform).