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2021-01-16: BOINC@TACC, Jobs Cancelled

Greetings All,

A researcher submitted some jobs to BOINC@TACC today but with erroneous input. We cancelled the jobs as soon as we learnt about this and are in the process of clean-up. If your computers/devices received BOINC@TACC jobs from today afternoon (between 11 AM to 2 PM CST), could you please abort those from your end too to save your computing cycles in case the cancellation process did not impact the jobs on your computer?

Thanks,
BOINC@TACC Team

2021-01-13: Kryptos@Home, Project stats enabled

A huge thanks to the entire BOINC community for the invaluable feedback and support so far!

We would like to confirm that:
- The project stat export feature has been enabled :)
- We're working hard towards releasing a native counterpart to Kryptos Plato, which is currently dependent on VirtualBox. In terms of the latter, we've found that 5.2.44 version tends to work well on Windows 10, whilst Linux and Mac are not so fussy, VirtualBox-wise.

2021-01-13: Kryptos@Home, New task batches available

We've just fixed an issue in our work generation script, and we're happy to confirm that there are new task batches on their way.
The issue originated as a direct result of unintentional cancelation of a whole lot of workunits.
We confirm that the database integrity has been preserved and no user credit, nor result data has been affected.

We offer our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

2021-01-12: Kryptos@Home, Reverting back the value of auto checkpointing to `false`

Turns out enabling this particular functionality caused a significant portion of the new tasks to fail, due to having exceeded the maximum allotted disk space.
The original value of `disable_auto_checkpoints` has been now reverted back to `false`.

2021-01-11: Kryptos@Home, Maintenance planned for 12:00 PST / 15:00 EST / 20:00 GMT

Please, notice that there is going to be project maintenance at 12:00 PST / 15:00 EST / 20:00 GMT.

Expected duration: 15 mins
Purpose: Updating existing app (VirtualBox-based) settings, in order to account for the actual app requirements, namely:
- a maximum of 1 thread per task
- no network access required
- employing automatic checkpoints

Please, note that there isn't going to be any change to the validation logic, so ongoing tasks aren't going to be affected by this update.

Please, ensure that you click on "Update" (Project) in your client software, in order to be able to receive tasks after the maintenance.

2021-01-11: PrimeGrid, Good Riddance 2020! Challenge starts January 14th

The first challenge of the 2021 Series will be a 5-day challenge celebrating the end of the abomination which was the year 2020. The challenge will be offered on the PPS-DIV (LLR) application, beginning 14 January 00:00 UTC and ending 18 January 23:59 UTC.

To participate in the Challenge, please select only the Fermat Divisor Search LLR (PPS-DIV) project in your PrimeGrid preferences section.

Comments? Concerns? Discuss on the forum post for this challenge. Best of luck!

2021-01-11: SiDock@home, Second target (corona_PLpro_v1)

Hello everyone! With the beginning of the year, we started processing of the second target, PL Pro. Many new participants joined, so almost half of the library has been docked. Excellent work! Thank you for contributing.

2021-01-11: iThena, Q1 2021: Planned hardware upgrade of the iThena BOINC platform

A major hardware upgrade of the BOINC server is planned for Q1 2021.

Currently, the BOINC platform shares hardware resources within the framework of virtualization.

I plan to separate the BOINC platform into dedicated hardware resources (dedicated server).

This server will probably run on 15k SAS drives (mirroring) with double socket Intel Xeon CPU.

If somebody has unnecessary SAS hard drives (15k or even 10k) or some RAM (DDR3 ECC/non-ECC), these are components that can be very useful in hardware system;)

In case someone would like to donate this type of hardware to the project or have other interesting components (also network equipment) can contact me by email: lswierczewski@cybercomplex.net

In Q1 2021, we also plan to make a significant upgrade of the Internet access link.

The exact timing of the changes is not yet known.

2021-01-11: Kryptos@Home, Discord server invite link

Thanks to everyone who has joined the project and provided computational resources and/or feedback so far! Your time, help, advice, suggestions and feedback have been immensely appreciated!

Please, find the invite link to our Discord server under "Project" -> "Discord" on our website.
The actual link is: https://discord.gg/UM7aG27C66.

2021-01-10: PrimeGrid, Another DIV Mega Prime!

On 13 December 2020, 16:07:34 UTC, PrimeGrid's Fermat Divisor Search found the Mega Prime:

45*2^7661004+1

The prime is 2,306,194 digits long and enters Chris Caldwell's ?The Largest Known Primes Database? ranked 77th overall.

The discovery was made by Tim Terry (TimT) of the United States using an Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2670 0 @ 2.60GHz with 32GB RAM, running Linux Fedora. This computer took about 1 hour, 10 minutes to complete the primality test using LLR2. Tim Terry is a member of the Aggie The Pew team.

For more details, please see the official announcement.

2021-01-10: PrimeGrid, DIV Mega Prime!

On 6 December 2020, 02:07:48 UTC, PrimeGrid's Fermat Divisor Search found the Mega Prime:

15*2^7619838+1

The prime is 2,293,801 digits long and enters Chris Caldwell's ?The Largest Known Primes Database? ranked 78th overall.

The discovery was made by an anonymous user of China using an Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4590 CPU @ 3.30GHz with 16GB RAM, running Microsoft Windows 10 Professional x64 Edition. This computer took about 2 hours to complete the primality test using LLR2.

For more details, please see the official announcement.

2021-01-08: Kryptos@Home, Project launch

We are extremely happy to announce the Kryptos@Home project launch!

This is our first BOINC project in production, so please bear with us during the initial steps of our community development.

Have a look around the website and if you spot any issues, or would like to ask questions - fire away a thread/post in the dedicated Help Desk forums, namely BOINC & Kryptos@Home and Web Site & Account Management.

You can subscribe to our Twitter account, @kryptosathome, if that's your preferred avenue for keeping track of latest news, announcements and updates. We're setting up a Discord server as well, and the invite link will be added to the website and announced on the forum and Twitter as soon as possible.

P.S.: For security reasons, account creation is only enabled via the website (i.e., creating an account in any other way - e.g., via the BOINC manager - is not possible).

Happy crunching :)

2021-01-06: MilkyWay@home, New Separation Runs 1/6/2021

Hello Everyone,

I have put up the following separation runs:

de_modfit_80_bundle4_4s_south4s_bgset_4
de_modfit_81_bundle4_4s_south4s_bgset_4
de_modfit_82_bundle4_4s_south4s_bgset_4
de_modfit_83_bundle4_4s_south4s_bgset_4
de_modfit_84_bundle4_4s_south4s_bgset_4
de_modfit_85_bundle4_4s_south4s_bgset_4
de_modfit_86_bundle4_4s_south4s_bgset_4

And I have taken down the following separation runs:

de_modfit_80_bundle4_4s_south4s_bgset_3
de_modfit_81_bundle4_4s_south4s_bgset_3
de_modfit_82_bundle4_4s_south4s_bgset_3
de_modfit_83_bundle4_4s_south4s_bgset_3
de_modfit_84_bundle4_4s_south4s_bgset_3
de_modfit_86_bundle4_4s_south4s_bgset_3

The new runs are copies of the previous bgset_3 runs and bgset_2 runs, in order to get yet another set of data to compare against. In the last set of runs, Stripe 84 didn't seem to cause problems like it did in the bgset_2 runs, but Stripe 85 did. As before, I will keep a close eye on these forums for a few weeks in order to see whether you are having any trouble with some of the Stripes.

You may continue to see workunits from bgset_2 runs for the next few days as workunits finish up and complete validation. This is expected and normal. You may start seeing the new runs as soon as your machine downloads new workunits from the server.

Thank you all for your continued support with this project. I hope you are staying safe in the pandemic world that we're stuck in for a little while longer.

Best,
Tom

2021-01-06: MLC@Home, [TWIM Notes] Jan 5 2021 -- A 6 Month Retrospective posted

MLC@Home has posted the Jan 5 2021 edition of its weekly "This Week In MLC@Home" newsletter!
This week, we take a step back and celebrate 6 months of MLC, and examine what went well, where we need to improve, and what the future holds.

Read the update and join the discussion here.

2021-01-06: MLC@Home, [TWIM Notes] Jan 5 2021 -- A 6 Month Retrospective

This Week in MLC@Home
Notes for Jan 5 2021
A weekly summary of news and notes for MLC@Home

Summary
Happy 2021!

This past week marked the 6 month anniversary of this project, so we wanted to look back at how far we've come, assess what's gone well, find areas we need to improve, and talk about the future.

Overall, the community response has been amazing and we feel like we've built a really solid foundation for understanding and evaluating neural networks. We'll list some of our thoughts below, and we encourage you, the community to comment below with your thoughts as well.

The Good
The actual work completed: You, the community, has trained over 260,000 neural networks for this project, modelling 110 different automata/machine types, with more in the works. When DS3 is done, we'll have over 1,000,000 trained networks. This is truly a unique contribution to science, and makes an amazing basis for study for years to come. I can already see 3 or 4 new lines of research coming from this dataset alone. Community engagement: We've made a special effort to reach out to the community, with weekly updates and attempting to be active on the forums and on twitter. We're a small project from a small lab in a small school. While it can always be better, we'd like to think this is has been a plus. Additionally, we've received support from the BOINC developers and general community as a whole via the BOINCNetwork Discord server and BOINC mailing lists, which were fantastically helpful in getting the project up and running in the first place. The technology: We're leveraging the BOINC infrastructure, and its working despite our WUs being a little out-of-the ordinary for it. We support 2 of the three major operating systems, on x86 and ARM, and GPUs from NVidia and AMD. Are they perfect? hardly. There's plenty of room for improvement and we're trying to make them better. But for 6 months in, we'll claim that's a very good start overall. The server side has gone well to, as the new server we moved to a few months ago has been a real help. Fun fact, for the first few months this project was run off an old thinkpad.. you make do with what you have.


Areas to Improve:
Publish papers and release a dataset: You deserve a timely release of the dataset you helped create. We really wanted to have that out by now, and we feel we have enough data now to do it. But it takes time to write and time to curate/prepare/to document the dataset for release, and frankly that's taking longer than it should. That's on us, and we're working on it. We should be looking at days to weeks, not months. More supported platforms: We seek developers with C++ experience who can help us support new platforms, especially OSX and Android. More collaborators on the science side: COVID has really made this extra hard. I'll be honest, many ML researchers I pitched this idea too weren't all that interested early on because a) they were skeptical that the system would work and/or that people would volunteer, b) we didn't support GPUs, and or c) were interested but had no time. Now that we do, and our volunteer pool has swelled in general, we need to re-engage. Published results will help our case. This is still a 1-person operation: If I may get personal a minute, most of the above is due to the fact this is still a 1 person operation for the most part, and a person who is only a part time doctoral candidate with a full time job and family in addition to running this project. It's not like I'm a regular grad student who can sit for hours a day in a lab and write, either code or papers. I basically steal whatever time I can on the night and weekends. Doing a part-time doctorate is hard enough, choosing to create, develop, monitor, and moderate an entire volunteer computing project on top of that is frankly a bit nuts. But I'm passionate about the work we're doing here, and want to see it succeed. And I'm confident it will. Note: I try to say "we" when acting as project admin because I do feel eventually there will be more than just me, however that's not the case (yet).


What the future holds
MLDS: Publish, both the first rounds of datasets and a paper or two. This is our top priority. MLDS: DS4 will switch to training CNNs for image classification, leading to a whole new set of insights and questions. It's important if MLC is to grown and continue that it grown beyond the MLDS application. Therefore, engage with new researchers and research thrusts that are amenable to our unique project architecture. Hyperparameter and architecture search seem extremely well suited for our system.


There are plenty more things we could mention, like tweaks to validations (some good, some .. err..less so), having a podcast made about the project, the generosity we've received from other project admins helping us getting our feet under us. And, of course, badges. We, as admins, have learned a lot about how to run a project, and despite some stumbles we hope you find the science compelling, the project interesting, and the community welcoming.

At 6 months in, we're on the cusp of real results, which should feed lots more interesting science. Thanks to all our volunteers for helping push the science of machine learning forward, and we hope to give you reason to continue to support us for many years to come.

If you have feedback, please leave it in the comments below.


Project status snapshot:
(note these numbers are approximations)






Last week's TWIM Notes: Dec 28 2020

Thanks again to all our volunteers!

-- The MLC@Home Admins(s)
Homepage: https://www.mlcathome.org/
Twitter: @MLCHome2

2021-01-05: MilkyWay@home, New Milkyway Badges Online

Hello Everyone,

I have updated the badges that we have for this project, including badges up to 20 years and 100 billion credits. You can find the new list of badges below:



Thank you to everyone who has put time into this project. An especially big thank you to people that we had to make badges for -- I've already seen an 11 year and a 13 year badge. We also have a couple users who are approaching the previous limit of the 10B credit badge.

- Tom

2021-01-05: LHC@Home, Best wishes for 2021

We would like to warmly thank all our volunteers for your contributions during 2020!

The LHC@home team also wishes you a Happy and hopefully healthy 2021!

For those interested, please find some highlights of CERN activities during 2020 and recent findings from the CMS experiment on our web pages.

2021-01-02: BOINC, Server outage

The BOINC and Science United servers will be down from this evening until (hopefully) the morning of Jan. 3.

Happy New Year to everyone!

2021-01-01: NumberFields@home, 2020 Year in Review

The 2020 shit show has come to an end. Here are the NumberFields highlights for the year:
1. The miscellaneous tables were completed. Except for the {2,5} case, this gives the fields for all
imprimitive decics ramified at {p}, {q}, or {p,q} for all primes p 2. Finished many of the lower tiers for the search over ?(?-10) (subfield 7).
3. Completed a few more batches for the search over ?(?2) (subfield 3), essentially leaving the final monster batch. At our current rate, this batch will take approximately the first half of 2021 to complete.
4. The CPU apps (for 64bit machines) were improved to give an average speed increase of about 35%. Improved GPU apps will be rolled out in the near term.

Thanks everyone for your contributions and have a wonderful New Year!

2021-01-01: SRBase, base S436 proven / Megaprime

On 26th of December, pixel1975, a member of the team Gridcoin found the last prime for base S436.
The prime 45*436^481613+1 has 1.271.213 digits and entered the TOP5000 in Chris Caldwell's The Largest Known Primes Database.

2021-01-01: RNA World, Happy New Year!

The RNA World team wishes all of you a happy, healthy and successful new year - and thanks a lot for your continued support.

Das RNA World Team w

2020-12-31: SRBase, New CRUS goals for 2021 released

https://www.mersenneforum.org/showthread.php?t=26348

The main goal is to finish all R3 ranges from 50-100k. This is an over 100M test.

2020-12-31: GPUGRID, Happy new year!

Dear all,

we at Gpugrid would like to wish you a merry ending of 2020 and wish the best for the coming new year!

Thanks for your continued support.

T

2020-12-31: iThena, Open.Data (HowFaster.Net) - First sets of result data from iThena Project released

Today (December 31, 2020) we are officially releasing the first data under the Open.Data Initiative.

This data is available on HowFaster.net and is the result of measurements in the iThena project.

The data is officially available at the address:
https://open.data.howfaster.net

The information is available in formats: CSV and JSON.
The information contains data of the same type as presented on HowFaster.Net.
However, the CSV/JSON data contain additional parameters and you can perform your own analyses based on them.

The final data structure is not yet determined.
The data structure presented in the files is a preliminary concept.

The data is released under the Open Database License (ODbL).

Information about the license:
https://opendatacommons.org/licenses/dbcl/1-0/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Database_License

License links:
https://open.data.howfaster.net/LICENSE.txt
https://open.data.howfaster.net/LICENSE-ODbL.txt

The data may have some misrepresentations (related to not yet tested implementations of export scripts etc.).
If you see any errors, please provide information :)



Twitter: https://twitter.com/iThenaProject/status/1344679183323193344

2020-12-31: iThena, Happy New Year 2021!

iThena Project Team wishes everyone a Happy New Year 2021!

Lots of health, lots of luck!

Lots of money and lots of credits! (BOINC credits of course)

To make the new year much better!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/iThenaProject/status/1344607405057966081

2020-12-30: SiDock@home, First target (3CLpro_v3) completion and outage of work

Hi folks!

Today we generated the last set of tasks for first target - "corona 3CL pro v3" protein. Also we generated additional set of tasks named like "corona_3CLpro_v3_ext_nb3di_0000493_2_replica". This is replica of tasks that we crunch previously and they need for test purpose - for estimate of possible methods of additional validation of results. In next few days project run out of tasks, but next target and tasks is coming soon!

Thank you for participation and Happy New Year! 2021 is coming!

2020-12-30: SRBase, And again the system crashed + DB

with a bluescreen (0x0000004e (0x0000000000000099, 0x000000000144311b, 0x0000000000000003, 0x0000000001384a1f).

Maybe a side effect of the disabled VSS service, enabled again with 2 more changes. My ideas are at the end. 2 days in a row is bad.

The database was restored from 7am. I have no luck with this OS.

If you have post something or you are a new user pls recreate.

2020-12-29: World Community Grid, December Update: Mapping Cancer Markers

The researchers and World Community Grid's tech team continue to work together on developing new sarcoma work units.

2020-12-29: SRBase, massive VSS bug - still present - DBcrash

The bug is still present, my last fix doesnt help. The database was restored from 8:00 today, 10min before I could do a backup after removing the old WUs the server crashed. Iam still looking for a fix.

As always let me know in the other thread how many credits you have lost.
You will see again a lot of download errors, ignore them.

The bug is getting on my nerves.

2020-12-29: SiDock@home, CmDock source code

Hi everyone,

here is the CmDock source code repository: https://gitlab.com/Jukic/cmdock.
This is the main application that we use in the project. Now you can try and build it for your own platforms!

We have many plans and invite C++ devs, especially ones with CUDA and parallel computing knowledge to join our project.
If you would like to join, please contact Marko: jukic (dot) marko (at) gmail (dot) com.

With best wishes,
Natalia

2020-12-29: MLC@Home, [TWIM Notes] Dec 28 2020 posted

MLC@Home has posted the Dec 28, 2020 edition of its weekly "This Week In MLC@Home" newsletter!
DS3 Milestone 2 is complete! Milestone 3 started... a new CDN, lots of progress on DS2, and tons more volunteers.

Read the update and join the discussion here.

2020-12-29: MLC@Home, [TWIM Notes] Dec 28 2020

This Week in MLC@Home
Notes for Dec 28 2020
A weekly summary of news and notes for MLC@Home

Summary
Happy holidays and happy new year from MLC!

So we decided to put out an update this week anyway,, First, we've completed milestone 2 of Dataset 3, that means 1000 trained networks for each of the 100 randomly generated automata! This is a huge milestone and makes analysis much more interesting! Another important user-visible change is the website and project now sit behind a CDN. This vastly reduces the bandwidth requirements on the server, and speeds up client downloads tremendously, and there appears to be few negative effects on the project as a whole. If you see issues, please post them in the forum so they can be addressed.

Finally, we've noticed a large influx of new volunteers over the past week. Welcome! And thank you for supporting the scientific work we're trying to do.

More news below:
* We are working on revamping much of the behind-the-scenes machinery for validation and assimilation to update our handling of NaN.
* Our updated WUs to try and cross the 1000-network threshold for all DS2 WUs seems to be having a positive effect, with nearly 100 new networks complete within the past week. We will continue this until we cross that threshold.
* Over the break, our main effort is to continue to work on analysis, paper writing, a new ROCM client release, and continue to prepare for DS4.

Project status snapshot:
(note these numbers are approximations)






Last week's TWIM Notes: Dec 22 2020

Thanks again to all our volunteers!

-- The MLC@Home Admins(s)
Homepage: https://www.mlcathome.org/
Twitter: @MLCHome2

2020-12-28: SRBase, Another power cut over night

The year is not over and a 2nd power cut in this year. Fortunately nothing is broken.

2020-12-27: PrimeGrid, Change in Prime Reporting Procedure

With the release of LLR2, we are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of primes found by users that don't give permission to report them. To decrease the number of primes stuck waiting for permission to report that we never receive, we will still wait nineteen days for the first prime found by a user, but only seven days for subsequent primes before moving to the double checker or reporting as anonymous.

If you have primes reported to T5K through PrimeGrid already or have given permission to report and provided your name, this doesn't affect you. Otherwise, I strongly encourage you to change your PrimeGrid preferences to give permission.

2020-12-26: WUProp@Home, Server upgrade

The project will be offline tomorrow from 8:00 a.m. UTC for several hours.

2020-12-25: SRBase, SRBase - 6 years review - what a year!

The project has passed the sixth year.

Compared with last years the following process was made:

2014-2015 - 87M WUs processed, 1 base solved, 314 bases unstarted
2015-2016 - 88M WUs processed, 5 bases solved, 297 bases unstarted
2016-2017 - 99M WUs processed, 5 bases solved, 282 bases unstarted
2017-2018 - 75M WUs processed, 1 base solved, 264 bases unstarted
2018-2019 - 22M WUs processed, 6 bases solved, 218 bases unstarted
2019-2020 - 7M WUs processed, 4 bases solved, 120 bases unstarted, 23.515.051 TF WUs processed, 325627 factors found
in total - 378M WUs processed, 22 bases solved, 120 bases unstarted, 23.515.051 TF WUs processed, 325627 factors found

With the new CPU I could reduce the unstarted bases a lot.

The crashtour 2020 should be ended now, all Win10 bugs and broken hardware were fixed.

The main CRUS goal were not reached due high expectations. Lets wait for new goals 2021.

The mfaktc app on a GT3080/90 for windows is still in progress, there was an unexpected error we have not gotten to fix it yet.

A big thx for all your support to the project and a happy / in hope a better new year!

2020-12-25: RNA World, Merry Christmas

Despite this years somewhat difficult circumstances, the RNA World team wishes all of you a happy christmas season.

Das RNA World Team w

2020-12-25: SiDock@home, Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates it by the Gregorian calendar! Let it bring joy and love!

We hope you will like the new badges for the total credit. New tasks will be soon. We work at making workflow more stable.

With best wishes, Natalia and hoarfrost.

2020-12-24: iThena, Happy Christmas 2020!

I would like to wish the iThena users and all those supporting the BOINC initiative, as well as others supporting interesting ideas: Happy Christmas!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/iThenaProject/status/1342124241009967105

2020-12-23: World Community Grid, December Update: Help Stop TB

The researchers are finishing work on a paper about their findings to-date.