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2020-10-29: Collatz Conjecture, Back Online

We had an extended outage today thanks to Xfinity/Comcast. On the up side, they finished their repair 30 minutes ahead of schedule, but it still took about 4 hours. I don't know if the high winds today had to do with it or not, but everything is working normally again.

2020-10-29: World Community Grid, OpenPandemics ? COVID-19 coming close to first round of lab testing for potential treatments

In this update, the Forli Lab team at Scripps Research gives us a look at the three viral proteins they?re currently studying and describes their plans for the near future.

2020-10-29: SRBase, Power cut / database crash

While I was at work there was a power outage today (around 11am UTC). The database crashed of course. I could only restore the backup from the morning 7am UTC while the latest lost some tables.

If you got some work after this time you can abort it.
If you have lost some credits let me know in the thread.

Iam very sorry for that!

2020-10-29: World Community Grid, October Update: Smash Childhood Cancer

The research team continues to analyze the results of the work previously run on World Community Grid while creating new work units for this recently resumed project.

2020-10-28: MLC@Home, [TWIM Notes] Oct 27 2020 posted

MLC@Home has posted the Oct 27, 2020 edition of its weekly "This Week In MLC@Home" newsletter!
1000 users with credit milestone, and GPU application rollout to testing!

Read it and join the discussion here.

2020-10-28: MLC@Home, [TWIM Notes] Oct 27 2020

This Week in MLC@Home
Notes for Oct 27 2020
A weekly summary of news and notes for MLC@Home

Summary
This week we crossed the 1000 users-with-credit threshold! Thanks again for all our volunteers!

GPU week, part 1. This week was consumed with developing and releasing to testing CUDA clients. The good news, when they work, they do provide a nice performance boost. The bad news, there are a lot of kinks to work out yet. Currently, we've released a windows/CUDA and linux/CUDA binary. The windows binary works if the user has the right environment (cuda 10.2 is known to work). The linux/CUDA binary was just released 48 hours ago and currently is broken in new and surprising ways not seen in our internal testing. Both apps will need some server-side changes to only allow hosts that can meet these minimum requirements. Luckily, that's why we have the "mldstest" application to find these issues before we release to the main channel!

Also, the GPU apps are much larger than our current CPU app, and have wildly different resource requirements. So much so, that we will likely be releasing them as a separate app to run alongside the CPU apps with their own WUs. That way we can isolate GPU WUs from CPU WUs and keep everyone happy and crunching.

If you're interested in testing, please make sure you have "Run test applications?" and "Use NVIDIA GPU?" checked in your project preferences, and follow/post your experience in the forum.

News:
We expect to have most CUDA issues ironed out and have them in general (non-beta) use by next week. ROCm support would be next, but it is a lower priority. Datasets 1,2 and 3 continue crunching away. GREAT progress so far! Tweaks to internal flops specifications for WUs are leading the client to overestimate how long a WU will take to complete (some have estimates of days to complete, despite being the same WUs as before that should take 4-10 hours). We believe these should even out over time, but if this continues to be an issue we'll back that estimate back down again on new WUs. With the development/release of the GPU client, not much progress was made last week on other parts of the project such as preparing a DS3 100x100 for release, a related paper for arXiv, dataset 4, etc.. Those of course remain important, but there is a finite amount of developer time and we've chosen to prioritize getting the GPU apps ready for the next week or so to speed up completion for the next round of paper deadlines around mid-December.


Project status snapshot:
(note these numbers are approximations)

Tasks
Tasks ready to send 17159
Tasks in progress 22491
Users
With credit 1020
Registered in past 24 hours 66
Hosts
With recent credit 2051
Registered in past 24 hours 53
Current GigaFLOPS 30532.46

Dataset 1 and 2 progress:

SingleDirectMachine 10002/10004
EightBitMachine 10001/10006
SingleInvertMachine 10001/10003
SimpleXORMachine 10000/10002
ParityMachine 884/10005

ParityModified 275/10005
EightBitModified 6492/10006
SimpleXORModified 10005/10005
SingleDirectModified 10004/10004
SingleInvertModified 10002/10002

Dataset 3 progress:

Overall (so far): 37600/40425
Milestone 1, 100x100: 10000/10000
Milestone 2, 100x1000: 37600/100000
Milestone 3: 100x10000: 37600/1000000


Last week's TWIM Notes: Oct 19 2020

Thanks again to all our volunteers!

-- The MLC@Home Admins

2020-10-27: World Community Grid, October Update: Mapping Cancer Markers

We completed a successful beta test for new sarcoma work units in October.

2020-10-27: PrimeGrid, How About One More DIV Mega Prime!

On 25 October 2020, 00:52:15 UTC, PrimeGrid's Fermat Divisor Search found the Mega Prime:

15*2^7300254+1

The prime is 2,197,597 digits long and enters Chris Caldwell's ?The Largest Known Primes Database? ranked 75th overall.

The discovery was made by Robert Gelhar (Gelly) of the United States using an Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6140 CPU @ 2.30GHz with 1GB RAM, running Linux Ubuntu. This computer took about 3 hours, 24 minutes to complete the primality test using LLR. Robert Gelhar is a member of the Antarctic Crunchers team.


For more details, please see the official announcement.

2020-10-27: PrimeGrid, And Another DIV Mega Prime!

On 24 October 2020, 22:53:39 UTC, PrimeGrid's Fermat Divisor Search found the Mega Prime:

19*2^6833086+1

The prime is 2,056,966 digits long and enters Chris Caldwell's ?The Largest Known Primes Database? ranked 94th overall.

The discovery was made by Jiri Jaros (Venec) of the Czech Republic using an Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2620 v3 @ 2.40GHz with 8GB RAM, running Linux Ubuntu. This computer took about 7 hours, 27 minutes to complete the primality test using LLR. Jiri Jaros is a member of the Czech National Team team.


For more details, please see the official announcement.

2020-10-27: PrimeGrid, Another DIV Mega Prime!

On 20 October 2020, 19:06:13 UTC, PrimeGrid's Fermat Divisor Search found the Mega Prime:

39*2^6684941+1

The prime is 2,012,370 digits long and enters Chris Caldwell's ?The Largest Known Primes Database? ranked 97th overall.

The discovery was made by Mike Th

2020-10-27: PrimeGrid, New DIV Mega Prime!

On 20 October 2020, 13:22:13 UTC, PrimeGrid's Fermat Divisor Search found the Mega Prime:

39*2^6648997+1

The prime is 2,001,550 digits long and enters Chris Caldwell's ?The Largest Known Primes Database? ranked 99th overall.

The discovery was made by Tom Greer (tng) of the United States using an Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6140 CPU @ 2.30GHz with 1GB RAM, running Linux Ubuntu. This computer took about 2 hours, 38 minutes to complete the primality test using LLR. Tom Greer is a member of the Antarctic Crunchers team.


For more details, please see the official announcement.

2020-10-24: iThena, iThena PERF: Automatic task generator was launched

Yesterday (Friday, 23 October 2020) in the evening hours, the iThena PERF automatic task generator was launched. New tasks in iThena are available :)

Twitter: https://twitter.com/iThenaProject/status/1320065938612420608/

2020-10-22: SRBase, Formula BOINC project 23.10. 05:00 (UTC) - 26.10. 04:59 (UTC)

Good luck to everyone for a lucky hit of a TOP5000 prime maybe solving a base with CPU or running Trial Factoring with GPU.

Welcome to all of our new users. Before you start take a look into the FAQ section.

There will be 2 times a day a short outage for backing up the database. You will have enough work in this time. The max_wus_in_progress for CPU is 50 per core and 80 for GPU.

2020-10-22: World Community Grid, October Update: OpenPandemics - COVID-19

The researchers recently submitted two papers for review, and are looking ahead to lab testing for potential treatments.

2020-10-20: World Community Grid, October Update: Help Stop TB

TB was the leading cause of death from a single infectious agent in 2019. This project is studying the bacterium that causes TB to help shed light on the search for better treatments.

2020-10-20: MLC@Home, [TWIM Notes] Oct 19 2020 posted

MLC@Home has posted the Oct 19, 2020 edition of its weekly "This Week In MLC@Home" newsletter! Brief updated on GPU support, Dataset 4, OSX support and more.

Read it and join the discussion here.

2020-10-20: MLC@Home, [TWIM Notes] Oct 19 2020

This Week in MLC@Home
Notes for Oct 19 2020
A weekly summary of news and notes for MLC@Home

Summary
A quick summary this week, as it was a quiet week on the forums and busy week outside of the project. Hey, sometimes life happens. See below for GPU support updates, Paper updates, Dataset 4, and OSX support.

News:
We've completed the first Dataset 3 milestone! Well done all our volunteers! The next steps are to package it up, and write up a brief analysis/paper to submit to arXiv and release the dataset to the public! Milestone 2 (1000x100) work underway! We spent some time last week gaining access to both Windows and Linux machines with CUDA, so hoepfully GPU clients should be released to testing this week. We're having some issues packaging the ROCm version but will try to iron those out into testing as well. We also secured access on an OSX machine, and have run the client on OSX! However, packaging on OSX faces another set of similar challenges to ROCM packaging up the libraries with the Dataset 4 preparations continues. We have the data, just need some backend updates to updates to handle the new type or networks (classification vs. regression). No changes to Dataset 1+2 yet, there are some updated Partiy and EightBit WUs in testing, but we have not processed those results yet to make certain they're set for full release.


Project status snapshot:
(note these numbers are approximations)

Tasks
Tasks ready to send 25261
Tasks in progress 21240
Users
With credit 961
Registered in past 24 hours 45
Hosts
With recent credit 2064
Registered in past 24 hours 15
Current GigaFLOPS 248734.27

Dataset 1 and 2 progress:

SingleDirectMachine 10002/10004
EightBitMachine 10001/10006
SingleInvertMachine 10001/10003
SimpleXORMachine 10000/10002
ParityMachine 854/10005

ParityModified 243/10005
EightBitModified 6365/10006
SimpleXORModified 10005/10005
SingleDirectModified 10004/10004
SingleInvertModified 10002/10002

Dataset 3 progress:

Overall (so far): 26430/30112
Milestone 1, 100x100: 10000/10000
Milestone 2, 100x1000: 26430/100000
Milestone 3: 100x10000: 26430/1000000


Last week's TWIM Notes: Oct 12 2020

Thanks again to all our volunteers!

-- The MLC@Home Admins

2020-10-19: T.Brada Experimental Grid, Planned outage

Dear crunchers,
The scheduler will be shut down for maintenance starting this friday 23rd. The operating system and boinc software will be updated to latest version. The forum may experience minor downtime, but will be kept online mostly. No results will be aborted or rejected. It will be possible to upload after the maintenance is over.

2020-10-19: WEP-M+2 Project, 12-digit factor of P2203 has now been found by the project...

...263783 times - still no sign of any larger factors

2020-10-19: PrimeGrid, ?variste Galois Challenge starts TOMORROW, October 20th

The seventh challenge of the 2020 Series will be a 5-day challenge celebrating the 209th birthday of

2020-10-18: SRBase, Trial Factoring 72-73 range reached

The first 100k batch is uploading in the 100M range for 72-73bit. After the server load is reduced by finishing the last 900M range batch there will be more work. Pls note there was a typo of the batch 886-994M batch, must be 886-934M.

Take care of the runtimes. The latest 72-73 batch need around 24min on a RT5500XT, this is a factor 16 from the last 71-72 batch with around 1min30s.

2020-10-16: World Community Grid, Smash Childhood Cancer Resumes with New Target and New Team Member

The Smash Childhood Cancer project has resumed work on World Community Grid to explore a gene that is involved in the development of many sarcomas. We also welcome Dr. Joanna Gell to the research team.

2020-10-16: TN-Grid, Paper published on IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing

The following article, "A Computing System for Discovering Causal Relationships among Human Genes to Improve Drug Repositioning," is available under the "Early Access" area on IEEE Xplore. This article has been accepted for publication in a future issue of this journal, but has not been edited and content may change prior to final publication. This paper appears in: IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing, Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/TETC.2020.3031024. You may find it here: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9224179
Thank you all for your invaluable support!

2020-10-15: RakeSearch, Joint search of ODLS9 with Gerasim project

Dear participants!

A new search started in the project on September 27 - "Joint search of ODLS9 with Gerasim project". Earlier we performed a full search over the space of row-permutational diagonal Latin squares of order 9, but in this search (that we perform with Gerasim@Home project) we try to find all orthogonal diagonal Latin squares of order 9! At the first glance, the goal is unreachable, but the new search uses an heuristics that allowed to reduce the amount of computations.

In this thread we will post news about the new search.

2020-10-14: World Community Grid, October Update: FightAIDS@Home

The last results from the latest round of work on Phase 2 have been sent to the research team.

2020-10-13: World Community Grid, Planned Maintenance on Thursday, October 15, 2020 (Completed)

We are updating the operating system on our servers on Thursday, October 15 beginning at 15:00 UTC.

2020-10-13: World Community Grid, Planned Maintenance on Thursday, October 15, 2020

We are updating the operating system on our servers on Thursday, October 15 beginning at 15:00 UTC.

2020-10-13: LHC@Home, Possible upload delays Wednesday 14/10

Due to an upgrade of our Ceph storage on Wednesday 14th of October, there might be delays to file uploads and data assimilation. Should be back to normal by Wednesday evening.

2020-10-13: GPUGRID, Experimental Python tasks (beta)

I'm creating some experimental tasks for the Python app (made Beta). They are Linux and CUDA specific and serve in preparation for future batches.

They may use a relatively large amount of disk space (order of 1-10 GB) which persists between runs, and is cleared if you reset the project.

2020-10-13: MLC@Home, [TWIM Notes] Oct 12 2020 posted

MLC@Home has posted the Oct 12, 2020 edition of its weekly "This Week In MLC@Home" newsletter! 100 days, a new server, and other progress updates.

Read it and join the discussion here.

2020-10-13: MLC@Home, [TWIM Notes] Oct 12 2020

This Week in MLC@Home
Notes for Oct 12 2020
A weekly summary of news and notes for MLC@Home

Summary
Happy 100 days, MLC@Home! On October 8th, MLC@Home passed 100 days old as a project, and early adopter badges were added to everyone with credit at that point. Thanks again for all your support.

Beyond that, we transitioned to our new server, which is quite a step up from the old one, and puts us in good shape for Dataset 3+4 validation and beyond. Read on for more information.

News:
Dataset 3 WUs processing going fantastically, but a few stragglers remain before we hit the first milestone (100x100). New WUs have been released towards the next milestone (100x1000). We'll continue to trickle them out about 500 at a time, and update the scoreboard to keep track. We studied the the runtimes of dataset 3 WUs, and decided to increase the credit awarded for all new WUs. There are still old WUs in the pipeline that have the old credit value, and will take a while for those time finish, but new ones created will have more credit. We're testing a new, longer set of Dataset1+2 WUs in the mldstest application, with a longer runtime and a corresponding change in credit awarded. Datasets 1+2 continue also to make progress in parallel with Dataset 3. New server up and running. Thanks for your patience. There may need to be another quick downtime (15 minutes) to swap a disk around insice the machine, but otherwise its been running fine since Saturday afternoon. Old credit should be counted towards badges now! This doesn't effect anyone here, but the FLOPS estimate for dataset 3 is grossly underspecified (which is why the "GFLOPS" estimate below is so much lower than usual). We'll fix that in future WUs. It doesn't matter for users, but it helps convince other researchers if I can quote a (more) accurate GFLOPS estimate.. Next up (in vague priority order): GPU support, Dataset 4, Dataset Release Paper writing, OSX support.


Project status snapshot:
(note these numbers are approximations)

Tasks
Tasks ready to send 41238
Tasks in progress 21350
Users
With credit 910
Registered in past 24 hours 47
Hosts
With recent credit 2029
Registered in past 24 hours 58
Current GigaFLOPS 24544.93

Dataset 1 and 2 progress:

SingleDirectMachine 10002/10004
EightBitMachine 10001/10006
SingleInvertMachine 10001/10003
SimpleXORMachine 10000/10002
ParityMachine 804/10005

ParityModified 218/10005
EightBitModified 6221/10006
SimpleXORModified 10005/10005
SingleDirectModified 10004/10004
SingleInvertModified 10002/10002

Dataset 3 progress:

Overall (so far): 17197/30112
Milestone 1, 100x100: 9975/10000
Milestone 2, 100x1000: 17197/100000
Milestone 3: 100x10000: 17197/1000000


Last week's TWIM Notes: Oct 5 2020

Thanks again to all our volunteers!

-- The MLC@Home Admins

2020-10-09: MLC@Home, Scheduled Server Maintenance

MLC@Home will be going down at midnight (Easter US timezone) tonight, Oct 8th (a little over 4 hours from now), to migrate to a new, more powerful server.

The outage is scheduled for all day Oct 9th, during which time the web site and boinc work schedulers will be offline. We expect to be back up and running (on a much more powerful server!) by the morning of Oct 10th (hopefully sooner!). We'll post updates to twitter with progress in case something doesn't go according to plan: https://twitter.com/MLCHome2 .

Thanks again for your support, and we'll be back shortly!

2020-10-09: BOINC@TACC, BOINC@TACC back in production

Dear Volunteers and Researchers,

We are happy to announce that BOINC@TACC is back into production. There are still few action-items that are pending (such as the cross-project id related issue during export and downloading cross-project certificate) and we are working through them one by one. Also, we would like to urge you to remove and re-attach the project from BOINC manager since the keys have been changed.

Thanks for your patience and support!
BOINC@TACC Team

2020-10-09: GPUGRID, Project restarted

Dears, thanks for your patience.

I updated the acemd3 apps.

Also, I verified that there were very few results by apps from the old CUDA version, so I won't be re-deploying them. In other words, apps now require CUDA 10 (Linux) and CUDA 10.1 (Windows). In terms of drivers versions:

CUDA 10.1 (10.1.105) >= 418.39 for Windows
CUDA 10.0 (10.0.130) >= 410.48 for Linux

https://docs.nvidia.com/deploy/cuda-compatibility/index.html

2020-10-08: World Community Grid, October Update: Microbiome Immunity Project

The researchers are awaiting news about a paper they submitted to a scientific journal, and working on a potential new type of work unit.

2020-10-07: BOINC, Web site makeover

We made the BOINC web site smaller and simpler. Material for scientists and developers was moved down a level. Volunteers are directed to Science United in order to encourage new projects.

2020-10-07: GPUGRID, Suspending project

Until we update the app. Sorry.

2020-10-06: World Community Grid, October Update: Africa Rainfall Project

The research team is creating rainfall models based on data received from World Community Grid.

2020-10-06: Asteroids@home, New models reconstructed from ATLAS photometry

Our new paper describing asteroid models reconstructed from ATLAS photometry has been accepted for publication in Astronomy and Astrophysics. The paper is available at arXiv. Thank you for your contribution!

2020-10-06: MLC@Home, [TWIM Notes] Oct 5 2020 posted

MLC@Home has posted the Oct 5, 2020 edition of its weekly "This Week In MLC@Home" newsletter! Updates on Badges, GPU support, upcoming maintenance, and more.
Read it and join the discussion here.