News feed

Select project:


MindModeling@Home
2020-06-08: Hello, all!

Good morning!

As I take over for Josh, please bear with me. I am aware there are currently some issues out there. I will do my best to to support you all and this project.

I look forward to working with you all.

Best,
Olivia

2020-06-05: Goodbye and thanks for all the fish!

Hello,

Today is my last day working on MindModeling. Taking over as primary devop is Olivia, who has worked with me for the past year. This won't affect day to day operations, beyond who is responding to you all and who is working behind the scenes.

I know we are currently having several issues -- with Lisp jobs on Windows in particular -- that I feel bad for leaving to her, but I know the site is in good hands. Please be patient with her when there are issues. It's a thankless job keeping the lights on, and work moving through the system. :P

Happy crunching!
Josh

2020-05-21: Outage on 2020 May 21

I'm sorry to report that we had a major outage this morning. I was able to get most things working again this morning around 1600 UTC. I'm sorry for the disruption this has caused!

Given the recent underlying hardware issues, I will likely have to take the system down for major maintenance in the near future. I will post on the forum to give notice.

Thank you for your patience!
Josh

2020-03-16: Please Help Folding@Home Work On COVID-19

With the global community working hard to cope with Coronavirus, our thoughts are with all of those affected. We are one global community, and all of us must do what we can to address the pandemic. If you don't already, I strongly encourage all of our volunteers to contribute to Folding@Home. They are now working on COVID-19 and need all the computing power they can get. See the link below for more information.

https://foldingathome.org/2020/03/15/coronavirus-what-were-doing-and-how-you-can-help-in-simple-terms/

Thank you, and take care!
Josh Z.

2019-11-20: Project Update

Hello,

As many of you have already noticed, we haven't had any work in awhile. I want to emphasize that MindModeling is still an active project, but we do not have control over when the scientists and engineers submit work. This natural variation is due to the funding, phase, and nature of these R&D projects. I appreciate your patience, and understanding as we go through these dry periods.

In other news, I'm sad to announce that several of the MindModeling staff have moved on, including Jack, Nathan, and Brandon. Olivia and I have taken their roles in the project's development and operation. While our predecessors taught us a great deal before they left, we have a great deal more to learn.

Olivia and I are both very excited to continue work on the project and to improve it where possible. To that end, we will be slowly rolling out updates for our scientists and engineers, as well as to our volunteers, in the coming year. We hope that these updates make MindModeling a more useful scientific tool, and thus attracts more work for our wonderful volunteers.

In that vein, we have decided to change our name from MindModeling@Home Beta to simply, MindModeling. Having been such a long-live project, it seemed time to ditch the 'beta' description. Some code is still being updated, however. So feel free to let us know if we missed a spot. :)

Finally, we have discussed updating the volunteer homepage and forums. Beside giving the pages a facelift, we have also discussed the problem of spam, and low-participation on the forums. It seems to me, that most discussion now happens elsewhere in larger, more active forums, or in private channels. While we realize this has been a useful place to connect and report issues, moderation takes time away other aspects of our jobs. Therefore, we are considering shutting the forums down, and providing a contact email address for issues and questions. We hope that this would provide more timely and direct responses, while freeing some of our time for other work. However, as a community project, we would like to hear from you first. So please let us know what you think either on the forums, or at josh.s.ziegler+mm@gmail.com

Thank you!
Josh

2018-10-09: Power Outage Saturday October 7th

Hey Everyone,

There was an unplanned power outage that caused MindModeling.org to go offline for a few days.

We are working to bring everything back online as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience and we hope to have everything back up and running soon.

Best,

Brandon

2016-07-18: Migration To New Server

Hello Everyone,

As some of you have noticed, we just recently migrated to a new, better, server!

This new server has increased our storage 10 fold, and has also greatly increased RAM and processing power.

This migration will help sustain our project in the future, and better facilitate your contribution and support to Cognitive Science.

Thank you so much for your support and happy crunching,

Brandon

2015-12-02: MindModeling Updates Dec 02 2015

Hello Everyone and Happy Holidays,

We just finished upgrading our Server Side BOINC code as well as a large amount of database upgrades, and work is now flowing again. This upgrade will now allow us to push out new apps more easily, and with the new scheduler we should see some possible efficiency gains due to the inclusion of OpenMP.

We have also released a new ACT-R Lisp application running the latest version of CCL lisp. This release also includes a number of updates to the application that should help resolve many of the processing errors we have been seeing recently.

We have more updates on the way, thank you all for your support, and happy crunching!

Brandon

2015-05-06: Wesbite Server Outage 5/7-5/11

Our Server will be down due to a power outage starting Thursday May 7th and may be down until Monday May 11.

Thanks for supporting us,

Brandon

2015-05-06: Website Server Outage 5/7-5/11

Our Server will be down due to a power outage starting Thursday May 7th and may be down until Monday May 11.

Thanks for supporting us,

Brandon

2015-04-06: A new look

MindModeling is now sportin' a new fresher look.
Thanks to Nathan for this mobile-friendly update.
-- Jack

2015-01-17: Hails and Farewells

Farewells:
First off, we are sad to announce that Tom has had a great job offer and has recently left the MindModeling development team. However, Tom's love for the project has not changed and will be transitioning to 'volunteer contributor/moderator' status. You may still see him on the forums from time to time.

Tom has been an extremely valued team member: leading efforts on both server-side and client-side programming as well as being our primary support to our volunteer contributors. His presence has been (and will be) greatly missed, but we are excited for Tom in his new job.

All The Best and Happy Crunching Tom!

Hails:
We would like to welcome and introduce two new members of the MindModeling team: Brandon and Nathan.
Brandon has taken over the responsibility of being primary support to our volunteer contributors, so you'll see him popping up on the news feed and in the forum.
Nathan has taken over a lot of our (internal and external) website design and feature development.

We are very excited to have these two programmers on board!

--Jack

2014-08-07: CogSci 2014!

CogSci 2014, the annual meeting of the cognitive science society, held its 36th annual meeting this year in Quebec City, Canada

The theme was:
"Cognitive Science Meets Artificial Intelligence: Human and Artificial Agents in Interactive Contexts"

Many MindModeling researchers were both presenting their research and interacting with other cognitive scientists from all other the world at this event.

You can visit Cognitive Science Society's website here: http://cognitivesciencesociety.org/conference2014/index.html.

Or checkout the conference's proceedings (hosted by MindModeling.org) here:
http://mindmodeling.org/cogsci2014/
-

2014-06-25: Temporary Suspension of Work

Hi all,

We're temporarily suspending our BOINC feeder while we deploy new versions of all our applications. It shouldn't take more than a couple of hours. I'll keep you posted.

Cheers,
-Tom

2014-03-06: Power Shutdown this Saturday (2014-03-08)

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

2013-11-08: MindModeling Server Migration

Hi All,

This morning we migrated our production system from it's home at the University of Dayton to it's new location at Wright State University. This allowed us to:
Completely decouple our development and production systems Increase RAM, disk space, CPU cores, and I/O performance

If you experience any issues, please report them to the forums and we'll address them as soon as possible. However, I suspect a quick reset or detach/reattach of the project may fix a lot of problems, so give that a try first.

And as always, thanks for providing all of the invaluable resources to furthering cognitive modeling research. We've had an incredible couple of months, crunching 127,400+ days worth of computations, and it couldn't have been done without you!

Looking ahead, we should have a new web interface deployed soon and a new version of our CCL wrapper.

Cheers,
-Tom

2013-08-26: CogSci 2013 and Other Updates

Since the last news post, CogSci 2013, the annual meeting of the cognitive science community, held it's conference in Berlin, Germany. From the CogSci's website:

CogSci 2013's theme is "Cooperative Minds: Social Interaction and Group Dynamics." This theme reflects a rapidly growing interest in the Cognitive Science community, namely a move from the study of individual cognition to the social realm. A further topic will be Cognitive Interaction Technologies, a rather new field aiming at a thorough understanding of the processes and functional constituents of cognitive interaction in order to replicate them in technical systems.

In addition to attendance from several researchers in our lab, cognitive scientists from all other the world get together to their latest theories and data. You can visit their website here: http://cognitivesciencesociety.org/conference2013/index.html.

Or checkout the proceedings (hosted by MindModeling.org) here:
http://mindmodeling.org/cogsci2013/

Previous years proceedings are also available from links under the Science tab in the MindModeling navigation bar.

Also, the project will be pushing out a new feature soon which captures the average model runtime for each job to more precisely target workunits to one hour (specifically for tasks with variable runtimes). This is currently in the testing phase.

Other updates:
-Ongoing development of a new web UI for volunteers
-Ongoing developing a new screensaver application that is compatible with all of our cognitive modeling platforms and projects (in-progress)
-Ongoing development of infrastructure controlled sampling to allow researchers to specify how much each individual parameter set should be sampled and aggregated before accepting.
-Project descriptions available here: http://mindmodeling.org/forum_thread.php?id=681

More work on the horizon!

2013-07-16: New Apps Released!

Yesterday we released a new app version for each of our supported platforms. Below are the latest versions:
CCL v2.06 Java-1.7 v1.03 Pypy1.9 v3.04 Python-2.7 v1.03 R2.15.1 v104 (Linux and Windows only)

The applications were updated to unarchive large packages and libraries into the projects directory, as opposed to the slots directly, once for the lifetime of the archive. This reduces the overhead that is required to unarchive each package into the slots directory, and may reduce the amount of total disk space the project uses at runtime. Please let us know if you notice any problems associated with these new versions.

2013-07-09: Updates and Thank Yous

Hi crunchers!

I just wanted to take a second to thank all of our volunteers for the awesome crunching over the past couple of month. Since March, we've completed 75 jobs across several different research lines (e.g., fatigue studies, integrated learning models, ideal observer and attention tasks) authored in multiple programming languages (e.g., C/C++, Lisp, Python, R). That amounted to 26K days worth of computation completed in ~70 days!!! . It could not have gotten done without your support and resources. We would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our top volunteers (by recent average credit):

1.[AF>WildWildWest] RLDF
2. tempo666
3. Shaman
4. STE\/E
5. GATE

While our researchers have been busy creating, running, and analyzing models, our developers have been adding new features and extending support. Here's a few things we've been up to:
Integrated web data visualizations for researchers Tools for running and evaluating decision trees (i.e. Fast & Frugal Trees) on volunteer and parallel resources as part of a new research line Support for models written in Java Bayesian model support in the R statistical language Updated server to lastest version of BOINC source tree

And here's some tasks on the horizon:
Support for Matlab models Project descriptions associated with each job Rolling average runtime calculations for more precisely targeting workunits to one hour for tasks with variable runtimes Server distribution to Wright State University for faster download/uploads, more system memory and disk space, and better CPU utilization


Please let us know if you have any thoughts, requests, or questions! And thanks again!

-Tom

2013-03-01: Incredible Month!

Our team would like to thank all of our volunteers for contributing to an incredible month of crunching! We completed a record-breaking 52 jobs, roughly 13,000 days worth of computation, in less than one month. The work contributed to three different research lines, one of which is outlined here http://mindmodeling.org/forum_thread.php?id=650 by our collaborator Mike Shvartsman from the University of Michigan.

Our researchers are busy analyzing all of the data and generating new models. More work is on the horizon! Thanks again!

-Tom

2012-12-05: Intelligent Search

If you've been tracking the development of jobs from the progress bars on our homepage, you may have noticed that recent jobs are finishing much sooner than expected. This is due to the introduction of intelligent search algorithms to our server-side software. These algorithms allow us to find an optimal solution for a model without having to fully enumerate and compute every node in a job's parameter space. Once a solution is determined to be optimal, or optimal enough, the job terminates. These methods greatly speed up the cycle of generation, computation, and evaluation of models. Our view is that it is only through the combined use of intelligent search and distributed computing can we meet our far-term scientific and technological objectives, both as a research team and as a broader research community. While in time we will introduce better indicators of progress, for now simply understand that the progress bars are not always a guarantee of work for the foreseeable future.

Additionally, some have noted that they are experiencing problems updating their passwords from their account pages. This is due to some outdated URL redirection that is no longer necessary. Consequently, we have changed the master URL of our project to "http://mindmodeling.org/". Any webpages appended with "/beta" will still work, including communication between clients and our scheduler, but you should switch over to the new URL as soon as possible. Please let us know if any issues persist, or new ones arise.

2012-11-19: Server enhancements

The MindModeling server software has recently undergone new upgrades to support more platforms and languages and increase the efficiency of our work unit creation logic. We now have a total of four unique client applications which allow our cognitive modelers to develop in multiple languages, such as Lisp, Python, and [R], plus near completion of adding Java support. This means that we will be able to support a larger community of researchers, and more work in the future.

Also, to enhance the utility of the MindModeling system to cognitive modelers and ensure the most efficient use of volunteer resources, we have integrated a new genetic algorithm optimization method to control work unit projection in the system.

We should have plenty of work over the next couple of days while we run optimizations on some our models across different data sets.

Thanks for your support!

2012-10-11: New 1.89 Windows App Released

A new 1.89 Windows application was released today which removes a bug causing a workunit to possibly hang at 100% complete for up to 2 hours on some Windows systems before finishing. This improved application as already produced a 25-30% average performance improvement compared to the 1.88 application.

Also, congratulations to tempo for being the first cruncher to accumulate over 3 million credit on the MindModeling project.
Excellent!
--Jack

2012-10-02: Congratulations are in order

hl just joined the 1M total credit club!

Furthermore, tempo has been crunching away and has become only the second person in MM history to pass the 2M total credit mark.

Great job and thanks for the help!
--Jack

2012-10-01: Record Setting Week

This week recorded our top 7 best crunching days in MM history.

In that time there were 9 completed cognitive model explorations and our latest version of the very large 'Change Signal' job is now 25% of the way complete.

Milestones:
- tempo became the next member the 1M total credit club
- GATE became the first 2M credit cruncher for the project
- L'Alliance Francophone has become the #1 team in terms of both RAC and Total Credit
- Project passed the 4 TFlop mark

Thanks Everyone -- Let's keep crunching!
-Jack

2012-09-24: Great last few days!

- best crunching day posted in MM history: boincstats
- almost 3 TFlops of crunching power
- almost 1k users and 3k+ computers with recent credit
- zombie67, laurenu2 and Ralfy all join the 1M total credit club
- L'Alliance Francophone crunching strong and in the lead with 163k RAC.
- WOW -- Jack

2012-09-24: DSST-base2 job

A new DSST model was run last friday.
It would have taken over 4 years on a single computer. Thanks to all the added power it took less than 13 hours.
That is a 2,746 times speed up -- amazing.
-Jack

2012-09-13: L'Alliance Francophone takes first position and is ready to show their real strength

The team L'Alliance Francophone just took first position in the team standings today and has just announced their intentions to really show their strength. They are planning on staging a credit 'Race' from 21 September to 7 October 2012 where they will dedicate their team's full power to MindModeling@Home computational research.
We are very excited about the contribution L'Alliance Francophone has brought (and will be bringing) to MindModeling@Home.
Thanks to Ousermaatre for organizing this and good crunching to all!
-Jack

2012-09-11: Back In Business (After a DNS outage)

Like many sites who registered their DNS through GoDaddy, we experienced an unexpected downtime this afternoon. We are back online now -- sorry for the outage and yes we do know how we could have avoided this problem....
-Jack

2012-09-05: MORE APPS -- Expanded Language Support

Native Python-based model support (version 2.7) added as an new distributed application. An experimental testing job is now running under the very original name 'Python'.

This capability was added to support a wider range of cognitive researchers and to expand the science being explored using MindModeling. Other languages are planned to become supported in the near future including [R] and Java as well a Python 2.6 and Python 3.2.

Also, a new mirror download site was added at Wright State to better support this addition and the bandwidth demands that come with supporting multiple applications.
-Jack

2012-08-30: Most ambitious job yet - Lots of work to be done

'Change Signal Full Mesh with Fatigue 3' was just launched. It consists over a million workunits studying the effects of a fatigued cognitive system.
At current through-put it will get done in ....... February
o_O
-Jack

2012-03-08: BRIMS and Jack's back on the team

Next week the team will be presenting a demonstration of the MindModeling@Home system at the 21st Annual Conference on Behavior Representation in Modeling Simulation as we illustrate the power volunteer computing can provide cognitive science community.
Also, a few months ago I returned from graduate school after finish my dissertation focusing on the 'Automated Cognitive Model Evaluation'. Since January, I have been working full-time with the team focusing on some of the issues for make MindModeling@Home a more useful resource for a larger pool of cognitive modelers.

Thanks for all your support to the project and it's good to be back!
Jack

2011-08-09: Testing news, new team member

Volunteers,

Good Afternoon. My name is TJ and I'm a new member of the MindModeling development team.

I'm currently investigating our system performance issues relating to the low bandwidth you may have been experiencing with the last couple of jobs we've submitted to the system. I just wanted to let you all know that we'll be submitting a couple of large jobs in the next few days. These will be jobs whose results we already know, but I want to run these jobs again and watch our resource utilization while we're cranking out data with your help.

I'm announcing this here because it was brought up in team discussion that it's possible some of you don't want to crunch numbers for us if it doesn't lead to some kind of usable result. Rest assured, your donated CPU cycles will always be put to good use while attached to our project, as each cycle you donate helps us tune and improve our system in the hopes of one day being that Go-To solution for cognitive modelers.

Please continue posting feedback about your experience with our project, and we'll keep working to make sure your participation in our project minimally impacts your donated system.

Thank you.

-TJ

2011-06-28: Faster Download Speeds

In our previous batch of workunits, volunteers reported download speeds ranging from 14kB/s to 100kB/s when pulling down work from our servers. We've since updated our distribution system so individual workunits will be orders of magnitudes smaller, and thus download speeds should be greatly increased. If you volunteer your computer for the current batch of workunits and are still experiencing problems, please let us know and we will diagnose the issue further.

Also, the initial workunit may take longer than usual to download since we have a new application version to distribute, but all subsequent downloads should be much quicker.

2011-03-29: New Application! New Workunits!

A new MindModeling application has been deployed, and along with it a new batch of workunits! This will aid one of our cognitive researchers in Germany who has been working in the field of Robust Decision Making. Thanks to everyone who has contributed thus far. Please post to the Number Crunching forum if you need to report any issues.

2011-02-02: Site Updates

Over the next couple days we will be deploying our new system to the live site. Most of the migration should go unnoticed except for a few modifications to our forums, including a news thread. There may be be several short periods when the site is inaccessible, but these should be minor and infrequent. If you notice something on the site is broken or missing, please report it on the forums or via private message and we will address it as soon as possible. Thanks! -Tom

2010-12-29: Happy Holidays

The MindModeling team would like to thank all of the volunteers who have helped crunch workunits for our cognitive modeling research over the last year and years prior. The project has gone through major changes this year with the addition of two new server sites and the refactoring of our system software. As mentioned in the forums, we're currently in the testing and quality assurance phase of development. We also need to port our screensaver to work with our new client application. Moving forward we expect a lot of demand out of our system, so please stand by with your CPU cycles ready to crunch! Have a happy and safe holiday season, take a well-earned rest to recharge your energies, and we'll see you in the New Year!

2010-07-21: A Few Small Sets

A small set of workunits was distributed to a handful of volunteers this afternoon, and we'd like to thank you for your computations. Another small job may shortly follow. We're currently in the phase of migration and refactoring. The migration is nearly complete, but there is still much work to be done for refactoring the system. As such, the flow of WUs and jobs will not be continuous until the new system is rolled-out. We greatly appreciate everyone sticking with the project, and the contributions to the current running model, as well as the many models in the past, has helped out our lab immensely.

2009-12-15: Changes

As it has been several monthes since my last news post, I will attempt to address some of the growing concerns relating to the current state of this project. On the development side, the team is working hard to expand our IT infrastructure and implement new technologies that will allow for a more reliable and robust system. We're also taking great strides to develop a new backend portal for our modelers to make our project easier-to-use and include more features. What does this mean for our volunteers? A more reliable system with quicker debug times and plenty of available work. What does this mean for our project? Advances in cognitive modeling at a much faster pace and grander scale than ever before. Unfortunately, there is also some bad news. We are currently unable to host our MidModeling servers under the same agreement that we've been operating, and we will need to find a new home. We've got several options under way and should be hosting/serving MindModeling.org again sometime in early 2010. It is a setback, but it has also given us the time to make some necessary changess to our code and underlying architecture. Thanks for all your contributions and patience while we go through this period of readjustment. "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." - Charles Darwin, English Naturalist

2009-06-30: MindModeling.org Banner Contest 2009!!

While our researchers are preparing new models to run on MindModeling.org, the MM team has decided to take some time to update and make improvements to the website. Part of this is the inclusion of a Mind Modeling banner that can be displayed at the top of our main webpage. Instead of simply making the banner ourselves, we decided to open up the design to all of our volunteers and hold a contest to select the best design. The banners will be voted on by the MindModeling team, and the winner will get to see their work displayed on MindModeling.org for at least the next year. We will keep the contest open until the end of July, 2009. Please submit all entries to our forum here: Banner Contest 2009 or via email. If there are any questions or concerns, please let me know through email.

2009-06-28: Daemon shutdown and DSST6 model

Hello crunchers! A model that we submitted to the volunteers last week was recently aborted, but all the workunits were not purged from the database. We're shutting down the server side daemons until all instances are removed. In the meantime, please abort any workunits with the prefix DSST, because generally they will not work on volunteer machines. Thanks!

2009-06-25: Database Migration Complete!

Hello crunchers! MindModeling.org has completed it's database migration, run two small tasks within the last couple of days, and is ready to submit large cognitive models to the volunteer community again. Our team and contributers are expanding, our research is growing, and our models are getting more complex and computationally intensive. We look forward to the active participation from our volunteers, and as always, we appreciate your help! Good luck and happy crunching! (So say we all)

2009-06-05: Status Update

After many hours of configurations, builds, and reboots, the new Mind Modeling database is finally up! We're still configuring all our authentication and networking scripts, so please be patient as we wrap up the final stages of the installation. If you notice any abnormalities or inconsistencies with your account, please let me know and I will resolve the matter immediately.

2009-05-25: Server Updates

Hi folks, MindModeling.org will be experiencing updates over the next couple days which may result in the server being shut down for extended periods of time. Please be patient and we will provide as much information as possible in regards to the status of the site.

2009-05-18: MySQL Reboot

There was a quick disconnect this afternoon between our database server and MySQL. The system is rebooting the data right now, and everything should appear normal again in just a few hours.

2009-03-10: Mind Modeling Maintenanece

We're installing a new database this week, and there may be short periods of disconnect while we make the transition. Consequently, we'll be pausing our current jobs until the installation is complete. Thanks for all your support and we look forward to your continued participation! :)

2009-02-10: New Job! SASTNM_10 is ready for some heavy crunching!

We've got a new job in the system, SASTNM_10, and it's big one; it should provide crunching for at least several weeks. There are some quirks to it though. Because it's such a large space, and becuase we're running 100 sample of the same parameter set, this job only includes one parameter set per WU. What does this mean for crunchers? Well, since our 'percent complete' calculation is based off the completion of the first paramter set, having only one parameter set per WU is going to throw our calculation off a bit. This isn't something we haven't seen before, but it can be misleading sometimes. Just know that each workunit will start off at around 90% complete, but will work for about 10-15 minutes before completing. If there are any other issues we will address them as they come up, but feel free to let me know via email or the message boards. And as always, Happy crunching!

2009-02-04: SASTNM_9 Complete! Thanks Crunchers!

After many hours, and hard crunching, we've completed two of our largest tasks ever (1,500,00 nodes)!! SASTNM_9_9 completed over a week ago, and it's sister job, SASTNM_9_7, will complete in a short period of time (it's currently 99.93% complete). Thanks to all the volunteers for continuing to aid us in our mind modeling efforts, and greatly furthering our research goals. Your contributions are extremely appreciated. In the next couple of days we'll be adding a whole new set of jobs to crunch (the SASTNM_10 family), so get ready for some heavy crunching. And as always, email me or post to our bulletin if you have an questions.

2009-01-09: Migrating Servers COMPLETE!

We've got some great news, crunchers-- Our new servers are up and running! Crunching can commence like never before. Thanks for your patience and feedback, and please continue to help the research here at MindModeling.org!

2009-01-06: Migrating Servers UPDATE

Hello again mind modelers! As some of you may have notice, the server will go up and down over the next couple of days as we complete our migration to a much BIGGER and BETTER web server. This new addition to our servers will allow our project, as well as this website, to run at a much more efficient and stable rate. Thanks for all your patience and contributions; Mindmodeling.org continues to grow because of YOU. We'll have more updates as they become available.

2009-01-06: Migrating Servers

Hello crunchers! We are currently migrating our projects across servers, so web services may be slow for a day or so. We'll keep you posted of the progress.

2009-01-01: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Happy New Year!! The team here at Mind Modeling would like to take a moment to thank all of the wonderful volunteers for all the computations they've devoted to our project during 2008. We appreciate your time, patience, and dedication to this project. Each and every volunteer is a integral and valued member of this research, and we look forward to your continued participation in 2009. Again, Happy New Year and have a safe holiday!

2008-12-31: New Work! SASTNM Ver 9.6

Happy New Year's Eve! Kicking off 2009 we have a brand new job for our mind modeling research. Enjoy! We look forward to the new year and your continued participation!

2008-12-26: Maintenence Complete

Our holiday maintenance is complete! We thank you for your patience, and we appreciate everyone's help on this project over the last year. Have fun and be safe over the holidays!

2008-12-23: Christmas Maintenence

MindModeling.org will be down periodically over the next few days while we do maintenence on our servers. We appreciate your patience and Merry Christmas.

2008-11-06: Routine Maintenence

MindModeling.org will be down periodically over the next week for routine maintenence. We appreciate your patience.

2008-10-24: Boinc Update and Percent Complete Error

We're currently updating our Boinc software, so all current jobs will be paused over the weekend. We anticipate crunching SSAT and PVTNM again by Monday. Additonally, the Work Units for SSATNM_8 will display an incorrect percent complete while crunching numbers. For instance, the percent complete total will immediately jump to 95% and then linger there for an extended period of time before the WU actually finishes. This is specific to the model, it relates to our research, and it should just be ignored. Sorry if it causes some confusion.

2008-09-17: MindModeling@Home BOINC upgrade (16009)

MindModeling@Home has just been upgraded to the latest version of BOINC -- 16009

2008-09-11: 3.4 is now available

3.4 is now out. Documentation will be added to the message boards later this evening. 3.4 removes the needs for patches to any platform's application in order to cruch MM@Home workunits.

2008-09-11: Botched Application Update - Down for the next 30 min

Botched application version update occured. Corrections are underway. New version is being moved to our remote repository now. The new version will be 3.4 for all supported platforms

2008-09-09: MindModeling@Home BOINC upgrade (15983)

MindModeling@Home has just been upgraded to the latest version of BOINC -- 15983

2008-08-30: MindModeling@Home Storage System Rebuilt

It is nice to be able to reboot your server and the RAID array doesn't just disappear. Upgrading our storage solution was successful. Final reconfigurations are underway and should be completed this weekend.

2008-08-30: MindModeling@Home Storage System Rebuilt - part 2

All the database's tables that were corrupted by our storage system's filesystem corruption have been rebuilt. The system is NOW online again -- (and much more stable).

2008-08-28: MindModeling@Home Downtime

Our storage solution has still been having intermittent problems. We are bring down the system today and will be doing a full reload of this system over the weekend. Sorry for the inconvenience.

2008-08-19: Database Update

It appears our database became to large and was unable to query the massive amounts of result files we were generating. As a solution, we've reallocated the old result files to a new location. This has allowed our data to flow back to the server again and work properly. If problems continue to persist, please send a private message to me via the message boards.

2008-08-08: MindModeling@Home Power Outage

Monsoon season got us -- we had a power outage last night that caused some problem with our storage system. Things are running again.

2008-07-04: Happy 4th of July

MindModeling@Home experienced some network problems on the 3rd that lasted until this evening. The site is back up though we are waiting a day or two before putting any new work into the system

2008-07-04: MindModeling@Home BOINC upgrade (15552)

MindModeling@Home has just been upgraded to the latest version of BOINC -- 15552

2008-06-30: Congratulations to the PC Perspective Killer Frogs Team

Another MILLION credit crunching team at MindModling! The PC Perspective Killer Frogs Team has become the second team ever to crunch over MILLION total credits for MindModeling@Home - Congratulations and Thank You

2008-05-31: First individual user to crunch over 1/2 a million credits

The Swordfish becomes the first individual to crunch over a half a MILLION total credits for MindModeling@Home - Congratulations and Thank You

2008-05-30: Congratulations to the BOINC Synergy Team

The BOINC Synergy Team have become first team to crunch over a MILLION total credits for MindModeling@Home - Congratulations and Thank You

2008-05-29: Server Upgraded

A new DB server has been installed and the databases were ported over to the device (The site was down for 45 mins while this occured).

2008-05-22: Over 5 Million Credits Crunched

To quote Woodrow Wilson 'I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.' Thank you all for letting us borrow your CPUs for our brains.

2008-05-15: Congratulations to the BOINC Synergy Team

The BOINC Synergy Team quickly answered the question 'Who will be next?'. They have become second team to crunch over half a MILLION total credits for MindModeling@Home - Congratulations and Thank You

2008-05-13: Congratulations to the PC Perspective Killer Frogs Team

The PC Perspective Killer Frogs Team has become the first team to crunch over half a MILLION total credits for MindModeling@Home - Congratulations and Thank You Who Will Be Next? (BOINC Synergy?, AFRL?, PALM?) Who will be first to break a MILLION?

2008-05-11: Happy Mother's Day - MindModeling 3.00 Patch available for Windows

Windows x64 and Vista clients having problems with SBCL can now cruch MM@Home work A patch is required until the next MM@Home version is released in May Read / Discuss more here (http://mindmodeling.org/beta/forum_thread.php?id=137)

2008-03-28: MindModeling 3.00 Patch available for Mac 10.4 (Tiger)

Thanks to the awesome work of jedirock and zombie67, Tiger can now cruch MM@Home work once again A patch is required until the next MM@Home version is released in April May Read / Discuss more here (http://mindmodeling.org/beta/forum_thread.php?id=106)

2008-03-23: New Data Validator added to MM@Home [Happy Easter]

This new addition should help provide a more fair credit distribution scheme. Wingman result comparisons will only be done against others where valid data has been returned. Read / Discuss more here (http://mindmodeling.org/beta/forum_thread.php?id=102)

2008-03-22: Upgrade Complete

MM@Home up and running (svn 14958)

2008-03-22: Upgrade in progress

Site temporarily down while we upgrade to the lastest verion of BOINC.

2008-03-13: Stats Sites Welcome

The credit system has been fixed [darwin now requests credit:)]. There are still issues with the Winx64 and Tiger releases, but these should be resolved soon. All stats sites are welcome to post MindModeling@Home (beta) data.

2008-03-11: New study running on MindModeling.org

PVTNM is a cognitive model dealing with fatigue during the Psychomotor Vigilance Test (PVT) Read more on the wiki or visit the forums

2008-03-06: Unscheduled Outage - Resolved

Friendly IT consultants adjusted the firewall and redirected port 80 to the wrong server.

2008-03-05: Version 3.0 Now Available

Version 3.0 Now Available for Windows, Linux and Mac (Intel)

2008-03-04: Version 3.0 Applications Coming Soon

Version 3.0 science applications slated for release tomorrow. 3.0 will more effectively use bandwidth by decreasing the amount download volume of the Cognitive Architecture by a factor of 2 (Windows/Linux/Mac all now use the same resource file). Windows will runs 2 times more efficiently. Mac gives credit. Mac and Linux upgraded lisp version to SBCL 1.0.12, Windows upgraded to SBCL 1.0.13

2008-02-19: Network Problems Resolved

The network issues have been resolved. The problems stemmed from network interference on our wireless link between buildings.

2008-02-06: Network Problems

Network problems currently causing problems for MindModeling@Home. The problem has been isolated to faulty network equipment. New equipment should be in next week.

2008-01-30: Upgrade to Work Unit Creator Complete New Work Available Soon

Upgrade to work unit creation routine complete! New work should be available today.

2008-01-27: Upgrading Work Unit Creator (VERY) Temporarily No Work Available

Upgrading work unit creation routine - new work should exist in the first week of Feb

2008-01-26: HPC Integration

MM@Home (beta) project running on 3 High Performance Computing Centers [LSF and PBS systems]

2008-01-02: Feeder Projects

New Feeder Projects [MM@RPI, MM@ACS, MM@PALM, MM@HPC] created to test new cognitive models to ensure work units will be always available when MM@Home goes live

2007-08-10: Vista support around the corner

A lot has happened the week to prepare the beta web site for release. A new logo has been add along with an associated favicon for the browser. More importantly the graphics portion of ACT-R distributed application has been extracted so to support Windows Vista.

2007-07-31: BOLD 3D Brain Visualizations

ACT-R BOLD (Blood-Oxygen-Level-Dependent) fMRI predictions were integrated into a 3D visualization for the ACT-R BOINC application.

2007-06-01: ACT-R BOINC Integrations

Utilizing Steel Bank, ACT-R was integrated as a BOINC application for Windows.

2007-03-17: Cognitive Modeling Volunteer Computing Symposium

Held at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Mesa, AZ; the symposium was the kick off for MindModeling.org.