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ATLAS application now in production

vLHCathome news - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 16:45
The ATLAS application is now in production here on LHC@home, after a period of testing. This marks another milestone for the LHC@home consolidation, and we would like to warmly thank all of you who have contributed to help and tests for the migration!

Please refer to Yeti's checklist for the the ATLAS application and the ATLAS application forum if you need help.
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ATLAS application now in production

Sixtrack news - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 16:45
The ATLAS application is now in production here on LHC@home, after a period of testing. This marks another milestone for the LHC@home consolidation, and we would like to warmly thank all of you who have contributed to help and tests for the migration!

Please refer to Yeti's checklist for the the ATLAS application and the ATLAS application forum if you need help.
Categories: Sixtrack news

ATLAS/LHC consolidation is ready

Atlas news - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:00
Hi all,

After several months of extensive testing, we are now ready to complete the move to LHC@Home! The ATLAS app is now out of beta so we encourage you to start crunching ATLAS tasks on LHC. We do not plan to submit any more tasks to ATLAS@Home.

As stated earlier, credit will not be lost! We will move all the credit accumulated here to LHC@Home once all the remaining tasks are finished. To make this easier it would be very helpful if your email address you register with is the same on both projects, since this is the only way to match the accounts on each project.

In the LHC project preferences you can select which apps to run, so if you want to only run ATLAS then check the ATLAS box only.

There is an updated version of Yeti's checklist available, so please check this if you experience problems. There is also a dedicated message board for ATLAS.

Thank you for your crunching on ATLAS@Home over the years and we look forward to continued crunching on LHC!
Categories: Atlas news

Network interruptions 15th of March

vLHCathome news - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 10:58
Due to a network upgrade in the CERN computer centre, connections to LHC@home servers will intermittently time out tomorrow Wednesday morning between 4 and 7am UTC.

BOINC clients will retry later as usual, so this should be mostly transparent.
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Network interruptions 15th of March

Sixtrack news - Tue, 03/14/2017 - 10:58
Due to a network upgrade in the CERN computer centre, connections to LHC@home servers will intermittently time out tomorrow Wednesday morning between 4 and 7am UTC.

BOINC clients will retry later as usual, so this should be mostly transparent.
Categories: Sixtrack news

VLHCathome project fully migrated

vLHCathome news - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 09:35
The former vLHCathome project has now been migrated here and the old vLHCathome project site has been redirected.

The credit has also been migrated as discussed in this thread.

If your BOINC client complains about a wrong project URL, please re-attach to this project, LHC@home.

Thanks again to all who contributed to vLHCathome and to those who contribute here!

-- The team
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VLHCathome project fully migrated

Sixtrack news - Thu, 03/02/2017 - 09:35
The former vLHCathome project has now been migrated here and the old vLHCathome project site has been redirected.

The credit has also been migrated as discussed in this thread.

If your BOINC client complains about a wrong project URL, please re-attach to this project, LHC@home.

Thanks again to all who contributed to vLHCathome and to those who contribute here!

-- The team
Categories: Sixtrack news

BOINC story in Nature Index

News of BOINC - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 20:41
A story in Nature Index discusses volunteer computing.
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Draining the CMS job queue

vLHCathome news - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:57
Because of an upgrade to the WMAgent server, we need to drain the CMS job queue. So, I'm not submitting any more batches at present and we should start running out over the weekend. If you see that you are not getting any CMS jobs (not tasks...) please set No New Jobs or stop BOINC.
I expect that the intervention will take place Monday morning, and hopefully we'll have new jobs again later that day.
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Draining the CMS job queue

Sixtrack news - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 11:57
Because of an upgrade to the WMAgent server, we need to drain the CMS job queue. So, I'm not submitting any more batches at present and we should start running out over the weekend. If you see that you are not getting any CMS jobs (not tasks...) please set No New Jobs or stop BOINC.
I expect that the intervention will take place Monday morning, and hopefully we'll have new jobs again later that day.
Categories: Sixtrack news

Migration To LHC@home - No New Tasks Here

vLHCathome news - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 11:40
As part of the ongoing consolidation effort, the Theory application has been added to the LHC@home project. Therefore, please could everyone switch to that project to run the Theory application. The plan is to stop sending new Theory tasks to this project on Wednesday this week.

Thanks to everyone for their continued contribution.
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Good news for the CMS@Home application

vLHCathome news - Fri, 01/27/2017 - 21:59
This afternoon we demonstrated the final link in the chain of producing Monte Carlo data for CMS using this project (and the -dev project too, of course), namely the transfer of result files from the temporary Data Bridge storage to a CMS Tier 2 site's storage element (SE). To summarise, the steps are:

o Creating a configuration script defining the process(es) to be simulated
o Submitting a batch of jobs of duration and result-file size suitable for running by volunteers
o Having those jobs picked up by volunteers running BOINC and the CMS@Home application, and the result files returned to the Data Bridge
o Running "merge" jobs on a small cluster at CERN to collect the smaller files into larger files (~2.2 GB) -- this step has to be done at CERN as most volunteers will not have the bandwidth (or data plan!) to handle the data volumes required. This step also serves to a large extent as the verification step required to satisfy CMS of the result files' integrity.
o Transferring the merged files into the Grid environment where they are then readily available to CMS researchers around the world

Thanks, everybody. From here on it gets more political, but we've been garnering support as the project progressed. We now need to move into a more "production" environment and convince central powers-that-be to take over the responsibility of submitting suitable workflows and collecting the results. You will still see some changes in the future, especially as we bring some of the more-advanced features across here from the -dev project.
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Good news for the CMS@Home application

Sixtrack news - Fri, 01/27/2017 - 21:59
This afternoon we demonstrated the final link in the chain of producing Monte Carlo data for CMS using this project (and the -dev project too, of course), namely the transfer of result files from the temporary Data Bridge storage to a CMS Tier 2 site's storage element (SE). To summarise, the steps are:

o Creating a configuration script defining the process(es) to be simulated
o Submitting a batch of jobs of duration and result-file size suitable for running by volunteers
o Having those jobs picked up by volunteers running BOINC and the CMS@Home application, and the result files returned to the Data Bridge
o Running "merge" jobs on a small cluster at CERN to collect the smaller files into larger files (~2.2 GB) -- this step has to be done at CERN as most volunteers will not have the bandwidth (or data plan!) to handle the data volumes required. This step also serves to a large extent as the verification step required to satisfy CMS of the result files' integrity.
o Transferring the merged files into the Grid environment where they are then readily available to CMS researchers around the world

Thanks, everybody. From here on it gets more political, but we've been garnering support as the project progressed. We now need to move into a more "production" environment and convince central powers-that-be to take over the responsibility of submitting suitable workflows and collecting the results. You will still see some changes in the future, especially as we bring some of the more-advanced features across here from the -dev project.
Categories: Sixtrack news

ATLAS/LHC@Home consolidation

Atlas news - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:55
Hi all,

As you may know we are working on putting all LHC-related projects under the combined LHC@Home project. The idea is to provide a single entry point for everyone who wants to participate in helping CERN research.

We have now set up a beta app for ATLAS on LHC@Home so we invite you to try it and provide feedback on the ATLAS message board. You need to enable beta apps in your project preferences to get these WU.

Currently the WU there are just for tests and we don't use the results but soon we will proceed with real WU. Once everything is working well there we will ask everyone to migrate over to LHC@Home and stop sending work to the ATLAS@Home project.

Credit will not be lost! We will move all the credit accumulated here to LHC@Home once all the remaining tasks are finished. To make this easier it would be very helpful if your email address you register with is the same on both projects, since this is the only way to match the accounts on each project.

Happy continued crunching,
The ATLAS@Home team
Categories: Atlas news

MacOS executable OSX 10.10.5 Yosemite

vLHCathome news - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:41
Well I have finally got some work on my Mac with our new MacOS executable
built on OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite .
Please report to me eric.mcintosh@cern.ch,
or to the Topic Sixtrack Application, MacOS executable thread,
if you get some work and there are problems. Eric.
Categories: vLHCathome news

MacOS executable OSX 10.10.5 Yosemite

Sixtrack news - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 11:41
Well I have finally got some work on my Mac with our new MacOS executable
built on OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite .
Please report to me eric.mcintosh@cern.ch,
or to the Topic Sixtrack Application, MacOS executable thread,
if you get some work and there are problems. Eric.
Categories: Sixtrack news

VM applications broken by the Windows 10 update KB3206632

vLHCathome news - Sun, 01/08/2017 - 21:51
The Windows 10 update KB3206632 introduces an issue that affects virtualization-based security (VBS) and hence may break VM applications. The issue is fixed in the update KB3213522. If you are running Windows 10, please ensure that you have applied the KB3213522 update.

Thanks everyone who contributed the treads on this issue.

Refs:
Missing heartbeat file errors
Microsoft KB3206632 from 16/12/15
Categories: vLHCathome news

VM applications broken by the Windows 10 update KB3213522

Sixtrack news - Sun, 01/08/2017 - 21:51
The Windows 10 update KB3206632 introduces an issue that affects virtualization-based security (VBS) and hence may break VM applications. The issue is fixed in the update KB3213522. If you are running Windows 10, please ensure that you have applied the KB3213522 update.

Thanks everyone who contributed the treads on this issue.

Refs:
Missing heartbeat file errors
Microsoft KB3206632 from 16/12/15
Categories: Sixtrack news

BOINC:FAST'2017 conference announced

News of BOINC - Tue, 12/27/2016 - 03:56
The Third International Conference on BOINC-based High-performance computing: Fundamental and Applied Science for Technology (BOINC:FAST'2017) will be held August 28 – September 1, 2017, in Petrozavodsk, Russia.
Categories: BOINC news

Season's Greetings

vLHCathome news - Sun, 12/25/2016 - 09:33
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the LHC@home supporters.
(I shall send some news about our plans for 2017 in the next few days.)
Eric.
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