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BOINC 7.6.9 release for Windows and Mac

News of BOINC - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 04:28
A new version of BOINC is ready for public use. You can download it here. See the release notes and version history for details.
Categories: BOINC news

Task progress

Atlas news - Mon, 08/31/2015 - 10:59
Hi All,

Thanks to your great support our tasks are almost done.

We may run out of WUs soon, since it can take some time to get new tasks defined for ATLAS@home.

Hopefully, new WUs will be submitted soon.

Thank you for your support in the ATLAS production effort!

Categories: Atlas news

Short BOINC service interruption on Monday

Atlas news - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 10:12
Dear volunteers,

there will be a short BOINC service interruption at 14:00 CERN/Geneva time today for storage backend maintenance. The services will be stopped for a short while, so there might be connectivity glitches during the maintenance period.

Best regards,
Categories: Atlas news

Server maintenance 12 UTC

vLHCathome news - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 08:42
The BOINC server will be down for maintenance for about 1/2 hour from 12:00 UTC today.

Like usual, BOINC clients will back off and upload results later once the server is available again.

Many thanks for your contributions to LHC@home!
Categories: vLHCathome news

Server interruption 12 UTC

Sixtrack news - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 08:36
The BOINC server will be down for maintenance for about 30 minutes from 12:00 UTC today.

BOINC clients will back off and return results later once the server is up as usual.

Many thanks for your contributions to LHC@home!
Categories: Sixtrack news

BOINC 7.6 released for Windows and Mac

News of BOINC - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 06:55
A new version of BOINC is ready for public use. You can download it here. See the release notes and version history for details.
Categories: BOINC news

Einstein@Home discovers elusive gamma ray pulsar

News of BOINC - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 01:24
The Einstein@Home project announced the discovery of a new gamma-ray pulsar in data from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.
Categories: BOINC news

New task defined

Atlas news - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 15:05

we ran out of WUs and it took sometime to get new tasks defined for ATLAS@home.

Good news, new WUs should flow now.

Thank you for your support in the ATLAS production effort!

Categories: Atlas news

Server outage

News of BOINC - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 21:10
Due to network maintenance, the BOINC web site will be offline from 17:00 Pacific time today (17 Aug) until tomorrow morning.
Categories: BOINC news

Vote for WCG entry for SXSW 2016

News of BOINC - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 22:56
Help spread the word about volunteer computing - vote for IBM World Community Grid's bid to make a presentation of the SXSW 2016 conference.
Categories: BOINC news

Citizen Cyberlab Survey (with prizes!)

vLHCathome news - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 09:31
Colleagues from the Citizen Cyberlab project are studying how citizen science projects can be designed to help you learn more about the scientific topics concerned, and making participation more interesting and useful for you.

They propose a 15 minute survey at (or at in French).

First prize is either a 500€ gift voucher for or free participation and travel subsidies for the Citizen Cyberlab Summit this coming autumn: 20 other participants will receive a 32 GB USB-3 key.

Closing date is September 1st, so hurry up and take the survey now!
Categories: vLHCathome news

Vboxwrapper upgraded

vLHCathome news - Tue, 08/11/2015 - 11:14
vboxwrapper 26169 is now deployed. We have not yet deprecated the older app versions, will do so when the new one is confirmed to be ok.

This version should support VirtualBox 5.x

Ben, Nils and team
Categories: vLHCathome news

Job offer: Studentship to work on WebAPI technology

vLHCathome news - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 13:40
The MCnet organization ( is offering a 3 month studentship to work on developing the CernVM_WebAPI technology currently being tested in the CERN Summer Computing Challenge. Anyone registered for a PhD in experimental or theoretical particle physics may apply.

For more details, please see:
Categories: vLHCathome news

Add-on Linux screensaver released

News of BOINC - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 09:40
Diet BOINC is a no-graphics, lightweight XScreenSaver compatible alternative BOINC screen saver, developed by P.K. Carlisle. It avoids libraries not included with default Linux or Python.
Categories: BOINC news

BOINC 7.4.42 released for Windows and Mac

News of BOINC - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 20:38

I have been running the 7.4.42 version on Yosemite (10.10.3) without issue until the past two weeks.

With Apple's latest update of 10.10.4, I have seen my boot ups hang once again on a percentage of the Late-2013 iMacs. (12 computers out of 38 in the lab).

On the older Late-2011 iMac Models running this version of BOINC, I get kernel panics which force a reboot and then once again hang before getting to the login screen. This is on 100% of the 10 iMacs in this particular lab.

I have sent these kernel crash reports, which clearly list BOINC as the offending process, to Apple and will be opening a formal bug report with them also.

If there are any logs that you would like to see, let me know and I will forward them to you.

Categories: BOINC news

CERN Summer Computing Challenge - beta testers please

vLHCathome news - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 14:54
Late last year we ran the first CERN Public Computing Challenge to test several new technologies for volunteer computing. Now we are preparing the Summer 2015 edition. We've made many improvements so it needs some final testing and we believe that the T4T community is ideal for this. To help us, just point a Web browser to the URL or go to the Challenge website and click "JOIN NOW" and "START COMPUTING".

What's new this Summer?

The new VM has several advanced features:
(1) It uses micro-CernVM which boots faster than CernVM, and it uses the new DataBridge to get jobs faster than CoPilot.
(2) it runs up to 4 simultaneous jobs. If you offer n <= 4 CPU's it opens n Linux containers and runs them all inside your single VM.
(3) It supports jobs coming from multiple projects, not just Test4Theory jobs, so there's an entirely new credit system included called "Credit-Piggy" which collects your credits from all projects into your personal piggy-bank.

To begin with we will be running standard jobs from the Test4Theory project with all results going to the MCPlots database. If you click on the small "BOINC" button at the bottom of the WebAPI page and set your BOINC T4T user ID, then in addition to your Piggy credits you will also collect MCPlots stats for your Billionaire's Club, etc.

Also note: the old Challenge VM was a copy of the current Test4Theory 32 bit CernVM image. The new one is 64bits which means you MUST have VT-x or AMD-V enabled! For help on this see:

More information and hints.
For more detailed testing information please go to:

Please give your feedback initially on this Message Board thread.

Thanks to everyone for supporting T4T and looking forward to your help and interest for our future developments.

The T4T and Challenge teams
Categories: vLHCathome news

CNET article on volunteer computing

News of BOINC - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 09:34
Check out Save the world using your PC or phone, an article on about volunteer computing with BOINC.
Categories: BOINC news

WCG research result announced

News of BOINC - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 22:59
An important research result from World Community Grid's Computing for Clean Water project was announced in a paper in Nature Nanotechnology.
Categories: BOINC news

New governance model

News of BOINC - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 19:39
The BOINC project has transitioned to a community-based governance model. This model is summarized here and described in detail here.
Categories: BOINC news

ATLAS@home badges

Atlas news - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:09
We recently implemented a new badge system for ATLAS@home, and details for the ATLAS@home badge system can be found here.

For the time being, we just implemented the part to award Quark Badges our volunteers with Top RAC.

"TOP" volunteers are people who belong - for a while - to the "N % contributing most to the RAC" (Recent Average Credit). What better can we offer than... the top QUARK ?
the 90% most contributing volunteers get : DOWN quark, bronze badge
75% : UP quark, silver badge
50% : STRANGE quark, gold badge
25% : CHARM quark, ruby badge
10% : BOTTOM quark, emerald badge
the very 1% best contributors get a TOP quark, sapphire badge !

Excited about this? Check your profile and see what Quark you are now!
Categories: Atlas news


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