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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

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.
Categories: vLHCathome news

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

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 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.
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Season's Greetings

Sixtrack 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.
Categories: Sixtrack news

Seasons greetings

Atlas news - Fri, 12/23/2016 - 09:42
Hi everyone,

Thank you all for your contributions to ATLAS@Home this year! It is due to you that ATLAS@Home is one of the most important resources for ATLAS simulation. The project team wishes you a happy holiday and successful 2017!

Most of us will be away for the next two weeks so response to any problems will be slow. However we have loaded up the system with WU so hopefully there is enough to crunch on until the new year.

Best wishes,
The project team
Categories: Atlas news

Thanks to Kathryn for 10 years of moderation

News of BOINC - Tue, 12/20/2016 - 02:29
Kathryn Marks has been moderating the BOINC message boards for 10 years now. Her contributions have been stellar, and are much appreciated. Thanks, Kathryn!
Categories: BOINC news

New recommended client for Windows and Mac

News of BOINC - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 09:07
Version 7.6.33 is now the recommended version for Windows and Mac.
Categories: BOINC news

Welcome TN-Grid

News of BOINC - Wed, 12/07/2016 - 11:13
TN-Grid is a new project based at the Research Area of Trento of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) and currently hosted by the University of Trento (UNITN). The first project they are hosting is gene@home, a collaboration with Fondazione Edmund Mach (FEM) & the Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI) of UNITN.
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PowerShell module for BOINC released

News of BOINC - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 01:04
If you run BOINC on multiple Windows computers, check out PSBoinc. It's a PowerShell module for automation of local and remote clients from the shell.
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Big discovery by PrimeGrid

News of BOINC - Fri, 11/25/2016 - 05:53
The PrimeGrid project has discovered a new prime number, 10223*231172165+1, which is the largest known Proth prime and the largest known non-Mersenne prime. Read about it in New Scientist and in PrimeGrid's announcement.
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New single-core tasks

Atlas news - Tue, 11/22/2016 - 21:44
Thanks for all your feedback on the future of the single-core app. We have seen that it is useful to keep it, especially for less experienced volunteers who don't want to write xml files to configure how many tasks to run.

Therefore we are directing some of the multicore WU into the single core app. These WU will use only one core but process the same number of events (100) as the multicore WU, so will run for a few hours longer than the previous single-core WU.

We have also cancelled the remaining single-core WU which were faulty or stuck on non-responding hosts. Apologies if you were actively crunching one of those.

In addition we have applied the same restrictions to the single-core app as we have on the multicore app: the minimum version of virtualbox required is 5.0.0 and there is a check that virtualisation is possible on your PC before sending WU. So if you have an old virtualbox or a PC not configured for virtualisation then you will not receive any more WU. Please see Yeti's checklist for more information in case of problems.

Thanks again for your continued contribution!
Categories: Atlas news

Migration to LHC@home

vLHCathome news - Mon, 11/21/2016 - 11:53
Following the Theory simulations added 1 week ago, we have now also deployed the CMS and LHCb applications from the T4T/vLHCathome project on the consolidated, original LHC@home.

Registration of new accounts on the Virtual LHC@home project is therefore closed from now on.

We would like to warmly thank you all for your contributions, and to ask you to continue crunching the VM applications on the LHC@home project!

If you have not already registered there in the past, please connect to:
https://lhcathome.cern.ch/lhcathome

We will keep this old site up for as long as needed. You may detach from the old project at your leasure, and attach to LHC@home instead.

--The team
Categories: vLHCathome news

VM applications

Sixtrack news - Mon, 11/21/2016 - 11:05
Following the Theory simulations added 1 week ago, we have now also deployed the CMS and LHCb applications from the Virtual LHC@home project here on the consolidated, original LHC@home.

Please note that in order to run VM applications in addition to the classic BOINC application Sixtrack, you need to have a 64bit machine with VirtualBox installed and virtualisation extensions (VT-x) enabled. The details are explained on the join us and faq pages on the LHC@home web site.

By default, only the Sixtrack application is enabled in your BOINC project preferences. If you have VirtualBox installed and wish to try VM applications as well, you need to enable other applications in your LHC@home project preferences.

Please note that if you run an older PC with Windows XP or similar, it is recommended to stay with the default; Sixtrack only.

Thanks for your contributions to LHC@home!

--The team
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