IRC logs of #boinc for Tuesday, 2010-03-16

02:58 <efc> &wx 31088

02:58 <Romulus> efc: Weather for Warner Robins, GA; Temperature: 42°F / 5°C | Humidity: 85% | Pressure: 30.00in / 1016hPa (Falling) | Conditions: Clear | Wind Direction: NNW | Wind Speed: 6mph / 9km/h ; Tonight - Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 15 mph; Tuesday - Sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph; Tuesday Night - Mostly (1 more message)

03:05 <efc> &more

03:05 <Romulus> efc: cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. Light and variable winds

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03:54 <efc> moo

03:58 <Tank_Master> eek

04:04 <efc> messing with taxes

04:04 <efc> i've gone from 2500 in the hole to 463 in the black

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06:16 <wdsmia> &wx dsm

06:16 <Romulus> wdsmia: Weather for Des Moines International, IA; Temperature: 39°F / 4°C | Humidity: 82% | Pressure: 30.34in / 1027hPa (Steady) | Conditions: Overcast | Wind Direction: NNW | Wind Speed: 14mph / 22km/h ; Today - Cloudy. A slight chance of light rain in the morning...then a chance of light rain in the afternoon. High in the upper 40s. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent; Tonight (1 more message)

06:16 <wdsmia> &more

06:16 <Romulus> wdsmia: - Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of light rain. Low in the mid 30s. North wind around 10 mph; Wednesday - Partly sunny. High in the mid 50s. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph; Flood Warning for Polk County in effect until 7: 00 PM CDT on March 17, 2010; Hydrologic Statement for Polk County in effect until 4: 57 PM CDT on March 16, 2010

06:28 <CoderForLife> off to w@#%

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14:15 <Romulus> <> (at

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15:49 <yoyo[RKN]> &wx sxf

15:49 <Romulus> yoyo[RKN]: Weather for Berlin Schoenefeld, ; Temperature: 37.2°F / 2.9°C | Humidity: 79% | Pressure: 30.27in / 1024.9hPa (Rising) | Conditions: Mostly Cloudy | Wind Direction: WNW | Wind Speed: 0.0mph / 0.0km/h ; Tuesday - Conditions: Chance of Rain. High: 39°F; Tuesday Night - Conditions: Chance of Snow. Low: 32°F; Wednesday - Conditions: Chance of Rain. High: 44°F; Wednesday Night - (1 more message)

15:49 <yoyo[RKN]> &wx tun

15:49 <Romulus> yoyo[RKN]: Weather for Tunis-Carthage, ; Temperature: 54°F / 12°C | Humidity: 77% | Pressure: 30.33in / 1027hPa (Steady) | Conditions: Partly Cloudy | Wind Direction: West | Wind Speed: 10mph / 17km/h ; Tuesday - Conditions: Chance of Rain. High: 60°F; Tuesday Night - Conditions: Chance of Rain. Low: 48°F; Wednesday - Conditions: Clear. High: 60°F; Wednesday Night - Conditions: Clear. Low: (1 more message)

15:51 <Tank_Master> hiya yoyo

15:51 <yoyo[RKN]> hi

15:51 * yoyo[RKN] is in Tunis next week

15:51 <Tank_Master> fun

15:51 <Tank_Master> what for?

15:52 <yoyo[RKN]> workshop with a customer

15:52 <Tank_Master> ahh, fun :P

15:52 <yoyo[RKN]> hehe

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17:38 <Romulus> New news from boinc: QCN article ~~ BOINC 6.10.37 released for Windows ~~ Almere Desktop Grid event ~~ Italian citizen science site ~~ New project: QuantumFIRE alpha ~~ BOINC 6.10.36 released for Windows and Mac ~~ German BOINC glossary released ~~ Boinc.NET released ~~ Motivation study published ~~ BOINC supports GPU computing on Mac OS X ~~ P-GRADE Portal supports BOINC ~~ An article on volunteer computing appeared today in the Argentine newspaper La Nacion. ~~ The Fifth BOINC !@#&shop was held Oct ~~ Version 6.10 of the BOINC client software has been released for general use ~~ The Windows versions of 6.6.41 have been recalled due to a version mismatch with recent Microsoft updates. Please use the 6.6.38 version until 6.10 is released. ~~ An article in the Wall Street Journal discusses the use of volunteer computing in medical research. ~~ Welcome to NFS@home, a new project from California State University Fullerton. NFS@Home uses volunteer computing to do the lattice sieving step in the Number Field Sieve factorization of large integ ~~ BoincTasks, a new visual interface to BOINC, has been released for Windows ~~ An article in the NY Times describes a project using BOINC to simulate the development of life at the molecular level. ~~ The Brazilian TV net!@#&s Globonews and Futura recently broadcast a report on IBM World Community Grid (i ~~ An article in PCWorld, 12 Worthy Causes Seek Your Spare PC Cycles, describes BOINC and 12 projects that use it. ~~ Facebook users: check out the BOINC Milestones app. ~~ UNITAR, UNIGE and CERN have agreed to collaborate on a Citizen Cyberscience Centre which, among other things, will promote volunteer computing. ~~ The EDGeS project is offering a tutorial on using BOINC for desktop grid computing on 20 Sept 2009 in Barcelona. ~~ Check out an article in The Sydney Morning Herald about volunteer computing in Australia. ~~ Intel (in partnership with GridRepublic and BOINC) announces Progress Thru Processors, a Facebook application that makes participating in BOINC simpler and more sociable. ~~ Videos of the talks at the recent Asia@home !@#&shop in Taiwan are now online. ~~ Listen to a Podcast of an interview with David Anderson on RCE. ~~ The Consejera de Educacin, Spain, is using Jarifa to harness the power of 12,000 PCs. ~~ The First Pangalactic BOINC !@#&shop was held at CERN, bringing together people from, Einstein@home, CERN, and BOINC. ~~ Read an article about Docking@Home in Newswise Science News. ~~ Check out BOINC! How your computer can benefit all of mankind, a story in the online Dish Magazine. ~~ ICVolunteers is conducting an online poll to study motivation in volunteer computing. Volunteers are encouraged to complete ~~ Mac users: check out BOINCMenubar 2, an alternative to the BOINC Manager for Mac OS X. ~~ Check out Citizen Scientists, a podcast by the 365 Days of Astronomy project. ~~ Planet BOINC is a new RSS feed that combines many different sources of news about BOINC and volunteer computing. ~~ Francois Grey talks about citizen cyber-science at TEDx Warwick. ~~ See a video (in Spanish with English subtitles) about Extremadura@home and volunteer computing. ~~ An article in EMBO reports discusses citizen cyber-science. ~~ Simon Lin of Academia Sinica discusses volunteer computing (and thinking) in Asia on a Podcast on BBC World Service. ~~ Francois Grey discusses Citizen Cyberscience (and BOINC) in The CERN Courier. ~~ An article in Cornell's Chronicle Online discusses a new application in Einstein@home that searches for pulsars in binary s ~~ A !@#&shop on volunteer computing with BOINC was held in Taipei on 16-17 April. Lecture outlines and slides are available online. ~~ BOINC 6.6 has been released to public for Windows and MacOS X ~~ Check out a new French-language web site about volunteer computing. ~~ VTU@home, a project from the Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, is now listed on the Choose Projects page. VTU@home serves Lithuanian ~~ Volunteer computing goes East - a story on upcoming events in Taiwan and Beijing - appears in International Science Grid This Week. ~~ A new add-on for Windows, BOINCcalculator, shows details (trickles, credit, timesteps, checkpoints) of runn ~~ Cosmology@Home, a project from the University of Illinois whose goal is to search for the model that best describes our Universe, is now listed on the [url= ~~ BOINC was the subject of a 40-minute radio program (in Polish) on Tok FM (click on 'O sile polaczonych komputerow'). ~~ We have released BOINC 6.4.7 for Windows ~~ United BOINC now offers signature images containing the latest news from your choice of projects. ~~ We have rolled back to 6.4.5 for our latest stable version until 6.4.7 can be built ~~ A new add-on program for Windows, TThrottle, throttles CPU usage to keep its temperature below a limit you select. ~~ A !@#&shop on volunteer computing will take place 16-17 April 2009 at the Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan, in conjunction with the International Symposium on Grid Computing. ~~ Congratulations to SETIBR, the Brazilian team which, across several BOINC-based projects, has achieved the levels of 100K average credit and 50M total credit. ~~ Scientists: it's easier than ever to create a BOINC project - you don't even need a server! Instead, you can use the Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud, with a virtual machine image creat ~~ Extremadura@home is a new kind of account manager in which the choice of projects is a group decision ~~ Dotsch/UX is an ISO-format Linux distribution, based on Ubuntu Linux, with the 6.2.15 BOINC client pre-installed. It lets you easily install and boot from a USB stick, hard disk and fro ~~ A paper about Quake-Catcher Net!@#& appeared in Seismological Research Letters, Jan/Feb 2009. ~~ A paper about BOINC, "Celebrating Diversity in Volunteer Computing", has won a Best Paper award at the 42nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. ~~ The Docking@home project has a spiffy new web site, and welcomes new volunteers. ~~ An article about AQUA@home appeared in today's New York Times online. ~~ A press release from NVIDIA announcing BOINC's GPU support is available in English, Spanish, and [url= ~~ BOINC now supports computing using NVIDIA GPUs. Two projects currently have GPU-enabled applications: and SETI@home. If your compute ~~ Version 6.4 of the BOINC client software has been released. This is the recommended version for Windows and Linux ~~ AQUA@home is now open to volunteers ~~ IBM World Community Grid and Harvard launch an application to study a new type of photovoltaic solar cells. ~~ Wikipedia'a featured article for today is about Rosetta@home. ~~ is petitioning the German government to use non-security sensitive institutional computers to assist scientific research. ~~ Check out BOINC.Italy, a new Italian BOINC portal. ~~ See a video celebrating the fourth anniversary of IBM World Community Grid. ~~ Jarifa, a system for organizational grid computing using BOINC, has a new name, logo, and domain. ~~ On 27-28 November 2008, AlmereGrid and EDGeS will organise a two-day Desktop Grid !@#&shop in Almere, The Netherlands. ~~ Read Reaching for the Exa-scale with volunteer computing in International Science Grid This Week. ~~ An article on the recent BOINC !@#&shop in Grenoble appeared in International Science Grid This Week. ~~ An article on project, which does scientific computing on Sony Playstations, appeared recently in Science. ~~ See an open letter to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. ~~ Read an article about Quake Catcher Net!@#& in ~~ Ibercivis, a joint project of several Spanish universities and research institutes, is now open to the public. Sign up and support Spanish research. ~~ Welcome back to Docking@Home, a project at the University of Delaware that studies protein-ligand interactions (and BOINC itself). ~~ OGM (Organizational Grid Manager) has been released by the University of Extremadura. OGM is a system for grid computing on organizational resources using BOINC. ~~ BOINC is featured on the University of Delaware news site. ~~ The talks and tutorials from the upcoming BOINC !@#&shop (Sept 10-12) will be broadcast live on the Web. ~~ Welcome to the NQueens@home project, from the Universidad de Concepción in Chile, which seeks to find the solutions to the N Queens problem for values of 26 and greater. ~~ LinkedIn users: join a BOINC Users group. ~~ BOINC 6.2 is now the recommended version for all platforms ~~ The Quake Catcher Net!@#& detected today's magnitude 5.4 earthquake in Los Angeles within 7 seconds. ~~ The First East Coast BOINC Meeting will take place August 29 2008 at the University of Delaware. ~~ GPU computing has arrived to BOINC! The project from the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) uses CUDA-capable NVIDIA chips to create an infrastructure for biomolecular simulations. ~~ BOINC-logo merchandise (T-shirts, mouse pads) is now available. ~~ New add-on software: phpBOINCer, a PHP script to display BOINC stats on a webpage, and store or retrieve these stats to a mySQL database. ~~ 3-D versions of the BOINC logo are now available; thanks to John from Ireland for creating these. ~~ BOINCstats and BAM! are now available in Brazilian Portuguese and Turkish. ~~ The Orbit@home project from the Planetary Science Institute is open for public beta test. Orbit@home focuses on celestial mechanics, Their first scientific application, Surve ~~ The source code for BOINCoid (a port of BOINC to Java and to Google's Android platform, by computer scientists from Technion) has been released on ~~ The BOINC FAQ Service is now available in Spanish and French (as well as English, German, and Dutch). ~~ BOINC volunteer Werner Klein is interviewed in (German). ~~ CASP8, a competition for protein structure prediction, starts soon. is sponsoring a team credit-race to support [url=http://b ~~ Alpha testing of BOINC software is done by volunteers. Many thanks to this month's top testers. ~~ Version 3.0 of Boinc LCS (a free PHP script for monitoring remote BOINC clients) has been released. ~~ The BOINC user documentation has been moved from Trac to Mediawiki, which provides better navigation and editing interfaces. Please help us fix the remaining broken links. ~~ Congratulations to NEZ, whose contribution to BOINC-based projects recently exceeded 10 TeraFLOPS. This would (and should) ran ~~ The BOINC client software is now available for Fedora 7 and higher from official repositories. To install it, just type yum install boinc-client boinc-manager as root. Thanks to Milos Jakubicek, with help from Eric Myers and Debarshi Ray. ~~ Read about a new BOINC-based project, Quake Catcher Net!@#&, in Wired and [url= ~~ Watch an excellent talk by CERN's Francois Grey, From distributed computing to distributed thinking. ~~ Read Volunteer Computing and the Search for Big Answers, an article about BOINC and volunteer computing on ~~ Scientific progress goes BOINC! Read about the Scientific publications of BOINC-based projects. ~~ Where is BOINC headed? Marcin Cieslak's vision: BOINC on JXTA. ~~ Bulgarian BOINC users: find forums and information in your language at BOINC Bulgaria. ~~ Proteins@Home has resumed operations. Check out their [url=]paper on computational protein design[/u ~~ The TSP project is featured in International Science Grid This Week: Traveling salesman meets distributed computing. ~~ BOINC has broken the PetaFLOP barrier! According to BOINCStats, 106 million units of credit were granted yesterday, which translates to 1.06 PetaFLOP/sec. Congratulations to all projects and participants. ~~ A paper describing results of the Quantum Monte Carlo at Home project recently appeared in the [url=]Journal of Physical Chemistry A (JPCA)[ ~~ A new article from the Planetary Society: [url=]From SETI@home to Hominid Fossils: Citizen Cyberscience Reshapes Research Landscape[/ur ~~ The cross-project statistics site All Project has many improvements and new features, include credit-based signature images for users ~~ A new competition for BOINC teams, Formula BOINC, is based on their position with projects (as in Formula 1 racing) rather than overall credit. This rewards teams that are diversified across ~~ A story in the Chicago Tribune, "Bit by bit, home computers aid science", highlights [url=]Cosmology@ ~~ The Lattice Project, based at the University of Maryland Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, is now open to volunteers. Lattice runs several applications, and supplies computing pow ~~ The TSP (Traveling Salesman Problem) project is using BOINC to find the shortest path between the capitals of the lower 48 states. ~~ Watch a YouTube video about the science behind Rosetta@home. ~~ This web site, and the BOINC-Wide Teams site, will be down for about 18 hours starting at 3 PM PST, Dec 6. ~~ Live in Washington DC? Get together with other BOINC users via Meetup (or create a Meetup in your own city). ~~ Leiden Classical allows students (and the public) to submit particle-system simulation jobs, and is thus a resource for both education and research. The job-submission system used by Leiden Classical is n ~~ BOINC needs more volunteer programmers! If you're proficient in PHP and MySQL, C++ and WxWidgets, or C++ system programming, please read about how you can help. ~~ The BOINC-based BBC Climate Change Experiment has won the prestigious Prix Europa award in the Internet category. ~~ Conmunix has released version 3.0 beta of Boinc LCS (Live Client State), a PHP script that allows you to monitor the current state and other information from each of your BOINC clients. ~~ BOINC user John Koulouris has written The Big BOINC! Projects and Chronology Page, a brief history of BOINC. ~~ Congratulations to the UK BOINC Team, which today became the first UK-specific team to pass the 100 million combined credits mark. ~~ An article in Nature, The shape of protein structures to come, discusses the goals and progress of the Rosetta@home project from the ~~ LHC@home has moved from CERN to the University of London. Read about it here. ~~ The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year grant, NSF award #OCI-0721124, to the BOINC project. This will support our development efforts through August 2010. ~~ The Third Pan-Galactic BOINC !@#&shop took place 5-6 Sept ~~ Check out the SHA-1 Collision Search Graz project, which is based at the Graz University of Technology and does research in cryptography. ~~ Team founders: you can now make your team BOINC-wide, meaning that it will be created on all current and future BOINC projects. ~~ A one-day session on BOINC will be presented at the Advanced Computing and GRID technologies for Research school in Hanoi, November 5-16, 2007. ~~ A paper about scheduling in BOINC will appear in the 3rd IEEE International Conference on e-Science and Grid Computing ~~ The new BOINC logo is now available in a variety of formats and resolutions. ~~ World Community Grid has announced that it is migrating fully to BOINC. Welcome to all WCG participants! ~~ BOINC finally has a new logo! Many thanks Michal Krakowiak, the graphic designer who created it. The logo (and icons based on it) will soon appear on the BOINC client software as well as the web site. ~~ The Africa@home !@#&shop on volunteer computing with BOINC, sponsored by the Geneva International Academic Net!@#& (GIAN), was held recently at the African Institut ~~ Team leaders: check out the BOINC Team Leaders Forum, a place to chat and discuss team-building on BOINC projects. ~~ A newly-launched project,, offers a chance to compute for a share of a US$2,000,000 prize. ~~ BOINC is now the preferred client software at World Community Grid. ~~ If you use the Yahoo! Widget Engine, check out version 1.1 of the BOINC Server Status widget. ~~ Leiden Classical is using BOINC for education - it provides a high-performance computing resource for students of Theoretical Chemistry at Le ~~ A growing number of 'skins' for the BOINC simple GUI are available from ~~ Welcome to a new web site with cross-project BOINC statistics: Team Starfire World BOINC Stats 'N Stones. ~~ Windows users: version 2.0 of nBOiNC, an add-on application for viewing your up-to-the-minute credit totals, has been released. ~~ Docking@home is moving from Texas to Delaware ~~ Read Volunteer computing: Grid or not Grid? on International Science Grid This Week. ~~ Amir Alexander of The Planetary Society talks about SETI, distributed computing, and space exploration in an interview by Mike of BOINC UK. ~~ Linux users: if you use bash, check out a cool script that provides command completion in both boinc_cmd and boinc_client (thanks to Frank S ~~ Help increase volunteer computing power - publicize BOINC by writing to computer magazines. ~~ There's a great new statistics site, BOINC All Project Stats. It has lists of the top users and teams, recent changes in rankings, graphs showing history and breakdown by project, and many other ~~ There are reports that version 5.10.8 of the BOINC client software causes a problem on Windows XP Pro in which the desktop becomes empty. If you see this, please uninstall 5.10.8 and install version 5.8.16. ~~ BOINCstats and BAM! are now viewable in Finnish ( ~~ Sony Playstation 3 owners: researchers at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park have launched PS3GRID, a BOINC-based project whose application (molecular dynamics simulations) runs on the PS3's Cell ~~ Check out a video promoting BOINC on YouTube.[/url] ~~ A Flash guide to using BOINC with IBM World Community Grid is available in Czech and English. ~~ The 3rd Pan-Galactic BOINC !@#&shop will be held 5-6 September 2007 in Geneva, Switzerland. ~~ The BOINC Virtual Server - a VMWare virtual machine preconfigured with BOINC and all prerequisite software - is now available. This greatly simplifies the task of creating a BOINC pro ~~ As of about May 1, BOINC projects have had over one million volunteers. ~~ An excellent article on BOINC and the projects using it appeared today in the Catalan newspaper AVUI. It is available in PDF (pages one and [url= ~~ BOINCstats and BAM! are now available in 15 languages. As of today, they are now viewable in Swedish ( ~~ The source code behind BOINC Combined Stats is now available via Subversion ~~ GridRepublic announces a significant upgrade to their web site, including improved registration !@#&flow and better integration with IBM World Community Grid (including WCG sub-project registration). ~~ BOINCstats and BAM! are now available in the Czech language ( Thanks to Zelvuska for the translation. ~~ Krystof Dolezal's Flash-based BOINC tutorials are now available in English and Slovak, as well as Czech. ~~ has been created by the Computer and Automation Research Institute (SZATAKI) of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA). It provides information (and software downloads) for using BOINC for ~~ BOINC is now using Trac, an integrated software project management system. In particular: 1) the BOINC source code repository now uses Subversion; 2) the BOINC bug database has been moved to Trac; ~~ The BBC documentary 'Meltdown', which highlights, has been nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts academy ~~ Dr ~~ If you can read Czech, czech out some excellent Flash-based BOINC tutorials. ~~ Africa@home (with support from the Geneva International Academic Net!@#&) is sponsoring an intensive one-week !@#&shop on volunteer computing for qualified African students, to be held at ~~ Don't use them for postage, but check out the BOINC stamps created by Myster65 and Rebirther. ~~ The article Idle Cycles - building distributed applications with BOINC Seil appears in the Oct 2006 issue of [url=]Linux Magaz ~~ With BOINCpe you can run a dedicated BOINC machine using a RAM disk, starting from only 256 MB of total RAM. This lets you operate a BOINC farm more energy-efficiently or to use machines without h ~~ The BOINC web server recently underwent a hardware and software upgrade ~~ Marc Seil gave a talk on setting up a BOINC server at the recent LinuxDays conference in Luxembourg. His slides are here. ~~ GridRepublic has been selected as a finalist for the Web Awards at the 2007 SXSW Interactive Festival ~~ The documentation on Creating BOINC Projects is now available as one big PDF file. ~~ The BOINC FAQ Service answers many questions about using BOINC. It is available in English, German, and Dutch. ~~ Check out a TV news segment and a web site about the results of the recently-completed BBC Climate Change Experiment. On January 2 ~~ The paper "Reporting@Home: Delivering Dynamic Graphical Feedback to Participants in Community Computing Projects" describes how Rosetta@home delivers per ~~ On Sunday 21 Jan ~~ Linux users: check out KBoincMgr, a replacement for the BOINC Manager. KBoincMgr can manage multiple BOINC clients, and has other features too numerous to mention. ~~ The ABC@home project, based at Leiden University in Holland, is now open. ABC@home is studying the ABC conjecture ~~ MySpace users: check out the BOINC on MySpace group. ~~ A paper about BOINC client scheduling will appear in the !@#&shop on Large-Scale, Volatile Desktop Grids held in conjunction with the IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processi ~~ The Proteins@Home project is now open. Proteins@Home is a large-scale protein structure prediction project, and is based at the cole Polytechnique in Paris. ~~ Some AOL users are unable to attach to some projects. A !@#&-around for this problem is described here. ~~ Olaf Bornack of Team BOINC@Halle/Saale has supplied [url= ~~ Linux users: check out the new BOINCTail add-on. ~~ A recent article in the Bulletin of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, A Cast of Thousands, discusses the [url=]Rosetta@home project and its a ~~ It hasn't been released yet, but already several skins are available for BOINC Manager version 5.8 (currently under test as version 5.7.x). Check out Crunching Family Skin Downloads. ~~ BOINC's new Online Help system lets you get help from volunteers by talking with them using Skype. Volunteers speak several languages. ~~ Jean-Michel Penasse of L'Alliance Francophone has create a web site,, showing the User of the Day of all BOINC projects going back to October 8 2006 ~~ Docking@home participants: the project is unreachable because of a campus-wide net!@#& connection failure at Univ ~~ BOINCstats is now available in Spanish. Thanks to Miquel Pericas for the translation. BOINCstats in Spanish can be visited at ~~ Check out new add-on software: the SETI@home Toolbar for Firefox and IE on Windows (SETI@home-specific), and [url=http:// ~~ We are preparing to release client software with a new GUI that is simpler, smaller, and more graphical than the current BOINC manager. Projects can supply their own graphics (icons, application-specific slideshows) for use in this GUI; ~~ Issue 3 of bunc (BOINC UK newsletter) is now online, with articles on a wide range of topics. ~~ Interested in getting a one-CPU-month job finished in five minutes? BOINC can potentially help you do this, but some !@#& is needed. ~~ Versions of BOINC (and some applications) are now available for Solaris (x86, i686, SPARC), Linux (Alpha, SPARC), FreeBSD (x86, Alpha) and HPUX (including the BOINC Manager) from [url= ~~ Eric Korpela and David Anderson were interviewed today by Mike O'Connell of BOINC UK. Many topics were covered, including the question of credit and optimized clients. Download a recording of the conversation (MP3, 13.5 MB) from [url= ~~ The 2nd Annual Pangalactic BOINC !@#&shop was held in Geneva on 20-21 September. Read the online !@#&shop proceedings. ~~ UW-Madison CAE, the first BOINC user to top the 1 TERAFLOPS barrier, now has surpassed 2 TERAFLOPS ~~ The Spinhenge project has moved into public beta test, and is accepting new participant accounts. ~~ GridRepublic, a BOINC account manager, recently moved into beta test. It was written up by CNET. ~~ BOINC and SETI@home are featured in an article in Asahi-shinbun, one of the most popular newspapers in Japan. ~~ New documents discuss using BOINC for Desktop Grid Computing and for creating Virtual Campus Supercomputing Centers. ~~ A BBC Radio program on 'Citizen Science' - including a segment on volunteer computing and BOINC - will air tomorrow, 16 Aug 2006, 9 PM British Time. It will also be available [url=] ~~ Participants with preferences for different venues (home, school, !@#&) can now view these side-by-side in a multi-column format. Also, preference values are now checked for validity. Thanks to Christian Beer for the PHP programming behin ~~ An article about Quantum Monte Carlo at Home appeared 03.08.2006 in the German newspaper WAZ. ~~ A recent update of McAfee security software on Windows causes BOINC 5.4.9 to not !@#& (details). We have released a new version, 5.4.11, that fixes the problem and !@#&s with the latest McAfee software. ~~ The 2nd Pan-Galactic BOINC !@#&shop will be held 20-21 September at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Anyone actively involved with BOINC is encouraged to attend. ~~ Chess960@home is open for testers. This project studies a game that is like classical chess except that the initial configuration of pieces is chosen randomly from among 960 possibilities. ~~ Welcome to three new BOINC-based projects. Two are mathematical: Riesel Sieve looks for prime numbers of the form k2n-1, and Rectilinear Crossing Number ~~ BOINC user survey: due to a bug in our software, answers to the question 'Which are the most important factors when you decide whether to participate in a BOINC project?' were not recorded correctly. Please [url=poll.php]fill out the survey f ~~ The BOINC survey is now available in Japanese. If you'd like to translate it to another language, please contact us. ~~ Articles in Nature, The Economist and [url=]W ~~ We are conducting an online survey of BOINC participants. Please fill out the survey form - your responses will help us improve BOINC and the projects that use it ~~ The TANPAKU project, based at the Tokyo University of Science, is open for participation. TANPAKU (from the Japanese word tanpaku-!@#&su, meaning 'protein') studies protein structure a ~~ Want to deploy BOINC quickly and easily on a Windows net!@#&? Read The Lazy Slug's Guide to easy deployment and maintenance of BOINC on your net!@#&. ~~ A paper about BOINC's API and runtime system will appear in the SC06 conference. ~~ A new Secure BOINC Client for the Macintosh is available for testing. This version limits BOINC applications' access to your system and data, thus protecting your computer from accide ~~ Pav Lucistnik has developed boinc_curses, a Unix console-based program (like 'top') to monitor and control BOINC. ~~ BOINCstats and the BAM! account manager are now available in Japanese. ~~ BOINC's CPU scheduler has become smarter: it now waits until an application has checkpointed to preempt it and remove it from memory. This can save significant CPU time, especially on multiprocessors. Technical details are [url=sched.php] ~~ We have added preliminary support for legacy applications that do not use the BOINC API (e.g ~~ The BOINC UK Newsletter Circular (bunc) has released its June 2006 edition, featuring an interview with David Anderson. ~~ Windows users: if BOINC applications are repeatedly crashing on your computer, it's possibly that you need to upgrade to the latest version of DirectX. ~~ Recent newspaper articles on BOINC and Rosetta@home: Worldwide, 690,000 help computer effort and [url= ~~ The BOINCStats Account Manager (BAM!) is now available for use. BAM! provides 'one-stop shopping' for finding and attaching to BOINC project; see the news item of May 11. Thanks to Willy de Zutter ~~ BOINC has added preliminary support for 'low-latency' computing; e.g ~~ The costs of electricity, both monetary and environmental, are high. Be aware of the energy considerations associated with BOINC and volunteer computing. ~~ Version 5.4 of the BOINC client software has been released. This version lets you use account managers - special web sites that let you browse BOINC projects, attach/detach, change resource share and setti ~~ The first-ever BOINC birthday cake appeared at the 7th SETI@home-Catalonia Meeting (and 1st BOINC-Catalonia Meeting), held in Girona last April 22nd. Also: [url=][ ~~ The latest German BOINCcast discusses; earlier BOINCcasts cover SIMAP, LHC@home, and uFluids. ~~ The CERN Courier's Computer Newsletter features an article on BOINC activities at CERN. ~~ We have developed an example application, together with project files and Makefiles for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The application demonstrates how to do checkpoint/restart and graphics. Projects can use this as a framewo ~~ According to various statistics sites, over one million computers have now contributed processing power to BOINC projects. We're currently achieving a sustained processing rate of over 400 TeraFLOPS - the world's most ~~ Thanks to the efforts of volunteers, BOINC is now officially part of the Debian Linux distribution. Packages for the BOINC [url=]core client[/u ~~ Windows users: new versions of Intellipoint and [url= ~~ is one of several excellent web sites showing BOINC statistics. It's available in a number of languages, now including Chinese. ~~ The Seasonal Attribution Project, a spin-off of, seeks to determine the extent to which extreme weather events are attributable to human-induced climate change. Its application ~~ Tony/Knightrider/Chuggybus has created BOINC coinage. See the large and small versions. The Latin text means 'Berkeley open and shared resources'. ~~ Quantum Monte Carlo at Home announces the public release of the first chemistry BOINC project. This project, based at the University of Mnster in Germany, studies the structure and reactivity of mo ~~ A significant step has been made towards integrating BOINC and Grid software: beginning with Condor version 6.7.17, Condor can be configured to run BOINC when it has no other !@#& to perform. This capability is described in [url=http://ww ~~ BOINC announces its support for the Macintosh/Intel platform. ~~ BOINCcast is the first German Podcast about BOINC. Weekly episodes of 5 minutes length will explain Distributed Computing and the Goals of BOINC to the German public, and will present and explain th ~~ View a video clip about the BBC Climate Change Experiment. ~~ BOINC and have joined forces with the BBC to launch a new experiment -- a full simulation of climate change from 1920 to 2080. The experiment is described on a BBC television documentary Meltdown (BBC-4, F ~~ The SZTAKI Desktop Grid is now in production. The project, based at the MTA-SZTAKI Laboratory of Parallel and Distributed Systems in Budapest, Hungary, is attempting to find all the generalized ~~ The Similarity Matrix of Proteins (SIMAP) project is now in production. SIMAP, based at the Technical University of Munich, uses volunteer computers to calculate similarities between proteins ~~ A story about SETI@home's transition to BOINC appears in the Nature web site. ~~ A new paper, The Computational and Storage Potential of Volunteer Computing, explores the limits of BOINC-based projects. ~~ BOINC has a job opening for an experienced programmer (C++/Python/PHP/SQL/HTML). For more information go to The job is number 003496, and is listed under Information Technol ~~ We have created a new email list,, for announcements of new versions of BOINC client software. ~~ Check out A BOINC seminar by Juan Antonio Lopez Perez of CERN, presented at CIEMAT in Madrid, November 2005. Also available in a [url= ~~ Aggregate credit data (user and host credit data summed over all BOINC projects) is now available in XML format. This data can be used for applications (like the 'Featured participant' above) that reflect overall ~~ IBM's World Community Grid has launched a BOINC-based project (currenly Linux only). ~~ David Anderson talks about BOINC and volunteer computing in a podcast at ~~ Version 5.2.2 of the BOINC client software has been released. It includes a simpler registration procedure, security enhancements, and numerous other improvements. ~~ [url=]Rosetta@home, a BOINC-based project at the University of Washington, has launched and is seeking participants. Its goal is ".. ~~ High-Performance Task Distribution for Volunteer Computing, a paper about BOINC server performance, will appear in the e-Science 2005 conference in December. ~~ Searching for Gravity @ Home[/url], an article about Einstein@home and BOINC, appears in the September 2005 issue of IEEE's The Institute. ~~ A conversation with David Anderson in ACM Queue Magazine. ~~ We are redesigning BOINC to use a user-supplied identifier and password instead of a system-supplied random key for identifying an account. Comments on the design are welcome. ~~ BOINC is transitioning to use libcurl for HTTP operations. This will allow BOINC to use HTTPS (secure HTTP) for scheduler requests and file transfers. ~~ Non-open-source code (RSAEuro and GLUT) has been removed from BOINC. OpenSSL's crypto library is used for encryption. ~~ A group of students from Cornell have written Distributing Science, a very nice article about BOINC and some of the projects using it. ~~ A paper by Jakob Pedersen and Christian Sttrup discusses the interoperation of the Grid and BOINC. ~~ BOINC statistics sites continue to evolve. Check out Every Earthly Hour, developed by Hydnum Repandum ~~ We have added new API calls that allow applications to do their own CPU benchmarking, or directly report their floating-point operation count. This will give more accurate credit numbers ~~ We've added two mechanisms that give better estimates of result completion time (and thus better scheduling and fewer missed deadlines): 1) we track the 'CPU efficiency': the average fraction of CPU time that BOINC apps receive while they ~~ We've improved and simplified the CPU scheduling and !@#&-fetch policies, using a detailed simulation of BOINC's weighted round-robin scheduling. When the simulator predicts that a deadline will be missed, the client switches to earliest-dead ~~ Account management system are web sites that let participants sign up for multiple projects with just a few clicks (and no account keys). The BOINC manager (development version) now lets you select, ch ~~ BOINC now !@#&s in Windows 'service' mode on computers with dialup connections and the 'confirm before connect' preference set. The connection confirmation and setup process has been moved to the BOINC manager, which (unlike a service) is ~~ is featured in an article in the journal of the Institute of Electrical Engineers. ~~ Two Wiki-based BOINC informational sites have been launched recently: The Unofficial BOINC Wiki (in English) and Deutsche BOINC FAQ (in German). Because these sites ar ~~ BOINC is featured in The Berkeley Science Review. ~~ Eric Myers and Charlie Fenton have written excellent documents on how to compile BOINC and BOINC applications on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. ~~ BOINC and BOINC-based projects are discussed in the article 'Grassroots Computing' in the May 6 2005 issue of Science magazine. ~~ We finally have an installer and GUI for Mac OS X! It is available as a development version, and will become the standard version soon. ~~ Many BOINC applications have interactive graphics (e.g ~~ As the number of BOINC-based projects has increased, a problem has emerged - if a computer is attached to lots of projects, it may have trouble finishing !@#& in time. We are revising the BOINC client's [url=sched.php]CPU scheduling and w ~~ LHC@home is a BOINC-based project being used to simulate the orbits of particles in CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Read about it in the CERN Bulletin. ~~ Volunteers have ported SETI@home and BOINC to a variety of platforms, including Solaris/x86-64, Linux/x86-64, Linux/PPC, HP-UX, and FreeBSD. ~~ We released the BOINC Menubar, a user-friendly client software version for Macintosh OS X. It can be installed and run through a GUI interface - no Unix commands. We also released the Windows installer announced in the January 1 2005 ~~ The Einstein@home project was officially launched this morning. BOINC users are encouraged to participate in this project, which searches for spinning neutron stars (also called pulsars) using data ~~ We've added a frame!@#& for web-site translations (both BOINC-supplied and project-specific parts). We are adding support for account management systems that simplif ~~ BOINC source code is now distributed under the Lesser GNU Public License (LPGL). ~~ BOINC-based projects projects now have 80,721 participants in 188 countries. Based on current credit statistics, together they supply 106 TeraFLOPS of computing power - far more ~~ BOINC's message board system supports moderation. ~~ With help from the Einstein@home group, we have refined BOINC's locality scheduling mechanism, It can now interact with project-specific programs that generate !@#& on demand, and that maintain a '!@#&ing set ~~ The Windows version of BOINC can now be configured to run when a particular user is logged in, to run when any user is logged in, or run all the time (as a service) even when no users are logged in. ~~ With considerable help from the Einstein@home group, we have application graphics !@#&ing on all platforms, including Linux. To handle hosts without graphics libraries, we have developed a new architecture in which ~~ Added prioritization to !@#& distribution. ~~ We have created a new email list, A summary of each CVS checkin to the BOINC source tree will be posted to this list. ~~ A technical paper about BOINC is here. This paper appeared in the 5th IEEE/ACM International !@#&shop on Grid Computing, November 8, 2004, Pittsburgh, USA. ~~ We have developed a GUI for the core client. It's similar to the old Windows GUI but is implemented using wxWidgets so it runs on all platforms. It offers new features such as the ability to suspen ~~ We have developed a new Windows installer that lets you run BOINC as a service, and that is compatible with the Microsoft MSI frame!@#&. ~~ A new utility, db_purge, allows projects to flush old entries from the result and !@#&unit tables, so that these tables have a bounded size. ~~ The application graphics frame!@#& now !@#&s on all platforms, including Mac OS X. ~~ The message-board system now supports self-moderation (i.e., 'ignore lists'). ~~ BOINC servers can now use read-only database replicas for increased throughput. ~~ XML Schemas for the statistics data exported by BOINC projects is here, and graphical representations are here. ~~ We have created an email list,, for people interested in porting and optimizing BOINC applications. Sign up here. ~~ We are !@#&ing on a new type of !@#& distribution, called Locality scheduling, that sends !@#& to hosts that already have the needed files. ~~ The Lattice project from the University of Maryland is developing a Grid system that integrates Globus, BOINC, and several other software components. ~~ The new project LHC@home announces its first beta test, initially restricted to 1000 users. Please sign up at ~~ The project is now open to the public. ~~ Users can choose whether applications should quit or suspend when they're not executing. ~~ The core client now checks whether disk usage exceeds user-specified limits, and if so it deletes projects files in a way that respects project resource shares. ~~ Large BOINC projects (like SETI@home) were getting on the order of a million files in upload/download directories. This caused OS performance problems. We fixed this by providing a two-level directory hierarchy for upload/download directo ~~ The project recently held an Open Day, describing its status and its plans to use BOINC. ~~ We have added a mechanism that allows projects to upload and download 'persistent files'. This is the first step to using participant hosts for storage as well as computation, possibly creating the world's largest storage server. ~~ We made the core/app interface more flexible and general, providing better support for applications that consist of separate controller, !@#&er, and graphics programs. We also added mechanisms that prevent multiple applications from runni ~~ We changed the SQL queries used by the performance-critical server components, such as the transitioner and feeder, to boost maximum server throughput. ~~ The core client now does preemptive scheduling of results. It time-slices between results, maintaining the approximate project resource shares. The !@#&-fetch policy has also been modified; a single 'connection frequency' parameter replac ~~ The statistics export mechanism has been redesigned to give projects more control over what they export; e.g ~~ New features: support for multi-program applications. Daily result quota per host. Applications can supply a static graphic (for screensaver) without writing code. Improved support for FORTRAN. Support for GUI RPCs in Windows client. ~~ BOINC news is available as an RSS feed; see Community and Resources. ~~ CPU benchmarking (and credit) are now based on the Dhrystone and Whetstone benchmarks. Memory bandwidth is no longer measured. ~~ Source code is now available directly via CVS. Improved Unix signal handling. Support app versions, !@#&units and results with lots of files (changed XML fields from 4KB to 64KB). Added [url=homogeneous_redundancy.php]homogeneo ~~ General preferences are now propagated from client to server, but only to accounts with the same email address as where the preferences originated. ~~ Added cross-project identification system. Added support for caching of PHP web pages, and restored leaderboard pages. ~~ Recent fixes and features: trickle messages for long-running !@#& units; benchmarking for hyperthreaded CPUs; don't propagate preferences from hosts to projects; check for file existence before running app ~~ An unauthorized BOINC graphic. ~~ BOINC is being used at the Scripps Research Institute to run a distributed version of CHARMM (a program for macromolecular simulations). ~~ BOINC now has an anonymous platform mechanism which 1) allows computers of any type to participate in a BOINC project, and 2) allows participants to run only software they have compiled the ~~ The BOINC core client now provides a set of RPCs allowing separate GUIs to be developed. ~~ The CVS repository of BOINC code (including web pages) is now visible through a web-based interface. This may be useful for people maintaining web-site translations. ~~ A paper about the goals of BOINC was presented at a recent conference. ~~ The beta test project is accepting new users. CPU time measurement accuracy improved. Scheduler respects disk usage limits. Web site can issue cookies. ~~ The graphics of running application are updated whenever preferences are changed. The scheduler now issues only as many results as will fit in the allotted amount of disk space. ~~ New minor versions of the core client and beta-test apps have been released. XML statistics data for the beta test is available; it's intended for graphical or tabular representation. ~~ A SETI@home application has been added to the beta test. The scheduling server detect results that can't be sent to any hosts, and flags them. HTTP 404 errors on downloads are treated as unrecoverable. Graphics can be limited by frame rate or percent of ~~ BOINC is discussed in an article by Joan Oleck in the New York TImes. ~~ We've released BOINC version 2.0. All BOINC components must be upgraded to major version 2. We've upgraded the Astropulse server to 2.01 and released [url=]BOI ~~ BOINC server tools are now Python-based ~~ We rewrote parts of the scheduling server architecture to make operations more flexible and efficient. The timeout_check daemon has been replaced by a more general transitioner daemon. ~~ We've added two new web-site features for BOINC projects: user profiles and message boards. These are visible on the beta-test web site. ~~ The BOINC source code is available again, under a new public license. Version 1.05 incorporates bug fixes and new features, including the ability to add your own graphics to the screensaver. The beta test has been ~~ XML based statistics for the Astropulse beta test are available. ~~ No big news to report, but thanks to the beta test we've fixed a number of bugs, involving runaway applications, too-large output files, screensaver behavior, and mechanisms for quitting and resetting projects. ~~ We have created a second project, allowing beta testers to experiment with dividing their resources between multiple projects. ~~ We have resumed the BOINC beta test. ~~ Due to a legal issue, we are suspending the BOINC beta test, and we have requested that BOINC source code no longer be available at We hope to resolve this issue soon. ~~ We are preparing a BOINC-based version of SETI@home. See a preview of the graphics. ~~ Non-English language.ini files are available. Preferences include time-of-day restrictions. Core client and applications communicate via shared memory and signals rather than files, reducin ~~ New account parameters and preferences: URL, limit number of processors, frequency of writes to disk, whether to show your computers on the web. ~~ Participants can have separate preferences (such as net!@#& and disk usage limits) for computers at home, !@#&, and school. ~~ Participants can limit their upstream and downstream net!@#& bandwidth. ~~ Participants can control the parameters (color, transparency, timing) of the Astropulse graphics. ~~ New feature: secure, verified email address update. ~~ A screenshot of the BOINC client running AstroPulse, our first test application. ~~ We have started a beta test of BOINC using the Astropulse application. Many bugs have been found and fixed. ~~ BOINC is under development. The basic features are !@#&ing on UNIX platforms. We plan to release the first public application of BOINC later this year.

17:40 <wdsmia> re-hi

17:54 <Romulus> New news from boinc: The Consejeria de Educacion, Spain, is using Jarifa to harness the power of 12,000 PCs ~~ CASP8 starts soon

18:10 <Romulus> New news from boinc: Proteins@Home has resumed operations ~~ A paper about BOINC client scheduling

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18:26 <Romulus> New news from boinc: The Proteins@Home project is now open

18:27 <wdsmia> &wx dsm

18:28 <Romulus> wdsmia: Weather for Des Moines International, IA; Temperature: 42°F / 6°C | Humidity: 79% | Pressure: 30.27in / 1025hPa (Falling) | Conditions: Overcast | Wind Direction: NW | Wind Speed: 10mph / 17km/h ; Tonight - Cloudy. Scattered light rain showers through midnight... then isolated light rain showers after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Low in the mid 30s. North wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance (1 more message)

18:28 <wdsmia> &more

18:28 <Romulus> wdsmia: of showers 30 percent; Wednesday - Cloudy through mid morning then becoming partly sunny. Warmer. High in the mid 50s. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph; Wednesday Night - Mostly clear. Low in the upper 30s. West wind 5 to 10 mph; Flood Warning for Polk County in effect until 11: 48 PM CDT on March 18, 2010; Hydrologic Statement for Polk County in effect until 12: 42 PM CDT on March 17, 2010

18:42 <Romulus> New news from boinc: Quantum Monte Carlo at Home announces the public release of the first chemistry BOINC project. ~~ we are suspending the BOINC beta test ~~ We are preparing a BOINC-based version of SETI@home ~~ Non-English language.ini files are available ~~ New account parameters and preferences ~~ A screenshot of the BOINC client ~~ We have started a beta test of BOINC ~~ BOINC is under development

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20:52 <CoderForLife> Next, Romulus will start playing a recording from Princess Leia

20:53 <CoderForLife> "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi..."

20:53 <CoderForLife> gn all

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