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Richard Haselgrove
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Message 102425 - Posted: 5 Jan 2021, 10:42:42 UTC

The issue at GitHub has started quite a discussion, including input from two Einstein staff. They have 'new Mac' hardware on order, and will be starting to explore it when it arrives. I suspect they might be first...

@ JohnD,

I notice that your machine hasn't returned any more Einstein work since I asked you to get server logs from the new universal BOINC. It's also still reporting "CPU [' '] lacks feature ' sse '" today. Unless you have another reason for persevering with that version, feel free to revert to the pre-universal BOINC - I think this one has given us enough information now. I'd also quite like to see how the CPU was described under the old version.
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Message 102812 - Posted: 5 Feb 2021, 4:12:38 UTC

Any new news?
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Message 102818 - Posted: 5 Feb 2021, 19:25:45 UTC - in response to Message 102812.  

It appears that all that's happening, is that several people are talking about the differences between the "old" and the "new'.
It'll be months before any coding is done.
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Message 103126 - Posted: 22 Feb 2021, 19:28:24 UTC

Bernd Machenschalk (administrator of Einstein @ Home) has announced that they have started beta testing the first (to my knowledge) native Apple silicon science application for BOINC:

We do have the first native app version for Apple Silicon (M1) available. It is a FGRP5 app. So with a new M1 Mac and the latest "universal" BOINC Client you should get native work for your machine. Note that this build is pretty hackish, so far I don't even know whether it runs on any other machine than it was built on. So far the app completed a handful of tasks, all pending validation. That's also something I awaiting eagerly, whether the results of this app really validate. Oh, and yes, this is a "Beta" App, so make sure in your preferences that you want to receive "Beta test work".
Feel free to test, and report feedback direct to Einstein.
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Message 103131 - Posted: 23 Feb 2021, 1:44:06 UTC

Thanks for the heads up!

My M1 Mac mini is running 8 tasks now. FWIW, it seems to be running a wuprop task properly too.
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Message 103134 - Posted: 23 Feb 2021, 5:49:37 UTC

Update: The M1 took 3 hours and 53 minutes per task, running 8 at a time.

For comparison, I started 8 tasks on my iMac with a i7-4790K (4c/8t), and they are still running. It looks like those will take about 12 hours.
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Message 103682 - Posted: 24 Mar 2021, 11:38:37 UTC

Has anybody tried BOINC using UTM (M1 Native QEMU available in the Apple Mac App Store) with an ARM native virtual machine + BOINC?

It would seem to me that would be the best way to get performance. UTM is M1/Arm Native, and there are BOINC projects that have Linux+ARM versions of their applications (not that many, but they are there). So if you wanted to run BOINC at near native speed on your M1, seems to me the way to go would be UTM+LinuxARMDistro+BOINC+LinuxARMproject.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/utm-virtual-machines/id1538878817?mt=12
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Message 104389 - Posted: 16 May 2021, 14:26:23 UTC - in response to Message 103126.  

where do I find the option to received Beta Work

Thank you
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Message 104390 - Posted: 16 May 2021, 14:37:20 UTC - in response to Message 103126.  

ah found it,

Einstein Website -> Account -> Preference -> Project

Run test applications -> Yes
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Message 104394 - Posted: 16 May 2021, 18:31:47 UTC - in response to Message 104390.  

and don't forget to hit save :-)
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