Posts by David Anderson

1) Message boards : News : BOINC Workshop 2017 (Message 79602)
Posted 14 Jul 2017 by Profile David Anderson
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The BOINC Workshop 2017 will be held 6-8 Sept in Paris. Everyone with a significant involvement in BOINC is welcome to attend. Thanks to Marius Millea and the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris for hosting, and to Laurence Field and David Wallom for organizing.
2) Message boards : News : Welcome Xansons4COD (Message 79433)
Posted 2 Jul 2017 by Profile David Anderson
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XANSONS for COD is a research project aimed at creating an open access database of simulated x-ray and neutron powder diffraction patterns for the nanocrystalline phase of the materials presented in the Crystallography Open Database (COD). Xansons4COD is supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research.
3) Message boards : News : NSF funds new model for BOINC (Message 79222)
Posted 23 Jun 2017 by Profile David Anderson
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My aggregate responses in 4 areas: TBD, BOINC, cryptocurrencies, and myself.

TDB:
- TBD is not a BOINC replacement. It's a new project manager for volunteers who
want to use it, and it's technology to help HPC centers add BOINC back ends.
- The role of TBD is not to maintain BOINC or GPUGrid; I'm not sure where that confusion arose.
- TBD doesn't handle jobs. Please read the proposal and about account managers.
- Supercomputer centers are not commercial.
They're government-funded, and scientists apply for resource allocations.
TACC and SDSC (San Diego Supercomputer Center) are examples.
The function of TBD (and volunteer computing in general) is to save the government money
(important, as funding agency budgets are being cut) and to allow novel research to be done
that otherwise couldn't afford the needed computing.
- In some areas, like biomedicine, research results may eventually get commercialized (e.g. drug discovery).
That's the nature of academic research.
People need to weigh this against the benefit of the outcome (e.g. having a drug available).
- TBD will tell volunteers where each job came from, if they want to know.
It won't, however, force volunteers to learn about and select projects.
- TBD will vet the projects it encompasses. There will be no "rogue" projects.

BOINC:
- The API is, of course, under version control. If there are bugs, file Github issues.
- BOINC is scarcely "hindering" GPUGrid. We've provided every feature they've requested,
and they haven't requested any for at least 5 years.

Cryptocurrencies:
- I'd love to see BOINC credit used as proof of work for a cryptocurrency.
In fact I proposed this to Bitcoin a long time ago;
they declined because BOINC isn't fully distributed; fair enough.
But this can't be built directly into BOINC; NSF wouldn't be OK with that.

Myself:
- I was interested to read that I moved to the private sector during the gap in BOINC funding.
This is an example of "fake news", and it discredits the originator.
Actually, I've been working mostly on SETI@home,
developing a new back-end system called Nebula
that completes the ET-finding pipeline,
also a bit on HERA, a new radio telescope that will image the extremely early universe.
Neither of these is private sector, of course.

Did I leave out anything?
-- David
4) Message boards : News : BOINC Monitor 9.70 released (Message 79027)
Posted 15 Jun 2017 by Profile David Anderson
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BOINC Monitor is a very cool Windows gadget for monitoring the progress of lots of tasks. Version 9.70 was released recently.
5) Message boards : News : NSF funds new model for BOINC (Message 78776)
Posted 7 Jun 2017 by Profile David Anderson
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Interesting reactions, and some misconceptions. In no particular order:

- There are and will continue to be plenty of powerful desktop/laptop computers.
- Smart phones have plenty of free cycles and free WiFi network capacity.
- BOINC projects have had, and continue to have, research results published in top journals. Spectacular? Matter of opinion.
- Few if any BOINC projects are "research for profit".
- TBD is an account manager, not a project. If we succeed there will be more projects and more variety.
- "Corporate partnerships" are things like Intel Progress Thru Processors, HTC Power to Give, etc. The corporations promote VC; they don't make any money from it.
- To repeat: TBD doesn't preclude anything. TBD lets people contribute to science areas rather than specific projects. People who want to participate in specific projects can continue to do so.
- We've studied volunteer motivations extensively; see the various papers by Oded Nov. More people are motivated by science goals than by credit.

-- David
6) Message boards : News : NSF funds new model for BOINC (Message 78714)
Posted 6 Jun 2017 by Profile David Anderson
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The National Science Foundation has funded a 3-year project by UC Berkeley, Purdue University, and Texas Advanced Computing Center to develop a new framework for BOINC-based volunteer computing, in which volunteers sign up for science goals rather than projects. Details are here.
7) Message boards : News : BOINC story in Nature Index (Message 76117)
Posted 24 Feb 2017 by Profile David Anderson
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A story in Nature Index discusses volunteer computing.
8) Message boards : News : BOINC:FAST'2017 conference announced (Message 74945)
Posted 27 Dec 2016 by Profile David Anderson
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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.
9) Message boards : News : Thanks to Kathryn for 10 years of moderation (Message 74928)
Posted 24 Dec 2016 by Profile David Anderson
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We're not set up for donations to BOINC.
But if you donate to SETI@home and add a note "for BOINC" it will get used to support BOINC.
-- David
10) Message boards : News : Thanks to Kathryn for 10 years of moderation (Message 74857)
Posted 20 Dec 2016 by Profile David Anderson
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Kathryn Marks has been moderating the BOINC message boards for 10 years now. Her contributions have been stellar, and are much appreciated. Thanks, Kathryn!
11) Message boards : News : Einstein@home discovers record-breaking pulsar-neutron star system (Message 74856)
Posted 20 Dec 2016 by Profile David Anderson
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Einstein@home has announced the discovery of the most massive double neutron star system ever observed.
12) Message boards : News : New recommended client for Windows and Mac (Message 74678)
Posted 8 Dec 2016 by Profile David Anderson
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Version 7.6.33 is now the recommended version for Windows and Mac.
13) Message boards : News : Welcome TN-Grid (Message 74640)
Posted 7 Dec 2016 by Profile David Anderson
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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.
14) Message boards : News : PowerShell module for BOINC released (Message 74597)
Posted 6 Dec 2016 by Profile David Anderson
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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.
15) Message boards : News : Einstein@home discovers new gamma-ray pulsar (Message 74412)
Posted 26 Nov 2016 by Profile David Anderson
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Einstein@home has announced the discovery of the youngest known radio-quiet gamma-ray pulsar.
16) Message boards : News : Big discovery by PrimeGrid (Message 74360)
Posted 25 Nov 2016 by Profile David Anderson
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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.
17) Message boards : News : New .NET GUI RPC binding (Message 74079)
Posted 15 Nov 2016 by Profile David Anderson
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If you're interested in building a BOINC GUI in .NET, check out this new .NET binding of the GUI RPCs.
18) Message boards : News : CERN launches gigabit project in Kansas City (Message 70621)
Posted 1 Jul 2016 by Profile David Anderson
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CERN has launched the CERN+KC Gigabit Challenge, which uses gigabit optical fiber Internet connections now available in Kansas city to handle data-intensive computing problems.
19) Message boards : News : Book about volunteer computing (Message 70588)
Posted 30 Jun 2016 by Profile David Anderson
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The book Community, Competition and Citizen Science by Anne Holohan documents the history of volunteer computing.
20) Message boards : News : WCG launches Zika drug search (Message 69736)
Posted 24 May 2016 by Profile David Anderson
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IBM World Community Grid has launched an application that searches for drugs to combat the Zika virus.


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