Posts by David Anderson

1) Message boards : News : Client version 7.8.6 released for Mac (Message 84386)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile David Anderson
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This version fixes screensaver functionality on Mac OS 10.13 High Sierra.
2) Message boards : News : Welcome ODLK and ODLK1 (Message 84022)
Posted 24 Dec 2017 by Profile David Anderson
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The OLDK and OLDK1 projects are building a database of canonical forms of diagonal Latin squares of the 10th order.
3) Message boards : News : PMC meeting minutes posted (Message 83978)
Posted 20 Dec 2017 by Profile David Anderson
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The BOINC Project Management Committee (PMC) met on Dec. 15. Minutes of the meeting are here.
4) Message boards : News : Welcome SourceFinder (Message 83656)
Posted 7 Dec 2017 by Profile David Anderson
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Sourcefinder studies algorithms that process 'cubes' of data that contain radio sources, identifying the location of the sources within the cube. It is operated by The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (Perth, Australia).
5) Message boards : News : Client version 7.8.4 release for Mac (Message 82890)
Posted 10 Nov 2017 by Profile David Anderson
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A new client version has been release for Mac. It fixes the calculation of GPU memory when running under OS 10.13 High Sierra.
6) Message boards : News : Client version 7.8.3 released (Message 82019)
Posted 16 Oct 2017 by Profile David Anderson
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Version 7.8.3 of the BOINC client has been released for Windows and Mac OS X.
7) Message boards : News : Welcome Amicable Numbers (Message 82005)
Posted 15 Oct 2017 by Profile David Anderson
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Amicable Numbers is a new project in experimental number theory.
8) Message boards : News : Welcome Acoustics@home (Message 80763)
Posted 5 Sep 2017 by Profile David Anderson
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Acoustics@home studies underwater acoustics. It is sponsored by V.I. Ilichev Pacific Oceanological Institute, Far Eastern Federal University, Matrosov Institute for System Dynamics and Control Theory, A.A. Kharkevich Institute for Information Transmission Problems, and Dorodnicyn Computing Centre.
9) Message boards : News : Client version 7.8.2 released (Message 80762)
Posted 5 Sep 2017 by Profile David Anderson
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Version 7.8.2 of the BOINC client has been released for Windows and Mac OS X.
10) Message boards : News : Project management changes proposed (Message 80664)
Posted 1 Sep 2017 by Profile David Anderson
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In July 2017 a committee was formed to propose improvements to the BOINC project. Two draft documents are now available for discussion and review: development workflow and governance model. Please give feedback by replying to this thread or posting to the boinc_dev email list.
11) Message boards : News : CSF sponsors crunching challenge for WCG (Message 80557)
Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Profile David Anderson
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The Crunchers sans Frontieres team is sponsoring the "THOR crunching challenge" from 18 Sept to 5 Nov 2017, to benefit IBM World Community Grid.
12) Message boards : News : Testers needed (Message 80556)
Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Profile David Anderson
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BOINC needs volunteers to help test new versions of the client software. If you're interested, please visit the Alpha test site and read the instructions. Thanks!
13) Message boards : News : New Japanese site (Message 80521)
Posted 29 Aug 2017 by Profile David Anderson
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BOINC@TOKYO is a new Japanese-language site promoting BOINC and some of the major projects.
14) 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.
15) 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.
16) 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
17) 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.
18) 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
19) 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.
20) 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.


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