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Message 96483 - Posted: 6 Mar 2020, 22:37:15 UTC

Rosetta@home, from the University of Washington, is using BOINC to model important coronavirus proteins.
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Message 96542 - Posted: 9 Mar 2020, 3:42:48 UTC - in response to Message 96483.  

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Message 96979 - Posted: 22 Mar 2020, 8:20:25 UTC - in response to Message 96483.  
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Hi, I tried folding@home too yesterday and can't seem to start it again this morning. Do you know o the differences between these two projects ? They seem to pursue the same goal (protein folding) through the same sort of means : distributed computing. Why is folding@home not included in BOINC ? It would be more practical, as BOINC has more options and seems more effective. Thanks. [self-edit : Ok I see this question has been brought up recetly on the forum; sorry I am new here, started only yesterday ! you can delete my post if you like].
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Message 97020 - Posted: 24 Mar 2020, 9:06:20 UTC - in response to Message 96979.  

Same here, there's been several days where I had no work units. A lot of entities are crunching for F@H which the research staff are grad students or volunteers and can't keep up with the demand for WUs. I deleted F@H and went back to BOINC, crunching only for Rosetta@home. I used to crunch for World Community Grid for 10 years but stopped as they're not supporting COVID-19 projects at this time.
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Message 97023 - Posted: 24 Mar 2020, 11:23:32 UTC - in response to Message 97020.  

As far as I understood is that the sudden influx of computers, going from 30K sustained to 400-500K almost overnight, has swamped FAH's network connection. Their servers can cope, they just don't have the bandwidth to send out the work and receive the results back in a fashionable manner.
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Message 97025 - Posted: 24 Mar 2020, 12:36:01 UTC - in response to Message 96979.  

I tried folding@home when the news first came out about them and corvid-19, I gave up after it crashed my system 3 times in as many days crunching just GPU tasks even at the min. settings. Waked up in the morning and have to cycle the machine. NOT GOOD. I would have tried Rosetta@home, but it seems that it doesn't use GPUs. Does anyone know who within the BOINC world is running these types of studies that have GPUs as an option for processing?
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Message 97045 - Posted: 25 Mar 2020, 10:35:41 UTC

I've suspended 3 out of 4 Projects and switched all 8 cores to Rosetta to help with the fight, number crunching fine.
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Message 97047 - Posted: 25 Mar 2020, 12:53:35 UTC

If you have a recent Nvidia card, you can run GPUGrid.
They will be getting some Covid-19 work units at some point.

But check the requirements.
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Message 97086 - Posted: 26 Mar 2020, 19:23:35 UTC

Does anyone have any familiarity with running something like this from a virtual machine? I'm looking at setting up a VM and watching it to see how it performs.
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Message 97868 - Posted: 19 Apr 2020, 21:38:36 UTC - in response to Message 97086.  
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BOINC runs just fine on a VM, with or without Xwindows running (in the case of *nix). However, if you are using a VM from a VPS provider (Amazon, Linode, etc.), you will almost certainly be in violation of their terms of service, so please use BOINC only on a VM running on hardware you own.

There is not a huge benefit in running BOINC on a VM, because BOINC provides all the controls over system and resource usage that you might want to control by running it in a VM. Compared to not running in a VM, the VM will provide some overhead that isn't necessary.

My comments are based on having tried running BOINC on a server running CentOS configured with OpenVZ virtualization. In the end, I wound up running BOINC on the host OS over bare metal.
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Message 97936 - Posted: 21 Apr 2020, 15:01:40 UTC - in response to Message 96483.  

I love this project but it's a pity it takes no GPU share. It runs on my Windows and Android producing a lot of heat making me sweaty.
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Message 98050 - Posted: 24 Apr 2020, 18:21:33 UTC - in response to Message 97936.  

As far as I've been crunching for Rosetta@Home, they are not known for GPU -- only CPU. Same with World Community Grid (WCG). Every project can not be for everybody. There are many GPU projects you can support: -- I like support CPU only projects because it allows anyone with a CPU to contribute to science tasks without worrying about people with higher end GPUs hogging up work units or making your work units seem less significant. Everyone is on on the same common ground with CPU only tasks.
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Message 98326 - Posted: 4 May 2020, 15:53:10 UTC - in response to Message 97868.  

I'm running Rosetta. It likes new hardware. It doesn't like old hardware.

The BOINC project doesn't necessarily agree that you have to roll your own.

I've run BOINC in three clouds but I would recommend it mainly as a learning experience.

The BOINC client provides control best described as coarse. Modern OSs make up for most of that.
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