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Milos Jakubicek

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Message 15495 - Posted: 19 Feb 2008, 14:30:00 UTC

Hi folks,

what should be the BOINC description when making a RPM package of the client?

Right now it is:
"The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) is a software
platform for distributed computing: several initiatives of various scientific
disciplines all compete for the idle time of desktop computers.

The BOINC core client program is required to participate in any project that
uses BOINC. A central server distributes work units and collects results via
this client. When attaching a local machine to a project, it will also
dynamically download the project's application program to be then wrapped by
the BOINC core client."

I found also a short variant:
"This software allows your computer to participate
in distributed computing projects that are based on BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing)."

And Eric Myers suggests:
"The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) is an open-
source software platform which supports distributed computing, primarily in
the form of "volunteer" computing and "desktop Grid" computing. It is well
suited for problems which are often described as "trivially parallel". BOINC
is the underlying software used by projects such as SETI@home, Einstein@Home,
ClimatePrediciton.net, the World Community Grid, and many other distributed
computing projects.

This package installs the BOINC client software, which will allow your
computer to participate in one or more BOINC projects, using your spare
computer time to search for cures for diseases, model protein folding, study
global warming, discover sources of gravitational waves, and many other types
of scientific and mathematical research."

It's up to you! I just want to know...

Thanks,
Milos Jakubicek
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Message 15498 - Posted: 19 Feb 2008, 21:57:35 UTC

Well, I of course vote for mine, but it there is a way to word it better.....

The general idea I used was that the first paragraph describes BOINC in general, while the second describes what you get if you install _this_ package. That seems to be how a lot of packages do it.
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Message 15500 - Posted: 19 Feb 2008, 22:40:42 UTC

If you want to, you can weave parts of this FAQ into it.
Please do not private message me for tech support. Use the forums for that. Tech PMs will be ignored!
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Milos Jakubicek

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Message 15570 - Posted: 25 Feb 2008, 16:07:32 UTC

Thanks, I'll definitely use Eric's description.
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Pavel Oupicky

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Message 16652 - Posted: 14 Apr 2008, 10:40:57 UTC - in response to Message 15495.  

Dear Milos,
I am very glad I can contact you via this forum. Here is my problem : The BOINC/Climateprediction/HadSM3fub project is already some months running on my computer. Yes, when I am interesting, I can see a nice picture of our Earth with some details. But I was already some hours or more searching throuthg documnebtation of Boinc / CPDN and I hoped I found somethig more about work, wichh is working on my computer, but I found anything serious.

Please, If there is some way, how to find, which program ( input data - algorithm - output data ) is working on my PC, tell me the right link for it.

Best regards
Pavel Oupicky

Hi folks,

what should be the BOINC description when making a RPM package of the client?

Right now it is:
"The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) is a software
platform for distributed computing: several initiatives of various scientific
disciplines all compete for the idle time of desktop computers.

The BOINC core client program is required to participate in any project that
uses BOINC. A central server distributes work units and collects results via
this client. When attaching a local machine to a project, it will also
dynamically download the project's application program to be then wrapped by
the BOINC core client."

I found also a short variant:
"This software allows your computer to participate
in distributed computing projects that are based on BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing)."

And Eric Myers suggests:
"The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) is an open-
source software platform which supports distributed computing, primarily in
the form of "volunteer" computing and "desktop Grid" computing. It is well
suited for problems which are often described as "trivially parallel". BOINC
is the underlying software used by projects such as SETI@home, Einstein@Home,
ClimatePrediciton.net, the World Community Grid, and many other distributed
computing projects.

This package installs the BOINC client software, which will allow your
computer to participate in one or more BOINC projects, using your spare
computer time to search for cures for diseases, model protein folding, study
global warming, discover sources of gravitational waves, and many other types
of scientific and mathematical research."

It's up to you! I just want to know...

Thanks,
Milos Jakubicek


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Message 16657 - Posted: 14 Apr 2008, 14:58:01 UTC - in response to Message 16652.  

Pavel
There is a complete description of what you are running on the cpdn web site, here.
The first section, Background Science explains about climate science, and the second, Experiment Strategy explains how the project works.

More documentation on the modelling process is here in the READMEs.

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