Posts by Jim1348

1) Message boards : News : BOINC in Retrospect (Message 109128)
Posted 9 Jul 2022 by Jim1348
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That is too much of an insider history; accurate no doubt, but not the main issue.

The two real problems are:

(1) BOINC is too complicated to use (for the developers mainly, not the users). That is mainly because of the scheduler, which tries to be all things to all people.
Just do what the Folding@home client does, and download a new work unit as the last one is finishing. You only need to add the ability to choose multiple projects, not just one.

(2) The other problem is that as the cost of computing has fallen, more research labs can do it in-house. That is especially true with the advent of AI. That is of course outside of the control of BOINC, except that BOINC could explore its use as a training resource for the in-house computing.

I agree that Dave is being too hard on himself. He has done an incredible job.
2) Message boards : Projects : World Community Grid has announced an extended outage from Feb 14 to April 22, 2022 (Message 108285)
Posted 31 May 2022 by Jim1348
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World Community Grid
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We were unable to bring our production environment to the same state as the QA environment this week. As we also have yet to resolve an issue that prevents BOINC clients from downloading workunits, the effort to bring the Grid back online has stretched into next week. We will provide a further update on Monday, May 30th.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Thank you
WCG Tech team

https://www.facebook.com/worldcommunitygrid.org
3) Message boards : Projects : World Community Grid has announced an extended outage from Feb 14 to April 22, 2022 (Message 108067)
Posted 12 May 2022 by Jim1348
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I wonder if some of the sub-projects could be taken up by others in similar fields?

Yes, in particular I would think that Scripps could run OPN by themselves if they want to.
They have funding from several sources, and are probably a lot bigger than Krembil.
4) Message boards : Projects : World Community Grid has announced an extended outage from Feb 14 to April 22, 2022 (Message 108065)
Posted 12 May 2022 by Jim1348
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Would be devastating to lose one of the largest projects from ineptitude!

That is more of a cheap shot than an analysis. What is surprising is that IBM was willing to undertake such a large and complicated project for many years.
They devoted a lot of resources and good people to it. Try to find another as good anywhere.
5) Message boards : Projects : Rosetta@home down? (Message 108010)
Posted 4 May 2022 by Jim1348
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I had four machines on Rosetta doing mainly Pythons, which not everyone is set up to do. They have been working for months.
A few days ago I stopped getting work on the Windows machine, and then the Linux machines.

So I bailed out. There is no one there to answer questions, or even have any idea of what is going on.
6) Message boards : Questions and problems : BOINC 7.18.1 doesn't work. (Message 107970)
Posted 27 Apr 2022 by Jim1348
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It's not a bug, it's a feature. They added security measures to 7.18.1 that break some applications.
We have been discussing it on QuChemPedIA.
https://quchempedia.univ-angers.fr/athome/forum_thread.php?id=166&postid=1681#1681

But I am not the Linux expert, so I don't try to fix it. Only the projects can it seems.
7) Message boards : Projects : News on Project Outages (Message 107943)
Posted 24 Apr 2022 by Jim1348
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DENIS is down. I have had several of the betas stuck in upload for several hours.
8) Message boards : Projects : News on Project Outages (Message 107936)
Posted 22 Apr 2022 by Jim1348
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I don't see a problem with that. I knew that with a complicated system that was fine-tuned by IBM over the years, it would not be a simple matter of copying files as some people thought.
Keep at it.
9) Message boards : Projects : News on Project Outages (Message 107710)
Posted 4 Apr 2022 by Jim1348
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Any news on WCG?
They originally said toward the latter part of April, but I don't remember the date. It could change in any case.
10) Message boards : Projects : Rosetta@home needs help (Message 107670)
Posted 31 Mar 2022 by Jim1348
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David Baker continues to present Rosetta@Home as an active project to various conferences/seminars, like this

He isn't presenting that. That blog is just commenting on the inspiration anyway.
I don't see any comments by him, or any of the Rosetta staff on the present status, let alone future direction, of Rosetta@Home.

Not that the project is distinct from the software they are using in-house.
11) Message boards : Projects : News on Project Outages (Message 107613)
Posted 28 Mar 2022 by Jim1348
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QuChemPedIA is back.
12) Message boards : Projects : Rosetta@home needs help (Message 107612)
Posted 28 Mar 2022 by Jim1348
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It is always useful if the moderators are fairly active on an active forum.
It keeps the comments relevant too. They now wander all over the place on Rosetta.
New users keeps asking the same questions, probably because they can't find the answers that are already there.

There should be stickys too for the most often asked questions. The forum is a wasteland now.
13) Message boards : Projects : Rosetta@home needs help (Message 107603)
Posted 28 Mar 2022 by Jim1348
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Does anybody here have contacts to a person at Rosetta who can be asked to take over responsibility?

I have no contacts, and neither does anyone else (though sometimes they try emailing various people there).
However, I do have long years of experience. Things changed drastically last year, due to the advent of the AI/machine learning techniques.
They do most of their stuff in-house, and send only the 4.20 Rosettas that they receive from outside sources (Robetta I think) out to the crunchers.

The other work is the Pythons, which are from a single researcher. They are the ones that really need the support, and aren't getting it.
I think we can assume that it is not a widely-supported project within Rosetta now, and probably won't be.

You have made the best suggestions, if they will listen. But I don't think they have their skilled programmers on it anymore. They have other things to do no doubt.
14) Message boards : Projects : News on Project Outages (Message 107602)
Posted 28 Mar 2022 by Jim1348
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QuChemPedIA website is down, and I have about four hours of stuck uploads.
15) Message boards : Projects : Project DENIS has restarted (Message 107592)
Posted 27 Mar 2022 by Jim1348
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Thanks. It always looked like a worthwhile project in an important area.
16) Message boards : Projects : News on Project Outages (Message 107353)
Posted 13 Mar 2022 by Jim1348
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MilkyWay is having problems again. I can't get to the website.
I can get CPU work (N-Body), but the GPU work (Separations) is very limited; a few come in, but not enough.
17) Message boards : Projects : News on Project Outages (Message 107281)
Posted 5 Mar 2022 by Jim1348
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It seems that MilkyWay has been down for about an hour. I can't contact the website, or get new work.
18) Message boards : Projects : News on Project Outages (Message 107204)
Posted 25 Feb 2022 by Jim1348
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TN-Grid is down.

It is getting hard to keep computers busy.
But I do a lot of Folding too, both CPU and GPU, which can usually be counted on.
19) Message boards : Projects : News on Project Outages (Message 107109)
Posted 16 Feb 2022 by Jim1348
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SiDock is gone again. But I was able to upload my last set of work units.
Now I am zero-zero.
20) Message boards : Projects : News on Project Outages (Message 107108)
Posted 16 Feb 2022 by Jim1348
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SiDock is back.


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