News from BOINC Projects

Recent items from the news feeds of various BOINC projects.

[NumberFields@home] Future of the Project

I've been procrastinating in sharing some news and I finally got around to doing it.

My old thesis advisor who has been backing this project retired in May. I don't actually work for the university, so this means the project has lost is primary benefactor.

The good news is that the university has allowed the project to continue. The bad news is that they will not be supporting any more hardware upgrades. This means when the current hardware fails the project will come to an end.

I'm hoping the current hardware can last several more years. One of the most critical parts is the hard drive, and we just got a new one about 1.5 years ago. Given that the previous hard drive lasted over 4 years, this is a positive.

This news has played into my reasoning on the order of the searches. Given that sf3 is practically guaranteed to be complete, I though it was prudent to use our finite time to first concentrate on sf7. The short term goal is to get sf7 to the same state that sf3 is currently in, which should take us into early next year. At that point, we can either spend the time to finish off sf3 and sf7, or continue on with sf6. Doing sf6 will allow us to find more fields in the finite time we have left, but finishing off sf3 and sf7 will allow us to say with 100% certainty that they are indeed complete. I am leaning towards finishing off sf3 and sf7, but that may change as time goes on.

View article · Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:18:41 +0000

[ODLK1] Holiday


from tomorrow there will be 2 weeks holiday and so there will be no physical access to server in case of problems.

Be sure to have a backup BOINC project in case of problem here for not let your clients without works.


View article · Fri, 5 Aug 2022 11:27:13 +0000

[World Community Grid] Interview with Help Stop TB team

Learn about the current state and future plans of Help Stop TB through this brief interview

View article · Thu, 4 Aug 2022 14:14:26 +0000

[WEP-M+2] P2203:220000000 wu's (of 10000 trials each equiv.) processed!

Thanks to all the users. Please keep crunching!

View article · Thu, 4 Aug 2022 07:36:12 +0000

[World Community Grid] Interview with Africa Rainfall Project team

Learn about the current state and future plans of the Africa Rainfall Project through this brief interview

View article · Fri, 29 Jul 2022 17:05:08 +0000

[World Community Grid] Research update from the SCC team

A short research update from the Smash Childhood Cancer team

View article · Wed, 27 Jul 2022 15:18:21 +0000

[PrimeGrid] Challenge may end early

Due to unanticipated problems with the "Pi" challenge, we may, without notice, end the challenge early. Details can be found in this forum thread. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your cooperation.

View article · Mon, 25 Jul 2022 15:35:20 +0000

[SIDock@home] CmDock new release pending

Dear SiDock@home community,

Just a little update on the development of our CmD software. We were planning to release CmD 0.1.5.; however, we decided to wait a bit. Namely, we want to implement a robust testing (regression, unit) pipeline and lay the work for future software optimization. Therefore we would like to implement a cross-platform consistent pseudo-random number generation that would mean - write once, compile and test everywhere... We think this can be achieved relatively quickly.

On the other front, Mac builds are being tested and we will provide the community with Mac builds through homebrew platform. We will publish the news on future release here.

All the best,

View article · Fri, 22 Jul 2022 15:33:02 +0000

[RakeSearch] Processing of the square # 17 completed

Dear participants, processing of the square # 17 is fully completed! The square:

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B
1 2 0 4 5 3 8 9 A B 6 7
2 0 1 5 3 4 A B 6 7 8 9
B 7 9 8 A 6 5 1 3 2 4 0
A 6 8 7 9 B 0 5 1 3 2 4
9 B 7 6 8 A 4 0 5 1 3 2
5 3 4 2 0 1 7 8 9 A B 6
4 5 3 1 2 0 B 6 7 8 9 A
3 4 5 0 1 2 9 A B 6 7 8
6 8 A 9 B 7 1 3 2 4 0 5
7 9 B A 6 8 3 2 4 0 5 1
8 A 6 B 7 9 2 4 0 5 1 3

has 1228403532 orthogonal mates which puts it on the 4th place of the rating among another squares with ~1.2 billion mates!

Now "high part" of spectra of ODLS-12 looks like this (square # 17 marked by red):

Thank you for participation and donation of CPU Time!

View article · Wed, 20 Jul 2022 17:24:55 +0000

[WEP-M+2] 12-digit factor of P2203 has now been found by the project...

...365020 times

View article · Tue, 19 Jul 2022 10:51:05 +0000

[PrimeGrid] SR5 Mega Prime Find!

On 19 June 2022, 04:26:15 UTC, PrimeGrid’s Sierpinski/Riesel Base 5 Problem project eliminated k=63838 by finding the mega prime: 63838*5^3887851-1 The prime is 2,717,497 digits long and enters Chris Caldwell's “The Largest Known Primes Database” ranked 99th overall. 58 k’s now remain in the Riesel Base 5 problem. The discovery was made by Scott Lee (freestman) of China using an AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Six-Core Processor with 32GB RAM, running Microsoft Windows 11 Professional x64 Edition. This computer took about 4 hours, 34 minutes to complete the prp test using LLR2. Scott is a member of the team, Chinese Dream. The prime was verified on 19 June 2022, 22:29 UTC, by an Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-9100F CPU @ 3.60GHz with 16GB RAM, running Linux. This computer took about 11 hours and 57 minutes to complete the primality test using LLR2. For more details, please see the official announcement.

View article · Mon, 18 Jul 2022 19:26:44 +0000

[PrimeGrid] Pi Approximation Day Challenge starts July 22

The fifth challenge of the 2022 Series will be a 3-day challenge celebrating the day that our arbitrary measurement units for the Earth's rotation align to numerically resemble the fraction 22/7, which approximates the value of the infamous circle constant 'pi' with an error of 400ppm! Honestly, I'm not sure why March 14th gets all the love -- 3.14 is a much worse approximation for pi! The challenge will be offered on the PPS-LLR application, beginning 22 July 22:00 UTC and ending 25 July 22:00 UTC. To participate in the Challenge, please select only the Proth Prime Search LLR (PPS) project in your PrimeGrid preferences section. For more info, questions, and lively debate about the best approximation for pi (it's 3 😁), check out the forum thread for this challenge: Happy 22/7!

View article · Sun, 17 Jul 2022 16:03:10 +0000

[World Community Grid] July 2022 Tech Team Update

Discusses current errors with our BOINC platform and what is currently being fixed

View article · Wed, 13 Jul 2022 15:29:54 +0000

[Rosetta@home] COVID-19 vaccine with IPD nanoparticles wins full approval abroad

The IPD is excited to announce it's first designed protein medicine with full approval abroad.

Congrats and thank you to all Rosetta@home contributors! The computing you have provided has greatly aided in de novo protein design challenges such as vaccine development leading to breakthroughs like this.

For more information you can visit the IPD vaccine news post.

A video is also available here.

From the IPD news site:

• Clinical testing found the vaccine outperforms Oxford/AstraZeneca’s

• The protein-based vaccine, now called SKYCovione, does not require deep freezing

• University of Washington to waive royalty fees for the duration of the pandemic

• South Korea to purchase 10 million doses for domestic use

A vaccine for COVID-19 developed at the University of Washington School of Medicine has been approved by the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety for use in individuals 18 years of age and older. The vaccine, now known as SKYCovione, was found to be more effective than the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine sold under the brand names Covishield and Vaxzevria.

SK bioscience, the company leading the SKYCovione’s clinical development abroad, is now seeking approval for its use in the United Kingdom and beyond. If approved by the World Health Organization, the vaccine will be made available through COVAX, an international effort to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccines around the world. In addition, the South Korean government has agreed to purchase 10 million doses for domestic use.

The Seattle scientists behind the new vaccine sought to create a ‘second-generation’ COVID-19 vaccine that is safe, effective at low doses, simple to manufacture, and stable without deep freezing. These attributes could enable vaccination at a global scale by reaching people in areas where medical, transportation, and storage resources are limited.

“We know more than two billion people worldwide have not received a single dose of vaccine,” said David Veesler, associate professor of biochemistry at UW School of Medicine and co-developer of the vaccine. “If our vaccine is distributed through COVAX, it will allow it to reach people who need access.”

The University of Washington is licensing the vaccine technology royalty-free for the duration of the pandemic.

Congrats and thank you again to all R@h contributors!

View article · Wed, 6 Jul 2022 18:27:59 +0000

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