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Message 2039956 - Posted: 23 Mar 2020, 21:33:54 UTC

SETI@home will stop distributing tasks soon, but we encourage you to continue donate computing power to science research - in particular, research on the COVID-19 virus. The best way to do this is to join Science United and check the "Biology and Medicine" box.
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Message 2039957 - Posted: 23 Mar 2020, 21:39:16 UTC
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Or just attach directly to Rosetta@home. ;-)

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Message 2039959 - Posted: 23 Mar 2020, 21:42:31 UTC

I'm willing to help but there is a question first:

Is there is a way to configure SU to only run Covid-19 related work?
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Message 2039964 - Posted: 23 Mar 2020, 21:53:36 UTC - in response to Message 2039959.  

I'm willing to help but there is a question first:

Is there is a way to configure SU to only run Covid-19 related work?


Nope
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Message 2039967 - Posted: 23 Mar 2020, 22:06:57 UTC

Or switch from BOINC to Folding@Home.
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Message 2039968 - Posted: 23 Mar 2020, 22:08:12 UTC - in response to Message 2039957.  

Or just attach directly to Rosetta@home. ;-)

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Why should a longtime BOINC-user switch to Science United and lose control on which project he/she likes to crunch? As well not all hardware/software suits every project, so a heavy BOINC-user will not be able to optimize his computers for a specific WU.
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Message 2039969 - Posted: 23 Mar 2020, 22:08:50 UTC

There's always the non-BOINC option Folding@home, which is apparently now the most powerful computer on Earth (though I don't think that rating is near high enough myself) as this is the project that the gamers are overwhelmingly supporting. It's doing as much COVID-19 as possible.
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Message 2039970 - Posted: 23 Mar 2020, 22:09:50 UTC
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As Richard and Mr Kevvy says, you can also sign up to Folding at home which is researching Covid-19.

The most important thing is to try and beat this virus in ANY way we can, via whatever platform..

https://foldingathome.org/
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Message 2039986 - Posted: 23 Mar 2020, 22:54:45 UTC
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So your posting for people to go to another "project" you're involved in called Science United? A little biased isn't it?

I'll stick with Rosetta or F@H directly then.
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Message 2040036 - Posted: 24 Mar 2020, 4:32:50 UTC - in response to Message 2039986.  

Having looked into projects to switch over to after SETi is gone....
Science United is a no go for me.

I want to pick what I work on not have it picked for me so
I'll do nothing rather than Science United.

After 3/31 - I'll find something else to spend my cycles on
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Message 2040041 - Posted: 24 Mar 2020, 5:55:50 UTC - in response to Message 2040036.  

Well if you like Space .... Milkyway is a good project.

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Message 2040052 - Posted: 24 Mar 2020, 8:16:33 UTC

I am running mostly Milkyway@home in Science United. I have astronomy, physics and chemistry as first choice, medicine and biology, mathematics and earth sciences as second choice. But I never see them running.
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Message 2040054 - Posted: 24 Mar 2020, 8:18:14 UTC

Seti is not closing for good it is simply being halted for the time being to clear 20 years worth of results. And then rethink how we proceed after that. The blunt facts are that if we haven't found anything in 20 years "For whatever reason",,

1. There is nothing to find
2. ET doesn't want to be found
3. We are not looking in the right place
4. We aren't looking for the right type of signal
5. Our algorithms aren't up to the task.

How likely are we to find anything in the next 20 years, carrying on as we are?

There are currently 49 Boinc projects and 13 non-Boinc Distributed Computing projects.. They cover a multi discipline range of work from, maths, science, medicine and space and & Earth sciences.

Yes, the announcement could have been handled less clumsily, and with a gentle forewarning, of what might be necessary, but that is by the by. Seti may have become to some a way of life like a religion or creed, but it is simply a successful scientific project, that is taking a much needed break. No need for hand wringing or angst.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_distributed_computing_projects
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Message 2040075 - Posted: 24 Mar 2020, 12:22:13 UTC
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Following a notice on theregister.co.uk which commented on the consortium of USA firms and scientific institutions to unite their supercomputers to fight the coronavirus reaching an aggregate power of 330 petaflops, I found a comment by Greg Bowman, the director of Folding@home, who said that Folding@home has reached an aggregate power of 470 petaflops. Possible?
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Message 2040078 - Posted: 24 Mar 2020, 12:41:05 UTC - in response to Message 2040075.  

Possible?
Depends how they're counting the flops. BOINC is currently claiming 24-hour average: 30.823 PetaFLOPS (home page, scroll to bottom), but since a large proportion of them are reverse-calculated from the BOINC credit awarded at Collatz, I'm not sure the claim would withstand audit by https://www.top500.org/
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Message 2040083 - Posted: 24 Mar 2020, 13:15:20 UTC
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Just a proposal:

Why S@H don't make it's part on the Covid-19 crises and delay the end of new work for a couple of months, until the crises stops, that could help us to stay at home passing the quarantines.
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Message 2040102 - Posted: 24 Mar 2020, 14:38:44 UTC
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I don't believe the data given by Bowman. If Summit ( number 1 of Top500), Sierra (2) and other super aggregated together reach 330 petaflops, it is impossble that an assembly of PCs reaches 470 petaflops.
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Sorry, my first version was in Italian.
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Message 2040193 - Posted: 24 Mar 2020, 22:43:47 UTC - in response to Message 2040102.  

I don't believe the data given by Bowman. If Summit ( number 1 of Top500), Sierra (2) and other super aggregated together reach 330 petaflops, it is impossble that an assembly of PCs reaches 470 petaflops.
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Sorry, my first version was in Italian.

https://boinc.berkeley.edu/
24-hour average: 30.823 PetaFLOPS.
Active: 141,417 volunteers, 835,414 computers.
Daily change: +1590 volunteers, +21523 computers.
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Message 2040281 - Posted: 25 Mar 2020, 10:56:51 UTC

Excuse me (or don't), but I won't be signing up my computer for something that's going to run whatever it wants instead of being a single, specific project that I choose myself and know exactly what resources it allocates and how and why. Also won't be signing up for something specifically intended for a less tech-savvy audience, as the description states.
Now something like Science United is useful in attracting new people to distributed computing, yes, but frankly I find seeing it promoted to existing users quite concerning...
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Message 2040303 - Posted: 25 Mar 2020, 13:21:03 UTC - in response to Message 2040281.  

Greetings

In regards to SU, thankyou but no thankyou.

My computers and my choice as to what projects I crunch.

Why the duplication though????

Running WCG and GPUGRID, with the odd FOLDING@HOME (When I can get work though).

Cheers
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