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 Team MacNN is now #5 in Predictor Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

Team MacNN has advanced to #5 overall in Predictor@Home. We are currently #1 in crunch rate. Our next opportunity is FIU-SCS who we are currently outcrunching by 9000+ a day. However they have a good lead on us of almost 150,000. At the current rate we should pass them in about 16-17 days. FIU-SCS is the second strongest team in production, after MacNN and are capable of surprise, so we dare not let our production slack.

Current #1 team is OcUK - Overclockers UK with a 944,099.8 point lead. We currently outcrunch them by about 18,000 per day. If we can maintain our current production lead, we should be able to take #1 overall in about 53 days. Again, we can't take this team for granted. They are capable of some pretty impressive power displays of their own.

Keep Crunching Predictor.


 BOINC GUI's now available. Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

Macintosh BOINC GUI is now available as a Development version.
-- For those who haven't been paying close attention, there are now two BOINC GUI's for Macintosh. One is a simple menubar GUI that runs BOINC version 4.25 and the other is an Advanced GUI, version 4.35, that looks and works similar to the Windows GUI. (Actually it looks better). It also provides a screensaver and supports graphics on those BOINC projects that have Graphics. (Not all BOINC projects currently provide Graphics.) -- The Advanced GUI does have some bugs with "work estimation and completed percentage" but those will eventually be fixed.

So for those SETI and other DC participants who have been avoiding BOINC because of the terminal, now is the time to change. A user friendly GUI that installs just like any other application is now available for Mac users. Make the switch and crunch for Team MacNN.

NOTE: OS 10.3.x or greater is required..


 Boinc Beta 4.27 Clients Posted Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

reader50 has posted my latest optimized compiles of the Boinc 4.27 Beta clients on the team resource site.

Note that the benchmarking code has changed and so the clients will benchmark slower than existing ones.
They are not any slower, just the benchmarks are longer and more involved.

If you are daring, feel free to try out the new beta clients.

Boinc Beta Clients


 Predictor stats are working again Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

The fix is in, you may now place your bets with confidence.

With Predictor's 20-member pages whipped, the way is clear to work on Climate stats. Look for things to heat up.


 Predictor stats may be down a bit longer Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

Mikkyo reported recently that our Predictor stats were frozen, so I went after them tonight. It turns out the project people made a number of site changes, including modified HTML code. My local copy of the parsers is working again, but running them turned up yet another problem.

Looks like the Predictor folks upgraded to the latest BOINC server-side files, and forgot to reapply the hack so team member listings become unlimited. Yes, the team listings are again limited to 20 members per page. Even worse, the server files are hardcoded so the maximum team listing is 1,020 members, additional members are not listed after this point.

I could shoot off an email to them and request the hack be reapplied, but these limits apply to all the other BOINC projects too. Instead, I'll build an alternate idea to reach the data, which will make stats coverage practical on the other BOINC projects as well. Note, we could use the XML files for stats data that updates only every 12-24 hours. But that would be no better than anyone else's stats updates.

So, no Predictor stats tonight, or possibly for a few days. But the prospects are looking better for stats coverage on additional BOINC projects.


 Stats Maintenance Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

We've been doing some maintenance on the teamstats database over the last few days. This may go on for a couple days more, and it is maxing out the processing box. This is causing stats updates to lag on many teams.

Once the database maintenance is done, all the lagging teams will catch up. The maintenance is useful, we are clearing out redundant data that had swelled the DB from it's normal ~7 GB to over 13 GB. The specific teams being worked on will benefit from faster seek times afterwards.


 Einstein@Home goes public. Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

Feb 19, 2005
Einstein@Home was officially launched this morning at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting in Washington, DC, USA.

Einstein@Home.

Einstein@home is a program that uses your computer's idle time to search for spinning neutron stars (also called pulsars) using data from the LIGO and GEO gravitational wave detectors. Einstein@home is a World Year of Physics 2005 project supported by the American Physical Society (APS) and by a number of international organizations.

This first production run of Einstein@home carries out a search for pulsars over the entire sky, using the most sensitive 600 hours of data from LIGO's third science run, S3. The purpose is to detect and analyze Gravitational waves that may support Einstein's "Theory of Relativity".


 Predictor@Home is back. Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

Predictor@Home is back online, at least as far as their website goes. (Surprised me) During v4.0 alpha testing, I was never able to get any Mac work units, but the Win and Linux were working okay. However, I was probably the only Mac tester, and with most the staff at Casp 6, getting me Mac work was not a priority.

Team MacNN is ranked #8 in total credit. It may take a few days to get everything back up and working smoothly, but overall the platform is stable and is now running on some beefy new servers that should be able to handle the load.


 Recent Forum Threads Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

If teamstats was to be rebuilt...
a thread for discussion about ways to improve teamstats

Planned teamstats outage coming up
information about an upcoming outage, and more

New Number 1 position in Folding@Home for Team MacNN!!!
Congrats to OneMacGuy on reaching number one for our team

Want more discussion? Head over to the team forum.


 We have Predictor stats Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

Predictor@home stats are online, but the project itself remains in closed beta. At some point, they will open back up to general participation.

For the moment, our stats are cronned to update once per day. When the project comes back, we will speed that up.

Thanks to krove for setting up Predictor and Climate sections, this is our first post in the Predictor section.


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