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Where to crunch?

Postby Col323 » Fri Dec 12, 2014 7:53 am

Daniel 11:32 says, "but the people who do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits." Our team made a valiant push in SIMAP to help finish out the project. We went from barely on the radar, to a team with a Top 10 (and sometimes Top 5) RAC. With that winding up, I was just curious where people might be moving their CPU cycles. I'd love to continue the camaraderie and great contributions to science elsewhere. Below are a few options I'm looking at. I'd love to hear if you'll be on those projects, or if there are other interesting projects you plan on crunching. There certainly is no shortage! Our team is involved in 45 different Boinc projects for the CPU and GPU, plus, we are making a great showing in Folding at Home.

World Community Grid - http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/
Team Rank: 28
Team RAC Rank: 28
This is our flagship team, and it looks to be steady as she goes. We're doing well in the deep waters with some big fish. Of course, a few more cycles never hurt anybody. :) The Mapping Cancer Markers subproject is estimated to run through September or October of 2015. There are a couple new subprojects to go badge hunting on, including a newly released one which targets Ebola.

Rosetta@Home - http://boinc.bakerlab.org/rosetta/
Team Rank: 301
Team RAC Rank: 120
This is a protein folding project which has been around for nearly 10 years. Their science is well-received, although the work tends to run my systems hotter than other Boinc projects. One plus is that you can choose the length a unit will run - from 2 hours all the way up to 24 hours. We're steadily making up some ground here.

MalariaControl.net - http://malariacontrol.net/
Team Rank: 381
Team RAC Rank: 52
This is another old project which targets (wait for it...) malaria. It seems like a smaller project, but perhaps one where we could move up quickly. In my experience, there's not a steady stream of work, so I set this as a backup project or run it in conjunction with something else.

I personally plan on running all of the above. (And might be persuaded to run another project you post about. These are ones I am familiar with, but certainly not the only Boinc projects out there.) I like the science involved in all three, and would like to see our team higher in the ranks in all of them. And hopefully, as we continue to make splashes, we will gather more people to make our team stronger and more fun! We have a great group of people here, and we all have our Creator and Savior as a common bond. I look forward to many more great exploits with you all.
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Re: Where to crunch?

Postby Vester » Fri Dec 12, 2014 3:41 pm

I am running Folding@home on my video card and anything else on the CPU cores. I recently had lots of Errors on jobs at Rosetta@Home although I was running without overclocking...possibly due to Windows Technical Preview restarts that are too quick for BOINC to shut down first. I cannot attach to World Community Grid with BOINC 7.4.27 (x64) manager for some reason...WCG doesn't recognize the username and password I have used for years. I have downloaded WCG 7.2.27 (x86), installed, and it is running.

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Re: Where to crunch?

Postby Col323 » Fri Dec 12, 2014 7:27 pm

Yes, that's a good point about Rosetta. I also notice more errors on some rock stable systems. It's the nature of the science, I guess. I try not to let it bother me much, but it's definitely something to bear in mind when selecting a project. It's better to pick something which you find interesting or can have fun in.

What motivates you all to crunch? The science? A meteoric rise through the charts? The feeling of slowly but surely answering a huge question? Grinding my face into the dirt? lol
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Re: Where to crunch?

Postby Vester » Fri Dec 12, 2014 8:31 pm

I am not as intense about crunching as I was when I started almost 13 years ago, but I enjoy camaraderie, a computer running to its potential, a good forum on the project (not Rosetta@home, although I am a UW Oceanography grad), a stable client, good science, a sense of contributing to the good of humankind, competition, and milestones.

How about starting a Facebook page for our team?

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Re: Where to crunch?

Postby USAFA82 » Sat Dec 13, 2014 11:23 pm

A team member started this one a long time ago, but it was back when we mainly did WCG. It hasn't been active for a long time. There's already a Christians Against Cancer page that someone started when they were diagnosed with cancer.

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Re: Where to crunch?

Postby Vester » Sun Dec 14, 2014 3:10 pm

I was added to the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/8578957453/ after about three hours. There are only nine of us there.

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Re: Where to crunch?

Postby Col323 » Mon Dec 15, 2014 1:29 pm

I have a facebook account, although my wife frequently asks me why. Nothing against it, but I'm probably not the person to spearhead a presence there.
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Re: Where to crunch?

Postby Col323 » Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:34 am

We're a week out from Simap's end. I thought it might be interesting to see if any of the projects mentioned in this thread have seen an uptick in production.


World Community Grid - http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/
Team Rank: 28
Team RAC Rank: 27 (+1 from last week)
It's nice to see an increase here. I think we all put at least some of our cycles here after Simap, but it's also where we are ranked highest. The climbing is tough here, so improving our RAC rank is no easy task. Now, if I were smart, I would have actually logged our average output to see the increase in points per day too. Oops, can't win them all. :icon_redface:

Rosetta@Home - http://boinc.bakerlab.org/rosetta/
Team Rank: 291 (+10 from last week)
Team RAC Rank: 43 (+77 from last week)
There have been reports out of Rosetta project HQ of stampeding Sheep. :shock: lol

MalariaControl.net - http://malariacontrol.net/
Team Rank: 351 (+30 from last week)
Team RAC Rank: 33 (+19 from last week)
This improvement has been a nice surprise! Our surge here has been primarily fueled by Dave58, who was not with us on Simap. It would be great if he could find he way here to say "Hi."
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Re: Where to crunch?

Postby Col323 » Fri Jan 23, 2015 1:22 pm

It's been about a month since I updated this. I was curious to see how things were holding up.

World Community Grid - http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/
Team Rank: 28
Team RAC Rank: 27
Steady as she goes on the team flagship.

Rosetta@Home - http://boinc.bakerlab.org/rosetta/
Team Rank: 221 (+70 from last report)
Team RAC Rank: 14 (+29 from last report)
The Sheep stampede continues!

MalariaControl.net - http://malariacontrol.net/
Team Rank: 268 (+83 from last report)
Team RAC Rank: 29 (+4 from last report)
We're doing a good job of climbing the ladder here too. I don't suppose anybody is friends with brilong from HardOCP? :mrgreen:

I'm quite excited with how well we are doing on all three fronts! And I know there's work being done on other projects like Poem, GPUGrid, PrimeGrid, etc which I am not tracking here. Great work, everybody!
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Re: Where to crunch?

Postby Vester » Fri Jan 23, 2015 7:22 pm

I am at Poem@Home where there is a new GPU client. Members with idle GPUs who want to run Poem@Home on the GPU and something else on their CPU cores can do so with some help from me or another member. I've only been crunching Poem@Home since mid-December and my RAC is already 23rd highest on the project. I ran for years on other projects using CPUs. Look at this. Nearly 220 thousand points today!


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