01 May 2009

SETI@home completes a decade of ET search

On the 17th of May, Seti@home celebrates its 10th birthday.

Highlights of this week
  • Seti 10th anniversary
  • GPUgrid starts analysis of HIV protein
  • BOINC client testing continues
The text of the Seti 10th anniversary news release can be found at http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/anniversary_info.php

GPUgrid have started an analysis of a HIV protein which I considered a worthy thing to crunch. The work units are somewhat larger than normal. The output files are also rather large. The last one I saw had 29Mb of output to report back. Depending on which of the computers gets the work they can take days or 8 hours.

BOINC 6.6.25 was released with a couple of minor fixes in an attempt to track down the scheduling bugs that cause task "thrashing". That is it will start tasks then suspend them to run other tasks, only to resume the original tasks later. While a number of people have made suggestions (myself included) they all appear to be ignored by the developers.

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