Reply Wed 28 Nov, 2012 02:21 pm
oralloy wrote:
At the moment I'm running BOINC as a service install for the greater security, and that precludes letting BOINC use my graphics card, but if you have a reasonably modern graphics card, and if you don't use a service install, you should try seeing what BOINC will do with your graphics card.

The results will be absolutely stunning. Especially if it is a project that once did CPU work, and you know how long the workunits take on a CPU doing SSE3 calculations.

Moore's Law being what it is, modern graphics cards are more powerful than anything built by Cray Research before Silicone Graphics bought them out. And having your BOINC tasks processed by the equivalent of a Cray supercomputer is pretty amazing.

Your jaw will drop when you see your graphics card knocking off 10-hour workunits in less than a minute, over and over, every minute another 10 hours of work done.

By the way, if anyone thinks I'm at all exaggerating with the Cray comparisons:

Cray XMP:
0.82 gigaflops (real world)
0.94 gigaflops (theoretical)

Cray 2:
2.17 gigaflops (real world)
3.90 gigaflops (theoretical)

Cray C90:
13.70 gigaflops (real world)
15.24 gigaflops (theoretical)

Cray T3D:
100.50 gigaflops (real world)
153.60 gigaflops (theoretical)

The T3D was their first system that linked together hundreds of DEC Alpha CPUs.

And now some graphics cards:

ATI Radeon HD 3870
Released: Nov 19, 2007
99.2 gigaflops (double precision)

ATI Radeon HD 4870
Released: Jun 25, 2008
240 gigaflops (double precision)

ATI Radeon HD 5870
Released: Sep 23, 2009
544 gigaflops (double precision)

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Reply Sat 29 Apr, 2017 08:53 pm
I've taken over the Mystery Science Theater 3000's [email protected] team which has lain dormant for years.

And I created the Mystery Science Theater 3000's [email protected] team.

New recruits would be appreciated.
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Reply Tue 5 Dec, 2017 12:17 am
If anyone is planning to use BOINC on a new computer, I'd recommend going with the new AMD CPUs that have solder inside to transfer heat away from the circuitry, unless you are comfortable cracking open your CPU and voiding the warranty as per these links:

I have a new i7-7700K that I am not even overclocking, and when it is under a full load doing calculations I can't get its internal temperatures any cooler than 75 degrees Celsius even with a Corsair H100i V2 chugging away at maximum settings.

I figured I'd be safe going with Intel and not delidding since I wasn't going to do any overclocking. I guess not. At the moment I'm only able to run BOINC on my GPU. My shiny new 7700K is just sitting on idle.

I would only recommend going with a new Intel CPU if you are willing to delid it before you use it, even if you have no plans to overclock it.
Reply Tue 5 Dec, 2017 01:03 pm
I can't remember what my new(ish) laptop at home is powered by. I'll check it out when I get home this afternoon/evening. Though I never overclock any of my computers because I'm not particularly confident enough in that department.
Reply Tue 5 Dec, 2017 10:15 pm
It doesn't matter so much "what it is" as "how hot it is".

Are you familiar with CPUID's utility that shows all the details about a CPU?

They also make a utility called HWMonitor that measures various things like temperatures in your computer.


The pay "pro" version isn't necessary. The free version works just fine.

You will want to look at the internal temperatures for your CPU and GPU.

When a CPU/GPU is doing intense calculations, a temperature of 60 degrees Celsius starts to slowly damage a chip's circuits.

Doing non-stop calculations at a temperature of 70 degrees Celsius will shorten a chip's typical lifespan to two-to-six years.

Doing non-stop calculations at a temperature of 80 degrees Celsius will shorten a chip's typical lifespan to one-to-three years.

Doing non-stop calculations at a temperature of 90 degrees Celsius will shorten a chip's typical lifespan to six-to-twenty months.

Then again, if you plan to upgrade to a new computer after a certain period of time, it might not matter if your current one wears out just after you stop using it.
Reply Wed 6 Dec, 2017 10:00 am
I'll get that monitor program tonight. I've been getting some weird video glitching yesterday while watching Youtube for awhile. It doesn't seem my system is overheating but it's good to catch any possible problems while the system is still under warranty.
Reply Wed 25 Jul, 2018 06:17 pm
Scientists come up with revised ‘Rio scale’ to rate claims of extraterrestrial contact
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Reply Tue 7 Aug, 2018 03:56 am
Thanks for the info! There is one thing, although, which really concerns me - security measures. How are these handled?
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Reply Mon 3 Jun, 2019 07:38 pm
[email protected] has passed its 20th anniversary May 17, 2019.
20 years and counting!
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Reply Tue 10 Mar, 2020 07:23 pm
On March 31, the volunteer computing part of [email protected] will stop distributing work and will go into hibernation.

We're doing this for two reasons:

1) Scientifically, we're at the point of diminishing returns; basically, we've analyzed all the data we need for now.

2) It's a lot of work for us to manage the distributed processing of data. We need to focus on completing the back-end analysis of the results we already have, and writing this up in a scientific journal paper.

However, [email protected] is not disappearing. The web site and the message boards will continue to operate. We hope that other UC Berkeley astronomers will find uses for the huge computing capabilities of [email protected] for SETI or related areas like cosmology and pulsar research. If this happens, [email protected] will start distributing work again. We'll keep you posted about this.

Reply Tue 10 Mar, 2020 09:51 pm
If you are looking for a worthy successor, the Large Hadron Collider has four or five BOINC projects that help them run their accelerator.


[email protected] helps scientists translate data from the Plank space telescope (that's the one that measured the cosmic microwave background radiation) into more accurate models of the universe and its ultimate fate.


[email protected] is run by Stanford University and models protein folding for medical research. They are independent of BOINC though, and use their own proprietary platform.

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Reply Fri 3 Apr, 2020 02:36 am
I am using BOINC on my HP Notebook and my ACER Desktop M1800. I have both Computers Tuned ON Most of the time, and have been Running All Projects Constantly. The HP only runs ONE task at any time, but the ACER runs 2 at any one time (this is happening by default). i sometimes Suspend tasks if I need to use The Computer/s and I need 100% of the resourses for Optimum Speed etc.. I also Suspend The Projects occassionally and Place them in SLEEP/HIBERNATE Mode for at least a Few Hours or even Overnight every couple of days, and use SHUTDOWN MODE about once a week; However, I sometimes Run either or both constanly for 3 or 4 days, and only put in Sleep Mode for a few hours over that period of time.
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Reply Sun 17 May, 2020 08:13 pm

This video talks about the science behind the current [email protected] project. They went heavy on the unnecessary (terribly trite) score.
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