Posts by Bill F
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1) Message boards : Web site : HTTPS Enhancement (Message 2215)
Posted 26 Feb 2021 by Profile Bill F
I would like to strongly to encourage you to move to a more secure network protocol. Specifically HTTPS. Almost all BOINC projects have done so already because of todays online risk issues worldwide.

Bill F
2) Message boards : Science : AMD COVID-19 HPC Fund (Message 2134)
Posted 13 Dec 2020 by Profile Bill F
JaviF

You are active on the Forums but have no systems attached and no credit's. What are you waiting for ?

Join us.

Bill F
3) Message boards : Windows : WIn 7 32 Bit on AMD (Message 1969)
Posted 30 Sep 2020 by Profile Bill F
Will this application run on a Win 7 32 Bit system that has a CPU Capable of sse2 ?
Microsoft Windows (98 or later) running on an Intel x86-compatible CPU 1.11 (sse2)

AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+ [Family 15 Model 75 Stepping 2]

Thanks
Bill F
4) Message boards : Number crunching : Server Status - No Work Available (Message 1961)
Posted 28 Sep 2020 by Profile Bill F
New issue with no WU's available for download today.

Please post an update.

Thanks
Bill F
5) Message boards : Number crunching : TN-Grid on AMD GPUs (Message 1956)
Posted 19 Sep 2020 by Profile Bill F
Will you create an application for AMD GPUs?


I'm actually on it.

The client code is open-source and anyone willing can improve it. Several people from outside the research group already added very clever stuff (see posts by "[B@P] Daniel"), but so far no GPU version made it to stable. I'm now focusing on a new OpenCL-GPU (Nvidia and AMD GPU) implementation.

The current code cannot be ported 1:1, but the idea behind it can be ported. The switch from sequential to parallel will have 2 effects:

1. the raw number of calculations goes up by a factor of 1.5 - 2. That isn't so bad as most computers have way, way faster GPU than CPU.

2. the results will slightly change. I contacted the team about this. They seem to be willing to at least consider the option. The change in results implies the CPU and GPU version cannot crunch the same WU without major changes on the server side. But the scientific output will be comparable.

TN-Grid recovers links between gene expressions. Nobody knows for sure what the true result is. There is the uncertainty related to the measurement itself, statistics,... . But there are also test data sets generated by a human (ground truth data). Even for those datasets the algorithms don't hit the target perfectly. Getting the main parts right is good enough, for various liberal definitions of "main", "right" and "good enough".

Porting the code takes time, don't hold your breath. I'm not part of the team, i'm not related to the university, the scientific team may not like the result in the end and i do this on my own in my free time. It currently looks doable without major gotchas. It will be faster than the CPU version, but not by an exorbitant factor. Expect 25x or maybe 100x faster than a single CPU-core, not some magic 10.000x faster. Given that modern CPUs with 8 cores / 16 threads already run 16 WU in parallel, the impact will not be a total game changer. The current code is already good and highly optimized.

ETA wise think months, not days. And the results need to be verified, which will also take time.



L.Gibson
Your possible OpenCl porting was mentioned on thread in the news
AMD COVID-19 HPC Fund.

Bill
6) Message boards : Science : AMD COVID-19 HPC Fund (Message 1951)
Posted 18 Sep 2020 by Profile Bill F
If your new computational resources are sufficient, don't feel the need to "make work" to keep crunchers happy, I have several "silent" projects on my machines, every now and then, one of them pushes a couple of weeks work, then goes silent again. Remember, the crunchers are trying to help you, they should never be a burden.

The AMD grant is an important temporary boost to our computational resources that will hopefully help us to explore new scientific frontiers. The gene@home project doesn't have a deadline. Our algorithms are very "generic", they can easily be applied to other organisms, other datasets (differently built) of the same organism, not only in the biological field, they can be useful whenever you have a lot of variables, each one with different experimental values and you need to find causal relationships among them. The algorithm itself could also be improved, others may be added.
We will continue to move on, with your help.


Thank you for that last reply it gives us direction and reassurance that we will have a value moving forward.

Bill F
Dallas TX
7) Message boards : Number crunching : Updated BOINC Clients 7.16.11 - Windows 64-bit and Mac OS X (64-bit Intel) (Message 1936)
Posted 9 Sep 2020 by Profile Bill F
Version 7.16.11 of the BOINC client software has been released for Mac OS and Windows.

Download at https://boinc.berkeley.edu/download_all.php

Release notes at https://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/Release_Notes

Bill F
8) Message boards : Wish List : HTTPS Secure Site (Message 1891)
Posted 13 Jul 2020 by Profile Bill F
New check on https://gene.disi.unitn.it/test/ security by Edge browser shows site as not secure. Unable to determine why, but it appears that something needs to be looked at or Tweaked.

Thanks
Bill F
9) Message boards : Number crunching : Updated BOINC Clients (Message 1765)
Posted 8 Apr 2020 by Profile Bill F
Updated BOINC Clients for Win 64, Mac OS X 64 and Linux 64 have been released for public use

https://boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/Release_Notes_for_BOINC_7.16

Bill F
10) Message boards : News : New organism (Message 1397)
Posted 3 Dec 2018 by Profile Bill F
It has been about 7 months since the start of plans to start working on a new Organism were first announced.

Can you give us an update on where we are on the change. Maybe what type of organism are we now working on and how big of a project this will in years of crunching.

Thank you
Bill F
Dallas TX
11) Message boards : Number crunching : BOINC Version upgrade 7.14.2 (Message 1369)
Posted 20 Oct 2018 by Profile Bill F
The recommended version of BOINC has been raised to 7.14.2

This is for Windows and Mac OS X (64-bit Intel) Version 10.6.0+


Bill F
12) Message boards : Number crunching : New MAC BOINC Client 10.7.3 64Bit on Intel (Message 1334)
Posted 15 Jun 2018 by Profile Bill F
A patched release of the BOINC Client for MAC OS 64Bit on Intel was released on June 6th.

Version 10.7.3

Bill F
13) Message boards : Macintosh : New MAC BOINC Client 10.7.3 64Bit on Intel (Message 1333)
Posted 15 Jun 2018 by Profile Bill F
A patched release of the BOINC Client for MAC OS 64Bit on Intel was released on June 6th.

Version 10.7.3

Bill F
14) Message boards : Number crunching : Application List (Message 1292)
Posted 13 May 2018 by Profile Bill F
The Application screen at the URL below does not have a Update Time Stamp. How often is this screen updated ?

https://gene.disi.unitn.it/test/apps.php

Thanks
Bill F
15) Message boards : Number crunching : Server Status - No Work Available (Message 1268)
Posted 12 Mar 2018 by Profile Bill F
We are back to zero work units available for down load. Since the Admin has not responded on this thread I will try to send a PM to him.

Bill F
Dallas TX
16) Message boards : Number crunching : Server Status - No Work Available (Message 1263)
Posted 17 Feb 2018 by Profile Bill F
Is there away to optimize the work unit generator to increase the amount of WU's per Hour / Day ?

Or can a second process be be created to have two work unit generators feeding the bucket if you have a lot or experiments queued ?

Thanks
Bill F
17) Message boards : Number crunching : Server Status - No Work Available (Message 1261)
Posted 15 Feb 2018 by Profile Bill F
Yep the bucket is empty again.... no WU's available for distribution. All services show as running.

Bill F
Dallas TX
18) Message boards : Number crunching : Server Status - No Work Available (Message 1240)
Posted 17 Jan 2018 by Profile Bill F
Green Laurel Leaves with a number in the Middle ?

That is where the user has been named User of the Day and the number is how many projects.
19) Message boards : Number crunching : New MAC Boinc Client 7.8.6 (Message 1238)
Posted 17 Jan 2018 by Profile Bill F
BOINC 7.8.6 for Mac OS is now available on the primary BOINC Download Site:

https://boinc.berkeley.edu/download_all.php

From Charlie Fenton ...

This is a release for Macintosh only; there are no changes from 7.8.3, 7.8.4 or 7.8.5 affecting the code for any other platform. It fixes a couple of Mac-only bugs in 7.8.5:
* Reliably installs the BOINC screensaver (unless asked not to do so.)
* Fixes a bug which could prevent determining the correct size of RAM when run on versions of OS X older than OS 10.11.
20) Message boards : Macintosh : New MAC Boinc Client 7.8.6 (Message 1237)
Posted 17 Jan 2018 by Profile Bill F
BOINC 7.8.6 for Mac OS is now available on the primary BOINC Download Site:

https://boinc.berkeley.edu/download_all.php

From Charlie Fenton ...

This is a release for Macintosh only; there are no changes from 7.8.3, 7.8.4 or 7.8.5 affecting the code for any other platform. It fixes a couple of Mac-only bugs in 7.8.5:
* Reliably installs the BOINC screensaver (unless asked not to do so.)
* Fixes a bug which could prevent determining the correct size of RAM when run on versions of OS X older than OS 10.11.


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