All remaining ATLAS tasks will be cancelled on Friday 7 April
Source:  ATLAS@Home
mardi 4 avril 2017 13:43

We are happy to see that many of you have moved over to LHC@Home. There are still a few remaining tasks left over here on ATLAS@Home, and in order to complete the move to LHC we plan to cancel all these tasks on Friday 7 April. If you are still running some ATLAS tasks please try to complete them by then so that you can get the credit.

After we have cancelled all the tasks we can proceed to move the credit over to LHC.


CPDN scientists in Nairobi for final workshop of RRA project
Source:  Climateprediction.net
dimanche 2 avril 2017 21:26

Last week CPDN scientists travelled to Nairobi and, together with Kenyan scientists,  gave humanitarian organizations, policy makers and journalists in East Africa critical and timely information on how the Kenyan and Somalian drought of 2016 were influenced by anthropogenic climate change and El Nino.

The work was part of Raising Risk Awareness – a unique collaboration between scientists and communicators to assess the contribution of anthropogenic climate change to extreme weather events in developing countries in East Africa and South East Asia, and identify how such information could help to bridge the science-communications policy gap.

Graphical representation of the first workshop day by artist Jorge Martin Gonzales

 
Using results of the weather@home model runs over Africa, CPDN scientists worked quickly to identify how the probability of these events changed. They were  joined in their efforts by World Weather Attribution team.

Findings suggested that in a region with very large year-to-year variability uncertainties in attributing changes in extremes are large. While the team can exclude that climate change made the drought in Somalia more than five times more likely they found that an increase in the temperatures exacerbate the impacts of the drought in Kenya.

At a workshop and press conference in Nairobi, scientists then worked with Climate Central and the Red Cross Climate Centre to translate these findings into science summaries for journalists and policy makers.  At a final press conference and live TV broadcast, the findings of the Kenyan assessment were shared with the public.

The workshop also provided an opportunity to summarize many of the other outcomes of the Raising Risk Awareness project.  Work included scientific research not only in East Africa but also in India, where the team examined recent heatwaves and floods. In addition, the project involved much needed research to identify best ways to communicate climate risk and new ways to measure the impact of attribution assessments and capacity building visits between partners.

Future key priorities for work will include include improving public access and capacity to the data and methods in developing countries, improving country-specific communication materials and exploring other extreme events in the region.




Now Official: Long-term Collaboration with SpaceX
Source:  BURP RenderFarming
samedi 1 avril 2017 12:54

Since April 2004 we have been under a Non-Disclosure Agreement with Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, better known as SpaceX. In 2017, yesterday in fact with the completion of the rocket re-launch live stream, the contract ran out and we can now finally talk publically about what has been going on behind the scenes all this time as we move forward into an open collaboration with SpaceX on their upcoming missions.



Space is hard, rocket science in particular is very hard. In 2004, just a few years after the SpaceX company was founded, they approached us with the problems they were facing. It had become clear that it was simply too dificult to complete the rockets and development that was required for NASA launches and instead the proposal was to simply render very convincing computer generated 3D graphics instead.
This is where BURP comes in. In 2004 it was very difficult to do these kinds of convincing animations - they initially tried using just normal office computers with simplified night-time visualizations but people on Twitter had become aware that many of the early "launches" seemed to occour at night. Quite quickly the rendering was offloaded onto BURP and we set up a front to look like a rendering service where people could get their Blender animations rendered - when in fact we were rendering SpaceX launches for their "live" streams.

Now that the NDA contract has run out we don't have to wait until the live stream starts in order to publicly show what is being rendered.

Elon Dusk, CEO of SpaceX had the following comment:
BURP is awesome. Now that it has grown so much we expect to be able to render missions to Mars way before 2019, there is nowhere we cannot appear to be going.


Also, when SpaceX eventually catches up with the reasearch for real actual rockets, part of the agreement is that BURP will get to be amongst the very first customers to launch its servers into space. That should make the workunits a lot lighter.

If you missed yesterday's show be sure to check out the "live" stream recording.


We're back online
Source:  SETI@Home
samedi 1 avril 2017 05:37

And with some incredible luck we didn't lose any entries in the pulse signal table at all.

Whew!


Unexpected outage (March 30-31)
Source:  SETI@Home
vendredi 31 mars 2017 01:43

We've found some corruption in a part of our science database that holds the power vs time profiles of detected pulses. We're running some table checks to see if we can localize the problem and come up with a solution that minimizes the lost workunits that need to be redone.


Server maintenance
Source:  Universe@Home
jeudi 30 mars 2017 15:35

Due to moving server to another building tomorrow (31th March) we need to shutdown our main server for few hours.
This will start about 10am UTC and it will take about 4 hours.


Clean Energy Project Researchers Sharing Results and Planning for the Future
Source:  World Community Grid News and Updates
mardi 28 mars 2017 19:45

The Clean Energy Project team is working on publicizing their results to-date. They have wrapped up the second phase of the project, and are also making decisions about their future work with World Community Grid.


ATLAS application now in production
Source:  vLHCathome
mercredi 22 mars 2017 16:45

The ATLAS application is now in production here on LHC@home, after a period of testing. This marks another milestone for the LHC@home consolidation, and we would like to warmly thank all of you who have contributed to help and tests for the migration!

Please refer to Yeti's checklist for the the ATLAS application and the ATLAS application forum if you need help.


ATLAS application now in production
Source:  LHC@Home Classic : SIXTRACK
mercredi 22 mars 2017 16:45

The ATLAS application is now in production here on LHC@home, after a period of testing. This marks another milestone for the LHC@home consolidation, and we would like to warmly thank all of you who have contributed to help and tests for the migration!

Please refer to Yeti's checklist for the the ATLAS application and the ATLAS application forum if you need help.


OpenZika Researchers Continue Calculations and Prepare for Next Stage
Source:  World Community Grid News and Updates
mardi 21 mars 2017 17:43

The OpenZika researchers are continuing to screen millions of chemical compounds as they look for potential treatments for the Zika virus. In this update, they report on the status of their calculations and their continuing work to spread the word about the project.