News from BOINC Projects

Recent items from the news feeds of various BOINC projects.

[[email protected]] Server Maintenance 12:00 PM ET (16:00 UTC) 9/23/2022

Hey Everyone,

We've been noticing some occasional long loading times and brief connection disruptions with the server, so I'm going to take things down at noon ET tomorrow (4PM UTC) and reboot the server. It should be back up pretty quickly. Hopefully this fixes the issues we're having.


View article · Thu, 22 Sep 2022 16:30:56 +0000

[[email protected]] New [email protected] Scientist

Hello everyone,

My name is Kevin Roux and I will be working with Dr. Newberg for my Ph.D thesis. I look forward to working on this project and working with you all for the next couple of years.

Kevin Roux

View article · Wed, 21 Sep 2022 17:54:01 +0000

[[email protected]] New [email protected] scientist

Hi, my name is Hiroka. I am a PhD student working with Prof. Newberg. As part of my theses, I am working on the nbody project.

Thank you,

View article · Wed, 21 Sep 2022 17:46:42 +0000

[SRBase] cable provider down

The network connection was not available for nearly 6h. I have just tried to call and in this time it is back online but very slowly.

Apologies for that!

View article · Tue, 20 Sep 2022 05:55:06 +0000

[WEP-M+2] 12-digit factor of P2203 has now been found by the project...

...374646 times

View article · Mon, 19 Sep 2022 10:51:01 +0000

[ODLK1] The results of the ODLK1 project for January-March 2022

The results of the ODLK1 project for January-March 2022 have been published.

Application odlk3: 422819 CF ODLK;
Application odlkmax: 486530 CF ODLK.

Archive ODLK1_Jan-Mar2022_named.7z
14.5 MB.

View article · Mon, 19 Sep 2022 06:25:23 +0000

[PrimeGrid] Riemann's Birthday Challenge starts September 17th

The sixth challenge of the 2022 Series will be a 3-day challenge celebrating the 196th birthday of the German mathematician Bernhard Riemann. The challenge will be offered on the WW application, beginning 17 September 20:00 UTC and ending 20 September 20:00 UTC. To participate in the Challenge, please select only the Wieferich and Wall-Sun-Sun Prime Search (WW) project in your PrimeGrid preferences section. Issues? Inquiries? Interjections? Join the discussion at

View article · Wed, 14 Sep 2022 18:05:24 +0000

[[email protected]] RIP Frank Drake

We are sad to report that SETI pioneer and originator of the Drake Equation passed away on September 2nd. Frank at the age of 92. Frank conducted the first SETI experiments capable of detecting radio signals at nearby stars distances, He continued to be a large influence on the field into his 90s.

Dan Werthimer had this to say:

If it weren't for Frank, I'd be filthy rich. When the first microcomputer chips came out in the early 70's I joined the Homebrew Computer Club, along with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Everybody in Homebrew became ultra-rich, except me.

While other homebrewers were designing and selling the first home computers, I spent my time figuring out how to utilize the first computer chips for SETI experiments, thanks to Frank. I didn't become rich, but instead I was inspired by Frank to work on some of the most fundamental questions we have as humans. He taught me so much - I was incredibly fortunate to work with Frank on many SETI experiments for 45 years. Frank's insights led to optical SETI, [email protected], and most recently, while in his 90's, Frank helped pioneer PANOSETI.

Frank was a wonderful friend, mentor, and brilliant collaborator. If Earthlings ever find ET, we'll have Frank to thank.

View article · Sun, 4 Sep 2022 22:04:33 +0000

[[email protected]] Project update

Dear crunchers.

The project was developed a few years ago with an intern and a very limited budget. Despite many project submissions, we did not get any funding. Sometimes we are told that our project is too ambitious, sometimes not enough... It is discouraging! The truth is that the public funding of research in France is extremely low.

Our prototype programs are outdated. At the beginning, I struggled with VMs, then security changes in the Linux kernel started to prevent the application from running properly.

Despite everything and thanks to you (thank you!), we are coming to the end of a computing campaign and the integration of the data will take me a lot of time. The project is obviously not finished and we could still submit many calculations. But today the priority is to analyze and valorize what we already have. I'll go through the last calculations that had problems and see if I can resubmit some tasks, but very soon there will be no more WU.

We have made a lot of progress with little funding, we will continue to share our scientific publications with you. Moreover, we are currently finishing writing an article and I can already tell you that we have developed a way to greatly reduce the calculations of unstable molecules.

See you soon
Kind regards,

View article · Mon, 29 Aug 2022 09:42:32 +0000

[RakeSearch] Processing of the square # 18 completed

Dear participants, processing of the square # 18 is fully completed! The square:

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B
1 2 0 4 5 3 8 6 7 B 9 A
2 0 1 5 3 4 7 8 6 A B 9
6 8 7 9 B A 2 1 0 5 4 3
8 7 6 B A 9 0 2 1 3 5 4
7 6 8 A 9 B 1 0 2 4 3 5
9 B A 8 7 6 5 4 3 0 2 1
A 9 B 6 8 7 4 3 5 2 1 0
B A 9 7 6 8 3 5 4 1 0 2
5 3 4 0 1 2 A B 9 6 7 8
4 5 3 2 0 1 B 9 A 7 8 6
3 4 5 1 2 0 9 A B 8 6 7

has 153240804 orthogonal mates which puts it on the 16th place of the rating which include now 4717 positions. We expected that the smallest number of orthogonal mates would correspond to this square (in comparison to other squares processed in RakeSearch) and now we see that the possible number of orthogonal mates for squares selected for processed in our project lies in the range between hundreds of millions to billions.

Now "high part" of spectra of ODLS-12 looks like this (square # 18 marked by red):

Thank you for participation and donation of CPU Time!

View article · Sun, 28 Aug 2022 21:00:45 +0000

[ODLK1] Connection ok


the service provider say that problem on network should now be resolved.


View article · Wed, 24 Aug 2022 18:41:18 +0000

[ODLK1] Back from holiday


Murphy law is always in on modality!

Last year I did not went to holiday and all was fine.

This year I takes 15 days holiday to compensate the last years, and something goes wrong!

I leaved on 6 and the day 7 I got an email notification that my weather station (that every five minutes put online the collected data), was not online (it uses the same internet connection of the server).
However when I check the station and server connectivity from the cell all was fine.

But every days/few days, I got that the weather station was going offline for 2 to 8 hours, but always when I check it it was back online, so I suppose the station has some problem (maybe low internal battery).

When I come back last day, I see that weather station was ok, but I got no internet connection instead!

So it happens that for 15 days connection to server has some blackout (fortunately that was not for more that 8 hours in some days, so all can still get credits).

Now the service provider is investigated the issue, so if you get some hours of not connection to the server this is due for this problem that I hope will be fixed soon.


View article · Tue, 23 Aug 2022 17:01:10 +0000

[WEP-M+2] 12-digit factor of P2203 has now been found by the project...

...370149 times - still no sign of any larger factors

View article · Fri, 19 Aug 2022 10:51:02 +0000

[[email protected]] Future of the Project

I've been procrastinating in sharing some news and I finally got around to doing it.

My old thesis advisor who has been backing this project retired in May. I don't actually work for the university, so this means the project has lost is primary benefactor.

The good news is that the university has allowed the project to continue. The bad news is that they will not be supporting any more hardware upgrades. This means when the current hardware fails the project will come to an end.

I'm hoping the current hardware can last several more years. One of the most critical parts is the hard drive, and we just got a new one about 1.5 years ago. Given that the previous hard drive lasted over 4 years, this is a positive.

This news has played into my reasoning on the order of the searches. Given that sf3 is practically guaranteed to be complete, I though it was prudent to use our finite time to first concentrate on sf7. The short term goal is to get sf7 to the same state that sf3 is currently in, which should take us into early next year. At that point, we can either spend the time to finish off sf3 and sf7, or continue on with sf6. Doing sf6 will allow us to find more fields in the finite time we have left, but finishing off sf3 and sf7 will allow us to say with 100% certainty that they are indeed complete. I am leaning towards finishing off sf3 and sf7, but that may change as time goes on.

View article · Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:18:41 +0000

[ODLK1] Holiday


from tomorrow there will be 2 weeks holiday and so there will be no physical access to server in case of problems.

Be sure to have a backup BOINC project in case of problem here for not let your clients without works.


View article · Fri, 5 Aug 2022 11:27:13 +0000

[World Community Grid] Interview with Help Stop TB team

Learn about the current state and future plans of Help Stop TB through this brief interview

View article · Thu, 4 Aug 2022 14:14:26 +0000

[WEP-M+2] P2203:220000000 wu's (of 10000 trials each equiv.) processed!

Thanks to all the users. Please keep crunching!

View article · Thu, 4 Aug 2022 07:36:12 +0000

[World Community Grid] Interview with Africa Rainfall Project team

Learn about the current state and future plans of the Africa Rainfall Project through this brief interview

View article · Fri, 29 Jul 2022 17:05:08 +0000

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