In a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from GPUgrid.net describe a breakthrough in AIDS research achieved using BOINC-based volunteer computing.
TreeThreader: Thousands of volunteers build a web server for protein structure prediction
We are glad to announce that the new application TreeThreader is officially launched on CAS@home. TreeThreader is the second generation software developed by scientists from ICT (Institute of Computer Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences) and MU (Digital Biology Laboratory, Missouri University) for protein structure prediction and it outperforms the first generation software SCThreader by 2 times in speed together with significant improvement in accuracy.
ICT-MU scientists also provide a web service
(http://protein.ict.ac.cn/TreeThreader) for biologists to submit their protein sequences. The structure predictions of these proteins are
performed on the thousands of volunteer computers via CAS@home platform, which makes it possible to perform proteomic-wide prediction, say, prediction structures for all proteins of human stomach cancer cells.
Protein structure prediction in an computing-intensive task. For instance, threading, the leading methods for protein structure
prediction, is exceedingly time-consuming because the query sequence should be aligned against a lot of known protein structures. Volunteer computing is absolutely a great platform for protein structure prediction due to the intrinsic high parallelism on thousands of computers.
At this moment we have about 8000 protein sequences to predict which requires about 36.5 years of CPU time on a single core machine. We
strongly invite you to participate in TreeThreader project to contribute to biology and life science.
Dongbo Bu , Jin Li (ICT scientists)
Dear NFS@Home volunteer,
We have great news to share! Our National Science Foundation XSEDE grant has been renewed for another year. We were aggressive in our selection of work for this year, so we have lots of sieving to do! We can use as much computing time as you have available to donate, and your help is greatly appreciated! Your contributions of computer time are what makes this research possible.
The prime is 200,701 digits long, eclipsing the previous record of 79,911 digits. It enters Chris Caldwell’s “The Largest Known Primes Database” ranked 1st for Sophie Germain primes.
The prime was verified on 9 April 2012 9:36:15 UTC, by Lee Blyth (IshtarIS) of Australia using an Intel Core i7 2600k @ 3.40GHz with 8 GB RAM running Windows 7 Ultimate. Lee is a member of the Ishtar team.
For more details, please see the official announcement at primegrid.
Announced yesterday Oct 21st 2011.
We decided (OxyOne and Sesef) to close the project DNETC @ HOME.
Feel free to MooWrapper @ home.
Thank you for your cooperation.
The server runs while stocks WU.
See thread in DNETC News forum.
It appears they have 45,000 WU to still do, not sure how long those will last. At current it shows the work generator is disabled, so apparently that will be all, unless they change minds again. Also most of this seems to be ATI work.
As they said you can crunch Moo! which is the same thing doing distibuted.net work as a wrapper application.
team USA is 3rd in rank at DNETC, lets see if we can’t at least hold this position until they get sucked into null space.
URL change: lhcathome2.cern.ch
Please use the URL: http://lhcathome2.cern.ch/test4theory to connect to this project from now on.
The old link: http://boinc01.cern.ch/test4theory that has been used in the beta test phase will still work for a while, but you are recommended to change the to the new URL as the old one is to a test server and the old link will not be maintained.
Many thanks for your collaboration!
The team. 27 Sep 2011 11:27:50 UTC
Your contribution over the last 3 years to the AQUA@home project was critical for us to perform immense computations necessary for the advancement of our science and technology. We have published several scientific papers reporting the results of those computations, including our recent publication in Nature. We made sure to acknowledge your generous contributions in those papers, as your help was vital. At this time, however, we no longer have large computations requiring the computing power of AQUA@home. We therefore have come to the decision to shut down AQUA for the forseeable future. Thank-you again for the selfless devotion of your time, patience, and computing resources to our effort to progress the field of quantum computing.
Test4Theory (a.k.a LHC@home 2.0) is now open for beta testing, no invite code needed. They want to increase from the 100 alpha testers to 1000 beta testers.
You need to have VirtualBox installed. See the website for instructions on how all this works. Don’t ask me, I haven’t installed it yet, but soon. The team is set up and ready to go, credits are now being exported.
Pretty good ranking and we’re bound to get even higher. Pretty big team we’ve got going at CPDN.
Thanks to all for helping USA get the #15 spot!
Team members at CPDN include:
Ron Burns, sniperbait, Danual, Rob Reid, Sussan, GlennG, Warren Rogers, Trulayne, Mark Hoerger, Eric Ross, Ravyn, JAKA24, El_Jefe, Jason Bryan, Ciceronian, JohnnyHK, Will, Fiorillo, Kevin N. Shapley, Archmage, subsailor, Rick Fiore, Stormy_Waterz, Tasarian, Bill Hepburn, KingPin, Duane, bosox1, spaceheater, yoi55, akeim, SchneiderScape, Ralph LaBarge, sampatterson, hopemcg, Yancy, expalpo, bobgar, Krunchin-Keith, Kyle Hampton, Richard M, Slawson, urs, T B Fee, kaufmanmoore, Charles Easley Jr, ChaoticBlue, TucsonGene, trproc, Richard, William Loftin, Shaun, Mcbride, Emory Bailey, MacMonkey, Bill, Heiland, mikebny, Belial.
Limit is up to 5,000 now from 2,000.