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2015 Fundraiser for Milky Way Research
Hello Everyone,

Our fundraising campaign kicks off today. If you are willing and able to financially support Milky Way research (I know many of you already support us with your computations), we would really appreciate it! Click the link to find a letter, video, budget, and a description of our thank-you gifts. The goal seems daunting, but donations of $5, $10, or $20 really do add up and make a difference. If you can afford $100, then we will send you a very nice astronomer-designed T-shirt as a token of our appreciation.

For more information take a look at our fundraiser page here.
2 Oct 2015, 12:50:31 UTC · Comment

Hey Everyone,

Check out what our group has been up to for the last year in our Newsletter!
1 Oct 2015, 1:04:21 UTC · Comment

Deprecation of Linux 32bit
Hey All,

I have some important news. It seems that all of the linux 32bit binaries are failing. These account for 2k of the 70k returned results so far. I do not think it is the binaries that are at fault since I am getting error returns from them (which I wouldn't if it was the binaries failing on startup). It seems that most of the errors are due to outdated libraries from very old versions of linux.

When compiling our binaries, we use the oldest supported version of ubuntu. However, there is still a large user base for versions older than these. A lot of these seem to coincide with linux 32 bit users. Sending out failing workunits would be a waste of extremely valuable volunteer computer time that could be put to use serving other projects. Therefore, we will be deprecating the Linux 32bit version and will not be releasing them in the future.

I thank you all for continuing support,
10 Sep 2015, 19:28:01 UTC · Comment

New Release- Nbody version 1.52
Hey all,

We will be rolling out a new version of Nbody, v1.52, within the next 24hrs. I have left such a large time window because, as these things sometimes go, there could be unforeseen setbacks. I will update everyone once we are about to hit the go button (if only we had an actual go button. That would be so cool.)

We are releasing for windows again. I tested the binaries on a windows machine and they appear to be working. But you never know. Therefore, I will be paying very close attention to the forums for weird behavior. Please let us know!

If you would like more details on what is included in this release, check out my development blog:

Thanks everyone for your support
8 Sep 2015, 18:08:31 UTC · Comment

Fix for stderr.txt Truncation and Validation Errors
Hey Everyone,

BOINC has released a new version of the BOINC client (7.6.6) which fixes a known bug causing ~3% validation errors on MilkyWay@home and other projects. Please update your clients soon to fix this issue. For more info please see my thread in number crunching here.

Jake W.
23 Jul 2015, 12:49:42 UTC · Comment

Nbody Status Update
Hey All,

Just a quick update on the status of Nbody. I discovered that the hanging that people were experiencing were due to the Newton Raphson root finding algorithm which would get stuck in an infinite loop. After looking for why this occurred for sometime, I decided to switch to a bisection method which is insured not to get stuck.

The slow nature of the initialization of the plummer was found to be an error in the calculation of one of the limits of integration in a crucial integral that was being calculated. What a time it was finding that! With that limit fixed, it seems that the initialization takes a few seconds!

I am currently unit testing the code and hopefully should get a lovely new version in a couple of weeks.

25 Jun 2015, 16:28:41 UTC · Comment

Hey all,

Jake Weiss and I will be making fairly regular updates on the status of the project under the Application Code Discussion part of the forum.

25 Jun 2015, 15:59:12 UTC · Comment

server issues
Hey all,

We are currently having a few issues with the server. Everything seems to be up and running yet no work units are being sent out. If any of you see any erroneous behavior on your end please let us know.

3 Jun 2015, 18:47:39 UTC · Comment

Server Outage Today
Hey Everyone,

I was just informed by the admins in the server room on campus that they will be shutting down all of the servers for some schedules power outages at some point today. The server will be down overnight while they do some maintenance on the campus power systems.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Jake W.

The server is back up. Sorry it took longer than expected to get it back online.
1 Jun 2015, 14:52:00 UTC · Comment

Windows Users-please abort Nbody tasks
Per Project Scientist Sidd:

It seems that it is only occurring for people with windows. The other platforms seem to be running ok. We had some trouble getting the binaries for windows in order to release, I am thinking something went wrong there, as none of the windows runs are passing. I took down the Windows version for now until I figure it all out.

If you are a Windows user please abort all N-body tasks and go into Preferences and uncheck "MilkyWay@Home N-Body Simulation" for now.

Thank you. 15 May 2015, 22:56:45 UTC · Comment

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