Milkyway@Home uses the BOINC platform to harness volunteered computing resources, creating a highly accurate three dimensional model of the Milky Way galaxy using data gathered by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. This project enables research in both astroinformatics and computer science.
In computer science, the project is investigating different optimization methods which are resilient to the fault-prone, heterogeneous and asynchronous nature of Internet computing; such as evolutionary and genetic algorithms, as well as asynchronous newton methods. While in astroinformatics, Milkyway@Home is generating highly accurate three dimensional models of the Sagittarius stream, which provides knowledge about how the Milky Way galaxy was formed and how tidal tails are created when galaxies merge.
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I want to thank you all for your support and encouragement over the last 7 or so years that I have been a developer and scientist on this project. Unfortunately, it has come time for me to move on to the next phase in my life and career. Tuesday, April 30th will be my last day working in an official capacity on the MilkyWay@home project and for RPI.
Over the last several months, I have been doing my best to document and pass my knowledge down to the current MilkyWay@home scientists and developers, so I am confident you all will be in good hands.
I wish you all the best, and thank you all again.
25 Apr 2019, 18:42:51 UTC · Discuss
New runs of MilkyWay Nbody out
I just wanted to let you know that new runs for the newest version of the MilkyWay@home Nbody program have just been released. The names of these new runs are:
I apologize for any inconveniences over the last few days. If you have any issues with these runs, please let me know on this thread and I will try to sort them out as quickly as I can.
Just so you know, some of the changes we made for this nbody version take runs that would've taken extremely long times to compute and return success immediately. As such, credit for nbody may be a little strange until the server recognizes the new average runtime. Also note that there is no longer support for multi-threaded.
Again, thank you all for your continued support.
23 Apr 2019, 21:07:28 UTC · Discuss
New version of MilkyWay Nbody
We have just released a new version of the MilkyWay@home Nbody application. We have not put up new runs for this yet. We will be putting up new runs next week or the following week. Thank you for your support!
23 Apr 2019, 15:16:54 UTC · Discuss
New Separation Runs
There was a problem with the previous separation runs that was causing some command lines to overflow. I have changed the bundle size of the new runs, so that shouldn't be a problem anymore. The previous runs have been taken down.
The names of the new runs are:
These new workunits will crunch a little faster than the previous versions, and credits are assigned accordingly.
Thank you all for your patience during this transition period!
16 Apr 2019, 17:58:10 UTC · Discuss
New Separation Runs
I just put up new separation runs on the server. The names of these runs are:
If you have any issues with these specific runs, please post about them here. I will do my best to help you in any way I can.
Thank you for your continued support,
12 Apr 2019, 17:16:12 UTC · Discuss
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