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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New Runs for MilkyWay@home N-Body (5/30/2020)
We are really close to releasing a new version of NBody. Hopefully, after the next two sets of optimizations, we'll have all the bugs in the newer version fixed. So for the time being, here are the new runs:
Thank you all for your continued support,
30 May 2020, 20:59:06 UTC · Discuss
New Runs for MilkyWay@home N-Body (3/20/2020)
I am writing to let you all know that we have just put some new runs up:
Thank you all for your support,
20 Mar 2020, 16:59:53 UTC · Discuss
New Runs for MilkyWay@home N-Body (2/10/2020)
We apologize once again, but it seems we have run into another error with the last set of runs. These runs will be replaced by the following runs:
Rest assured that these errors do not affect the ability of your computers to run the milkyway_nbody application and will not cause you to lose credit. Thank you for your patience and your continued support.
10 Feb 2020, 17:29:29 UTC · Discuss
New Runs for MilkyWay@home N-Body (2/6/2020)
I have put up some new runs for milkyway_nbody. Unfortunately, there was an error with last set of runs put up 3 days ago, so these runs will be replacing those:
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we once again thank you for your continued support.
6 Feb 2020, 17:22:28 UTC · Discuss
New Runs for MilkyWay@home N-Body (2/3/2020)
We have put up new runs for milkyway_nbody under the following names:
If any of these runs cause trouble to your computer, please let us know so that we may resolve any issues.
Thank you all for your support!
3 Feb 2020, 21:40:55 UTC · Discuss
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