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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
New MilkyWay@home Scientist
My name is Tom Donlon. I have worked with Prof. Newberg for several years now on a variety of topics involving n-body simulations and the origin of galactic substructure. I will be transitioning to working as a graduate student and will be working on a project involving the separation application for my thesis. As such I will be providing support for this application and learning how to maintain the server from Jake. Please be gentle during my transition.
Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to getting to know all of you.
10 Apr 2019, 18:06:14 UTC · Discuss
30 Workunit Limit Per Request - Fix Implemented
Some users were only able to request 30 workunits at a time max. This is far too low to ensure optimal GPU usage. We have increased the feeder's shared memory size to hopefully increase the number of workunits available to request at any given time. Please let me know here if this has helped the issue.
27 Mar 2019, 20:43:25 UTC · Discuss
BOINC Stats Issue - Fix Implemented
I implemented a fix to the BOINC stats exporting. This can take up to 24 hours to propagate through so I'll check on it tomorrow.
26 Mar 2019, 18:16:10 UTC · Discuss
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