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.
Milkyway@Home is a joint effort between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's departments of Computer Science and Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy. Feel free to contact us via our forums, or email astro[at]cs.lists.rpi[dot]edu.
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New Runs for MilkyWay@home N-Body (11/25/2019)
We are putting up the following new runs for MilkyWay@home N-body:
In other news, we're almost ready to report our results from the last few parameter optimizations on the Orphan Stream. Thank you all for your support. We could not have gotten these results without your time and patience.
26 Nov 2019, 1:36:19 UTC · Discuss
New Runs for Milkyway Nbody (10/03/2019)
I am writing to let you all know that new runs for milkyway_nbody have been put up. Two of our runs have been taken down and replaced with two new ones. The runs that are currently up are the following:
Thank you all for your continued support.
3 Oct 2019, 15:14:07 UTC · Discuss
10/3/2019 Overnight Server Maintenance
The server will be restarted overnight on 10/3/2019 at 9:00 PM EST
Downtime is expected no more than 2 hours.
2 Oct 2019, 14:16:50 UTC · Discuss
Single-threaded Nbody deprecated
I am writing to inform you all that the single-threaded Nbody application has been temporarily deprecated. We may bring back the single-threaded app if the multi-threaded app begins causing problems. As always, please let us know if you experience any difficulties with the application. Thank you all for your support.
24 Sep 2019, 17:59:05 UTC · Discuss
Multi-threaded N-body is back
We decided to once again provide support for the milkyway_nbody multi-threaded application. If you discover any issues with the new application, please do not hesitate to contact us so that we may expeditiously resolve them. Thank you all for your continued support.
17 Sep 2019, 19:56:29 UTC · Discuss
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