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 Separation Runs 1/6/2021
I have put up the following separation runs:
And I have taken down the following separation runs:
The new runs are copies of the previous bgset_3 runs and bgset_2 runs, in order to get yet another set of data to compare against. In the last set of runs, Stripe 84 didn't seem to cause problems like it did in the bgset_2 runs, but Stripe 85 did. As before, I will keep a close eye on these forums for a few weeks in order to see whether you are having any trouble with some of the Stripes.
You may continue to see workunits from bgset_2 runs for the next few days as workunits finish up and complete validation. This is expected and normal. You may start seeing the new runs as soon as your machine downloads new workunits from the server.
Thank you all for your continued support with this project. I hope you are staying safe in the pandemic world that we're stuck in for a little while longer.
6 Jan 2021, 19:15:48 UTC · Discuss
New Milkyway Badges Online
I have updated the badges that we have for this project, including badges up to 20 years and 100 billion credits. You can find the new list of badges below:
Thank you to everyone who has put time into this project. An especially big thank you to people that we had to make badges for -- I've already seen an 11 year and a 13 year badge. We also have a couple users who are approaching the previous limit of the 10B credit badge.
5 Jan 2021, 18:21:18 UTC · Discuss
Continued NBody Runs (07/29/2020)
The last set of NBody runs have just converged beautifully. We are currently working on writing the paper to publish these results. In the meantime, we will be replacing these runs with another set:
Thank you all so much for your support. We would not be able to write this paper without your continued assistance.
17 Aug 2020, 16:35:48 UTC · Discuss
New Runs for MilkyWay@home Nbody Simulations (07/29/2020)
I just wanted to let everyone know that new Nbody runs have been put up on MW@home. The last set of runs started converging nicely, so we are confident this next set of runs will converge as well. The names of these runs are:
Please let us know if you have any trouble with these runs. Thank you all for your continued support.
30 Jul 2020, 0:06:07 UTC · Discuss
Scheduled Internet Outage July 28th,2020
On July 28th, our server will be temporarily inaccessible due to a scheduled campus-wide internet outage. As such, job queues may not update for the day. However, everything should return to working order by the next day. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
25 Jul 2020, 18:02:29 UTC · Discuss
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