We believe in the power of science and a knowledge-based approach to life in general. So we’re proud to be a part of several community grid computing projects which work to solve open problems in medicine, environmental science, and mathematics.
Our contributions We currently are, or previously have been, active in World Community Grid, Rosetta@Home, Einstein@Home, GPUGrid, and Asteroids@Home. You can check out our detailed stats across all projects.
WCG stats A WU is a “workunit”; a packet of computational tasks sent by the project and returned when complete.
2021-08-15: node02 and OPN Finally diagnosed and repaired node02 today. The problem: faulty SSD.
Since 02 is powered by a 3900X, that brings another 24 threads online. It also returns us to full strength crunching.
Coincidentally, today we hit 50 years of crunching for OpenPandemics.
2021-07-16: Back online After a nearly two month hiatus (our longest break from crunching since 2017), we are back at almost 100% strength.
node02 is having issues, but we’re working on it.
This is the story of trying to fix one problem, in one headword entry in the thesaurus corpus.
Having gotten my 1911 Roget’s out of storage, for use as a backstop in making determinations about errors reported by rlint, I decided it was time to start work. The first entry flagged was:
Copy : tests ✘ : Invalid char '-' in sense 3 (N sense 3) term "transcript", attr "copy into a non-visual form" The message makes it clear what the technical issue here is: currently, attributes/notations on terms are not allowed to contain hyphens.
The Roget22 project is my second-oldest project, yet it hasn’t made it out into the world. Its goal is to produce a beautiful, maintained, electronic thesaurus which is as much a pleasure to peruse as the original.
It got stuck several years ago as a result of me painting myself into a corner with my chosen data representation, and then getting frustrated with the amount of work I had created for myself as a result.
We want our hardware to keep doing good work after it’s cycled out of active use in our fleet. So we do rebuilds, turning extra hardware from upgrades into complete machines.
These machines are then distributed to people who can give them a good home.
CPU RAM GPU Storage New assignment Ryzen R5 1600 32G GTX 1650 Super 500G M.2 Climatology; science communication Ryzen R3 2200G 16G — 500G M.
2020-12-18: Second Century Today marks 200 years of CPU time for World Community Grid, 340 calendar days after hitting the first century mark. Upgrades next year will let us do even more science in less time.
2020-08-25: Wrapping up Rosetta With WCG’s OPN project in full swing, we are finishing up our existing work for Rosetta@Home, and then detaching our nodes for now. Rosetta is very heavy, and it’s also extremely popular so it’ll be fine while we put those cycles toward WCG’s projects.
This is the development diary for Greenhouse 2, the second iteration of my homebrew micro-rack.
2020-05-01 – Introduction The original Greenhouse was a success, but several lessons were learned from it.
Use of mITX boards minimized footprint, but drove up cost and reduced choice Over/under PSU design minimized horizontal footprint, but led to increased vertical spacing and more complex mounting Minimizing horizontal footprint wasn’t worth it Fully open design probably didn’t cool as effectively; pushing air where you want it isn’t as effective as forcing it to be pulled through where you need it Even moderately complex cutting and shaping of metal is a nightmare without proper tooling and space And so the next iteration will be changed in several fundamental ways.
I’ve been working on adding support for the ARM architecture to Homefarm for a bit now. This week I decided to try to push through, and get that work done and tested.
Obviously you can’t test software designed to manage a farm of computers with just one machine, so I had to build myself a tiny ARM farm.
Building the cube Here’s most of the raw materials:
Four Raspberry Pi 4 Model Bs (4GB version), 4 heatsink sets, and 3 16GB SD cards (I already had one spare).
2019-11-03: 75 years; last update of the year Today we crossed 75 years of compute time for WCG.
Two other events happened earlier this week: the Africa Rainfall Project kicked off, and we finished our 3900X upgrade. We’re excited about both, especially since finishing the upgrades let us build two more nodes out of spare parts. We now have 128 threads in-house.
Here’s to next year!
2019-08-16: Top 1000; New hardware; Visiting friends Thanks to a visit from user Sheridon of Xstreme Systems Team, we broke into the top 1000 teams a few days earlier than expected.
The Firepear computing stack is currently all Ryzen. It’s simple cost-benefit analysis: I’m interested in crunching as much data as possible per unit time, at a reasonable cost (in both money and electricity). Right now, that’s Ryzen.
I’m upgrading all my machines to the new R9 3900X CPU. This provides an opportunity to compare all three generations of the Ryzen family.
3900X vs 3950X I want to throw as many cores as I can at the problems that I volunteer compute time for, but I also have a finite budget.