Grid Computing @ Firepear
Published: 2020-07-31

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 work

We’re currently 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

Updated every 5 years of CPU time (last update: 2020-07-31). A WU is a “workunit”; a packet of computational tasks sent by the project and returned when complete.

Subproject Team CPU Time Team WUs Subproject status
OpenPandemics 5 years+ 21_000+ Active
Africa Rainfall Project 2 years+ 1_000+ Active
Microbiome Immunity Project 31 years+ 190_000+ Active
Help Stop TB 183 days+ 416 Active
FightAIDS@Home 2 10 years+ 30_000+ Active
Mapping Cancer Markers 84 years+ 243_000+ Active
Beta Testing 52 days+ 487 Intermittent
Smash Childhood Cancer 4 years+ 44_000+ Intermittent
OpenZika 7y 290d 04:23:01 65_778 Complete (2016-05 to 2019-12)
Outsmart Ebola Together 3y 101d 15:01:33 9_312 Complete (2014-12 to 2018-12)
150 years+ 607_000+

Other project stats

Most projects don’t provide rich statistics, so we generate some numbers from our local logs.

Project Team CPU Time Team WUs Status
Rosetta (bioinformatics) 11 years+ 13_000+ Active
GPUGrid (bioinformatics) 207 days+ 2_000+ Active
Einstein (astrophysics) 105 days+ 5_000+ Active
Asteroids (astronomy) 324 days+ 4_000+ Active

Some “CPU” times are so low compared to other projects because those are GPU projects. BOINC counts 1 second of wall-clock time as 1 second of GPU time, regardless of how many hundreds (or thousands!) of cores are working on a task. For CPU projects, 1 second of time is counted for each core/thread, and cumulative runtime goes up much faster as a result.

Our projects

  • We develop the Homefarm cluster orchestration suite
  • We created the Greenhouse multi-machine chassis project
  • For testing Homefarm on ARM CPUs, we created Greenroom
  • Greenhouse 2 is in the planning phases, with construction to start soon.

Our fleet

These machines run 24/7/365, crunching workunits.

Machine CPU Cores RAM GPU GFLOPs
node01 Ryzen 3900X 12c24t 32GB 130
node02 Ryzen 3900X 12c24t 32GB GTX 1650 130 + 2903
node03 Ryzen 3900X 12c24t 16GB 130
node04 Ryzen 3900X 12c24t 16GB 130
node05 Ryzen 2700 08c16t 32GB GTX 750 Ti 78 + 1606
node06 Ryzen 2700 08c16t 16GB GTX 1650 78 + 3001
nodepi01 RPi 4 B 04c04t 4GB 9
nodepi02 RPi 4 B 04c04t 4GB 9
nodepi03 RPi 4 B 04c04t 4GB 9
nodepi04 RPi 4 B 04c04t 4GB 9
80c144t 160GB 8222

And we try to maximize the goodness by turning upgraded parts into new machines that we give to people who can use them to do even more good work.

Team news

For more in-depth information on computing milestones and plans, check out our most recent updates.