Distributed Hardware Evolution Project (DHEP) Whitelisted
30th September 2018
The DHEP project is run by the University of Sussex in the UK. The Project aims to apply evolutionary principles to evolve new self-diagnosing electronic circuit designs that are more efficient than existing conventionaly designed circuits.
Anybody who intends to crunch this project should read this post on the projects message board. The following is a summary of the points raised:
- BOINC workunits are dummy containers within which the application runs.
- The completion time of the BOINC work units is arbritary and should be ignored.
- The BOINC work units will never show as validated. This is intentional and does not affect the credit you recieve.
- The actual application reports work completed back to the server every 15 minutes and this is validated by the server.
- The BOINC workunits can be cancelled or stopped at any time and you will still recieve credit upto the last 15 minute check-in.
My personal advice based upon the above is:
- Ignore the work unit state in BOINC, the only important thing is whether a work unit is running or not
- This project needs a network connection and will report work every 15 mins.
- If the application can't report its progress you will not get credit
- To ensure the application is running, each running work unit should be using one cpu core. If it isn't make sure it can talk to the server
BOINC Client 7.12.0 (and 7.12.1 Hotfix) Released
16th July 2018
The latest version of the official Boinc Client has been released, the recommended version is now 7.12.1
The change log for this release is:
- Mac: fixes to installer for issues under OS 10.12 High Sierra
- Mac: finish implementing fixes to installer for issues under OS 10.12 High Sierra when multiple users are to be allowed to run BOINC Manager
- Windows: Detect and report Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)
- All: When auto-attach to an account manager, show its name.
- All: Work correctly with account managers that use authenticators rather than name/password.
- All: Fix Next buttons in attach wizard after failed login
- All: Show informative error message if login token lookup fails
- 7.12.1 Hotfix: Fix auto-attach for Windows
World Community Grid Whitelisted
13th July 2018
Great News Everyone
The World Community Grid project has re-allowed statistics exports for those users who agree that their stats may be made public, this means that we once again have statistics for the Gridcoin Superblock and the project is now being re-added to the Gridcoin Whitelist
One note that all users should make however, is that only users that have selected to allow their stats to be exported will be able to be rewarded with Gridcoin. So don't forget to enable this in your World Community Grid project options.
11th July 2018
I’ve been a little lax doing any updates the last couple of weeks so thought I would give a rundown of where things stand with several projects:
This project remains unlisted however it still remains a potential listing candidate as it meets the agreed requirements. However the project is not running over HTTPS and I have not had a response from the project regarding implementing TLS.
Asteroids has been having some server storage issues recently which has led to 7 days of outages over the last couple of weeks. The project remains Whitelisted (just) and hopefully now the problems have been sorted they will recover to a safer position on the whitelist.Asteroids@Home News
In other news for the Asteroids project, a new research paper has been accepted for publication in “Astronomy and Astrophysics” with the work completed through BOINC and GridcoinAsteroid models reconstructed from the Lowell Photometric Database and WISE data
Climate Prediction (CPDN)
The Climate Prediction project at Oxford University has been having a torrid time of it recently with the complete collapse of the university virtual server infrastructure running the BOINC project. After months of work the projects servers are coming back online and it even looks like we may now get daily statistics exports meaning that the project would become eligible for the Gridcoin listings
We will be keeping a close eye on the project and eagerly await it’s eligibility for Gridcoin.
Although this project remains Greylisted there has been no activity now for several months now and the project administrators appear to have gone AWOL. Unless something happens and the project once again starts producing a stable supply of work then the project will remain Greylisted indefinitely.
The Einstein project was Greylisted due to user stats becoming unavailable due to changes brought about with GDPR compliance work. Whilst Einstein has now granted access to the statistics for Gridcoin, this requires a centralised method of statistics gathering which is incompatible with the current decentralised Gridcoin Superblock creation process. As such a new centralised data “scraper” is currently being worked on by the Gridcoin developers.
Rakesearch is another unlisted BOINC project which is a candidate for Gridcoin Listing as it continues to meet the Gridcoin listing requirements. One issue identified is that the sites HTTPS certificate as a domain name issue and requires the projects domain adding to the certificate. This effectively means the project is not currently using HTTPS however I have received a positive response that the project will fix this.
World Community Grid (WCG)
The World Community Grid project was forced onto Greylist in May due to their implementation of GDPR compliance cutting off access to all user statistics. Despite vocal complaints from all sections of their volunteer base, not just Gridcoin, the project have still not provided a method to allow access to the user statistics. The latest update from the project suggests that they are still being bogged down by IBM’s lawyers and only slow progress is being made.
A note on the listings
11th July 2018
This is just a note on the listings page as there has been some comments/questions raised:
There are two listing columns on the listings page, the first called “calculated listings” shows the list as it should be today taking into account the agreed process. This column uses data on whether a vote has been passed, how many Zero Credit Days (ZCD) a project has and what the projects Work Availability Score (WAS) is, the only possible results from this calculation are “Whitelisted”, “Greylisted” or “Unlisted”.
The second column called “recommended listings” is there to give an idea of which projects would be theoretically eligible for Whitelisting, or are Whitelist candidates if you prefer. It does not take into account whether a project has been voted on but does set a minimum compute requirement for each project to avoid the “Sourcefinder” affect where the Gridcoin demand for work overwhelms the projects ability to keep up. In effect this shows which projects would be whitelisted if we were to list every project by default, this results in only two possible results from the calculation which are “Whitelisted” and “Greylisted”. If a project is Whitelisted on this column then it is a good candidate to be considered for a vote. If it is Greylisted on this column it is not a good candidate for a vote.
These lables could possibly be renamed to something along the lines of “Suitable Project” and “Unsuitable Project” to help avoid confusion in future.
Whilst the data collection and processing is automated, it is still centralised (but open source) and requires a manual intervention by a Gridcoin Admin to implement any list changes onto the Blockchain. You may also note that a couple of projects are listed with “Override”, these are the only listings where we are manually overriding the automatic process, mainly due to some projects not providing the correct aggregate statistics. In these cases however it is clear cut whether a project would meet the listing requirements (SETI would, WEP would not).
Thank You and I hope this clears up any misunderstandings on what the listings are doing and saying.
GDPR statistics fixes coming soon?
21st June 2018
Good News it seems!! Hopefully.
Gridcoin Project co-ordinator, Neuralminer, has given an update on progress towards Einstein@Home on the projects forums. It appears that Gridcoin has been given access to the project statistics, however "A change is required (on the Gridcoin side) to how Gridcoin pulls/parses stats in order to be compatible with the new process. The change is currently in the final stages of testing."
The full post can be found here
The latest update from the World Community Grid is that they are still in discussion with IBM's legal department but in their own words "this isn't a matter of if the stats will be available again, but when."
This post can can be found on their forums here