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OP | Post 16 made on Friday May 26, 2006 at 18:01
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Don't mean to carp on - well alright, just a bit, for it does seem that I'm now the only one upholding the honour of the RemoteCentral team - but I thought I'd mention the passing of another milestone . . . 3 years number crunching.
Post 17 made on Saturday May 27, 2006 at 06:54
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What is it djy? What do they use your computer for?
It's not just a hobby, it's an obsession...
Post 18 made on Saturday May 27, 2006 at 10:21
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cancer research
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OP | Post 19 made on Saturday May 27, 2006 at 11:08
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On May 27, 2006 at 10:21, Anthony said...
cancer research

Amongst other things these days.
Post 20 made on Saturday May 27, 2006 at 12:13
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Are they getting anywhere with their research?
It's not just a hobby, it's an obsession...
OP | Post 21 made on Saturday May 27, 2006 at 16:42
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United Devices don't actually do the research, they're just suppliers of a service to research project groups. More info here.
OP | Post 22 made on Sunday November 26, 2006 at 21:10
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For those not wanting to do cancer research, protein folding or searching for ET, how about looking for a little stardust?

P.S.
For those interested, I'm still upholding the reputation of RC; my stats. presently stand at:

Total CPU Time (y:d:h:m:s) (Rank) 3:093:19:10:53 (# 27,956)
Points Generated (Rank) 649,939 (#20,172)
Results Returned (Rank) 2,947 (#22,956)

and the RC team:

Members (Rank) 10 (# 3,825)
Current Members 10
Retired Members 0
Total CPU Time(y:d:h:m:s) (Rank) 13:114:23:17:58 (# 2,338)
Points Generated (Rank) 1,968,903 (# 2,277)
Results Returned (Rank) 9,446 (# 2,606)

Last edited by djy on November 27, 2006 02:56.
Post 23 made on Sunday November 26, 2006 at 22:33
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I haven't been running it since I moved to a laptop PC. It is slow enough as it is, and I turn it off when I'm not using it.

Good on you, Dave!
When ignorance is bliss, ‘tis folly to be wise.
OP | Post 24 made on Friday April 27, 2007 at 06:13
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With more than a tinge of sadness I now report the end of UD.

I must confess that having been crunching numbers for the past 5½ years I feel like I've just lost a friend. As they say though life goes on - at least I can console myself in the belief/hope I may have made a little bit of a difference.

Cheerio, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.


PS
And if anyone is remotely interested, my finally tally is . . .

3 years, 168 days, 20 hours, 27 minutes and 35 seconds of CPU time, which generated 3,088 results and 715,638 points.
Post 25 made on Friday April 27, 2007 at 10:16
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That link doesn't seem to work for me? Anybody else having problems.??
Justin
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OP | Post 26 made on Friday April 27, 2007 at 11:37
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Not sure why the link doesn't work for you. This is what it has to say . . .

Posted: Wed Apr 25, 2007 6:03 pm Post subject: All Good Things Come To An End…

With seven years and five projects under its belt, Grid.org has successfully completed its mission: To evangelize the benefits (and demonstrate the viability and security) of large-scale Internet-based grid computing. Therefore, it is with great pride for all the accomplishments of this pioneering resource, and above all with the utmost gratitude to each of our members around the globe, that we announce Grid.org will be retiring on Friday, April 27, 2007.

We’ll be making a public announcement on the site later this week, but we felt it was important to give you, our loyal member base, an early heads-up out of respect for the years of support you’ve given to Grid.org. This way you’ll have time to gather final statistics, exchange contact info, and prepare for the official shutdown.

What exactly is happening:
At 12:00 noon Central Time on Friday, April 27, Grid.org will retire: Jobs will stop running, forums will be closed, and the website will be updated to reflect the retired status of this resource. We will leave the actual servers up for 1 week, so agent messages about this action can continue to be sent to members around the globe who might not check forums regularly. We will also leave the Stats up for one week so you have plenty of time to gather this data. After that, only the Home and Projects pages will remain, along with the instructions for uninstalling the agent
( [Link: grid.org] ).

Why?
Grid.org has completed its established mission to prove the benefits and viability of Internet-based grid computing. Grid.org was the largest and most ambitious public interest grid venture ever attempted when it was conceived – and thanks to Grid.org (and more specifically to all of you), today such a grid is no longer a novelty. Many public grids are now available, sponsored by large organizations better positioned to provide support to millions of member volunteers and the scientists who leverage their processing power. So, with the underlying technologies now well established globally in both public and private research programs, Grid.org’s goal of establishing the underlying technology has been achieved.

But what about…
We realize that over the past few months, Grid.org has made several announcements about upgrades coming in anticipation of a couple of new projects that we were working on. While we were fairly optimistic about these projects being launched, they ultimately fell through for a number of reasons. We realize that many of you had looked forward to participating in a beta program ahead of launching these projects, and we’re sorry you won’t have that opportunity.

Moving on: Where to go from here?
It’s clear from your years of loyalty to Grid.org that Internet-based research projects of this kind are important to you… and so we’re sure many of you will take your valuable resources to other projects of this kind that are ready and willing to accept you as new members.

Below are just a few of the projects we encourage you to investigate:
> World Community Grid ( http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/ ), operated by IBM
> Distributed.net ( http://www.distributed.net/ ), operated by distributed.net
> Compute Against Cancer ( http://www.computeagainstcancer.org/ ), operated by National Cancer Institute
> [email protected] ( [Link: stanford.edu] ), operated by Stanford University
> [email protected] ( http://fightaidsathome.scripps.edu/ ), operated by Olson Lab at Scripps Research Institute
> [email protected] ( [Link: athome.web.cern.ch] ), operated by CERN
> Distributed Folding ( http://www.distributedfolding.org/ ), operated by a group of partners including Hogue Bioinformatics Research Lab, Mount Sinai Hospital, and University of Toronto
> [email protected] ( http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/ ), operated by University of California at Berkeley

Also, here are a few great sites to visit to learn more about these and other projects:

> http://enterthegrid.com/
> [Link: gridcafe.web.cern.ch]
> http://www.ogf.org/
> http://www.grid.org.il/

Uninstalling the agent
The agent will no longer be processing work after Friday at noon, so you will want to uninstall it from your home device. Here’s how: [Link: grid.org] . Some more explicit instructions, including Troubleshooting, will be posted online Friday when Grid.org actually retires.

Last but not least
As we’ve tried to emphasize not only in this announcement but throughout our years of operations, we are fully aware of the debt of gratitude we owe to all of you, our loyal members.

The excellent work Grid.org has done, both in contributing massive research power to critical health research and in establishing this kind of research as viable, would not have been possible without your faith, efforts, and donations of compute power and goodwill. There is no superlative high enough to describe the value we place on your ongoing support for Grid.org, and so we simply say Thank you, and we hope you feel as proud as we do of the work you’ve done.

Sincerely,
The Grid.org Team
Post 27 made on Friday April 27, 2007 at 11:48
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Are you using any of the other ones listed above djy?
I think it's a great idea.. Wondering if you guys are going to start up another RC team!
Justin
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OP | Post 28 made on Saturday April 28, 2007 at 03:56
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I used to run SETI a while back, but got a little frustrated by their stats. data - it never seemed to add up correctly. Consequently (rightly or wrongly), thinking if they can't get that right what are they doing with all the data I'm processing, I decided to leave and do something a little more real worldly. Enter UD.

I'll take a look at what they've suggested (the CERN one looks interesting) but I think I'll leave it for a little while - having been in on the ground floor with UD (I was around the 175th to sign up) I'm not sure I want to start all over again.
OP | Post 29 made on Friday February 22, 2008 at 19:59
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Time for an update . . . or, more accurately, no-one's around and I'm bored so I thought I'd have a waffle.

Having had a look around at the (not insignificant) number of projects now on the go, I finally decided to join the World Community Grid; the reason being their running of the UD agent. Unfortunately however this too is now coming to an end. It would appear that WCG have decided to bin UD in favour of BOINC, an agent developed by Berkeley as a response to some fraudulent activity regarding SETI results. (Was I so off the mark with my previous comments about SETI)?

Naturally, having racked up a further 60,000+ points with UD on WCG, I wasn't entirely happy finding myself (yet again) returning to square one, and with software, that to my non-technical mind, is as far removed from simplicity as a Model T is to a Veyron. I have, however, persevered and am now crunching data for not only WCG, but also for
I may add one or two more projects, but presently I'm happy with what I've got, and in any case I need to see how the PC copes with those already running.
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