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1) Message boards : Number crunching : The Science Cloud - donate CPU time on the cloud (Message 139173)
Posted 64 days ago by Rytis
Is it normal that now instance connect with PrimeGrid server once in every minute?

If it has low work, it will attempt to connect often. Right now it isn't a problem for the server, but obviously I'll fine tune the connection interval if it starts impacting in any way.

This has been implemented because of Rosetta@Home not having enough work and instances becoming idle.
2) Message boards : General discussion : User accounts at Chris Cadwell's prime pages created from primegrid (Message 139171)
Posted 64 days ago by Rytis
I already replied to you by email, please try resetting your password on the Prime Pages again.
3) Message boards : Number crunching : The Science Cloud - donate CPU time on the cloud (Message 136879)
Posted 125 days ago by Rytis
Sometimes there are "slow" instances that most likely run more demanding workloads from other customers on the same device. In case you encounter such an instance, I suggest to shut it down using the graceful shutdown option, and recreate it.

I will be adding monitoring so this process could get automated in the future.
4) Message boards : Number crunching : The Science Cloud - donate CPU time on the cloud (Message 136736)
Posted 128 days ago by Rytis
Thanks for the good words!

Project preferences do apply, however, I fix some most common mistakes such as not running at 100% CPU or not using all of the available disk space using the preferences override files.
5) Message boards : Number crunching : The Science Cloud - donate CPU time on the cloud (Message 136251)
Posted 146 days ago by Rytis
An update regarding the tax: the tax situation has changed and I am no longer applying 21% VAT rate for participants from outside of the European Union / European Economic Area, as per Lithuanian law. This means that for a lot participants this has become significantly cheaper.
6) Message boards : Number crunching : The Science Cloud - donate CPU time on the cloud (Message 136060)
Posted 157 days ago by Rytis
Which is why a coordinated marketplace would be much more attractive. When most of what you need is CPU power, why necessarily bother with a cloud provider when you can distribute the cloud over the world and create a true marketplace for compute resources? Potentially a project for me to put together once I retire.

The goal of this project is to increase the computer time available to science. Moving your power to a different account for payment does not add to the total of the system, it essentially is buying credits without benefit to the science.

P.S. marketplaces like this already exist.
7) Message boards : Number crunching : The Science Cloud - donate CPU time on the cloud (Message 136028)
Posted 158 days ago by Rytis
Just what kind of computers (CPUs) are we getting for 7 USD a month?


For $7/mo you get one core on a Xeon E5-2650 v4, Xeon Gold 6140 CPU or similar. Note that it is likely to change as the current cloud provider is not very happy about the load we're causing on the servers - if we need to move, the offered CPUs and the price may change.
8) Message boards : Number crunching : The Science Cloud - donate CPU time on the cloud (Message 136027)
Posted 158 days ago by Rytis
What would be nice is maybe a table of pricing before creating an account.


Will add that, thanks for the comment!
9) Message boards : Number crunching : The Science Cloud - donate CPU time on the cloud (Message 135993)
Posted 159 days ago by Rytis
During the 2019 BOINC workshop there was quite a lot of talk about people wanting to buy compute resources for their chosen projects, but not wanting to invest into hardware and take up the maintenance of it, for various reasons (difficulty setting up, high electricity costs, etc). Instead people would like to pay for cloud resources and adjust the donated amount as their income or engagement changes.

I went ahead and built the system for this: https://thescience.cloud/

It is very simple to start: just add money into your account, pick your projects and run as many computers as you wish. The computers are automatically started on a cloud provider and run for as long as you have money in your account. The computers get attached to your account (you have to add your weak account key), so all the BOINC credits also go to you and your team.

Supported payments methods are PayPal, ACH transfer in the United States, or SEPA transfer in European Union Eurozone. I add a small 7% markup which will hopefully cover PayPal fees, accounting costs and my hosting needs. 21% Lithuanian VAT for European Union / European Economic Area customers is included, this is run through a legal company I operate. Worldwide users currently do not have to pay tax based on Lithuanian law.

Special thanks to the initial testers from PrimeGrid's Discord!
10) Message boards : News : PrimeGrid and BOINC are looking for experienced Macintosh Developers (Message 127095)
Posted 470 days ago by Rytis
PrimeGrid is currently looking for a volunteer developer to build, test and maintain Mac apps. The current developer of PrimeGrid (and other applications that are used in the mathematics/prime search world) is no longer able to help us maintain the applications, which means that we may need to drop support for Macs over time (no such changes are planned right now or in the immediate future).

If you are able to help us, please don't hesitate to get in touch.


Moreover, the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) open source project, which is the software infrastructure used by PrimeGrid and many other volunteer distributed computing projects, is also looking for volunteers to develop and maintain the BOINC client on Macintosh. The BOINC Client and Manager are C++ cross-platform code supporting MS Windows, Mac, Linux, and several other operating systems. BOINC currently has a number of volunteer developers supporting Windows and Linux, but their main Mac developer is winding down his involvement after many years. He is prepared to help a few new Mac developers get up to speed.

If you have Mac development experience and are interested in volunteering time to help support and maintain the BOINC Mac client please have a look at the more detailed description here: ‚Äčhttps://boinc.berkeley.edu/trac/wiki/MacDeveloper

If you are not a Mac developer, but have other skills and are interested in contributing to BOINC, the link above also has more general information.


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