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Message 17686 - Posted: 2 Aug 2007, 13:16:25 UTC

With CERN poised to finish its upgrades and begin operations in 2008, are there any plans to use BOINC to assist with the processing of the vast quantities of data that will be generated?

Just curious. Thanks! :)

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Message 17688 - Posted: 2 Aug 2007, 14:08:07 UTC

Maybe, porting LHC software isn't easy but we are looking into
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Message 17689 - Posted: 2 Aug 2007, 14:22:43 UTC - in response to Message 17688.  

Maybe, porting LHC software isn't easy but we are looking into

Thanks!

That being said, how long will SixTrack be running? I imagine when the magnets are all in place, this particular BOINC project will be complete, which should be a cause for celebration! :)
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Message 17690 - Posted: 2 Aug 2007, 15:04:09 UTC - in response to Message 17689.  

Maybe, porting LHC software isn't easy but we are looking into

Thanks!

That being said, how long will SixTrack be running? I imagine when the magnets are all in place, this particular BOINC project will be complete, which should be a cause for celebration! :)



That's another question entirely remember the LHC has been put back and six track could be still useful during the test runs at the start, we are looking at alternative applications at the moment so hopefully when six track does finish we'll have other things already in place.
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Message 17692 - Posted: 2 Aug 2007, 15:20:14 UTC - in response to Message 17690.  

....remember the LHC has been put back and six track could be still useful during the test runs at the start, we are looking at alternative applications at the moment so hopefully when six track does finish we'll have other things already in place.


Thank you, that is indeed good news for those of us who eagerly await the discoveries to be made by this marvelous machine, and who are eager to help contribute in whatever way we can to make those discoveries come to light! :)

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Message 17729 - Posted: 5 Aug 2007, 23:39:03 UTC

I watched a "home spun" video documentary on CERN (which was done by one of you LHC@home participants, I think) and there was a section about the CERN grid. I was wondering if any portion of the CERN grid has been ported to a non-BOINC distributed computing project that could be crunched "at home"?

Any info would be appreciated... including flames about how clueless I am!




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Message 17733 - Posted: 6 Aug 2007, 1:19:34 UTC - in response to Message 17729.  

Any info would be appreciated... including flames about how clueless I am!

Wow, that's pretty clueless!
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Message 17749 - Posted: 7 Aug 2007, 11:13:49 UTC - in response to Message 17729.  
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I watched a "home spun" video documentary on CERN (which was done by one of you LHC@home participants, I think) and there was a section about the CERN grid. I was wondering if any portion of the CERN grid has been ported to a non-BOINC distributed computing project that could be crunched "at home"?

Any info would be appreciated... including flames about how clueless I am!



Ah the Grid, my actual job.

BOINC and the Grid look very similar looking from the outside in i.e. distributed computing, heterogeneous resources etc etc but they are different and this means it is unlikely that a machine running BOINC will ever become a Grid node. By a Grid node I mean that when a job is sent out by a scientist to the Grid a location for running and executing the job is chosen and that machine would be a node on the Grid.

However it is hoped that the some of the software that LHC experiments use in various calculations may be ported over to BOINC so that real LHC crunching may be done by LHC@home. We are working on this but whether or not a BOINC user will find the Higgs is a different story.

For more information on the Grid see here:
http://www.gridpp.ac.uk/explain.html
Slightly from a UK perspective but should be a good primer for anyone new to the idea of the Grid.
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