10th Annual BOINC Pentathlon hosted by SETI.Germany

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  1. Gilthanis

    Gilthanis [H]ard|DCer of the Year - 2014

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    This post will be updated throughout the event.
    Last year the team finished in 6th place over all.
    Last year's thread (2018) - https://hardforum.com/threads/9th-annual-boinc-pentathlon-hosted-by-seti-germany.1957969/
    2 years ago (2017) - https://hardforum.com/threads/8th-annual-boinc-pentathlon-by-seti-germany.1929308/

    5/5 - 5/19 - SETI.Germany's BOINC Pentathlon - https://www.seti-germany.de/boinc_pentathlon/ -

    2019

    1. New discipline: Javelin Throw. This discipline consists of five not necessarily consecutive days. Credits are counted for each day separately, and the rankings are based on each team's third best day. Javelin Throw replaces Swimming.
    2. While the choice of projects for the disciplines is still based on the teams' suggestions, it will be more flexible in order to avoid that the most popular project is automatically chosen for the shortest discipline. In any case, Sprint and Javelin Throw will happen at projects that provide workunits with a quorum of 1, and there will be only one discipline at a GPU project.
    3. This year's Marathon takes place at a subproject of the World Community Grid chosen by the project administrators. Hence, the World Community Grid and its subprojects are not available for the other disciplines.
    The BOINC Pentathlon consists of 5 disciplines:

    1. Marathon (14 days)
      • Subproject of the World Community Grid chosen by the project administrators
      • If anyone wants to crunch for us anonymously for any reason, attach a computer to the account without using the BOINC Manager.
        To do so, install BOINC, create a file named account_www.worldcommunitgrid.org.xml in the BOINC data directory, and set its contents to:
        <account>
        <master_url>www.worldcommunitygrid.org</master_url>
        <authenticator>943687_dd7504d11eb9dd987306ba050e0dfa35</authenticator>
        </account>
        This will run your clients on our HardOCPtest account.
    2. Sprint (3 days)
      • CPU or GPU project with a quorum of 1
    3. City Run (5 days)
      • CPU project
    4. Cross Country (5 days)
      • CPU or GPU project
    5. Javelin Throw (5 x 1 day, only each team's third best daily score counts)
      • CPU or GPU project with a quorum of 1
    Each team may cast four votes for projects from the preselection below while signing up. These votes will be taken into account for the final project choice. However, only one discipline can take place at a GPU project, and only projects that provide workunits with a quorum of 1 can be chosen for Sprint and Javelin Throw. The projects chosen for the Pentathlon will therefore not necessarily be the four projects with the most votes.

    Quorum CPU GPU
    Quorum 1 Cosmology@Home
    LHC@home
    NFS@Home
    SRBase
    YAFU
    yoyo@home
    Collatz Conjecture
    Quorum 2 Amicable Numbers*
    RakeSearch
    Einstein@Home
    SETI@home
    *: Amicable Numbers is listed as a CPU project this year, because the GPU application is relatively inefficient and uses very much CPU time at the moment.

    Projects are not eligible if they

    • were chosen in last year's Pentathlon (Asteroids@home, NumberFields@home, PrimeGrid, Rosetta@home, Universe@Home)
    • cannot provide a sufficient number of workunits
    • do not support at least Windows and Linux
    • provide non-CPU-intensive (NCI) applications
    • use buggy or test-only applications
    • do not allow the creation of new accounts
    • do not support WebRPC
    To keep it as transparent as possible, we will publish the suggestions of every team when announcing the final project.

    Only the statistics on https://www.setigermany.de/boinc_pentathlon/statistiken/pentathlon.php are considered to award points and choose the champions. They are based on data provided by the projects via WebRPC and are updated every hour. For the Marathon, the hourly updates are based on incremental updates provided by World Community Grid in addition to their daily updates.

    A race day will start and end at 0:00 UTC (also known as GMT).

    If a project's server is unreachable at the starting time of a discipline or at the beginning of a day of Javelin Throw, only credits granted after the first successful statistics update will be counted. Likewise, the last successful statistics update will be the final result, if the server is unreachable at the ending time of the discipline or the end of the day, respectively.
     
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  2. Gilthanis

    Gilthanis [H]ard|DCer of the Year - 2014

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    We are now 1 month away from the largest and greatest of the challenges in BOINC distributed computing. Anyone and everyone should be preparing for this event now. If you need to learn how to set up BOINC or how to run a project that uses Virtualbox, this is the time to get it set up, dialed in, and rolling strong. Ask lots of questions early and don't put it off. Some things have a greater learning curve. I will be posting links and tips to assist but some people find all the resources daunting. We are willing to walk you through it if you merely ask. The biggest of the big show up for this event. So, every core, every thread, every GPU, every tablet, every phone matters. There is no such thing as too little. We need every cycle we can get. Even if it is old school and inefficient. Fire it up for the 2 weeks or for whatever you can spare.

    This post will also be updated throughout the event.

    Guides and references:
    How to install BOINC on CENTOS 7 - https://hardforum.com/threads/centos-7-boinc-install-guides.1854569/
    How to install BOINC on Windows and Ubuntu (go to post 11) - https://hardforum.com/threads/boinc-installation-walk-through.1768558/
    How to set up BOINCStats BAM! account manager - https://hardforum.com/threads/how-to-setup-up-boincstats-bam.1930993/
    Tool for managing multiple hosts in one location - What is BOINCTasks and how to use it: http://efmer.com/b/?q=boinctasks_manual [H] guide - https://hardforum.com/threads/efmer-boinctasks.1848989/
    What is bunkering - https://hardforum.com/threads/bunkering-why-you-should-or-should-not-do-it.1829159/
    Useful tools for BOINC - https://hardforum.com/threads/boinc-useful-tools-and-download-locations.1768577/
    How to set up Mutltiple clients - https://hardforum.com/threads/multiple-boinc-instances-a-quick-and-dirty-guide.1972440/

    2017's thread - https://hardforum.com/threads/8th-annual-boinc-pentathlon-by-seti-germany.1929308/
    2016's thread - https://hardforum.com/threads/7th-annual-boinc-pentathlon-2016.1896285/
    2015's thread - https://hardforum.com/threads/boinc-pentathlon-2015.1858766/

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  3. pututu

    pututu [H]ard DCOTM x2

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    Marathon project will be one of the sub-projects for WCG.

    For someone who just want to participate for the duration of the event and not tinkering with hardware and switching projects frequently, this is a very good choice. Basically set and forget.
     
  4. Gilthanis

    Gilthanis [H]ard|DCer of the Year - 2014

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    Well...make sure to run with a cache though because depending on timing, work units may get vacuumed up quick.
     
  5. pututu

    pututu [H]ard DCOTM x2

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    A new event Javelin Throw replaces Swimming.

    This is how I understand: A CPU or GPU project with quorum 1 is selected for Javelin.

    Date announced: _____4_____7_____8_____11_____14
    Credits granted: ___ 2.5M___5.1M__4.3M__0.6M___0.3M

    From the above table, the team's third best day is on the 4th with 2.5M credit. This credit is then compare to other teams and then ranked accordingly.
     
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  6. Gilthanis

    Gilthanis [H]ard|DCer of the Year - 2014

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    Sounds interesting
     
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    Gilthanis [H]ard|DCer of the Year - 2014

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    OK everyone. Please post in this thread what projects you would like us to vote for. I need 4 from the list in the first post of this thread. I will try and be democratic about it so don't delay. I plan on signing us up n the 15th. So, this should give everyone a week to cast their stones.
     
  8. auntjemima

    auntjemima [H]ardness Supreme

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    Collatz and Yafu.. others I don't care.
     
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    pututu [H]ard DCOTM x2

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    Collatz, Rakesearch, NFS and Yoyo.
     
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    Collatz, NFS, Amicable and Yoyo
     
  11. ChristianVirtual

    ChristianVirtual [H]ard DCOTM Mar 2016,Aug 2017

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    A vote for Yafu and Yoyo ...
     
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    Well, since I am guessing the requirement of "cannot provide a sufficient number of workunits" will probably apply to most projects on the list (*cough* Rakesearch *cough*), I'll just go selfishly off those I don't have many points in yet.

    Cosmology@Home
    LHC@home
    SRBase
    YAFU

    Seti would meet my criteria too, so I'd be fine with it as well.
     
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    RFGuy_KCCO [H]ard DCOTM x3

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    These are my picks, as well.
     
  14. Gilthanis

    Gilthanis [H]ard|DCer of the Year - 2014

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    I will try and get us signed up sometime today. So, if anyone else has votes on our selection choice, please chime in quick.
     
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    tayunz [H]ard DCoTM October 2018

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    Einstein/Collatz. GPUs!!!
     
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    Collatz, SETI, AN, NFS
     
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    Gilthanis [H]ard|DCer of the Year - 2014

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    atp1916 changed his PG vote to SETI. So, that means the numbers are

    Collatz – 6

    YAFU – 3

    RakeSearch – 1

    NFS – 4

    YoYo – 4

    Amicable Numbers – 3

    Cosmology – 1

    LHC – 1

    SRBase – 1

    Einstein – 1

    SETI – 1


    With those numbers we get Collatz, NFS, YoYo and then I have to tie break the last one with my voting. I'm going to go with Amicable Numbers, SETI, Einstein, and Cosmology as my choices. So, that means the team picks will be

    Collatz
    NFS
    YoYo
    Amicable Numbers
     
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  18. ChristianVirtual

    ChristianVirtual [H]ard DCOTM Mar 2016,Aug 2017

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