Updates

March 8, 2004
It is with the deepest gratitude that we wish to thank all those who have contributed over the years to the Genome@home project. It has accumulated a large database of protein sequences, which will be used for important scientific purposes for many years by our group and many others throughout the world. Like all good things, however, its time has come. Over the last year we have kept Genome@home running on a very low budget by sharing much of its client infrastructure with Folding@home, but several months from now its funding will no longer be available at all.

For this reason, the Genome@home project will be terminated. While the servers will stop distributing new work units on March 10, they will remain up until April 15 to receive the final results.

Our sister project Folding@home remains on very solid financial ground. While it requires a more frequent connection to the Internet and it has a somewhat different scoring system for those who enjoy the competition, we would highly recommend it. Your continued donation of computer time to Stanford University in the Folding@home project will always be, as it has been with Genome@home, truly appreciated.

With great thanks,

Vijay Pande, Stefan Larson, & the rest of the Pande Group

March 11, 2004 Update
With a keen sense of poor timing, one of the key GAH servers went down two days ago. It's back up now, but we need to work to rebuild some of the files. Due to this issue, we are prolonging new GAH WUs until we sort this out.

April 15, 2004 Update
As mentioned above, the Genome@home servers have now been shut down. The project will officially end with the final stats update this morning. The project website will be updated to reflect the end of the project.

Thank you all for everything you've done to make this project such a success. We encourage you all to continue donating your computer time to scientific research through the Folding@home project.


Febuary 14, 2004 Progress update
We are still working on the next generation GAH code/core, which we internally call "M3." We are using M3 internally for calculations (especially in a new collaboration with Alan Davidson's group at the University of Toronto). We'll post more info when we're further along.


December 19, 2003
Client version 4.0 released
We've released the next major revision of the client. There are lots of changes and improvements, including better handling of WUs for GAH. Please see the release notes for all the details. The cores have not changed significantly and so none of these changes will affect performance.

Also, we've set the GAH stats to update every 12 hours instead of every 6. While this is clearly non-ideal, we want to keep the servers less stressed to help avoid the downtime that has become all too common. This should be temporary as we will be switching to new hardware over the next few weeks.

December 18, 2003 Happy holidays from FAH and GAH

We've added certificates to thank the FAH and GAH donators for their contributions. You will see links to the certificates on the stats pages. GAH certificates will appear at the evening PST stats update. While this is really only a small token of our gratitude, we are very grateful for everyone's contributions to our projects.
Thanks to JWhy for making the original scripts used!

Happy holidays!

PS For those who want the certs sooner, you can put your name after the "u=" in the url http://vspx27.stanford.edu/gawards/cert.php?u= to get yours now. Eg, pelligrini would go to http://vspx27.stanford.edu/gawards/cert.php?u=pelligrini

 

September 30, 2003

Update on the stats: we are still keeping an eye on things and looking for inconsistencies. However, the stats are now set to regularly update.

 

September 26, 2003

Stats work is still ongoing. When the hardware failed, the db got corrupted. We're working from a backup + the logs to get this back into shape.

 

September 24, 2003

After an unfortunately long delay, the stats are back up. Sorry for the delay and thanks for bearing with us. We're buying new hardware with better hardware support contracts and hopefully this won't be as horrifically bad as it was this time.

 

September 20, 2003

Update on the stats: we're going to give up on repairing the down server (the mobo and PS is FUBAR) and we'll simply transfer the drives to a new server to get this up. We hoped this fix would be faster than it clearly has been. Hopefully, the hardware will be up on Monday and we'll get going on restoring the stats. The WUs are still coming in and out fine, it's just the stats reporting to the web which is down.

 

September 19, 2003

The stats have been down due to a hardware failure. We have been waiting on a part (a fan for the motheboard). This part has been delayed. If it takes much longer, we will likely take the drives out and put it in a new box. We'd like to avoid that if possible, but if the part takes much longer, we'll do that. The WUs that have been sent in are being collected, but the stats system cannout update the website without the server which is down.

 

August 16, 2003

It's been a while since we've updated the news. A lot's been going on behind the scenes, but slower than we'd all like. The Genome@home web site has moved and is in the process of being updated. Also, coding for the new GAH core is done and we are now finishing the testing/validation stage.

We'll give more info as we roll out the new aspects.

Monday, May 5, 2003

The Genome@home 0.99 server is now shut down. Please upgrade your clients here.

Wednesday, April 2, 2003

The Genome@home distributed computing project will be discontinuing support of the original G@h 0.99 client, as of May 1, 2003. The 2.0 version of the G@h client has been running successfully for over 8 months, and it is time to retire our original 0.99 version. The Genome@home project as a whole will continue, with full support for the G@h 2.0 client. Specifically, the website, stats, and scientific work behind the project will continue unabated and unchanged.

The timeline for discontinuation of version 0.99 support is as follows:

  • April 4, 08:00 PST
    • The option to download the 0.99 client will be removed from our website.
  • May 1, 08:00 PDT
    • The 0.99 data server will stop assigning new workunits.
  • May 5, 08:00 PDT
    • The 0.99 data server will stop accepting completed workunits.

The scientific work for which this client was built has now been accomplished. The Genome@home worldwide protein design cluster has, to date, used almost 20,000 donated CPU-years to calculate over 6 million new protein sequences. The scientific work behind the G@h 0.99 client, consisting of nine distinct phases, has already resulted in four major scientific publications and produced novel insight into fundamental mysteries behind the protein structure-sequence relationship. The 0.99 client has also allowed us to pursue unprecedented work in studies of protein evolution and protein structure prediction. Much of our work in the short-term will include continued analysis, interpretation, and publication of the data that we've collected from the 0.99 client.

The success of the G@h 0.99 client (and it's predecessors early in the project) is due to the incredibly enthusiastic and dedicated support of all our users. The contribution of each and every individual around the world allows the completion of scientific research that truly could not be done otherwise. We are indebted to all the users and teams that participate so selflessly in this endeavour.

The Genome@home project continues on, with the G@h 2.06 client/core system, which uses the powerful F@h3 infrastructure to open completely new avenues of protein design research. The 2.06 client/core system has undergone thorough testing and evaluation and has proven to be a stable and much-improved upgrade to the original 0.99 client. We encourage all of you still using the 0.99 client to upgrade as soon as possible. All workunits completed with the 2.06 client/core will continue to count towards your Genom@home stats.

If you have questions regarding this announcement, please check the FAQ, or post them in the forum and we will answer them promptly.

Thank you - Stefan Larson, Lead Genome@home Researcher

 

 

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