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Science project of the month October 2008: Yoyo@home

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Yoyo@home

Yoyo@home is a project bringing existing projects to the world of BOINC using the wrapper technology. The project is currently running 3 different projects and they're always looking for new projects to integrate intoYoyo@home. The project is run by the German BOINC team Rechenkraft.net

Yoyo@home project URL; http://www.rechenkraft.net/yoyo/

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About Yoyo@home

Currently the Yoyo@home project is running 3 different projects:

OGR-25An optimal Golomb Ruler of length 6

OGR-25 is an effort to find the Optimal Golomb Ruler with 25 marks. A Golomb Ruler is a set of numbers, where every distance between two numbers is unique for that set. For example, the set 0,1,4,6 is a Golomb Ruler, as the differences are 1-0=1, 4-0=4, 6-0=6, 4-1=3, 6-1=5, and 6-4=2. Notice that a Golomb ruler does not have to contain all distances up to its length. An Optimal Golomb Ruler of length n is the shortest Goulomb Ruler with n marks. The 0,1,4,6-ruler is clearly optimal. All rulers of length 5 cannot have 4 marks, as you cannot get 5 by adding 3 different numbers, so 2 numbers have to be the same. OGR's have been found for all n < 25, and with this project they hope to find the OGR of length 25. More info on OGR's can be found on Wikipedia. The original project can be found here.

Muon

The Muon Project simulates part of a particle accelerator.You are simulating the part of the process where the proton beam hits the target rod and causes pions to be emitted, which decay into muons. There's more info about particle accelerators on Wikipedia. Here you can find the original Muon project.

This is the first video in a series about the ATLAS experiment at CERN. (Note; the Muon project is NOT part of the atlas experiment at CERN)

Evolution@Home

evolution@home is a distributed computing project addressing evolutionary research. It simulates different types of populations and focuses on the analysis of human mitochondrial DNA. Here is the original project of Evolution@Home.

This is a video about mitochondrical DNA

 

 

Science project of the month September 2008: ABC@home

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ABC@home

ABC@home is a mathematical project searching for abc-triples. An abc-triple consists of 3 numbers satisfying certain conditions. These triples might be helpful in proving the ABC-conjecture, one of the holy grails of mathematics, because of its interesting consequences.

ABC@home project URL; http://abcathome.com/

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This is a very interesting video about Fermat's Last Theorem (FLT), explaining it very clearly:

The Fermat's Last Theorem video comes in five, ten minute video's. Here are all the links; [part1, part2, part3, part4, part5].

About the ABC-conjecture

ABC@homeAn ABC-triple consists of 3 numbers a, b and c, satisfying the following conditions:

  1. a+b = c
  2. GCD(a, b) = 1
  3. rad(abc) < c

The GCD is the greatest common divisor, the greatest number dividing both a and b. Rad is the radical of a number. The radical is defined as the product of distinct primes dividing the number.

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Science project of the month August 2008: QMC@home

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Irelandboinc.com science project of the month - QMC@home

QMC@homeTeam Ireland's project of the month for June 2008 is QMC@home and you can join the team on this project using the following details;


QMC@home. Project URL; http://qah.uni-muenster.de/
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About QMC@home (Quantum Monte Carlo At Home)

AtomQMC@home is based in University of Münster, a renowned research centre for Quantum Chemistry in Germany. We live in a world full of molecules: Molecules constitute our bodies and reactions between molecules are the essential phenomena behind all life processes. We breath, eat and wear molecules every day. With this in mind one can imagine the great importance that knowledge about molecular structure inheres, and also the usefulness of the ability to make accurate predictions about molecular reactivity.

Molecular Simulation and Quantum Chemistry in actionQuantum Theory in principle allows us to predict the structure and reactivity of all molecules, but the equations of Quantum Theory become intractable complex with increasing system size. Exact analytical solutions are only possible for the smallest systems and for almost all molecules of interest in chemistry and life sciences no such solutions are known to us. Quantum Chemistry is the science that invents smart approximations to Quantum Theory to predict molecular information with high accuracy. Nevertheless the solving of even approximated quantum chemical equations for real life systems require huge amounts of computing power.

BeakerQuantum Monte Carlo (QMC) is a very promising method new to Quantum Chemistry. One of the major advantages of QMC is the ability to perform massively parallel calculations, which can be utilized to broaden the horizon of calculable systems by distributing the work over hundreds or even thousands of processors.

Chemical reactionQuantum Monte Carlo At Home (QMC@HOME) is a project designed to further develop the Quantum Monte Carlo method for general use in Quantum Chemistry. With the help of volunteers all over the world we want to aquire the computing power that is needed to test and further develop the opportunities of the promising new approach of Quantum Monte Carlo.

Cool video showing Quantum Chemistry in action

Synthesis of CdSe (Cadmium selenide) nanocrystals by injection of cadmium and selenium precursors into a high boiling point coordinating solvent at 360 degrees C. Very cool stuff, or should i say Hot stuff!!!

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Science project of the month July 2008: POEM@home

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Irelandboinc.com science project of the month - POEM@home

POEM@homeTeam Ireland's project of the month for June 2008 is POEM@home and you can join the team on this project using the following details;


POEM@home. Project URL; http://boinc.fzk.de/poem/
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Protein

About POEM@home

POEM@home is based in Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, one of the biggest science and engineering research institutions in Europe and funded jointly by the Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg.

Proteins are the nanoscale machinery of all the known cellular life. Amazingly, these large biomolecules with up to 100,000 atoms fold into unique three-dimensional shapes in which they function. These functions include all cellular chemistry, energy conversion and transport, signal processing in the brain, and many others, often with an efficiency unmatched by any man-made process. Protein malfunction is often related to diseases and thousands disease-related proteins have been identified to date, many with still unknown structure.

To understand, control or even design proteins we need to study protein structure, which is experimentally much harder to obtain than the information about the chemical composition of a specific protein.

Trp-Cage Protein (1L2Y)By joining this project you will contribute to a computational approach to

* predict the biologically active structure of proteins
* understand the signal-processing mechanisms when the proteins interact with one another
* understand diseases related to protein malfunction or aggregation
* develop new drugs on the basis of the three-dimensions structure of biologically important proteins.

POEM@HOME implements a novel approach to understand these aspects of protein structure, which lends itself very well to worldwide distributed computing. The scientific approach behind POEM@HOME is a computational realization of the thermodynamic hypothesis that won C. B. Anfinsen the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1972.

POEM@HOME is a purely academic, non-profit project to improve our understanding of biomolecular structure and function. All substantial result of POEM@HOME will be published in international peer reviewed journals with proper credit to the POEM@HOME volunteers.

Short video about Protein structure

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Irelandboinc.com, science project of the month: June 2008

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Irelandboinc.com science project of the month - MilkyWay@home

MilkyWay@homeTeam Ireland's project of the month for June 2008 is MilkyWay@home and you can join the team on this project using the following details;

MilkyWay@home. Project URL; http://milkyway.cs.rpi.edu/milkyway/
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The Milky Way Galaxy - Our home!

About MilkyWay@home

Milkyway@home is a research project that uses Internet-connected computers to do research in modeling and determining the evolution of the Milkyway galaxy. You can participate by downloading the BOINC software and attaching your computer to the project.

Milkyway@home is based at the Rensselaer Computer Science Department in New York. This particular project is being developed to better understand the power of volunteer computing resources.

The astronomy application attempts to discover various structures existing in the Milky Way galaxy and their spatial distribution. This requires a probabilistic algorithm for locating geometric objects in spatial databases. The data being analyzed is from the Sloan Digital Sky Survay, which has recently released 10 terabytes of images and spectra in online catalogs.

This project is only running a short time and is still in its early stages. The project might not have a constant stream of work units avalable and you will need to check your BOINC manager software from time to time and see the project is running OK. Updates and info about this project will be posted here on the website in the MilkyWay chat message.

Video about the evolution of the Milky Way Galaxy

Milkyway Galaxy during the summer time in the visible light spectrum

Carl Sagan video about Galaxys and the Milky Way

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Irelandboinc.com, science project of the month: April 2008

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Irelandboinc.com science project of the month - µFluids

µFluidsTeam Ireland's project of the month for April is µFluids and you can join the team on this project using the following details;

uFluids@home Project URL; http://www.ufluids.net/
Image ImageImage ImageTeam Ireland chat about LHC@home


What is the μFluids BOINC project and Microfluidics?

Digital microfluidic processor mixing droplets inside the chipμFluids project (Pronounced "Micro Fluids"), is a massively distributed computer simulation of two-phase fluid behavior in microgravity and microfluidics problems. Our goal is to design better satellite propellant management devices and address two-phase flow in microchannel and MEMS devices. Voluntary collaboration of individual computer users, like you, can participate by donating idle computer time using the BOINC software.

The advent of the integrated circuit in 1959 led to the miniaturization and development of a plethora of commercial and industrial devices. However, these miniature circuits are no longer limited to transistors and capacitors. Motors, valves, and sensors can be combined with electronic components to form a complete system. Just as integrated circuits have revolutionized electronics, so MEMS (microelectrical-mechanical systems) will revolutionize medical devices, biosensors and consumer products of the future.

μFluidics video; Electrokinetic Instability in a Cross Shaped Microchannel

Can Irish people have a career working in the microfluidics industry?

Yes, you can read about careers in the Microfluidics industry here; http://www.memsnet.org/?jobs. You can also follow the links from this page on the μFluids website; http://www.ufluids.net/whatis.php. More Irish careers in the MicroFluidics industry can be found by clicking here.

 

Irelandboinc.com, science project of the month: March 2008

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Irelandboinc.com science project of the month - LHC@home 

Team Ireland's project of the month for March 2008 is LHC@home. This is the worlds largest particle accelerator and it is based in the CERN European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva, Switzerland. It is a 27KM ring under the ground where they are planning to accelerate particles up to the speed of light and smash them together inside the Atlas Detector to see what happens. You can join the team on this project using the following details;
LHC@Home. Project URL; http://lhcathome.cern.ch/lhcathome/
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LHC@home Albert BOINCstein Crunching LHC@home

Here is a video giving a tour of the LHC (underground accelerator) at CERN. Measuring 27km in circumference, it is due to start full operation near the end of this year.
5 min 42 sec

 

Irelandboinc.com, science project of the month: Jan/Feb 2008

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Irelandboinc.com, science project of the month - Malariacontrol.net
 

Team Ireland's project of the month for January & February is Africa@home's, Malariacontrol.net and you can join the team on this project using the following details;
Malaria Control. Project URL; http://www.malariacontrol.net/

Malariacontrol.net homepageCreate an account on Malariacontrol.netJoin team Ireland on Malariacontrol.netIreland team page on Malariacontrol.netTeam Ireland chat about Malariacontrol.net
Albert BOINCstein crunching Malariacontrol.net on his PC
We have also made out a schedule for our project of the month for 2008. Click the next button to see the schedule and target projects for each month of the year.

 


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