OProject@Home

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OProject@Home
Oproject Logo.png
Developer(s) Lukasz Swierczewski
Initial release August 13, 2012 (2012-08-13)
Development status Active
Written in ANSI C / C++
Operating system Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris, FreeBSD, Android
Platform Cross-platform
Available in English
Average performance 543.5 GFLOPS[1]
Total users 2,243
Total hosts 1,778
Website oproject.info

OProject@Home is a volunteer distributed computing[2] project running on the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) and is based on a dedicated library OLib.[3] The project is directed by Lukasz Swierczewski, an IT student at the College of Computer Science and Business Administration in Lomza, Computer Science and Automation Institute.

Subprojects[edit]

  • Shor's Algorithm
  • Shor's Algorithm DP
  • GSCE-SV
  • ALX
  • Weird Engine

Shor's Algorithm and Shor's Algorithm DP are the main subprojects of OProject@Home. The objective is to test quantum algorithms (e.g. Shor's algorithm) of quantum computing. GSCE-SV verifies the correctness of Goldbach's conjecture, while ALX is a Non-CPU-intensive (nci) subproject capable of running on ARM-based CPUs running Android or Linux. It is used to research and develop artificial intelligence and computer networks. Project supports the PlayStation 3.

Map of sea surface temperature of 1 January 1982 generated by OProject@Home.

The Weird Engine subproject calculates the weird numbers (sequence A006037 in OEIS). Numbers are available in the project database. According to the OEIS it is the largest publicly available database of such numbers.[4]

These ongoing work on the application analyzing status of water on Earth. OProject@Home uses data from NASA and NOAA satellites. Analyzed data are taken from devices AVHRR and AMSR that are used to measure the Earth's radiation predominantly in the infrared. Based on the information is easy to calculate the sea surface temperature and ice concentration at any point on Earth. This information will enable to perform the analysis and simulations climate.[5][6]

The subprojects running on the platform OProject@Home are important to science because they address difficult and unsolved problems in physics and theoretical mathematics. For example, Goldbach's conjecture, proposed in 1742 has never been disproven. It is not even clear whether the problem can be solved, as the range of numbers are infinite. It's also not known if there are any odd weird numbers. All calculated weird numbers are even. Climate change and global warming has also raised a number of controversies, and a future goal is to effectively analyze the entire Earth to predict the probability of various possible threats to people. Such systems can warn against natural disasters such as hurricanes or cyclones that may arise in the future.[7][8] Although this is a future development, a sample video showing the sea surface temperature for 1982 has been generated in order to show what this can result in. The simulation is based on publicly available databases from organisations such as NOAA and NASA.

As with most other volunteer computing projects, progress relies on recruiting a number of users willing to donate computing power to the project. These projects are usually run in the background and when the computer is idle and have little or no performance impact when a person is using the computer.

A side effect of the project is to develop high-performance algorithms for the various subprojects. The source code of the programs are open and available for public download on Google Code, licensed under the GPL license. All the data generated by the project is also available from the project website, also distributed under the GPL license. The project is also open to new subprojects, although the current focus is on the continued development of the software, in order to ensure a more stable platform.

The project was officially launched on 13 August 2012. As of 9 October 2012, over 2243 volunteers with over 1779 hosts have participated in the project.[9] The Oproject has 9th place between all BOINC projects by the amount of new hosts after well-known WCG, SETI@Home, MilkyWay, Collatz conjecture, PrimeGrid projects.[10] On September 30, 2012 the project lead released the news about the launch OProject@Home in BOINC official website,[11] and later on the same day the project was added to the overall list of distributed systems.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "OProject@Home: Credit overview". de Zutter W., boincstats.com. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ Swierczewski, Lukasz (October 4, 2012). "The Distributed Computing Model Based on The Capabilities of The Internet". arXiv:1210.1593 [cs.NI]. 
  3. ^ Swierczewski, Lukasz (June 7, 2012). "Simulation of Grover's algorithm on parallel computers with shared memory and using the Olib library". Proceedings, LVEE 2012 Conference, 7–10 June 2012, Grodno. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Weird numbers". oeis.org. October 21, 2001. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ European plant phenology and climate as seen in a 20-year AVHRR land-surface parameter dataset, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Volume 25, Issue 17, 2004, May 26, 2003 
  6. ^ The Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer for the Earth Observing System (AMSR-E), NASDA's contribution to the EOS for global energy and water cycle studies, Journals & Magazines, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Volume: 41, Issue: 2, February 2003 
  7. ^ Impact of the Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit measurements on hurricane prediction, Mon. Wea. Rev., 130, 2416–2432., 2002 
  8. ^ Impacts of Ocean–Atmosphere Coupling on Tropical Cyclone Intensity Change and Ocean Prediction in the Australian Region, Mon. Wea. Rev., 138, 2074–2091., 2010 
  9. ^ OProject@Home, Project Stats box
  10. ^ "Project stats info". boincstats.com. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  11. ^ "OProject@Home launches". boinc.berkeley.edu. September 30, 2012. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 

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