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  • richardmitnick 7:29 am on August 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    From SixTrack 

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    26 Jul 2016

    LHC Sixtrack

    The members of the SixTrack project from LHC@Home would like to thank all the volunteers who made their CPUs available to us! Your contribution is precious, as in our studies we need to scan a rather large parameter space in order to find the best working points for our machines, and this would be hard to do without the computing power you all offer to us!

    Since 2012 we have started performing measurements with beam dedicated to probing what we call the “dynamic aperture” (DA). This is the region in phase space where particles can move without experiencing a large increase of the amplitude of their motion. For large machines like the LHC this is an essential parameter for granting beam stability and allowing long data taking at the giant LHC detectors. The measurements will be benchmarked against numerical simulations, and this is the point where you play an important role! Currently we are finalising a first simulation campaign and we are in the process of writing up the results in a final document. As a next step we are going to analyse the second half of the measured data, for which a new tracking campaign will be needed. …so, stay tuned!

    Magnets are the main components of an accelerator, and non-linearities in their fields have direct impact on the beam dynamics. The studies we are carrying out with your help are focussed not only on the current operation of the LHC but also on its upgrade, i.e. the High Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC). The design of the new components of the machine is at its final steps, and it is essential to make sure that the quality of the magnetic fields of the newly built components allow to reach the highly demanding goals of the project. Two aspects are mostly relevant:

    specifications for field quality of the new magnets. The criterion to assess whether the magnets’ filed quality is acceptable is based on the computation of the DA, which should larger than a pre-defined lower bound. The various magnet classes are included in the simulations one by one and the impact on DA is evaluated and the expected field quality is varied until the acceptance criterion of the DA is met.

    dynamic aperture under various optics conditions, analysis of non-linear correction system, and optics optimisation are essential steps to determine the field quality goals for the magnet designers, as well as evaluate and optimise the beam performance.

    The studies involve accelerator physicists from both CERN and SLAC.

    Long story made short, the tracking simulations we perform require significant computer resources, and BOINC is very helpful in carrying out the studies. Thanks a lot for your help!
    The SixTrack team

    Latest papers:

    R. de Maria, M. Giovannozzi, E. McIntosh (CERN), Y. Cai, Y. Nosochkov, M-H. Wang (SLAC), DYNAMIC APERTURE STUDIES FOR THE LHC HIGH LUMINOSITY LATTICE, Presented at IPAC 2015.

    See the full article here .

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    Visit the BOINC web page, click on Choose projects and check out some of the very worthwhile studies you will find. Then click on Download and run BOINC software/ All Versons. Download and install the current software for your 32bit or 64bit system, for Windows, Mac or Linux. When you install BOINC, it will install its screen savers on your system as a default. You can choose to run the various project screen savers or you can turn them off. Once BOINC is installed, in BOINC Manager/Tools, click on “Add project or account manager” to attach to projects. Many BOINC projects are listed there, but not all, and, maybe not the one(s) in which you are interested. You can get the proper URL for attaching to the project at the projects’ web page(s) BOINC will never interfere with any other work on your computer.

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    SETI@home The search for extraterrestrial intelligence. “SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is a scientific area whose goal is to detect intelligent life outside Earth. One approach, known as radio SETI, uses radio telescopes to listen for narrow-bandwidth radio signals from space. Such signals are not known to occur naturally, so a detection would provide evidence of extraterrestrial technology.

    Radio telescope signals consist primarily of noise (from celestial sources and the receiver’s electronics) and man-made signals such as TV stations, radar, and satellites. Modern radio SETI projects analyze the data digitally. More computing power enables searches to cover greater frequency ranges with more sensitivity. Radio SETI, therefore, has an insatiable appetite for computing power.

    Previous radio SETI projects have used special-purpose supercomputers, located at the telescope, to do the bulk of the data analysis. In 1995, David Gedye proposed doing radio SETI using a virtual supercomputer composed of large numbers of Internet-connected computers, and he organized the SETI@home project to explore this idea. SETI@home was originally launched in May 1999.”

    SETI@home is the birthplace of BOINC software. Originally, it only ran in a screensaver when the computer on which it was installed was doing no other work. With the powerand memory available today, BOINC can run 24/7 without in any way interfering with other ongoing work.

    The famous SET@home screen saver, a beauteous thing to behold.

    einstein@home The search for pulsars. “Einstein@Home uses your computer’s idle time to search for weak astrophysical signals from spinning neutron stars (also called pulsars) using data from the LIGO gravitational-wave detectors, the Arecibo radio telescope, and the Fermi gamma-ray satellite. Einstein@Home volunteers have already discovered more than a dozen new neutron stars, and we hope to find many more in the future. Our long-term goal is to make the first direct detections of gravitational-wave emission from spinning neutron stars. Gravitational waves were predicted by Albert Einstein almost a century ago, but have never been directly detected. Such observations would open up a new window on the universe, and usher in a new era in astronomy.”

    MilkyWay@Home Milkyway@Home uses the BOINC platform to harness volunteered computing resources, creating a highly accurate three dimensional model of the Milky Way galaxy using data gathered by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. This project enables research in both astroinformatics and computer science.”

    Leiden Classical “Join in and help to build a Desktop Computer Grid dedicated to general Classical Dynamics for any scientist or science student!”

    World Community Grid (WCG) World Community Grid is a special case at BOINC. WCG is part of the social initiative of IBM Corporation and the Smarter Planet. WCG has under its umbrella currently eleven disparate projects at globally wide ranging institutions and universities. Most projects relate to biological and medical subject matter. There are also projects for Clean Water and Clean Renewable Energy. WCG projects are treated respectively and respectably on their own at this blog. Watch for news.

    Rosetta@home “Rosetta@home needs your help to determine the 3-dimensional shapes of proteins in research that may ultimately lead to finding cures for some major human diseases. By running the Rosetta program on your computer while you don’t need it you will help us speed up and extend our research in ways we couldn’t possibly attempt without your help. You will also be helping our efforts at designing new proteins to fight diseases such as HIV, Malaria, Cancer, and Alzheimer’s….”

    GPUGrid.net “GPUGRID.net is a distributed computing infrastructure devoted to biomedical research. Thanks to the contribution of volunteers, GPUGRID scientists can perform molecular simulations to understand the function of proteins in health and disease.” GPUGrid is a special case in that all processor work done by the volunteers is GPU processing. There is no CPU processing, which is the more common processing. Other projects (Einstein, SETI, Milky Way) also feature GPU processing, but they offer CPU processing for those not able to do work on GPU’s.


    These projects are just the oldest and most prominent projects. There are many others from which you can choose.

    There are currently some 300,000 users with about 480,000 computers working on BOINC projects That is in a world of over one billion computers. We sure could use your help.

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  • richardmitnick 4:33 pm on May 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    From CERN: “How to help CERN to run more simulations” 

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    16 May 2016
    by The LHC@home team

    With LHC@Home you can actively contribute to the computing capacity of the Laboratory!

    LHC Sixtrack

    You may think that CERN’s large Data Centre and the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid have enough computing capacity for all the Laboratory’s users. However, given the massive amount of data coming from LHC experiments and other sources, additional computing resources are always needed, notably for simulations of physics events, or accelerator and detector upgrades.

    This is an area where you can help, by installing BOINC and running simulations from LHC@home on your office PC or laptop. These background simulations will not disturb your work, as BOINC can be configured to automatically stop computing when your PC is in use.

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    As mentioned in earlier editions of the Bulletin (see here and here), contributions from LHC@home volunteers have played a major role in LHC beam simulation studies.

    LHC@Home Classic Users 133,627 Hosts (computers) 359,237 Teams 5,079 Countries 205 Total BOINC credit 4,797,971,717
    Last day 205,687
    (Statistics from BOINCStats)

    The computing capacity they made available corresponds to about half the capacity of the CERN batch system! Thanks to this precious contribution, detailed studies of subtle effects related with non-linear beam dynamics have been performed using the SixTrack code. This proved extremely useful not only for the LHC, but also for its upgrade, the HL-LHC.

    More recently, thanks to virtualisation, the use of LHC@home has been expanded to other applications. Full physics simulations are run in a small CernVM virtual machine on all types of volunteer computers. Monte-Carlo simulations for theorists were first included in a project called Test4Theory. Results are submitted to a database called MCPLots, based in the Theory department at CERN. Since 2011, about 2.7 trillion events have been simulated.

    Following this success, ATLAS became the first experiment to join, and the number of volunteers engaged in ATLAS physics events simulation has been steadily ramping up for the last 18 months. The production rate is now equivalent to that of a large WLCG Tier 2 site! These events are fully integrated into the experiment data management system and are already being used for the physics analysis of Run 2. Now applications for the other LHC experiments are also being tested under LHC@home.

    We encourage you to help to produce more results. It is really easy to join! On a standard CERN NICE PC, you can install BOINC with CMF, and then connect to LHC@home as indicated on the LHC@home web-site and in the CMF instructions. If you use a Macintosh or Linux desktop, please refer to the instructions for your platform on the website, which also includes a video tutorial.

    Help our accelerator and research community and join LHC@home!

    [This subject is near and dear to my heart. For about six years I was a “cruncher”. I worked on Six Track and Test4Theory for CERN. In total, all projects I amassed 37,000,000 credits before I had to quit. I still believe in Public Distributed Computing. I support BOINC and World Community Grid on this blog when something is published.]

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  • richardmitnick 10:39 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Crunchers!! Remember LHC@home? Alive and Well !! 


    LHC@home has this new address, the cool logo above, and a story to tell.

    Removed from CERN to University of London (read the story), reconstituted and renamed, LHC@home 1.0 Six Track lives and will have work.

    If you still have the original attached, detach and go to the project page and get the new URL with which to attach. You will be fine, your CPID will be fine (I just checked mine), you will see all of your projects in the usual list, your team will be fine, even the message boards will accept you.

    Let’s build this project back up. Check BOINCStats. This project has enjoyed the work of over 90,000 users on 234,000 hosts over its history. Now it’s 2096 hearty souls on 5346 hosts.

    Please join me.

    Now, isn’t that special?

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