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Help Us Build and Operate 5 High-End PC Platforms Dedicated Exclusively to Running the BOINC Client for the Advancement of Science.

Together, let's create the most cost-effective computing platform for the advancement of science.  

Then let's publish an Open Source "Blue Print" so anyone else can build their own BOINC "Super Node".

Q: OK, BUT WHAT THE HECK IS BOINC?

A: BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure Network Computing) is an Open Source Computing Architecture that Enables Scientific Research on Large Data Sets through Distributed Computing.

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      !  NEW REWARDS ADDITION  !

At the end of the project, Every Donor at the $99 level and above will receive one project related item from our Grab Bag of Computer Parts. The Grab Bag will include all kinds of stuff from the project...High End Graphics Card(s), Motherboard(s), CPU(s), and a ton of miscellaneous hardware. 

We'll even pay shipping! Delivery date for this addition is at the end of the project - estimated to be Sept 2014.

Your donation could earn you a computer component worth 5 to10 times your pledge!

Note that we believe in transparency...most of the stuff in the Grab Bag will have a small dollar value - $5 - $25, but we promise there will also be some truly good stuff, worth hundreds of dollars. Thank you for your generous pledge and good luck! _______________________________________________________

**** WE ARE MAKING TREMENDOUS PROGRESS WITH JUST 2 OLDER PCs WE HAVE DEDICATED TO (and partially optimized for) BOINC PRIOR FUNDING.  

SCROLL DOWN OR CHECK THE MOST RECENT UPDATE TO SEE OUR PROGRESS. *****

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BOINC Client Screenshot
BOINC Client Screenshot

Current BOINC projects include everything from Climate Prediction, to Studies of Proteins for the advancement of medicine, to Crunching Data from the Large Hadron Collider.  A complete list of BOINC projects can be found HERE.

All of these projects are conducted purely for the advancement of science and are NOT for any corporate or personal profit. 

BOINC is managed by the University of California Berkeley, is Open Source and is one of the most advanced, free and publicly available distributed computing platforms in existence.

Another BOINC project running
Another BOINC project running

Millions of computing enthusiast across the world support the various BOINC projects by allowing their PCs to analyze projects' large data sets when they are otherwise idle. However, most of these PC platforms are not optimized for BOINC.  

THIS KICKSTARTER PROJECT TAKES DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Donors will help fund five (5) PC platforms designed to run just the BOINC client -- 24/7/365.  One of the nuances of the BOINC client is that it utilizes CUDA processing cores native to modern graphics cards. With four advanced graphic cards (each with 1,500+ CUDA cores) multiplied by the five PC Platforms, a total of 30,000 CUDA cores will be dedicated to advancing the scientific projects -- All day, every day.

With a total funding goal of $37,000 for the building and operating of the entire project, this is an all-in cost of just $1.23 per core for the entire year! 

Here's where you come in:

We need funds to build the PC Platforms and to pay for the power they will consume.  Specifically, we will use the donated  funds to build high-end desk top PCs specifically designed to optimize BOINC performance. These PCs will be built from "off the shelf" components such as ASUS motherboards, Intel processors, EVGA graphics cards (with more than 1500 CUDA enabled cores each).

AND HERE'S THE BEST PART - As we constantly modify and optimize the platform, we will provide donors and the public with monthly updates that will culminate in a final "Blue Print" so that anyone else can replicate the BOINC "Super Node" and, in turn, advance science even further. 

HERE'S HOW YOUR MONEY WILL BE SPENT:

Each PC is budgeted at $5,000 for a total of $25,000. Energy cost for each PC is estimated to be $200 per month; thus the additional $12,000 in the stated funding goal will be used to operate the five PC platforms for 1 year while they are being optimized. Excess funding will be used to power the PC platforms for an indefinite period of time (depending on the total funding received). 

And Speaking of Money, beyond the hundreds of hours we know we will need to dedicate to this project, we decided we need to contribute our own money and existing hardware as well.

So here's what we've done.  We have dedicated one of our personal desktops 100% torunning BOINC -- it's been working on non-BONC projects for the last 18 months or so.  And we have ordered about $500 in hardware to rebuild another PC that we will also dedicate 100% to running BOINC. 

As of 7:00pm EDT on 18 March 2013, we have earned 30.9 Million BOINC credits -- More than 99.80% of the 2.5 Million users.  And we are in the top 750 users based on average credits per day.  Imagine what we can do once this project is funded!

You can see our progress here:

http://boincstats.com/en/stats/-1/user/detail/38655/overview

And some charts here:

http://boincstats.com/en/stats/-1/user/detail/38655/charts

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High Level post-funding project plan is as follows:

Month 1 -- Acquire PC components 

Month 2 and 3 -- Assemble PCs, load and modify software as necessary,  test, and perform initial optimization.. 

Months 4 through 15 -- Continuously run BOINC on all 5 PC Platforms, Continuously modify and optimize hardware configuration and software. Publish monthly updates of the project status to all donors.

End of Project -- Publish an Open Source "Blue Print" of the optimized BOINC "Super Node" Platform.

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Here is a developing and typical set of hardware components for the PC Platforms (Note that this list is constantly being refined):

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=21570652

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And here are images of some key components:

Mother Board
Mother Board
Graphics Card with 1500+ CUDA cores
Graphics Card with 1500+ CUDA cores
High Speed / Low Latency RAM
High Speed / Low Latency RAM
CPU - Unlocked and just waiting to be Overclocked
CPU - Unlocked and just waiting to be Overclocked

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And Here are some YouTube Videos related to BOINC.

Tags

#Science #Computing #BOINC #GPU #CUDA #Open Source #Hardware #Software

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Primary risks involve availability of components for the PC platforms and optimization for the BOINC client. This risk is mitigated by having built similar (but less powerful) platforms in the past. The risk will be further mitigated by building and performing initial optimization on a single PC "pilot" platform prior to building the additional four.

Costs related to power consumption may also pose a challenge, but estimates should be sufficiently conservative to cover this.

FAQ

  • The hardware list is a "typical" list. The object of this project is to optimize price/performance assuming an average cost per PC platform of about $5,000. In fact we will be using different hardware for each platform and "mixing and matching" components across the PC during the project life cycle.

    We think the average cost will be about $5,000 per platform; if the cost is less the "extra" funding will be used to extend the life of the project. If it is more, we will still operate the project for the full year...at our expense.

    If you have specific suggestions for hardware we would sincerely like to hear your thoughts. Please keep the project parameters in mind:

    1) Optimize price/performance specifically for the BOINC client

    2) Keep total price per PC around $5,000.

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts you would like to share.

    The Sheaffer Family

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  • Let us answer this in few ways.

    First once the project is funded, the donors and public will get monthly updates and will be able to see the actual work done by each PC on various sites (like Free DC), so you can be assured that the PCs are used for the project's intended purpose.

    Second, we have plenty of PCs and laptops for our entire family's personal use.

    Third, if we were building "gaming" PCs we would choose distinctly different components than are listed in the "typical" configuration in the project.

    Hopefully this puts your mind at ease. If not, feel free to ask any specific questions you like; we are happy to answer them.

    The Sheaffer Family

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