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Fighting Covid with Distributed Computing (you can help!) 7 months 1 week ago #13

BOINC-wide team created! Here's the info page: boinc.berkeley.edu/teams/team_display.php?teamid=4596

edit: Rosetta@Home does not seem to support boinc-wide teams, so you'll need to join the following team for the Rosetta project: boinc.bakerlab.org/rosetta/team_display.php?teamid=19992
Mike Naglee

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And, isn't sanity really just a one-trick pony anyway? I mean all you get is one trick, rational thinking, but when you're good and crazy, oooh, oooh, oooh, the sky is the limit.

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Fighting Covid with Distributed Computing (you can help!) 7 months 1 week ago #14

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Fighting Covid with Distributed Computing (you can help!) 6 months 4 weeks ago #16

Ro-gan wrote: Astronomical and Mathematical Organizations have been doing things like this for decades.

But hard pass from me. The last thing I want is some organization having access to my computer and having my identity/monies stolen from someone in that organization who is unhappy or someone outside the organization who takes advantage of this program.

For anyone that shares this concern (I didn’t think anyone would actually be concerned about this, or I would have put it in the first post)

boinc.berkeley.edu/wiki/BOINC_Security

Excerpts

Is BOINC safe? The short answer: in practice, yes. After 8 years, running on millions of PCs, there have been no security incidents due to BOINC.

Suppose you volunteer for a project, and hackers break into that project's server and replace its programs with malware. Will the malware be downloaded and run on your PC?

BOINC uses a mechanism called code signing that makes this impossible, as long as projects use proper practices.
Code signing is based on *public-key cryptography*. Each project has a code-signing key pair consisting of a public key and a private key. The public is sent to your client when you add the project. The private key is used to create "signatures" for programs. The BOINC client will only run programs with valid signatures.

Projects are instructed to keep the private key only on a computer that is never connected to a network, and that is physically secure. This computer is used to create signatures. As long as these instructions are obeyed, hackers cannot sign malware, even if they break into the project's server. Therefore they cannot trick BOINC into running malware

The above mechanisms assume that your BOINC client software is valid. What if hackers break into the BOINC server and replace the BOINC installers with malware?
On Windows, you are protected from this by another form of code signing. When you run the BOINC installer on Windows, the first thing you should see is:

<windows certificate screen shot >

This verifies that the installer is valid.

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Fighting Covid with Distributed Computing (you can help!) 6 months 4 weeks ago #17

this is awesome
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Fighting Covid with Distributed Computing (you can help!) 6 months 2 weeks ago #18

For those of you curious to learn more about the open science COVID Moonshot---one of several COVID-19 drug discovery efforts that Folding@home is working closely to support---check out this video from Coffee Break that includes interviews with the scientists behind the Moonshot collaboration:

Coffee Break Video:

COVID Moonshot: covid.postera.ai/covid
All molecules and data: covid.postera.ai/covid/submissions/compounds
Discussion forums: discuss.postera.ai/c/covid
COVID Moonshot GoFundMe: www.gofundme.com/f/covidmoonshot
Recent webinar for scientists:

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Fighting Covid with Distributed Computing (you can help!) 6 months 2 weeks ago #19

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Fighting Covid with Distributed Computing (you can help!) 5 months 3 hours ago #20

I haven’t been keeping up with posting here, but there is another major project that you can contribute computer time to, to add to the list . IBM’s open pandemics:

www.worldcommunitygrid.org/research/opn1/overview.do

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Fighting Covid with Distributed Computing (you can help!) 4 months 4 weeks ago #21

Rosetta@Home just announced a big breakthrough for Covid - a lab successful anti viral:

twitter.com/RosettaAtHome

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Fighting Covid with Distributed Computing (you can help!) 4 months 4 weeks ago #22

That's awesome news!

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Fighting Covid with Distributed Computing (you can help!) 4 months 4 weeks ago #23

Super cool, Endgame! Thanks for the update! :)
Mike Naglee

Director of Event Operations
Chief Goblin Wrangler
Borg Kicker
Doer of Things... And Stuff.


And, isn't sanity really just a one-trick pony anyway? I mean all you get is one trick, rational thinking, but when you're good and crazy, oooh, oooh, oooh, the sky is the limit.

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Fighting Covid with Distributed Computing (you can help!) 4 months 4 weeks ago #24

Thanks for the update Endgame. Super cool!

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