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[all] status update

Hi Everyone!

Sorry for a lot of silence on our end -- things have been quite hectic this summer! I accepted a new position and now am at Rochester Institute of Technology and busily getting a new lab set up (and having some students migrate along with me).

I'm going to let some of the work units clear out of the system and set up some new runs which should help fix some of the issues you've been seeing with bad workunits. In the longer term, I've started work on an updated binary which should also allow for the use of GPUs, which should hopefully allow the runs to scale a bit better without running into these problems.

I'll be keeping you posted as that comes along, but right now we're all just trying to get settled in a new place! Thanks again for all your support. The results coming in are definitely interesting ones!

Travis Desell on Monday, September 17th
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[wildlife] new runs up and going

Hi All,

I've started up some new runs. These are using a different, larger, dataset, so let me know if you see any issues with them.

thanks!

Travis Desell on Thursday, May 17th
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[all] account manager issues update

Hi All,

It looks like the "team" table in the database had become corrupted and crashed. I repaired the database and it looks like all is working and I'm not seeing any errors on my end. Let me know if this fixed things for you.

cheers,
--Travis

Travis Desell on Saturday, May 26th
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[all] account manager issues

Hi Everyone,

I've been getting reports of account manager issues. Could anyone provide screenshots so I can get a better idea of what may be going on?

We haven't changed anything server side, was there a recent account manager upgrade that might have broken things? I'll do some server side BOINC code updates tonight to see if that fixes things.

Please let me know if you have any more information about issues you may be seeing so I can help track down the problem.

thanks!
--Travis

Travis Desell on Wednesday, May 2nd
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[all] disk issues on server

Looks like we're experiencing some kind of disk issue on the server. I've submitted a support ticket but in the mean time had to shut down the daemons. I hope we have this back up and running shortly.

Travis Desell on Thursday, May 3rd
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[all] server issues

Looks like we're experiencing some issues server side where the file_deleter daemon isn't working right. I've cleaned up a little space and am running things to fix workunit/resuilt states in the database so the file deleter does it's job. Hoping to have things fixed by the morning but in the meantime things will be down while the cleanup is happening.

Travis Desell on Wednesday, May 16th
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[wildlife] new searches started

Hi Everyone -- got some really interesting results from the last round of searches and we submitted a publication on them last week. Will get a copy out to you soon once we find out if it was published! I've started up a new batch of searches so let me know if you have any issues with these.

Travis Desell on Tuesday, March 13th
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[all] data export issues?

Are you still experiencing data export issues? I know our IT staff was having some problems with hardware and the recent migration of where the virtual machine for citizen science grid is being housed. It looks like everything is running on my end but I just wanted to double check with everyone in case some export process got lost in the transition.

Travis Desell on Sunday, April 22nd
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[wildlife] more maintenance issues

I apologize for slow loading on the flights this morning. Our IT staff has been doing some things which I think resulted in this. Looks like things are back up and going thankfully. If I hear any more I'll let you know.

Travis Desell on Monday, May 21st
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[wildlife] maintenance issue

When our systems went down last thursday it looks like there was an issue mounting the storage that housed the imagery and video. They're working on this and hope to have a fix soon. Unfortunately this was done right before a holiday weekend, so the fix might not happen until monday.

Travis Desell on Saturday, November 11th
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Active Projects

Feel free to scroll through our image gallery above to get a better idea of what is going on with the project and see the field biologists in action, talk to us on the message boards, or watch videos about the project on our Google+ YouTube Channel. The following projects are actively being worked on by these Wildlife@Home team members:

Contact Information

Please email any questions or suggestions to Travis Desell, or feel free to post a message in our forums.

The Wildlife@Home team includes:

  • Travis Desell, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of North Dakota
  • Susan Ellis-Felege, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Chris Felege, Educational Outreach Coordinator, Instructor of Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Alicia Andes, Graduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Connor Bowley, Graduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota
  • Nickolas Conrad, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Kyle Goehner, Graduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota
  • Marshall Mattingly III, Graduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota
  • John Palarski, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Lindsey Wingate, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota
With agency support from:
  • Kaylan Carrlson, Manager of Conservation Planning, Ducks Unlimited.
  • Tanner Gue, Conservation Specialist, Ducks Unlimited.
  • Aaron Robinson, North Dakota Game and Fish.
  • Terry Shaffer, U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center.
  • Mark Sherfy, U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center.
With previous support from:
  • Robert Bergman, Graduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota
  • Paul Burr, Graduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Benjamin Carpenter, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Compute Science, University of North Dakota
  • Becca Eckroad, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Jaeden Lovin, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Compute Science, University of North Dakota
  • Adam Pachl, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Julia Johnson, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Nitin Karodiya, Graduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota
  • Eric Kjeldergaard, Graduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota
  • Leila Mohsenian, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Kelly Sagen, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Rebecca VanderClute, Undergraduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota

Publications

All publications, talks and posters about DNA@Home can be viewed on the Citizen Science Grid's publications page.

Support

Funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Wildlife@Home is currently being supported by NSF award no. 1319700 through the Division of Intelligent Information Systems's Information Integration and Informatics (III) program.

Wildlife@Home is collaborating with Ducks Unlimited on a project invovling blue winged teal.

Wildlife@Home has been generously supported by a collaborative research award and new faculty SEED grant from UND's Office of Research Development and Compliance. The project's video streaming server is hosted by UND's Computational Research Center and the volunteer computing server is hosted by UND's Scientific Computing Center.


North Dakota Game and Fish has provided financial support for field logistics to collect sharp-tailed grouse videos.

USGS has provided financial support for camera equipment, video storage, and field assistance to collect data for the piping plover and interior least tern.

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