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[dna] status update

Just a status update so everyone knows whats going on. I made quite a bit of progress on the dna@home assimilator today. It's almost to the point where it will be automatically generating work units. I'll be testing that tomorrow, so hopefully they'll start being a more steady stream of work. Although I'm sure there will be a few kinks to work out with the automatic work unit generation.

Travis Desell on Friday, August 22nd
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team credit updated

I've updated the team credit, and teams now have columns in the database for the subproject credit as well. When a new user links to an account on DNA@Home or SSS@Home, it will also add that credit to the team.

On to updating the top lists!

Travis Desell on Thursday, August 14th
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[dna] validator up and going

Looks like I have the validator up and going. It should have made a pass through all the DNA@Home work units. I'll be running it manually for awhile to make sure everything is working correctly.

New credits should show up on your user, team and host, however I still need to update the team credit to account for the linked accounts. I'll be working on this, as well as updates to the top list pages (to account for the sub projects) and hopefully will get the assimilator working tonight or tomorrow.

Travis Desell on Thursday, August 14th
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[dna] validator ready for testing

So I have the new validator ready for testing for DNA@Home. I'm just waiting on the last of the work units that got sent out on DNA@Home to return and get validated before I shut everything off over there and start the validator on citizen science grid.

Or, would people rather prefer I just shut down the daemons over at DNA@Home so we can get things working over here sooner (there are about 300 tasks still out in the wild over there that are a couple days old now)?

Unfortuantely, there's no good way to run both at the same time.

Travis Desell on Thursday, August 14th
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[wildlife] moved server side daemons to Citizen Science Grid

I've moved the wildlife@home server side daemons over to citizen science grid. New WUs for Wildlife@home will be sent out from CSG as well, not from the wildlife@home project anymore.

This shouldn't effect anyone watching videos for the crowd sourcing aspect of the project.

Travis Desell on Wednesday, August 13th
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Notice for DNA@Home Users

DNA@Home is transitioning to a sub-project of Citizen Science Grid. DNA@Home workunits will be sent out from the Citizen Science Grid project. You can link your DNA@Home account to your account on Citizen Science Grid so it will continue to gain credit for completing DNA@Home workunits on Citizen Science Grid by visiting the link accounts webpage.

You can visit the old forums and the old homepage while the transition is in progress.

Contact Information

DNA@Home is currently run by:
  • Travis Desell, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of North Dakota
  • Archana Dhasarathy, Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Sergei Nechaev, Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of North Dakota
  • Kris Zarns, Graduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, University of North Dakota
With previous support from:
  • Malik Magdon-Ismail, Associate Professor of Computer Science
  • Lee Newberg Research Associate Professor of Computer Science, and New York State Wadsworth Center Research Scientist
  • Boleslaw Szymanski, Claire and Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor of Computer Science
  • Lei Chen, Graduate Research Assistant in Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


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


DNA@Home has been generously supported by a new faculty SEED grant from UND's Office of Research Development and Compliance, and a SEED Grant from UND's Medical School. The Citizen Science Grid volunteer computing server is hosted by UND's Scientific Computing Center.