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New BOINC Manager Design

Project:
BOINC Sentinels

Some time back, I started BOINC Sentinels as a platform to experiment with some ideas I had for new user interfaces and improvements to underlying technology for user interfaces.

I made a working prototype of the idea I posted in the original “New BOINC Manager Design” blog post.

It does not have all the functionality of BOINC Manager.  I am using Valkyrie and Hunter (BOINC Manager clone) to test out the underlying framework.

In all the cases I know about the new framework is faster and more efficient than the framework we are currently using.

Precompiled versions of the apps:
Valkyrie.zip
Hunter.zip

Just a waning, all of this is incomplete software.  I am mostly playing around with ideas and running performance tests.

----- Rom


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New project name needed

So I have been working on a little side project on and off for a year or two.  Basically I wanted to experiment with different BOINC User Interfaces.

Anyway to make a long story short the project name I started using awhile back is BOINC Monitor.  I didn’t announce it or advertise it.  I just wanted to sit on it and work on it until I had something to show for it.

At the time I started it the only project that was close was called boincmon on SourceForge, but it was more or less abandoned.  Since then Igor Bushin has release a few versions of an application he has named BOINC Monitor.  Congrats to Igor!

So now I need to come up with something different.

Anybody have any ideas?

----- Rom


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BOINC Screen Saver Issue

Well I believe I have found and fixed the screen saver issue that has been plaguing the BOINC community since shortly after the 6.2 launch.

This bug wasn't easy to track down, and was something of a perfect storm as far as the code was concerned.

The prerequisites for this bug were:

  1. Single monitor
  2. Graphics application window gets created behind the screen saver curtain window
  3. Graphics application gets stuck in an infinite loop or deadlocks on startup

 

We had some backup code in the screen saver to check for keyboard and mouse activity separately from the project application but after the graphics application deadlocks that code was no longer being executed.

The reason that code was no longer being executed stems from the fact that the BroadcastSystemMessage() Windows API waits for a success/failure return value from the application to which it was sending, since the graphics application itself was deadlocked it caused the screen saver to lock up.

I didn't realize that the BroadcastSystemMessage() API would not timeout on a hung application. So I learned something new this weekend.

 

If all goes according to plan I'll be releasing a new 6.4 client as well as a 6.6 client with the screen saver fixes today.

 

----- Rom


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BOINC in the news... 10/06/2008

Well we got a mention in a newspaper today.

http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_S_quake06.85c6b9.html

 

Hurray for QCN@Home.

 

----- Rom


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BOINC Workshop 2008 -- Completed

I'm back from the workshop, it was great to see everybody again.

It looks like the big ticket items for the core client in the coming year is going to be to finish off the GPU support, BOINC RSS feed aggregation, and VM support.

:)

 

----- Rom


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