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Test4Theory

This is a project that utilizes the CERN-developed CernVM virtual machine and the BOINC virtualization layer to harness volunteer cloud computing power for full-fledged LHC event physics simulation on volunteer computers.

The theory simulations that have been running as Test4Theory since 2011, were the first of a series of physics applications running on the LHC@home platform. Soon the theory simulations will be followed by more simulations from the LHC experiment collaborations. These applications exploit virtual machine technology, enabling volunteers to contribute to the huge computational task of searching for new fundamental particles and physics at CERN's LHC.

Please visit the LHC@home web site for more documentation, data and instructions. If you have any problem, question or doubt please visit the Message Board, Questions and Answers and FAQ sections of the project.

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  • Create an account on this page, for this you will need an invitation code. In order to get an invitation code, please check out this post.
  • This project uses BOINC. If you're already running BOINC, select Add Project. If not, download BOINC.
  • When prompted, enter
    http://lhcathome2.cern.ch/vLHCathome/
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  • If you have any problems, get help here.

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I started crunching for distributed computing projects back in 2001. In 2008 I became a member of the team SETI.Germany.

News

CMS Application Now Available
As the issues with the Theory application will probably not be fixed until after the weekend, the CMS application has been made available for everyone. Due to the slightly larger memory requirements, the the number of tasks that can be run simultaneously on a host has been reduced from 2 to 1. If for whatever reason you do not wish to run the CMS application, you can update your project specific preferences to run only the applications that you select. There will be no more tasks for Theory app until the problem has been resolved. 22 Jul 2016, 20:56:29 UTC · Comment


Theory Application job problems
The Theory Application looks like it is getting a batch of bad input jobs from the MCPlots server. This is causing many task errors.
We are investigating… Please be patient.

We now suggest more people try the CMS Application which has been filled with work for you!
Go to your account page, then click "vLHCathome preferences", then "Edit vLHCathome preferences", then enable the "CMS Simulations" box, then click "Update preferences". Do a project update and you should get CMS tasks.
22 Jul 2016, 13:10:10 UTC · Comment


Authentications Errors
The authentication service is currently down. Tasks will fail with exit status 206 EXIT_INIT_FAILURE until this is resolved. We are working to bring it back up ASAP. 18 Jul 2016, 9:00:02 UTC · Comment


Computation errors
Since we added the 64bit theory application, a number of tasks are failing with Computation Error. This is due to three reasons.


  • The need for Hardware-assisted virtualization for 64bit
  • Additional checks for issues that were not previously detected e.g. idling VMs.
  • A technology change that still requires some hardening for all the issues that we experience when running on random machines around the world.

In the past 24 hours 71.79% of hosts returned a successful task using v2619.31 but 35.38% failed tasks with 7.18% returning both successful and unsuccessful tasks. This suggests that things are working but we still have some improvements to make.

To help the situation, please could everyone periodically (no more than once per day) visit your account page and click on the Task View link in the Computing and credit section to view the results of your tasks. If you do see a computation error, click on the task to see the exit status code and the logging output.

The breakdown of failures by exit code is as follows.


  • 35.14% -1073740791
  • 27.17% 206
  • 18.84% 194
  • 6.16% 207
  • 4.35% 255
  • 3.26% -2135228415
  • 2.54% 1
  • 2.17% 203
  • 2.17% 5
  • 1.45% -186
  • 0.72% 197
  • 0.36% -2147467259
  • 0.36% -185

We will address each one of these in subsequent posts and once we have arrived at a final solution, the issue will either be fixed to stop it occurring or an entry will be added to the FAQ to explain what is going on. 8 Jul 2016, 9:28:55 UTC · Comment


Scheduler and vbox update to detect 64-bit enabled computers
The BOINC scheduler has been updated to detect 64 bit machines that do not have the virtualization hardware extensions enabled. Also vboxwrapper has been updated for better error handling, and vboxwrapper 26193 is now deployed for Windows and Linux for the Theory, CMS and LHCb applications. This setup has been tested in our dev project.

Many thanks to Rom Walton for providing these changes to the BOINC code.


The CMS and LHCb applications seem to run fine with the new wrapper, and after fixing a permission issue, also the Theory simulations now use this wrapper.



--The team
21 Jun 2016, 10:56:43 UTC · Comment


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