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Adoption of new BOINC wrapper
The Test4Theory project is now migrating from the older CERN "VMwrapper" to the new "vboxwrapper" developed and supported by the official BOINC development team. Many thanks to David Anderson, Rom Walton and Charlie Fenton for their work with us!

*** Starting from today, all volunteers running BOINC client versions 7.0 or higher will receive vboxwrapper Work Units ***

(Volunteers running BOINC clients 6.x or lower will still receive CERN VMwrapper Work Units, as they are not supported by vboxwrapper).

We are updating the project's Web pages to support this change, and also modifying their look and feel.

Some important differences you will notice with vboxwrapper compared to CERN VMwrapper:


- HEADLESS MODE: Your VM will run without a console window, but you can view its console via an RDP client by pressing the new button "Show VM Console" appearing in the BOINC manager GUI for a running Test4Theory Task. Non-Windows users can download and install a free RDP client such as CoRD for Mac OS X, or FreeRDP for Linux. The control keys Alt-Fx select the same alternative console screens as before.
(NOTE: "Show VM Console" will only work after you install the VirtualBox Extension Pack for your version of VirtualBox. Remember to quit BOINC before you update VirtualBox or the Extension Pack).

- GRAPHICS: Another new GUI button "Show graphics" is provided to view the graphics and log output from the VM, using any up to date browser version (including Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or Safari 6+). A window of your default browser will be automatically used.

- MAC SANDBOXING: Mac OS X users no longer need to run the "Mac enabling script" after updating the BOINC client.

- SINGLE CPU ONLY: For the moment only single-CPU operation is supported.

- VM CPU THROTTLING: This is supported via your local/global BOINC CPU preferences, not T4T project preferences.

(If you have previously selected the "Run test applications" T4T preference option to help us beta-testing vboxwrapper, you can remove it at your convenience).

Please give any feedback using this News thread "Adoption of new BOINC wrapper", or the Number crunching thread "Testing new wrapper".

Thanks to all from the Test4Theory Team
12 Aug 2013, 7:47:24 UTC · Comment


Super Billionares Club
Hi everyone,

Today we have decided to launch a new and very special club: the Super Billionares Club.



We have created this new club, because several of you (Frank, Ksysju and Gsancosme) have already helped us with more than 10G simulated events, each! summing a total of 385,000 jobs completed, WOW. Moreover, other volunteers will be joining the club soon!

As usual, all we can say is that you are amazing. Thus, THANKS!!!! Thanks a lot for your support and help achieving those amazing numbers!

The team
31 Jul 2013, 11:22:31 UTC · Comment


Migration to new BOINC wrapper
The Test4Theory project is going to migrate from the current CERN "VMwrapper" to the new "vboxwrapper" developed and supported by the official BOINC development team. After extensive debugging and beta-testing, we believe the latest vboxwrapper version 0.14 is ready for adoption.

As the final step before full migration, we now encourage all volunteers (with BOINC client versions 6.12 or later, and VirtualBox versions v4.2.8 or higher) to begin using the new wrapper. To do this, click "Your account" on the T4T project home page, go to "Test4Theory preferences", select "Edit Test4Theory preferences" and check the box beside the option "Run test applications?", then press the "Update preferences" button. Your subsequent work units will use the new wrapper.

Some important differences you will notice:

- HEADLESS MODE: Your VM will run without a console window, but you can view its console via an RDP client by pressing the new button "Show VM Console" appearing in the BOINC manager GUI for a running Test4Theory Task. Non-Windows users can download and install a free RDP client such as CoRD for Mac OS X, or FreeRDP for Linux. The control keys Alt-Fx select the same alternative console screens as before.
(NOTE: "Show VM Console" will only work after you install the VirtualBox Extension Pack for your version of VirtualBox. Remember to quit BOINC before you update VirtualBox or the Extension Pack).

- GRAPHICS: Another new GUI button "Show graphics" is provided to view the graphics and log output from the VM, using any up to date browser version (including Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or Safari 6). A window of your default browser will be automatically used.

- MAC SANDBOXING: Mac OS X users no longer need to run the "Mac enabling script" after updating the BOINC client.

- SINGLE CPU ONLY: For the moment only single-CPU operation is supported.

- VM CPU THROTTLING: This is supported via your local/global BOINC CPU preferences, not T4T project preferences.

Please give any feedback using this News thread "Migration to new BOINC wrapper", or the Number crunching thread "Testing new wrapper".

Thanks to all,

The team
24 May 2013, 8:49:02 UTC · Comment


Congratulations again Frank - first to 10 GigaEvents !!
We are happy to announce that user Frank is our first 10-time Billionaire.

He has processed over 10 billion Monte Carlo events and is still heading our T4T leaderboard for events and jobs run: http://www.citizencyberscience.net/t4t-webapp/stats/

Note that we have a new champion for CPU time, user gsancosme - so bravo to him too!

Congratulations to our champions and thanks to all our other volunteers!

The Team
16 May 2013, 17:06:57 UTC · Comment


Citizen Cyberscience Workshop at University of Geneva, 22-23 April 2013
Dear all,

We are really happy to announce that the 22-23 April 2013 there will be a
Citizen Cyberscience Workshop at University of Geneva and several of the researchers and developers of the project will participate.

The venue of the event is: Université de Genève, Campus Battelle (Route de Drize 7, Carouge), Building D, auditoire D185
(This course is part of a series supported by the Conférence Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale)

What is this course about? This course introduces in a hands-on way a variety of approaches to doing online citizen science, including volunteer computing, volunteer thinking and volunteer sensing. It explores the contributions and the motivations of the volunteers who participate in such projects, as well as the sort of scientific and social impact that these projects are having.

Who should join it? Basically, anyone with an interest in online citizen science. Including but not restricted to: computer science and computer engineering students who want to learn about the latest trends in open source tools for browser-based science; science students who are developing or want to develop apps for the general public to participate in their research; human-machine interface researchers interested in games with a scientific purpose; social scientists studying online social networks and communities.

What will be achieved? As part of the course, the goal for the students will be to work in teams to design and implement a first mock-up or working prototype of an online citizen science project. Participants can bring their own project proposals, or work on existing projects in areas such as bioscience, nanotechnology, particle physics and psychology. Participants will use HTML5 tools (Javascript, Python…) to build browser-based apps and open source platforms for mobile-phone-based data collection (Epicollect), pattern recognition, transcription and digitization (Crowdcrafting), and virtualization of computing tasks (CernVM).

Detailed Programme

How to register? Registration is free!!
9 Apr 2013, 12:40:15 UTC · Comment


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