Einstein@home/Seal of Approval
Evaluation took place in 4 categories, each awarding credits ranging from 0 to 5 points, and an overall rating. We had employed an evaluation board of 5 people, the (rounded) average was used.
Category 1: Reliability
There are BOINC applications for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Solaris. The servers were always accessible except for predictable downtimes that have been announced before. Work units were available, according to the operator. There is also a server status which shows how many Work Units are available. All applications ran stable and reliable. Even the RKN-Cluster crunched very successful for Einstein@home. The BOINC infrastructure ensures that the applications are automatically updated.
Category 2: Communication policy
A complete project description on the mainpage is missing. But on http://einsteinathome.org/ you can get a lot of information, but only in English. Unfortunately the link is not placed very well and you have to search for a while. There are no official support E-mail addresses, but a forum held in English, based on the most necessary things. The news section is up-to-date and you can get a lot of background knowledge about this project.
Category 3: Instructions
Step by step instructions are missing. Only a small box gives some information. This might be enough for for a Boinc experienced user, but for a novice, this is totally inadequate. However, there is also a link to a Boinc Wiki which has more detailed instructions.
Category 4: Benefit for the general public
Einstein@home tries to confirm gravitional waves which are predicted in Albert Einstein's theory of relativity. This is of great importance because the theory of relativity is very important in our world today. Moreover, there are two publications.
We consider Einstein@home to be a recommendable DC-project. In the field of science, Einstein@home is almost perfect. Nevertheless, the community gets neglected and especially the newcomers dont get enough knowledge.