Milkyway@home tries to determine the gravitational potential of the Milky Way. The Milky Way is being investigated because it is the only galaxy that can be captured three-dimensionally from Earth. Through careful study of the movements of the Milky Way components interesting conclusions can be drawn not only with regard to the development of the Milky Way, but also with regard to the origin of the universe. Also, information about the so-called dark matter can be found.
Normally you can only see the apparent location and direction of a star or a galaxy. In our case, we observe the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy, a small galaxy that unites with the Milky Way. Due to the much smaller mass of the galaxy, it is torn apart, pulling an elongated tail of stars and debris behind it. From this it can be calculated where the original location of each star was. With this unique investigation, the gravitational potential of the Milky Way should be studied.
Since new work units (wus) are based on previous results, the project sends a maximum of 20 wus to each machine. A wu currently takes about 2-5 hours on an AMD X2 4200+. The deadline of the wu is quite short with only 3 days. In addition, there are OSX optimized applications that must be copied by hand and are not officially supported by the RPI. Since 20.11.2008 there are official optimized clients.
|Goal||Investigate the gravitational potential of the Milky Way|
|This project is being conducted in New York, USA.|
|Faculdade de Informática e outros|
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, USA
- Ziel des Projekts
- Aktuelles ausführliches Ziel
- optimierte Applikationen auf zslip.com
- e-Library (RKN-Wiki)
|Wo||Übersicht||Top Teams||Top User|
|Projekt Home Page||Top Teams||Top User|
|BOINCstats.com||Übersicht||Top Teams||Top User|
|stats.free-dc.org||Übersicht||Top Teams||Top User|
|Linux on ARM|
|MacOS X 64bit|
|Java (OS independent)|
|works also with proxy|
|program can be executed normally|
|can be used as screensaver|
|commandline version available|
|personal Proxy for work units available|
|work units can be exchanged also by email|
|source code is available|
|can be used offline|
The information above (client properties) are not checked completely.
The latest versions can be found here.
- 24.06.2009: iSGTW Opinion - The age of citizen cyberspace
- 27.01.2008: Asynchronous Genetic Search for Scientific Modeling on Large-Scale Heterogeneous Environments
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