QMC@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 3 people, the (rounded) average was used.
Category 1: Reliability
QMC@home is running very stable, confirmed in several tests. Furthermore the RKN cluster worked also very successful at QMC@home. The servers were always accessible and the data-transfer was very quick. Due to the BOINC infrastructure automatic updates are automatically available. There is also a statistics page where all available Work Units are shown. However, the operating system support is not sufficient. It only supports Windows and Linux. Other operating systems or even PS3/GPU support would be appropriate.
Category 2: Communication policy
You can find much information and a detailed description of the scientific background on the website. A FAQ page, a forum and contact information are also available. The news is very detailed and transparent. The language changes automatically depending on the language setting in the browser.
Category 3: Instructions
A step by step instruction makes even beginners the start with QMC possible. It is a modified "standard BOINC guide". Advanced BOINC user will easily get on with QMC@home. However, a more detailed guide to facilitate the start for absolute BOINC beginners is missing.
Category 4: Benefit for the general public
The Goal of QMC@home is to develop and test the Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) for use in quantum chemistry. This is particularly important in chemistry, medicine and biology to be able to predict molecular structures and reactivity. A publication is avaible and included in the Rechenkraft.net e-library. Sprache erkennen
We consider QMC@home to be one of the most recommendable DC-project. Negative are only the poor BOINC instructions and the insufficient operating system support.