[CALUG] May CALUG Meeting Annoucement — Distributed computing to perform science

Chuck Frain chuck at chuckfrain.net
Sun May 10 22:36:32 EDT 2020

Hi All,

One slight edit to the meeting announcement. When I copied in the Zoom
information, I neglected to update the date of the meeting. It should
indeed be May 13th. All the other information about joining the meeting is

Sorry for any confusion.

On Sun, May 10, 2020 at 8:38 PM Chuck Frain <chuck at chuckfrain.net> wrote:

> Greetings All,
> For the May 13, 2020 CALUG meeting we will have a presentation from Tim
> Spangler on Using Linux and Distributed computing to perform science (like
> finding treatments for Covid-19).
> Originally started in 1999 at Berkely with SETI at Home, distributed
> computing is a fairly simple concept - a university, government research
> institution, etc takes a large chunk of data and breaks it up into small
> pieces. The data is sent out to anyone who is a member of that research
> team, your computer does the number crunching, and the finished product is
> sent back to the institution to be added to the whole body of research. The
> applications themselves can be set to run to only use your idle computing
> power - so if you need to use your computer, great, the research pauses.
> But when you walk away, as long as you leave your computer running, it will
> work on the chunk of research data, eventually completing it, sending it
> back and asking for more work. The installation takes up a small amount of
> space, and you can easily control how much of your computer processing
> power you want dedicated to either program.
> What started with analyzing Arecibo radio telescope data looking for alien
> signals has since grown to many projects, including projects with medial
> applications. This presentation will cover the top medial applications that
> are looking for Covid treatments (currently Folding at Home and Rosetta at Home,
> but more are on the way), deciding which application is ideal for a
> particularly computer, and configuring a computer for the project.
> Currently I have successfully setup Fedora 30, RHEL 7, OL 7, Raspbian, and
> Windows to run these projects, but can assist with other Linux distros and
> platforms as well.
> About the Presenter:
> Tim Spangler is a Performance and Scalability Engineer for Oracle’s Cloud
> Monitoring system, OMC. In his spare time he likes to use technology to
> solve various problems, such as how use his stack of old hardware to find
> treatments for world pandemics.
> For the obvious reasons, we are going to be holding the meeting online for
> the foreseeable future. Our friends at Aplura have graciously provided us
> access to their Zoom account for our use. I intend to open the call at
> 6:30pm and start the presentation at 7pm. There is a password to join the
> meeting which is in the details that follow here. When joining participants
> will be muted and video disabled by default. For audio, you may join using
> your computer’s audio or the provided dial-in number.
> Aplura LLC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
> Topic: CALUG Meeting
> Time: Apr 8, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
> Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your
> calendar system.
> Monthly:
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> We are looking for speakers for the upcoming months. If you have a topic
> you would like to present on, please let me know and I’ll get you scheduled.
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> --
> Chuck Frain
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Chuck Frain
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