For the past 4-5 years, the project has relied on external sources for it's work.
This is supplied in batches of a few thousand data sets at a time. Then the researchers wait until sufficient models have been completed, so that they can see the results before deciding what area to examine next.
And there's well over 35,000 computers looking for work, so it doesn't last long when it DOES become available.
My sense is that Les may be unhappy that he has no more responsive answers regarding work availability than he has been able to provide. This is similar to the lack of timing information he has to provide when there are disk storage problems.
Seemingly that sort of information is considered confidential by the folks who actually work on the project. Perhaps it is a case of the project folks seeking, by holding project status information back, to address the problem of too many processors for the project to handle by 'guiding people' away from this project to other projects which tend to be more responsive to status and information requests.
In this scenario, Les is caught in the middle -- his last post in this thread suggests to me a bit of discomfort with that role.
There is a bit of that, Barry. It seems that no matter how often one of us says that there's no information available on when, someone will still persist in wanting to know.
I'm just not going to bother any more, especially as the timing will be obvious by work suddenly becoming available.
And the project people themselves don't always know either. They just create data sets from information about years and parameters received from the research groups.
The South African group seem to have stopped submitting data, as have the people running the RAPID-RAPIT project.
I'm thinking its people not "reading fully" what has been written previously.
12th - Have we no tasks ?
12th - No we really haven't
12th - Any idea when ?
12th - Unfortunately no. Due to . . . . [nice long explanation].
13th - Any more news . . . . .
13th - ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!!!!!!!!!!
There are Crunchers and there are Scientists - and then there are the people who have the envious(lol) job of being the buffer-zone/interface between the two.
Thankless task if you ask me, but someone has to do it . . . . . or do they ? :)
Keep going Les, we do appreciate all the moderators information and feedback.
So I did what I've never done before and added another project, World Community Grid. I'd really like to work on climate change but I don't see any other projects devoted to the subject and who knows when more tasks will arrive at cpdn. Like I said before, cpdn is "set it and forget it."
World Community Grid is chugging along and processing tasks very quickly while my remaining cpdn uploads have been stuck in the queue for at least a day or two.
There's an IBM logo stuck on the WCG web site so I'm assuming that WCG may have IBM resources behind it.
I see that the US National Center for Atmnospheric Research's solution was to acquire the faster supercomputer yet devoted to climate change.
Wonder how that stacks up again a public, distributed computing infrastructure (like cpdn)? The supercomputer is probably more powerful. What's certain though is that with the dedicated supercomputer, the scientists have more control and no bothersome user community to attend to.
I am running other 6 BOINC projects on 2 computers: LHC@home, Test4Theory@home, both from CERN, Einstein@home and Albert@home from the Max Planck Gravitational Physics Institute in Hannover, QMC@home from Muenster U. and now transferring to the Bonn Theoretical Chemistry Institute and the daddy of BOINC, SETI@home, so I am never out of work even if some of them are temporarily out of work or transferring, like QMC@home.
If you keep a close eye on the server status page, you will see there are tasks but they are being grabbed so quickly that they don't appear or if they do, only very briefly. The number of tasks in progress is steadily going up. That means some people are getting tasks, just that if your computer is not asking for them at exactly the right time it doesn't get them. With a bit of luck when some of the new regional models come out of beta there will be enough to go round?