Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Albert@Home for Raspberry Pi

I just thought I'd post some recent news MarkJ over at http://markjatboinc.blogspot.com.au/ brought to my attention.

Albert@Home now has a native BRP app for ARMv6 platforms (inc Raspberry Pi). The project URL: http://albert.phys.uwm.edu

I've removed the Einstein@Home binaries I made available as I want to promote testing of this version! Also, you may find my binaries may not work soon with upcoming updates.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Initial ODROID-U2 BOINC thoughts...

So I'm starting to build up the ODROID-U2 page. I managed to find a pre-built image of Debian "wheezy" over at http://odroid.us. This made life easier as it means I can use the same project binaries I built on the Raspberry Pi (Raspbian wheezy).

To compare the difference in performance between the Raspberry Pi and the ODROID-U2 running BOINC tasks, here's some stats:

1) Time difference between theSkyNet POGS fit task on single CPU:

Raspberry Pi @ 950 MHz ~ 120 minutes.
05:40:13 (17261): wrapper: running fit_sed (1 filters.dat observations.dat)
07:51:11 (17261): wrapper: running fit_sed (2 filters.dat observations.dat)

ODROID-U2 @ 1.7GHz ~ 30 minutes.
19:46:09 (6657): wrapper: running fit_sed (1 filters.dat observations.dat)
20:17:02 (6657): wrapper: running fit_sed (2 filters.dat observations.dat)

2) BOINC benchmark tests:

Raspberry Pi @ 950 MHz
18-Jan-2013 13:15:20 [---]    325 floating point MIPS (Whetstone) per CPU
18-Jan-2013 13:15:20 [---]    1301 integer MIPS (Dhrystone) per CPU

ODROID-U2 @ 1.7GHz
21-Jan-2013 19:39:46 [---]    969 floating point MIPS (Whetstone) per CPU
21-Jan-2013 19:39:46 [---]    3977 integer MIPS (Dhrystone) per CPU

OProject and WUProp for the Pi

Just a quick update to say OProject@Home ALX and WUProp@Home is now available for the Raspberry Pi over on my project page.

These are both NCI (Non CPU intensive) class applications, which means they'll run alongside your CPU intensive applications like SETI.

Have fun!

The U2 has landed

So I just received my ODROID-U2 in the mail. Eeerrr two, actually. I don't remember setting quantity to two when I ordered. More fun I guess! So here's some pictures for your perusal.

Quick specs: Quad core 1.7GHZ Cortex-A9 processor, 2GB RAM, Quad core 440MHz Mali video. 

Two U2s side by side with their heatsink/cases attached.
Up close and personal with the underside of the U2.
Length comparison: ODROID-U2 (left) vs Raspberry Pi (right).

Now I just need hack up some power supplies for these things (as I neglected to get one), load an OS, and power them up.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Updated Raspberry Pi BOINC Instructions

Just a quick one to say that I've updated the instructions at the "Raspberry Pi BOINC project" page. Have a look under the Quickstart section. It's instructions on how to attach the various BOINC projects I've provided archives for using the default BOINC client available via the Raspbian repos.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

The new toy: ODROID-U2

Well I received an email from ODROID to say that my pre-ordered ODROID-U2 is now on its way. For those that aren't sure what this is, check out:


I'll be doing a bit of testing with this, including loading up BOINC. I'll probably do a mix of Android and Archlinux in my tests. I've set up a new page for it that you can see over in the Pages widget. Stay tuned...

theSkyNet POGS

It's been a while since I've posted. Been busy with school and a few other things. Sorry to anyone that's been following and wondering why I went quiet.

I have some good news. I've been crunching theSkyNet POGS data on two of my Raspberry Pi's for over a month now. Detailed statistics at:

If you're interested in loading this project up, you can download the necessary files from here:


All you need to do is attach POGS like any old anonymous platform project and away you go. Send me a comment to let me know how you went - if you do give it a shot.