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Sourcefinder shutting down

Post by Contact » Fri May 04, 2018 1:14 am

http://pogs.theskynet.org/pogs/forum_thread.php?id=879&postid=5441 wrote:
Will the shutdown of Skynet pogs affect the Duchamp sourcefinder/SoFia crunching as well?
Or will a separate site be set up for that endeavour?
Sourcefinder is entirely self contained and separate to POGS, so the shutdown of POGS wont affect Sourcefinder.
However, Sourcefinder is actually coincidentally also nearing the end of its available work, so I'll likely have to shut down that project at some point fairly soon too.
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Re: Sourcefinder shutting down

Post by Contact » Wed May 09, 2018 2:39 pm

https://sourcefinder.theskynet.org/duchamp/forum_thread.php?id=279#1349 wrote:Hi Everyone,

So some bad news today. Kevin was recently talking with a few of the higher ups at ICRAR, and it's been decided that Sourcefinder is to be shut down along with POGS.

I've also received word that the the scientists no longer need the data that's been crunched by Sourcefinder. I find extremely unfortunate considering the amount of time and effort that both all of you and myself have put into this project over the last few years, but that's just the way it is.
It would've been nice to have been notified about this sooner, but sometimes that doesn't happen.

We'll still keep a store of everything that's been computed by Sourcefinder, because we may be able to find a use for it in the future.

I should also mention that within ICRAR there's a pretty heavy shift away from distributed computing methods such as BOINC, toward simply utilising the increasing processing power of supercomputers. With this in mind, it's fairly unlikely that ICRAR will be looking to start up any new distributed computing projects in the near future.

Regardless, a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to Sourcefinder. I appreciate everything you've done to help out on this project, especially considering how rocky a lot of it has been. I'm just sorry that we now don't have an immediate use for all of the data you've processed.

As with the POGS shutdown thread, I'll try to answer any questions anyone has.

Sam
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