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Message 52891 - Posted: 16 Nov 2015, 1:40:42 UTC - in response to Message 52743.  

Really have to point out the chicken/egg situation here. It is really hard to stay enthusiastic about, and recommend, a project that apparently doesn't want the support of Mac users.



Agreed, Kind of pointless.
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Message 52892 - Posted: 16 Nov 2015, 3:21:20 UTC

From what I read on our old defunct PHP board 3-4 years ago, the professional climate physicists use Linux on servers to run this software from the UK Met Office.
And they're the ones who create the data sets that we run for them.

To be brutally honest, I feel that's it's a waste of time for most crunchers who use Macs to hang out at this project in the hope that some tasks will be released for them. Far better to look to other types of research.
Although for those with a Mac that they don't mind leaving running 24/7 to pick up maybe half a dozen climate tasks a year, then go for it.


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Message 52894 - Posted: 16 Nov 2015, 9:42:38 UTC

I heartily recommend VirtualBox. Using VB you can create a 32bit Ubuntu guest OS and then run all the Linux work units without trouble. I have run CPDN that way in Windows and also in 64bit Ubuntu.
https://www.virtualbox.org/
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Message 52923 - Posted: 21 Nov 2015, 11:09:02 UTC

Nice final run for my old Mac mini to finish on, here. Updated BOINC now and El Capitan next. All it needs is some ANZ models to check whether everything's tickety-boo.
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Message 53012 - Posted: 3 Dec 2015, 9:47:23 UTC
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I have VMWare Fusion on my Mac with Windows 7, so started running CDPN tasks there. It seemeed a good way to keep crunching.
Does anyone know how VirtualBox compares with Fusion? I'm about to go to El Capitan, so would have to buy the latest version of Fusion.
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Message 53013 - Posted: 3 Dec 2015, 10:40:14 UTC - in response to Message 53012.  

Only what I have read in reviews. Floating point there is very little difference between the commercial offerings and the free one. Disk writes are a lot slower with virtual box and graphics suffers a lot, many benchmarks not completing but as CPDN is mostly floating point I would guess there is little difference.
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Message 53017 - Posted: 4 Dec 2015, 15:27:23 UTC
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There are some HADCM3N available for Mac at the moment - I got two. Nice long models which, if memory serves, don't like to be interrupted. So if you can leave your machine on permanently then these may keep it occupied for a while ...

[Edit: I also notice that BOINC Manager 7.6.12 reports the time remaining with days, which is a nice refinement.]
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Message 53018 - Posted: 4 Dec 2015, 16:09:03 UTC - in response to Message 53017.  

Sadly a version of boinc that does that isn't there for Linux yet. And as Ian says, they don't like being interrupted. My relatively slow desktop is estimating 74 days for these. Probably not worth even trying if you switch off every day.
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Message 53452 - Posted: 16 Feb 2016, 20:15:09 UTC

Just came to the forum to ask - will there be any more WUs for Mac/Linux? If so, is there an ETA?

A glance at server status page suggests that CPDN has sadly gone Windows-only. :-\
(No, I'm not going to run BOINC in wine/VM)
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Message 53453 - Posted: 16 Feb 2016, 21:35:42 UTC - in response to Message 53452.  

There's no information available about this, other than work for different OSs will be/might be available from time to time.

It does seem that all of the current research at the various climate centres is about "Attribution studies", and they seem to like the options that are available to them in the new variable run length WaH2 modelling program.


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Message 53691 - Posted: 19 Mar 2016, 5:27:15 UTC

There is a faint glimmer of hope for a Mac version of some of the other climate apps.

However, don't hold your breath, or wait up for it. It could be a long way off.

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Message 53724 - Posted: 21 Mar 2016, 14:55:14 UTC - in response to Message 53691.  

And now with some HADCM3N tasks everyone can play!
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Message 53766 - Posted: 23 Mar 2016, 17:27:17 UTC - in response to Message 53724.  

And now with some HADCM3N tasks everyone can play!

Thanks for the heads-up, Dave. Got one.
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Message 54178 - Posted: 23 May 2016, 16:52:14 UTC

some tasks being released for beta testing for mac so all you mac owners might have some work again soon. :)
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Message 54183 - Posted: 24 May 2016, 8:23:15 UTC - in response to Message 54178.  

Dave: Do you know if these are ANZ/HADCM3N? I've got my Mac set to ANZ/HADCM3N-only to reduce the number of messages, but should clearly widen the range if these are beta tests of other applications.
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Message 54184 - Posted: 24 May 2016, 12:23:56 UTC

The "beta" these days is in-house, so nothing will show up here.

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Message 54185 - Posted: 24 May 2016, 13:10:14 UTC

Iain, On the beta site, they are wah2_ri tasks.
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Message 54187 - Posted: 24 May 2016, 18:37:57 UTC

OK, I'll get my thinking cap on.
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Message 54213 - Posted: 29 May 2016, 5:52:49 UTC

News for Mac users: Here




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Message 54219 - Posted: 30 May 2016, 16:31:47 UTC

Downloaded two WAH2 models, a PNW/24 and an EU/13. That machine only runs one at a time and has only 2 GB memory but it seems to be running fine so far.

Good news that Macs have some work again.
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