Originally Posted by $ilent
Guys im really confused, the front page says we have to crunch a certain event for so long, can someone explain it in plain english what we have to do and for how long, aswell as an idiots guide to get set up quickly. I dont know how to use boinc, but the instructions on the first page are confusing me.
I need an idiots answer.
For instance it says you gotta crunch a certain unit for 5 days, and do this 5 times, well how can you do that if the event only runs for 14 days? 5x5 does not equal 14.
The pentathlon is composed of 5 disciplines (workunits). The disciplines are:Marathon
Physics & Chemistry (CPU Project)World Community Grid
Mathematics (CPU Project)
Each discipline, except for the Marathon (which will run for the duration of the contest), will run for 5 days. The start and finish times for the disciplines will overlap. Unlike F@H the BOINC client allows your computer to run multiple workunits at one time.
The WU for each discipline will be announced 5 days before the start of that discipline. gamer11200 will announce the new events in this thread, and you can also check the Pentathalon's Twitter
pages for project announcements.
The OP has the current list of projects that will be run in the Pentathlon.
Which projects to run, and how long to run them will depend on how you want to manage your BOINC client and how many machines you have.
SIMAP is the Marathon project, so you can run that project for all 14 days if you want.
The GPU project is Einstein@Home.
It would be a good idea to fire up Einstein a few days before it starts because the WU's can take some time to validate. Only WU's which validate during that disciplines time frame will count towards the team's points. Pending WU's will not count towards the team's total points for the Pentathlon.
You can micro-manage BOINC as much or as little as you want.
Once you get everything running post back with any specific questions you may have. *edit
For a more complete explanation about the Pentathalon you can go to the contest's page: 4th BOINC Pentathlon