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What is this event all about?

The BOINC Pentathlon is a two week long BOINC team competition. Five different projects will be crunched over the two week period.

The BOINC Pentathlon consists of 5 disciplines:

  1. Marathon (CPU, 14 days)
  2. Sprint (CPU, 3 days)
  3. City Run (CPU, 5 days)
  4. Cross Country (GPU, 5 days)
  5. Swimming (CPU, 7 days)

The fun and challenging aspect of the Pentathlon is resource management. The 5 "disciplines" are run over a 14 day period, so each "discipline" overlaps another discipline. Figuring out what to run, and when to run it, is what makes the Pentathlon a unique and challenging BOINC points race.

  • Run-times and projects for each discipline are announced 5 days (Marathon and one other project) or 3 days (Sprint and two remaining disciplines) before their respective start via Blog (Feed , Twitter , Facebook ).
  • This allows some time to stock up on completed WU's, but it can also be dangerous if you forget to turn in the completed tasks before the deadline. It also adds another twist to resource management, if you are trying to stockpile WU's, while simultaneously running the current active disciplines.


New to BOINC?

Check out the BOINC Essentials Thread for information about BOINC, how to install and use the BOINC client, and what projects are available on the BOINC platform.


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Disciplines to crunch:

Marathon (CPU): [email protected]
OCN Final Ranking - 6th
Starts: 5/5
Ends: 5/19
Project Support Thread

Swimming (CPU): [email protected]
OCN Final Ranking -8th
Starts: 5/5
Ends: 5/12
Project Support Thread

Sprint (CPU): [email protected]
OCN Final Ranking - 8th
Starts: 5/11
Ends: 5/14
Project Support Thread

Cross Country(GPU): PrimeGrid
OCN Final Ranking - 9th
Starts: 5/13
Ends: 5/18
Project Support Thread

City Run (CPU): [email protected]
OCN Final Ranking -10th
Starts: 5/14
Ends: 5/19
Project Support Thread

Project Choosing Rules
Each team may suggest four Projects while signing up. The projects are assigned to the disciplines as follows:

  1. Marathon
    • The project is set by the organizers.
  2. Sprint
    • The project with the most votes that provides workunits with a quorum of 1.
  3. City Run
    • The CPU project with the most votes that is not already chosen for Marathon or Sprint.
  4. Cross Country
    • The GPU project with the most votes.
  5. Swimming
    • The CPU project with the most votes that is not already chosen for another discipline.
Projects are not eligible if they

  • were chosen in last year's Pentathlon ([email protected], [email protected], [email protected], World Community Grid, [email protected])
  • can not provide a sufficient number of workunits
  • do not support at least Windows and Linux
  • provide non-CPU-intensive (NCI) applications
  • use buggy or test-only applications
  • do not allow the creation of new accounts
  • do not support WebRPC
To keep it as transparent as possible, we will publish the suggestions of every team when announcing the final project.

OCN Project Nominations:



To be eligible for the prize drawing, sign up and fill out the form at the following link:

https://goo.gl/forms/PsaGWxoZi8szOX4D2

Prizes Being Donated for the Pentathlon:
Sapphire Nitro RX 480 4GB - Donated by: tictoc
Winner: Finrond

Cloud amiibo - Donated by Ithanul
Winner: Starbomba

5x Lifetime Overclocked Accounts - Donated by Overclock.net
Winners: Diablosbud, Diffident, NBrock, cekim, spdaimon

Sponsors:


Compact Test Bed - Donated by: Spotswood
Winner: Zeddicus
 

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Time for everyone to start working on their PC upgrades; you have less than a month :p
It will be fun to see how we do this year.
 

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If they limit Rosetta tasks, like they did for one FB sprint, it could be bad for high core systems as a sprint project.

We have lots of ryzens, so SRBase might not be the best pick?

Seti is a linux favored project. Not sure how many of use have the cuda90 app installed and ready to go in a linux machine.
 

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If they limit Rosetta tasks, like they did for one FB sprint, it could be bad for high core systems as a sprint project.

We have lots of ryzens, so SRBase might not be the best pick?

Seti is a linux favored project. Not sure how many of use have the cuda90 app installed and ready to go in a linux machine.
At first glance I'm leaning towards:

  • NFS (Sprint) NFS does use a decent amount of RAM
  • Asteroids (City Run) Bonus on the GPUs as long as it doesn't overlap the Cross Country
  • Amicable/PrimeGrid (Cross Country) PrimeGrid is an interesting project. If we had been able to drop a bigger bunker at the beginning, in 2016, we would have been right near the top, since our daily production was very good.
  • Universe (Swimming) I just like this project :D
Looking at the available projects, there is a chance we could have a repeat of the 2016 Pent. The projects from the 7th Pentathlon are pretty popular with most teams.
 

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I like Universe too. The Black Hole DB app runs quicker than the BHSpin app for the same points but there's never enough work. There was a batch released yesterday and its done.

I'd vote to stay away from SETI even though I bet other teams will vote for it. Some teams have SETI in their team name including the organizing team.
 

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I don't care what project we run as long as it doesn't use virtualbox like last year. VB projects are the biggest pain.
 

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I like Universe too. The Black Hole DB app runs quicker than the BHSpin app for the same points but there's never enough work. There was a batch released yesterday and its done.

I'd vote to stay away from SETI even though I bet other teams will vote for it. Some teams have SETI in their team name including the organizing team.
I agree on SETI. It has always been our weakest project, and most teams have a large number of users who do nothing but crunch SETI. We definitely live up to "The pursuit of performance" motto when it comes to GPU crunching. Projects like SETI and Asteroids that have inefficient GPU apps get the boot. :D
 

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I just don't see a point to SETI as a project. Have they actually had any real results?

If we do contact aliens that are superior in technology (i.e. stealth), wouldn't we be in trouble?
 

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Oooo, can't wait. Sucks my 5960X kicked the bucket. Hopefully I can either source another chip for my X99 board or say crap it and either get another X399 or go X299.

Anyway, I will have the GPU power at hand. Got two Titan Xps incoming. Just need to reconfigure out my loop.
 

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I'll be helping out again this year, but won't be too heavily involved with strategy given I'm not on the forums all that often anymore.

Sad to see it's only one GPU project this time, instead of the chance at two like last year had, but that's life.
 

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I'll be helping out again this year, but won't be too heavily involved with strategy given I'm not on the forums all that often anymore.

Sad to see it's only one GPU project this time, instead of the chance at two like last year had, but that's life.
If Asteroids gets picked for one of the CPU disciplines, then we could have two kinda sorta GPU projects. :D
 

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If Asteroids gets picked for one of the CPU disciplines, then we could have two kinda sorta GPU projects. :D
Quite true ^_^
 
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