RNA World (beta)

RNA World (beta) needs donations

The RNA World (beta) project needs donations to cover the BOINC project server (bandwidth and traffic) costs. Please support us and donate!

About RNA World (beta)

RNA World (beta) is a distributed supercomputer that uses Internet-connected computers to advance RNA-related research. You can participate by downloading and running a free program on your computer.

Important information for users with VirtualBox installed

If you have VirtualBox installed on your computer and participate in this project please note:

  • in order to get tasks your CPU needs to have virtualisation capabilities (AMD-v or VT-x)
  • those virtualisation capabilities need to be enabled in your BIOS settings or all tasks will error out
  • Some tasks are incompatible with newer VirtualBox versions:
    If you have 1.15 or earlier tasks, you must use VirtualBox 4.3.x or earlier.
    If you have 1.17 tasks, you must use VirtualBox 5.0.x or earlier.
    If you have 1.18 tasks, you may use VirtualBox 5.1.x.
    If you have 1.19 tasks, you may use VirtualBox 5.2.x.
  • a BOINC client of at least 7.2.33 is recommended
  • The runtime of the cmsearch VM apps are very long (>1000 hours) and deadlines are automatically extended but only visible on the website!
If you don't want to get work for the VM application please disable "cmsearch VM" in your project preferences.

RNA World (beta) is based at the Rechenkraft.net e.V. research facility located in Germany.

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  • Happy New Year!

    The RNA World team wishes all of you a happy, healthy and successful new year - and thanks a lot for your continued support.

    Das RNA World Team wünscht euch allen ein frohes, gesundes und erfolgreiches neues Jahr - und bedankt sich für eure kontinuierliche Projektunterstützung.


    1 Jan 2021, 10:52:43 UTC · Comment

  • Merry Christmas

    Despite this years somewhat difficult circumstances, the RNA World team wishes all of you a happy christmas season.

    Das RNA World Team wünscht allen RNA World Unterstützern ein gemütliches Weihnachtsfest - trotz der diesjährig eher widrigen Gesamtumstände. Lasst es euch gut gehen.


    25 Dec 2020, 12:29:51 UTC · Comment

  • Small popular science article published in Laborjournal (German)

    Today, a brief popular science article dealing with the Rechenkraft.net community and the RNA World Projekt has appeared in the online version of the popular German lab journal 'Laborjournal' - unfortunately, this article is available only in German. Rechenkraft.net has spread the news already via Twitter.

    Heute ist im Laborjournal (Online-Variante) ein kleiner deutschsprachiger Artikel zur Rechenkraft.net Community und unserem RNA World Projekt herausgekommen. Rechenkraft.net hat ihn auch schon über Twitter verbreitet.


    21 Sep 2020, 11:18:44 UTC · Comment

  • Unplanned server shut down

    Dear participants,
    for unknown reasons, the RNA World server shut down yesterday.
    Due to the unusually high temperatures my best guess at present is that the machine has undergone a safety shut down to prevent hardware damage.
    We will investigate this in more detail.
    For now, after manual inspection I have managed to successfuly reboot the machine and everything seems to work fine again.
    Some measures have been taken to try to reduce the temperature in the server room.
    Thanks a lot to those who have reported this issue to us - fortunately, and in contrast to all other BOINC projects, our discussion forum is independently hosted from the project server such that we remain reachable even in case of a total system failure. ;-)

    Liebe Unterstützer,
    aus ungeklärten Gründen ist der RNA World Server gestern ausgeschaltet worden. Aufgrund der derzeit hohen Sommertemperaturen tippe ich darauf, dass sich die Maschine zur Vermeidung von Hardwareschäden runtergefahren hat. Wir haben die Logs noch nicht ausgewertet, werden der Ursache aber noch im Detail nachgehen.
    Nach Inspizierung vor Ort habe ich den Server inzwischen erfolgreich manuell wieder hochgefahren und derzeit scheint alles normal zu funktionieren.
    Es wurden ein paar Maßnahmen ergriffen, um die Temperaturen im Serverraum etwas niedriger zu halten.
    Bedanken möchten wir uns recht herzlich bei denjenigen, die uns über das Problem informierten - glücklicherweise ist unser Diskussionsforum anders als bei allen anderen BOINC-Projekten von der Serverinfrastruktur unabhängig, sodass wir auch nach einem Totalausfall erreichbar bleiben. ;-)


    29 Aug 2019, 10:12:40 UTC · Comment

  • BOINC Open Source Project looking for experienced MacOS developers

    The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) system is the software infrastructure used by RNA World and many other volunteer distributed computing projects. The BOINC Open Source Project is looking for volunteers to develop and maintain the BOINC client on macOS. The BOINC Client and Manager are C++ cross-platform code supporting Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, and several other operating systems. Currently there are a number of volunteer developers supporting Windows and Linux, but the main macOS developer is winding down his involvement after many years. He is prepared to help a few new macOS developers get up to speed.

    If you have macOS development experience and are interested in volunteering time to help support and maintain the BOINC macOS client please have a look at the more detailed description here: https://boinc.berkeley.edu/trac/wiki/MacDeveloper

    If you want to help, please sign up to the BOINC Developer email list here: ​https://groups.google.com/a/ssl.berkeley.edu/forum/#!forum/boinc_dev.

    If you are not a macOS developer, but have other skills and are interested in contributing to BOINC, the link above also has more general information.


    24 Feb 2019, 14:05:51 UTC · Comment

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