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Message 5415 - Posted: 2 May 2018, 0:45:14 UTC

Hey everyone,

As a lot of you noticed, there haven't been any workunits for POGS for about a week.

I've been told by Kevin this morning that POGS has finished processing all the galaxies he needs.

Next up, we'll be looking at reviewing all of the processed galaxy data and preparing it for actual use.

Kevin tells me that the next step is to use the processed galaxy data to train an auto-encoder neural network to classify galaxies based on their features. We'll have a gigantic amount of training data ready for this task, so the prospects of positive results seem high.

Additionally, any research papers that ICRAR publishes using this data will contain an acknowledgement to the work done by everyone who contributed to POGS.

The POGS and theSkyNet websites are going to remain up for the time being, but Kevin is also looking to shut them down once everything has fully wrapped up. This is mainly due to monetary issues - it costs more than $2,000 AUD per month to keep the POGS and theSkyNet services running.

So I'm sorry about how abrupt this is, but we're all done. Thank you everyone for your contributions, great or small. Kevin and I do appreciate everything you've done, and we'll be sure to put all the data to good use.
I'm glad to have been able to help manage this project, even if it's only been one day a week for the most part. The community here has always been a good one.

I can try and answer any questions anyone has in this thread - I'm sure there'll be some.

Thanks again for everything,
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Message 5417 - Posted: 2 May 2018, 2:25:46 UTC - in response to Message 5415.
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Thanks muchly for the advice Sam, it's greatly appreciated that you have taken time out to let the volunteers know and acknowledge their contribution.

Please try to let your superiors know that it helps to keep the lowly volunteers happy so that they continue to help on other projects - for such a little investment in time THEY get a lot of compute power in return.

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Message 5418 - Posted: 2 May 2018, 2:56:18 UTC - in response to Message 5415.

It's been a pleasure to be a part of this project. Best of luck in your future endevors
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Message 5419 - Posted: 2 May 2018, 3:22:05 UTC

Thanks for all the hard work, Admins and crunchers! Sad to see a Strayan project go.

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Message 5420 - Posted: 2 May 2018, 5:36:43 UTC

Thanks for letting my PC play number crunchers with yours! :P

Good luck in the future!

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Message 5421 - Posted: 2 May 2018, 5:46:07 UTC - in response to Message 5415.

Are there not still many galaxies incomplete or only half complete?
When I click on "Show your galaxies" I see pages of galaxies
that are still at 0%.

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Message 5422 - Posted: 2 May 2018, 6:05:46 UTC - in response to Message 5421.

It's more than likely a bug somewhere where the completion percentage the website shows not matching the actual completion percentage of the galaxies.
I never had the chance to get well acquainted with theSkyNet website code after Alex left a few years ago, so I'm not sure where the bug might be.

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Message 5423 - Posted: 2 May 2018, 8:44:20 UTC

Well it's a shame but I guess all good things come to an end eventually.
I hope that the time and energy contributed helps science in some way, shape or form.
It was a pleasure for me to crunch with my team BOINC@AUSTRALIA and I'm thrilled that we finished second (even if it was to the illegitimate "team" of Gridcoin who get paid to crunch)
At the end of the day, it was science that benefited from the time spent crunching POGS.

Thank you to all the admin who created and maintained this awesome project. I take my hat off to you and appreciate all that you did for us volunteers. I wish you all the best with your future endeavours and perhaps one day, BOINC@AUSTRALIA can help with another venture.
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Message 5424 - Posted: 2 May 2018, 12:59:57 UTC

So long and thanks for all the fish.

Been a pleasure donating my computer time to your project hope all goes well for you in the future, I'm outta here before the Vogons arrive.

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Message 5425 - Posted: 2 May 2018, 14:34:47 UTC

Glad to here about that!

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Message 5426 - Posted: 2 May 2018, 17:10:51 UTC

I liked various trophies and interesting talk about the POGS sister site https://www.theskynet.org. Because POGS ends, I will not be able to get another one. Can you please admins all the trophies with labels and credit ratings? Or will they be buried in the past for ages? Thanks and good luck in other projects.

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Message 5427 - Posted: 2 May 2018, 17:11:01 UTC

That last crunchathon was a doosy! Glad to see we at least went out with a bang!

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Message 5428 - Posted: 2 May 2018, 17:40:56 UTC

It's been a pleasure to share in this project with others and to be a part of the SETI.USA team.

Would it be wise to detach from the project at this time or should I anticipate any further work units or updates?
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Message 5429 - Posted: 2 May 2018, 18:31:54 UTC

Thanks. It was a pleasure to crunch.

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Message 5430 - Posted: 2 May 2018, 20:20:42 UTC - in response to Message 5415.

WHAT will I do with my spare processor cycles NOW?

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Message 5431 - Posted: 2 May 2018, 20:27:07 UTC

It is great to see a BOINC project get completed but also sad to see it go. POGS was one of my most favorite to run, with the abundance of cool badges, companion site, galaxy viewer, etc.

I thoroughly enjoyed participating.

Opolis from Crunching@EVGA signing out!

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Message 5432 - Posted: 2 May 2018, 23:55:19 UTC

It´s a pleasure. god speed
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Message 5433 - Posted: 3 May 2018, 1:15:08 UTC

Thankyou Sam and Kevin

It's been a enjoyable 5-6 years for the project.

There was alway just one more trophy to get.

Well done Everyone.

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Message 5434 - Posted: 3 May 2018, 1:52:07 UTC

Thanks Sam and Kevin

It's been good crunching data for a worthwhile project, shame it has to end.


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?

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Message 5435 - Posted: 3 May 2018, 4:42:38 UTC - in response to Message 5415.

This has been an amazing project to which I was more than happy to offer my PC's spare time! I loved the website and how it showed all the different galaxies on which our systems were working.

I'll be sad to see this one go, but would it be possible to obtain a bulk download of all the images we processed (assuming there's no IP/infringement concerns)?

The site allows you to save them individually, but my system(s) worked on over 340 galaxies, so that would take quite a while, one-by-one. If not, that's understandable.

Thanks again for such a wonderful project where so much detail was available to those of us doing the crunching!! Look forward to hearing what's been found in the coming months and years!

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