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TPU WCG February Challenge planning thread

Discussion in 'World Community Grid (WCG)' started by Chevalr1c, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. Chevalr1c

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    It is about time to start planning our WCG February Challenge, so I started this thread. I presume it will be a "points" challenge, for all projects?
     
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    Norton WCG-TPU Team Captain

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    Thanks for starting this up! :toast:

    How about Feb. 16th thru 22nd for the Challenge period?

    Let's see some ideas Team!
     
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    What kind of ideas are you looking for?
     
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    Prize pots, particular themes, team strategies, etc.
    The selected period should be okay, although I doubt people feel like doing prize donations so soon after Christmas. So shall we keep it prizeless?
     
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    Prize: Prizeless seems good for the time of year. Science has its own rewards.
    Theme: Something cold. With half the USA under a sheet of ice... ya know. That and February is a cold month typically based on location.
    Strats: Would this be a good strat to build up bulk WU's and release them on the opening day of the challenge?

    For myself I should have my heavy hitters hitting heavily again by then. I have had some linux problems and odd little things going wrong everywhere so I am rearranging stuff.
     
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    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

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    My numbers have been lacking as of late cause the only thing pumping out numbers is my Celeron 1156 chip. The I7 at work needed a break due to the heat in the building being kicked on full blast and the H50 could not keep up with the heat and it was bumping the 90's. I am going to start bionic back up after they turn the heat down some. Its sad that you have to use a box fan in your desk cube at work to be comfortable.

    I will jump in this challenge either way cause the celeron never gives up!
     
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    I'm always up for a challenge, count me in!

    Prizes are good, I think we should keep the prizes. Nothing need be extravagant but it's always nice to share a little something with the team. Since is a cold time of year, I'm sure people would think a little awesome win would be awesome and much appreciated! ;)


    Anything specific for this challenge, any special projects?
     
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  8. Norton

    Norton WCG-TPU Team Captain

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    I'm thinking points/all projects for the challenge criteria and agree that a small prize pool would be good too.

    I'll donate at least a small paypal gift and maybe a hardware item. Funds are a little tight for me to donate a rig but I will offer a Source 210 case w/fans if there is interest in rounding up parts for rig build :)
     
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    I have a few oddball games I could throw into a game giveaway.

    ...eyes manofthem...
     
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    I'd be happy to host a game giveaway, but if anyone wants to give it a go, of course I'd be willing to let someone else throw it, and I'd throw in a few donations ;)

    It's all about sharing the wealth :laugh:




    The last challenge, we had a lot of TPU members join up, so our goal should be to get those ones to start crunching again, perhaps only for the challenge. Anything would be better than nothing. There's a lot of good we can do, and hopefully we can encourage others on participate.
     
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    You know me, I am always in for a challenge. :lovetpu:
     
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    I have some indie games on my Humble Bundle library :D that I cannot play, either too much for my HD4000 or because of time constraints...work, work and more work seems to be the theme lately. Minus all overtime, BTW. The corporate heads seem to find it amusing to torture us for no reason. Apparently, the Yacht's needs some upgrades. :mad:

    Anyways, I am in and willing to give out some Steam Keys. Give me a couple days to sort through them and pick a few for give-a-ways!:toast:
     
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    @Arjai: At least they pay higher hourly rates for overtime, I hope. :(
     
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    They do, but none of us are allowed to have any, due to the new evil rules. To be honest, it is the customer's that suffer. Blah, Blah, Blah.

    ;)
     
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    So Feb 16-22 are the official dates? That works for me! :)

    If it's a straight points contest, I'll need to know which project yields the most points so we can put the smack down. I'm currently running mostly FAaH; I'll change projects if need be ;)

    This weekend I'll take a gander at what I have and see what I can contribute prize-wise.

    I think a new challenge is due :toast:
     
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    Norton WCG-TPU Team Captain

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    The date is a suggestion and not set in stone just yet- want to see some feedback on it first as well as check the upcoming challenge schedule at WCG ;)

    As far as point yields, I think any project selection other than straight CEP2 will be close to equal.

    Prizes? Any donation is welcome! :toast:
     
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    As far as the dates go, i'm up for whatever, but the dates mentioned are good for me. Hopefully the dates mentioned are good for all.

    Would it be worth running CEP2 for this challenge to try to bring in a few extra points? It really doesn't matter to me much, but if it's worth a little extra ppd, I'd be willing to give CEP2 another go.

    And for prizes, I can offer up a game or 3 but I don't know if I have much in the way of hardware this time around. But of course, I will check inventory and see what I can do. :)
     
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    OK Team

    Unless there are any other thoughts or objections I will pkan on opening the challenge up on WCG for 2/16 thru 2/22 (challenge criteria- points/All projects)

    Next Steps:
    - Comments/Final decision on date(s), criteria.
    - Prize ideas/donations (rig build, game giveaway?)
    - Recruiting ideas/getting the word out
    - Other thoughts

    I will target 1/31 for completion of planning/opening the main Challenge thread which will give us about 2 weeks to get us ready for the start.

    In the meantime, let's see your ideas :)
     
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    - Comments/Final decision on date(s), criteria. I am fine with those dates we have now. Criteria will depend on prizes.
    - Prize ideas/donations (rig build, game giveaway?) Arjai had Amnesia? MoT would do a game GA again?
    - Recruiting ideas/getting the word out Since we do not have a focus on any cause here, this will be harder. I will try to sleep on it.
    - Other thoughts I am tempted to let the spare parts (which used to be Asgard-AMD) run for the duration of the challenge but it means running it case-less and with a spoofed MAC serial. I am not sure whether I will do that, but it would mean 2 cores + those 2 I normally keep sitting idle + 2 from the spare parts = 6 cores warming the room/sciencing.
     
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    Come to think of it, I haven't checked your FS thread in a whiOH GOD I WANT EVERYTHING.
     
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    Always a great contributor sir! :respect:
     
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    I'll get a little list of some games I can throw into a giveaway pot should that be decided on.

    As for hardware, I will look and see what I have around here, if anything. If I have nothing here and there's the possibility of a rig up for grabs, perhaps I could pick up something in the BST forum and send it to whomever happens to be throwing it together, maybe Norton....

    Either way, I'll be updating shortly.
     
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