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Postby Jwb52z » Sat Sep 17, 2005 8:58 pm

September 14, 2005
Xgrid and the Dashboard finally meet. The result is this splendid widget developed by mekentosj. Read more about it in the Goodies section.

http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboar ... idget.html

http://www.mekentosj.com/

http://cmgm.stanford.edu/~cparnot/xgrid ... odies.html
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Postby Jwb52z » Sun May 07, 2006 3:32 am

May 5, 2006. Xgrid@Stanford goes Universal! If you are using an Intel Mac, the program 'biock' that runs on your computer will now be running at full speed. Of course, PowerPC machines will continue to have their own specific code.

May 3, 2006. It is free and beautiful, and you don't even need to participate in the cluster to use it. Download this new version of the Xgrid@Stanford widget http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboar ... nford.html . If you are part of the cluster, this new widget displays a fast green pulsing light when your computer is working. All of this laid out in a gorgeous design brought to you by mekentosj http://www.mekentosj.com/ , 2 graduate students developing free software, http://www.mekentosj.com/programs/ , for the scientific community in the biology field.
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Postby Jwb52z » Thu Mar 15, 2007 2:07 am

March 12, 2007. New version of xgridstatus, http://cmgm.stanford.edu/~cparnot/xgrid ... -info.html , a command-line utility that brings to the terminal many features otherwise only accessible in Xgrid Admin. New features include more report options, such as job lists and statistics, as well as automatic reconnection after controller crashes. There are also a number of small bug fixes.

Also available are the versions 0.4.2 of GridStuffer, http://cmgm.stanford.edu/~cparnot/xgrid ... -info.html , and GridEZ.framework http://cmgm.stanford.edu/~cparnot/xgrid ... -info.html . One crasher fixed, and improved file downloads, all within GridEZ, are the main changes.

February 26, 2007. New versions of GridStuffer, http://cmgm.stanford.edu/~cparnot/xgrid ... -info.html , and GridEZ, http://cmgm.stanford.edu/~cparnot/xgrid ... -info.html , both compiled as universal binaries that will run happily on either PowerPC or x86 macs. These two open-source projects are now developed in parallel, with GridEZ providing the core Xgrid functionality. GridStuffer features a lot of under-the-hood improvements, mostly coming from the new much-improved GridEZ framework. For interested developers, the framework also includes a new metajob class that allows the submission and retrieval of complex multipart jobs, with only a few lines of code. Check out this 30-line 30-minute tutorial, http://cmgm.stanford.edu/~cparnot/xgrid ... rial1.html , to write your first Xgrid-enabled application.

January 8, 2007. MacResearch, http://www.macresearch.org/ , has started a series of tutorials on Xgrid, that I will be authoring. The first installment, http://www.macresearch.org/the_xgrid_tu ... rid_basics , is online, and goes through some of the basics of distributed computing and Xgrid. It should be a good starting point for scientists curious about Xgrid, and interested in using distributed computing for their research.

July 22, 2006. Thanks to an unexpected post on digg, http://digg.com/ , and an unexpectedly high interest from digg users, the number of visits went from an average of 100 per day to a stunning 10,000 on July 18th, and 5,000 on July 19th. With a flow of new agents, the cluster is registering speeds close to 800 GHz this week.

June 12, 2006. First public version of GridEZ.framework, http://cmgm.stanford.edu/~cparnot/xgrid ... -info.html , a wrapper framework for XGridFoundation, to be used in Cocoa application or tools. The framework is open-source (LGPL) and offers easy-to-use Xgrid-wrapping classes, a built-in panel for user-friendly Xgrid connections, and a Bonjour browser to automatically find local servers. Check out a tutorial, http://cmgm.stanford.edu/~cparnot/xgrid ... rial1.html , that shows you how to write your first Xgrid-enabled app in less than 30 lines (and less than 30 minutes)
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Postby Jwb52z » Sun Apr 29, 2007 5:05 am

April 26, 2007. New version of GridStuffer, http://cmgm.stanford.edu/~cparnot/xgrid ... -info.html , now at 0.4.4, that fixes a (non-crashing) bug in the parsing of the input file.

April 19, 2007. Available on MacResearch, http://www.macresearch.org/ , the second part of the Xgrid tutorials series, http://www.macresearch.org/the_xgrid_tutorials , was just posted. In this new instalment, I cover GridStuffer basics http://www.macresearch.org/the_xgrid_tu ... fer_basics .
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Postby Jwb52z » Sun May 06, 2007 11:21 pm

May 5, 2007. First public release of Xgrid FUSE, http://cmgm.stanford.edu/~cparnot/xgrid ... -info.html , version 0.2.0. Xgrid FUSE, http://cmgm.stanford.edu/~cparnot/xgrid ... -info.html , transforms an Xgrid controller into a file system. Accessing your controller is now just as easy as plugging an external hard drive, all of this thanks to the fantastic MacFUSE, http://code.google.com/p/macfuse/ , project
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