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Trello board added
We've added a Trello board for transparently keeping track of current progress, related to reported issues, requested features and ongoing work items. It's also accessible from the web-page menu, via "Project" -> "Trello".
15 Feb 2021, 20:15:37 UTC · Discuss

Website and Project Maintenance at 02:00 PST / 05:00 EST / 10:00 UTC on Feb 7th
The project and website are going to be down on Feb 7th from 02:00 PST / 05:00 EST / 10:00 UTC for about 4 hours.
Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
6 Feb 2021, 20:12:27 UTC · Discuss

Website and Project Maintenance at 02:00 PST / 05:00 EST / 10:00 UTC on Feb 1st
The project and website are going to be down on Feb 1st from 02:00 PST / 05:00 EST / 10:00 UTC for about 30 minutes.
Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
31 Jan 2021, 19:51:48 UTC · Discuss

Validation bug fixed
We've just released an updated version of the Kryptos Plato result validator, which correctly handles broken output format. The latter occurs occasionally under Windows and VirtualBox.
28 Jan 2021, 22:40:53 UTC · Discuss

Maintenance planned for 02:00 PST / 05:00 EST / 10:00 UTC on Jan 28th
The project and website are going to be down on Jan 28th from 02:00 PST / 05:00 EST / 10:00 UTC. The expected downtime is one hour.
No project results, workunits nor credits - past or present - are going to be affected.
28 Jan 2021, 0:07:31 UTC · Discuss

Temporary maintenance completed
The project is back up and, by popular demand, Kryptos Plato 0.5 task generation has been resumed for time being.
22 Jan 2021, 13:08:03 UTC · Discuss

Temporarily down for maintenance
We're investigating excessive server load and until the underlying cause has been identified and eliminated the project will remain in maintenance mode.
We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.
22 Jan 2021, 10:35:00 UTC · Discuss

Kryptos Plato 0.6 coming soon and BOINC Stats
We're working hard on testing our Kryptos Plato 0.6 update, which - whilst still a VirtualBox-based app - brings in substantial computational speed-ups (on the order of 10 times) and expands the exploration capabilities of Kryptos Plato, meaning that we'll be able to search within an even bigger solution space than before.
As a result, we're suspending workunit generation for a couple of days, in order to enable efficient CPU resource utilization over the more efficient version. Validation of all currently scheduled for sending (as well as ongoing) tasks will proceed as usual, until exhaustion of the work queue.

For those of you who are interested in stat tracking, Kryptos@Home has been added to BOINC Stats:
18 Jan 2021, 11:30:54 UTC · Discuss

Project stats enabled
A huge thanks to the entire BOINC community for the invaluable feedback and support so far!

We would like to confirm that:
- The project stat export feature has been enabled :)
- We're working hard towards releasing a native counterpart to Kryptos Plato, which is currently dependent on VirtualBox. In terms of the latter, we've found that 5.2.44 version tends to work well on Windows 10, whilst Linux and Mac are not so fussy, VirtualBox-wise.
13 Jan 2021, 19:13:44 UTC · Discuss

New task batches available
We've just fixed an issue in our work generation script, and we're happy to confirm that there are new task batches on their way.
The issue originated as a direct result of unintentional cancelation of a whole lot of workunits.
We confirm that the database integrity has been preserved and no user credit, nor result data has been affected.

We offer our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.
13 Jan 2021, 16:35:12 UTC · Discuss

Reverting back the value of auto checkpointing to `false`
Turns out enabling this particular functionality caused a significant portion of the new tasks to fail, due to having exceeded the maximum allotted disk space.
The original value of `disable_auto_checkpoints` has been now reverted back to `false`.
12 Jan 2021, 1:32:35 UTC · Discuss

Maintenance planned for 12:00 PST / 15:00 EST / 20:00 GMT
Please, notice that there is going to be project maintenance at 12:00 PST / 15:00 EST / 20:00 GMT.

Expected duration: 15 mins
Purpose: Updating existing app (VirtualBox-based) settings, in order to account for the actual app requirements, namely:
- a maximum of 1 thread per task
- no network access required
- employing automatic checkpoints

Please, note that there isn't going to be any change to the validation logic, so ongoing tasks aren't going to be affected by this update.

Please, ensure that you click on "Update" (Project) in your client software, in order to be able to receive tasks after the maintenance.
11 Jan 2021, 19:56:27 UTC · Discuss

Discord server invite link
Thanks to everyone who has joined the project and provided computational resources and/or feedback so far! Your time, help, advice, suggestions and feedback have been immensely appreciated!

Please, find the invite link to our Discord server under "Project" -> "Discord" on our website.
The actual link is:
11 Jan 2021, 11:04:25 UTC · Discuss

Project launch
We are extremely happy to announce the Kryptos@Home project launch!

This is our first BOINC project in production, so please bear with us during the initial steps of our community development.

Have a look around the website and if you spot any issues, or would like to ask questions - fire away a thread/post in the dedicated Help Desk forums, namely BOINC & Kryptos@Home and Web Site & Account Management.

You can subscribe to our Twitter account, @kryptosathome, if that's your preferred avenue for keeping track of latest news, announcements and updates. We're setting up a Discord server as well, and the invite link will be added to the website and announced on the forum and Twitter as soon as possible.

P.S.: For security reasons, account creation is only enabled via the website (i.e., creating an account in any other way - e.g., via the BOINC manager - is not possible).

Happy crunching :)
8 Jan 2021, 0:40:00 UTC · Discuss

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