We have started to transfer data for all active WCG projects to the Krembil Research Institute. We are gearing up to start testing the whole system on February 28, 2022.
Ensuring a smooth and safe transition is our first priority. As a result, we will need to pause new work units on February 14, to gracefully shut down all computation by February 28. We will then backup and stress test the new system before proceeding into the final phase of the transition.
The legal transfer was completed in September as outlined in our previous post, and IBM’s extended support will end on March 2, 2022. We would like to thank IBM and the whole WCG team: Al, Bill, Blaine, Caitlin, Erika, Jonathan, Juan, Julie, Keith, Kevin, Nels, Rick, Robin, Sophia, Tedi and Viktors for founding and supporting this amazing community of citizen scientists, and for helping us to continue that work.
As part of preparing for the final phase of WCG migration, we want to make volunteers aware of the following important dates:
- World Community Grid pauses sending out work units: February 14, 2022.
- World Community Grid pauses receiving work units: February 27, 2022.
- Website and forum will be offline: from February 28 until April 22, 2022. A simplified version of the website will act as a sign post during the transition, to share updates and communicate our progress and roadmap for the World Community Grid in 2022.
Volunteers will not need to take any action to wind down the flow of work units to and from their devices. Likewise, clients will automatically begin receiving work units when the system is brought up again.
During this final phase of the migration, we will post all updates and communications on the simplified WCG website, and will cross-post them on WCG Facebook and Twitter pages. Unfortunately, neither forums, nor the full WCG webpage material will be accessible during this time.
Thank you all for your understanding. We appreciate your continued support, and look forward to working with you on finishing existing projects and working on the new ones.