Status and plans as of June 2016
Dear Malariacontrol.net contributor,
It's been a while since we announced that malariacontrol.net will be back after a short period of maintenance and upgrading, and you are probably wondering why you are still not receiving new workunits.
By now, it looks like malariacontrol.net will not be sending out workunits any time soon. The reason for this is that, unlike when we started out more than ten years ago, volunteer computing is currently not the most efficient and cost-effective approach for providing the computing resources necessary for the simulation studies. Developments in high-performance computing and institutional arrangements have made computing infrastructure accessible to the malaria modeling project which was simply not available ten years ago. Also, the staffing profile of the project has changed over time, and maintenance and further development of the volunteer computing platform are more challenging these days than before. Therefore, at the moment we cannot justify the significant investment required to upgrade the malariacontrol.net-specific components of the BOINC server for the next phase of the project.
This is a good moment to look back on more than 10 years of running malariacontol.net, and the achievements you contributed to. We believe that the project has substantially improved knowledge of malaria and malaria control. The scientific articles which are listed on the BOINC wiki give an overview of the achievements. In addition, some of the simulation experiments we ran on malariacontrol.net have formed the basis of technical reports and software tools which helped inform important policy decisions.
We will keep the malariacontrol.net server running for now. It may be that sometime in the future, we will have applications that will make this again the best way for running simulations, so please keep your BOINC client connected to malariacontrol.net.
Thank you very much for your generous support over the last 10 years!
On behalf of the malaria modeling team,
21 Jun 2016 14:34:35 UTC
Why there are no work units at the moment
Dear malariacontrol.net community,
Apologies for not responding sooner to the lack of work-units for malariacontrol.net. We had some technical problems with our attempts to fit improved models of malaria dynamics to field data. This meant that we had to close down the generation of new work units.
We hoped that this would be a very short term problem, but over Christmas and the New Year, it was difficult to assess exactly what was going on. Unfortunately we are now faced with the challenge that for a variety of personal reasons the team members able to address these problems are currently not available, and we donâ€™t have any spare funding that we can allocate to hiring anyone new.
We are now almost at the 10th anniversary of malariacontrol.net and we are really hoping to keep this going, but it will probably be another month or two before we can get the system up again.
Malariacontrol.net has now been going for ten years, and your contributions to this over the years have been really useful- (take a look at
Instead of this apology, we would really like to be sending you all a big thank you!
28 Jan 2016 9:12:12 UTC
A thank you and some science updates
Dear malariacontrol.net supporters,
It has been some time since we sent you a science post, not because we haven't been busy, quite the contrary.
But before sharing exciting science, we'd like to express our deep gratitude for your continued support and computational time.
We had a busy few years working on important topics in malaria research and global health: from vector control strategies in pre-elimination countries, to optimization of malaria control tools in support of the Global Fund applications, to key analyses for policy decisions on malaria vaccines. Just to name a few.
Here are some recent articles we would like to share with you:
You may have read recently in the news that the world may be close to the first malaria vaccine being approved for use in sub-Saharan Africa. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) adopted a positive scientific opinion for the malaria vaccine RTS,S, also known as Mosquirix, in children aged 6 weeks to 17 months. This is a key step in the regulatory process towards making RTS,S available for the population at risk of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. The next step involves WHO reviewing the evidence base for RTS,S and making a policy recommendation for if and how this vaccine should be used alongside other tools to prevent malaria in different endemic settings. The policy recommendation is meant to provide technical guidance to endemic countries considering the vaccine introduction. The WHO has indicated that such a policy recommendation may be possible still in 2015.
The modelling team and your work contributed to assessment of the vaccine in terms of its expected public health impact and cost- effectiveness, providing information in addition to the clinical trial data.
Some of this work was recently published
"The public health impact of malaria vaccine RTS,S in malaria endemic Africa: country-specific predictions using 18 month follow-up Phase III data and simulation models"
by Melissa Penny and our team at Swiss TPH
You can access the article here:
Thanks for your help!
We also recently published on another important issue: reasons for potential shift of burden to older ages with partially effective malarial interventions. Simulations from OpenMalaria were used to address this, so we thank you for your support.
"Age-shifting in malaria incidence as a result of induced immunological deficit: a simulation study"
by Peter Pemberton-Ross in our modelling team at Swiss TPH
You can access the article here:
Cost Effectiveness of Malaria Control Interventions
Tools that allow for in silico optimization of available malaria control strategies can assist decision-making process for prioritizing interventions.
One such example :
"Modeling the Cost Effectiveness of Malaria Control Interventions in the Highlands of Western Kenya"
by Erin Stuckey previously with our modelling team at Swiss TPH
you can access the article here:
Again thank you for your continued support and volunteering computer time!
Melissa Penny and the malaria modelling team at Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.
22 Sep 2015 13:51:06 UTC
OpenMalaria v33 on beta
We have just updated the Beta application on malariacontrol.net to version 33 of our simulation software, OpenMalaria. At the same time we have started some new jobs to take advantage of the features in this version of the software.
Since several users reported problems with the 64-bit Windows version of the app added in the last Beta update, this has been disabled and we have reverted to using the 32-bit version on 64-bit Windows.
- Malariacontrol.net team
17 Dec 2014 11:20:35 UTC
OpenMalaria looking for a new systems administrator/software engineer
The team that developed the OpenMalaria software that runs on MalariaControl.net is looking for a new systems administrator/software engineer to work in Basel, Switzerland. For details see:
3 Sep 2014 10:25:09 UTC
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