Bigadv bonus points changes

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The Pande Group have decided to reset the points system for bigadv projects due to their unexpected success since they were released. Up until now bigadv units have attracted a 50% bonus over the SMP units, to compensate for the bigger demands they make of donor's systems. The number of users choosing to fold bigadv units is an indicator of how successful the bonus has been, however the Pande Group feel that it is distorting the points system a little bit, and so the bonus will be reduced.

This means that in future the bigadv bonus will be set at 20%, instead of 50%, for all work units (including previously released projects).

Based on feedback from users, other classes of unit may have their benchmarks reset too, but this has yet to be decided. More specifically, this would involve bringing the classic and GPU clients into the Quick Return Bonus programme, though there are apparently some unresolved issues with doing so for GPU WUs

Deadlines and k factors remain unchanged, but the base point values have been lowered as in the table below:

Standard points is what the base points would be set at for regular SMP. Old bigadv is the previous base points, while new bigadv is the adjusted base points.

Project Standard points Old bigadv New bigadv Preferred Final k-factor
2684 8529 12790 10235 4 6 26.4
2685 5970 8955 7164 4 6 26.4
2686 5970 8955 7164 4 6 26.4
2689 5970 8955 7164 4 6 26.4
2692 5970 8955 7164 4 6 26.4
6900 5970 8955 7164 4 6 26.4
6901 5970 8955 7164 4 6 26.4
6903 18923 28385 22708 7.2 12 38.05
6904 26284 39426 31541 10.2 17 37.31

Source: Official Forum and Vijay Pande's blog