distributed.net was the Internet's first general-purpose distributed computing project.
Founded in 1997, our network has grown to include thousands of volunteers around the world donating the power of their home computers, cell phones and tablets to academic research and public-interest projects. Join us today in this ground-breaking cloud computing experience! We need your help...
It's very simple to participate in our projects. You only need to download a small program, which will talk to our network and begin to process work immediately. The program uses only the computer's idle time, so when you want to use your computer, it will automatically get out of your way. Plus, there's that cute little cow icon...
Season's Greetings (January 4, 2017)
All of us at distributed.net would like to wish you compliments of the season, whether you recently celebrated Christmas, Hanukkah, a Solstice or Kwanzaa! As we begin our journey around the Sun again, we give thanks for your help with our projects. We wish good health and peace for you in the year ahead.
A quick update (August 10, 2016)
A look at OGR-28: 42,000 participants. 900 days. 31 BILLION (I know!) Gnodes checked. 20% completed. We can still complete it by New Year if each of us gets a few friends to join in!
RC5-72 has been in progress for 5,000 days as I write. There is still a long way to go, with only just over 4% of the work completed. To have the help of 120,000 participants is amazing. Thank you for all of your contributions.
Have you downloaded new dnetc client software lately? There are a raft of improvements in the last couple of versions, including speed-ups on some platforms (the latest came out of pre-release two months ago). Moo!
24,000 volunteers! (June 22, 2015)
We welcomed our 24,000th volunteer to the project searching for the Optimal Golomb Ruler with 28 marks today. In our other active project, RC5-72, we also welcomed our 100,000th volunteer this week!
80 million stubs completed! (June 16, 2015)
With the help of more than 23,500 volunteers so far, we have completed more than 80 million OGR-28 stubs. We are grateful for all of your contributions. Moo!
40 Billion RC5-72 blocks completed! (June 6, 2015)
Today we completed our 40 billionth RC5-72 block. This is a colossal effort, having taken over 12 years so far. Over 98,000 people have helped us along the way. Today's graphics cards can chew through the work in a way that we couldn't imagine when the project started in 2002. We still have much to do; we haven't even completed 4% of the key space. The good news is.. we could find the key tomorrow! Moo!
23,000 volunteers! (May 31, 2015)
Today we welcomed our 23,000th volunteer to the project searching for the Optimal Golomb Ruler with 28 marks. Together, we have completed more than 15 billion Gnodes. In our other active project, RC5-72, we are closing in on completion of our 40 billionth packet. Keep telling your friends! Moo!
7% of OGR-28 completed (May 15, 2015)
Today we passed the 7% mark for OGR-28 completion. We also welcomed our 22,000th volunteer this week. We are grateful for all of your contributions. Moo!
70 million stubs completed! (May 11, 2015)
We have completed more than 70 million OGR-28 stubs with the help of over 22,000 volunteers so far! We are happy to be included in the SETI-Germany BOINC team's annual Pentathlon competition as we approach the 7% mark for OGR-28 completion. We are grateful for all of your contributions. Moo!
20,000 volunteers! (April 25, 2015)
We welcomed our 20,000th volunteer to the OGR-28 project today. We are grateful for all of your contributions. Keep telling your friends! Moo!
6% of OGR-28 completed (April 17, 2015)
Today we passed the 6% mark for OGR-28 completion. We also welcomed our 19,000th volunteer this week. We are grateful for all of your contributions. Moo!
Another double milestone day! (April 6, 2015)
We completed our 60 millionth stub today! Separately, we welcomed our 18,000th volunteer.. more than double the number of volunteers since November last year. Thank you for all of your help so far. Keep telling your friends; there is still a lot of work for us to do!
400 days of OGR-28 (March 26, 2015)
Today we mark 400 days of working on OGR-28. More than 17,000 of us have joined together on our quest to find the most optimal Golomb ruler with 28 marks. So far, we have tested more than 13 billion Gnodes and completed more than 5.5% of all the packets necessary. There is still a long way to go, with 990 million packets outstanding.
We offer our congratulations to the Snapshot Supernova project over at the Zooniverse who have discovered four supernovae in little over a week. This is an incredible achievement, as 40,000 volunteers classified 1.9 million images. Moo!
50 million stubs completed! (March 15, 2015)
Today, we completed our 50 millionth stub! We have completed more than 5.3% of all of the work necessary to prove OGR-28. More than 16,000 people have joined us in our quest. Moo!
A year of OGR-28 (February 19, 2015)
Today we mark the first birthday of our OGR-28 project. We are approaching the 5% completion mark. We need your help. Join us!
A double milestone (January 15, 2015)
Today is the birthday of our mascot and lead developer, Bovine. Also, we have completed 4% of the work necessary to prove OGR-28. Moo!
distributed.net would like to thank Internet Systems Consortium and DreamHost for their donations of secure collocation space, bandwidth, or virtual private servers. We are pleased that these organizations support our endeavors and continue helping us provide a high level of service for our members.
Other Neat Things
Here are a few other neat places to visit:
- Check out our line of distributed.net merchandise including shirts, mugs, mousepads, and more!
- Beautify your workspace with a desktop picture of our logo.
- Do you have a webpage? You can help advertise distributed.net by putting a banner on your pages!
If you want to learn more about our project, first stop by our Press Room to read the announcements of our past victories; then browse the following.
- Read our How To Help.
- Check out our documentation section.
- We have some Mailing lists you can join.
- There are always people online on our IRC channel #distributed on the freenode IRC network irc.freenode.net.