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The Organization

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...

Moo!

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...

There's more information on setting up the client, and about what our mission statement is.

Recent Headlines

Project milestone! (August 28, 2018)

We've crossed the 50% mark of OGR-28 and we re-opened the 16-x part of the 3rd stub space of OGR-28 today. Moo!

Stats issues (August 20, 2018)

Stats are caught up again. We're still trying to figure out the cause of a timestamping error that periodically happens on our new server, which causes automatic stats importing to break. Whenever it happens, a lot of manual fixups have to be done on our backend to get stats processing to recover. Thanks for your continued support! ]:8)

Project update (August 9, 2018)

415 million (79%) of all of the stubs in OGR-28 have been tested once, and more than 100 million have been verified! Moo!

New stub space (July 24, 2018)

We re-opened the 15-x part of the 3rd stub space of OGR-28. Moo!

New stub space (July 10, 2018)

We re-opened the 14-x part of the 3rd stub space of OGR-28 today. Moo!

OGR-28 project update (June 14, 2018)

400 million (76%) of all of the stubs in OGR-28 have been tested once. Moo!

New stub space (June 1, 2018)

We re-opened the 13-x part of the 3rd stub space of OGR-28 today. Moo!

New stub space (May 23, 2018)

We re-opened the 12-x part of the 3rd stub space of OGR-28 today. More than 90 million stubs have been verified (completed twice) in OGR-28! Moo!

A new project? (May 15, 2018)

Do you have a math project which is looking for huge processing power? We can help.

OGR-28 project update (April 20, 2018)

More than 80 million stubs have been verified (completed twice) in OGR-28! Moo!

New stub space (April 18, 2018)

We re-opened the 11-x part of the 3rd stub space of OGR-28 today. Moo!

Keymaster news (April 5, 2018)

Keymaster moved to a new home today! A big thank you to cdy, bang and the Internet Systems Consortium for taking such good care of it for a very long time. :)

A quick update (March 11, 2018)

More than 70 million stubs have been verified (completed twice) in OGR-28!

OGR-28 project update (February 21, 2018)

We just passed 55,000 contributors on our OGR-28 project. Moo!!

New stub space (February 21, 2018)

We re-opened the 10-x part of the 3rd stub space of OGR-28 today. Moo!

RC5-72 project update (January 31, 2018)

5% of the search space for the RC5-72 project has been checked! Moo!

New stub space (January 26, 2018)

We re-opened the 9-x part of the 3rd stub space of OGR-28 today. Moo!

Congratulations (January 16, 2018)

Congratulations to our friends at GIMPS who recently discovered the 50th known Mersenne Prime number! https://www.mersenne.org/primes/press/M77232917.html Moo!

A post for the New Year (January 8, 2018)

We hope that you celebrated a happy holiday season and saw the new year in with friends and family wherever you may be.

Check out Mike's latest blog: http://blogs.distributed.net/2018/01/08/23/12/mikereed/ Moo!

New stub space (December 13, 2017)

We re-opened the 7-x part of the 3rd stub space of OGR-28 today. Moo!

A quick update (November 10, 2017)

We passed 40% of OGR-28 completed this week! Moo!

New stub space (November 6, 2017)

We re-opened the 6-x part of the 3rd stub space of OGR-28 today. Moo!

A quick update (October 16, 2017)

More than 30 million stubs have been verified (completed twice) in OGR-28!

Do you think that we can reach 5% of RC5-72 completed by Christmas? Moo!

New stub space (October 2, 2017)

We re-opened the 5-x part of the 3rd stub space of OGR-28 yesterday. Moo!

A quick update (September 11, 2017)

We have been working on OGR-28 for 1300 days... today, we will pass 25 million stubs verified.

Do you have a project that we can work on after OGR-28? Let us know! Moo!

New stub space (September 4, 2017)

We re-opened the 4-x part of the 3rd stub space of OGR-28 yesterday.

The OGR-28 stubspace status page was stuck for a few days but it's working again now. Moo!

Tell one of your friends about us today. We need your help :)

New stub space (August 3, 2017)

We re-opened the 3-x part of the 3rd stub space of OGR-28 today. Moo!

ARM and CUDA? (July 18, 2017)

We've got some CUDA code and we've got some ARM code. Are you the person to tie it together?

New stub space (July 12, 2017)

We re-opened the 2-x stub space of OGR-28 today. Moo!

Happy Fourth of July! (July 4, 2017)

Happy Fourth of July to all of our American friends :)

Slow progress (June 13, 2017)

Wow, some of the work units in the first stub space take a long time, don't they?

In the past few days, we passed 36% completion on OGR-28. Moo!

Play it again, Sam (May 21, 2017)

We are going around again! All of the stubs for OGR-28 that need calculating have been issued once. Do not adjust your set.. dnetc will continue to work normally. Moo!

New stub space (May 16, 2017)

We opened the 32-x stub space of OGR-28 today! Moo!

Big news! (May 12, 2017)

We opened the 31-x stub space of OGR-28 today! This is the penultimate one.

Over 2,000 new volunteers joined us since March. Welcome! Moo!

In the last few days, we passed the RC5-72 50 BILLION blocks completed milestone!

New stub space (May 8, 2017)

We opened the 30-x stub space of OGR-28 today! Will you tell a friend about dnetc and help us get over 50,000 contributors?

New stub space (May 6, 2017)

We have been working through the 29/x stub space of OGR-28 for a few days now... 30/x isn't far away! Thank you for all of your help so far. Moo!

New stub space (April 27, 2017)

Since our last post a little over two weeks ago, we have opened the 26/x, 27/x and 28/x stub spaces of OGR-28 and just passed the 33% completion mark. Thank you for all of your help! Moo!

A milestone! (April 10, 2017)

We have opened the 25/x stub space on OGR-28 in the past couple of days... and passed the 40 billion Gnodes completed milestone! Moo!

New stub space (April 5, 2017)

We have opened the 24/x stub space on OGR-28 in the past couple of days.

If you are running dnetc on a AMD Ryzen system, we would love to hear from you. Moo!

New stub space (March 23, 2017)

We have opened the 23/x stub space on OGR-28 this weekend. Moo!

A quick update (March 11, 2017)

We have opened the 22/x stub space on OGR-28 this weekend. In a little over 3 years, we have completed more than 29% of the work necessary to prove the Optimal Golomb Ruler with 28 marks. We have also just passed the '300 million stubs completed' milestone. Over 47,700 of us working together have helped to make this happen.

One of our newest contributors on the coding side, Sunset, has helped us make a native PPC64 client for systems running Linux. She has some experience writing for VMX (which you may know as Altivec) and is hoping to update our existing cores for 64 bit systems. If you have a Power9 system in action, we would love to hear from you.

Moo!

New stub space (February 2, 2017)

We opened the 20-x stub space today! Remember, there are 32 to complete. The OGR-28 stub space status page is stuck at the moment, but don't let that stop you from telling your friends to join in :)

A quick update (January 11, 2017)

We opened the 19-x stub space today. Remember, there are 32 to complete. There are now over 46,000 of us working together on the OGR-28 project. Yesterday, more than 12 packets per SECOND were completed. Wow! Thank you for all of your efforts. Moo!

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 (December 19, 2016)

Over the weekend, we passed 25% of the total work required to prove OGR-28. Also, we opened the 18-x stub space. :) Thank you for all of your efforts. Moo!

Stats outage (December 9, 2016)

The stats system (standard) is suffering from a heatsink failure. Bovine is investigating a solution. Update to follow.

Keymaster outage (November 19, 2016)

There was a brief unplanned outage of the keymaster for about 8 hours earlier today, but the network is in the process of catching up right now and should be back to normal soon.

There will also be a planned outage of the stats server for this weekend due to building maintenance needing to service the air conditioning. Once service is restored on Monday, the stats server will again catch up.

We do not expect there to have been any significant loss of data or stats credit as a result of these events.

Thanks for your patience!

New stub space (November 18, 2016)

I seem to have skipped announcing the opening of the 16-x stub space. Sorry about that.

Today we opened the 17-x stub space! Thank you all for your continuing support :)

New stub space (October 27, 2016)

We opened a new stub space (15-x). Thank you all for your continuing support.

New stub space (October 13, 2016)

We recently opened a new stub space (14-x). Thank you all for your continuing support.

IRC changes (August 24, 2016)

After nearly a decade of running our own IRC network, the official distributed.net gathering place and coordinating point will be relocating to irc.freenode.net #distributed. If you're new to IRC or a long-time familiar face, please do stop by when you get a chance.

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!

New clients (August 8, 2016)

Did you download the version 521 client software yet? It has been out of pre-release for two months...

New stub space (July 6, 2016)

We recently opened a new stub space (11-x). Thank you all for your continuing support.

A quick update (February 23, 2016)

We have just passed the second anniversary of the OGR-28 project. With over 36,000 contributors from around the world, we have completed more than 14% of the work necessary to prove the Optimal Golomb Ruler with 28 marks. You can track our progress on https://stats.distributed.net/, where we’ve recently restored the popular keyrate graphs, which show changes in our network’s speed over time.

A quick update (December 2, 2015)

We've recently started on a new OGR range (7-x) and so daily stubs completed will be higher. We're still struggling with our web site, but glad that you're here with us. Keep telling your friends. We need all the help we can get.

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Special thanks

ISC  DreamHost

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.

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Further Information

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.