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OGR-24 Successfully Completed

On 13-Oct-2004 the final stub was returned for the OGR-24 Project, conclusively determining the optimal 24 mark Golomb Rule after four years of crunching by distributed.net participants.

RC5-64 Successfully Completed

On 14-Jul-2002, after 1757 days of searching the winning key to RSA Labs' RC5-64 project was successfully recovered by distributed.net. 0x63DE7DC154F4D039 was returned by a P3-450 in Japan running Windows 2000.

dnetware Now Available

distributed.net has introduced a range of items with our graphic designs called dnetware. These items are suppplied by CafePress.com who handle the order processing, manufacture and delivery. Check out the full range at our dnetware page along with order facilities and dnetware FAQ.

distributed.net and United Devices join forces

Distributed Computing Technologies, Inc, distributed.net, announced on November 27th, 2000 that it has entered a strategic partnership with United Devices, Inc. Based in Texas, United Devices is a leading commercial developer of distributed computing technology.

Under the terms of the alliance, distributed.net and United Devices will continue to exist as two independent companies that serve different, yet complementary, purposes. The two companies will maintain a cooperative relationship, working together to further the development and adoption of large-scale distributed computing.

Fourteen distributed.net members will join the ranks of United Devices' development and strategic teams in Austin, Texas and Berkeley, California, where a new development team will be consolidated. "As our popularity and scale have grown, so have our time requirements," said Jeff Lawson, co-founder of distributed.net. "This move is a very natural progression for us all and enables the team to focus full time on what we love doing the most."

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Project OGR

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The OGR project restarted with new clients on Thursday July 13, 2000 around 22:00 UTC. The first pass of OGR-24 has been completed and distribution of OGR-25 was started on August 1, 2000. The verification second pass of the OGR-24 stubspace is currently being done in parallel with OGR-25 distribution.

Although OGR code has been present in the dnetc Official distributed.net Clients since version v2.8002.446, no blocks will be accepted from versions prior to v2.8009.460. We ask that you update your clients to v2.8009.460 or higher. These clients have been available for some time now and you should take the time to upgrade as many systems as you can.

Even if you don't plan on participating in the OGR projects, you will want to upgrade your clients because of major network and buffer-management improvements. Check out the changelog document for a complete list of changes.

In the first year of running the OGR-25 project has attracted around 55 000 participants with three to four thousand participants reporting each day. The project is approaching 6000 participating teams of which almost 1000 are active each day. So far we have tested over 7 000 000 000 Gnodes of OGR-25 stubs.

You can monitor your OGR progress at OGR stats. For information on changes to stats see the following document.

Project RC5-64

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On 17th April 2002 project RC5-64 reached 75% of the keyspace checked, more than 51 billion work units, after 1638 days of running. This was achieved by more than 320 000 participating e-mails. The number of teams has grown to almost 12 500 with about a third of these teams currently active. See RC5-64 stats for current RC5-64 stats project statistics.

Banners Updated

The distributed.net Advertising Banner Area has been updated and obsolete banners have been removed. While we have many banners for the RC5-64 project, project OGR banners are currently lacking and contributions of these will be particularly welcome.

Stats code available as open source

The stats code is now open source and is available from our Public CVS Repository. The database software used to keep track of work done and generate reports is Postgres.

IRC and .plans

Our IRC channel, #distributed on our IRC network irc.distributed.net, is a place you can always catch up on the most recent distributed.net news. If you have not used IRC we provide instructions for getting help using IRC to help you get started.

Staff plans also provide current information relating to our projects and general distributed.net issues.

See also the history page for a more comprehensive summary of noteworthy events in distributed.net's past.

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