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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 users around the world donating the power of their home computers to academic research and public-interest projects. Join us in this ground-breaking computing experience. We need your help...


It's very simple to participate in our challenges. You only need to download a small program, which will talk to our network and begin to process parts of the current challenges. The program uses only the computer's idle time, so when you want to use your computer, the client 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

OGR-26 completed, OGR-27 started!

On 2009-Feb-24 the last OGR-26 stub was received, thus marking the conclusion of OGR-26. Read more in bovine's plan entry, including details about what you need to participate in OGR-27!

Secret Key Challenge status

In May 2007, RSA Labs announced that Secret Key Challenge would be discontinued. Fortunately, due to the continued interest in our RC5-72 project we have decided to privately sponsor the prize and operate the RC5-72 project as before. You can read about this in bovine's 2008-Sep-08 plan and in bovine's 2007-May-21 plan.

Decade Anniversary, Status, and More!

April 2007 marks ten-years since distributed.net started! This makes us one of the oldest distributed computing organizations around. There is also news about OGRp2-25.1 status. Check out bovine's 2007-Apr-25 plan entry for details.

RC5-72 Clients Available!

The RC5-72 project is now officially up and running, as of 2002-Dec-03! You will need to download a new client in order to participate. Our FAQ-O-matic has been updated with the beginnings of a new RC5-72 section.

Special thanks

Hosted-midasnetworks.png Midas Networks

distributed.net would like to thank Internet Systems Consortium, VISI, and Midas Networks for their donations of secure colocation space and bandwidth. 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

dnetWare is now available! Check out our line of distributed.net merchandise including shirts, mugs, mousepads, and more!

Here are a few other neat places to visit:

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.