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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

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!

Pi day for OGR-28 (November 30, 2014)

Yesterday, we passed the mark for 3.14% of all work necessary to prove OGR-28. Join us!

The OGR-27 project has been completed.

distributed.net is proud to announce the completion of OGR-27! We have proven conclusively by the exhaustive search of all possible rulers that the previously predicted 27-mark ruler is indeed the most optimal one. For further details, please see mike's blog entry.

February 19, 2014

Today, we begin the challenge to discover the Optimal Golomb Ruler with 28 marks. Read more about OGR: http://www.distributed.net/OGR/

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Special thanks

ISC Midas Green Technologies  DreamHost

distributed.net would like to thank Internet Systems Consortium, Midas Green Technologies, 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

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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.