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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...
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.
Another year passes… but we press on. OGR-28 is almost in touching distance. Perhaps by the end of next year, we will have completed it. You can help bring that day closer by telling your friends to help us out. :)
We have made great progress during the year by working together. Friends and strangers, enthusiasts all, from the four corners of the globe in pursuit of a common goal.
On the OGR-28 project, we are making great strides through the second pass, with more than 387 million stubs (out of 524 million) checked once and 50 million verified. We recently re-opened the 8th stub space.
On the RC5-72 project, we check more than 21 million blocks every day. Perhaps we shall reach 5% of all work completed within a month. Graphics cards now exist which can process 5 Gigakeys per second. For comparison, the overall rate of our network back when we were working on the RC5-64 project was 102 Gigakeys per second. Our current network speed processing RC5-72 is over 1.2 Terakeys per second!
We continue to look for ways to optimise our client software; some of the newer GPU clients are increasingly I/O-bound, so we will be releasing new versions with increased buffer sizes for them shortly.
Our friend Sunset has recently created a new core for RC5-72 on ARM64 which is almost 5 times quicker than our existing core. If you have a Raspberry Pi 3 or a Cavium Thunder X2 system, you can make use of it.
We are always on the look out for new projects which we can lend our expertise and experience to. If you have a project in mind or some code to hand, please let us know.
We already experienced our first “megaflush” of the year; 6 million blocks in one day. We like to encourage participation, but would like to remind everyone that holding blocks for extended periods of time can cause wasted, duplicated work to be done by other participants if we happen to need to recycle work for another pass.
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.
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.
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!
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.