staff blogs

distributed.net staff keep (relatively) up-to-date logs of their activities in .plan files. These were traditionally available via finger, but we've put them on the web for easier consumption.

2016/01/20

Quick update – 20 January 2016

Filed under: project status @ 22:34 UTC

Dear friends,

This week we celebrated the birthday of our project leader Bovine… and 700 days of searching for the optimal Golomb Ruler with 28 marks! With your help, we have completed 13.61% of the entire work space, and the first 7 hills. (See my earlier blog posts!)

We also learned today that our friends at the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (mersenne.org) have discovered the largest prime number known to mankind to date!

Keep telling your friends :) Moo!

2016/01/12

Quick update – January 12 2016

Filed under: project status,stats @ 23:52 UTC

Dear friends,

With nearly 35,000 volunteers and 13.38% of the search space completed, we’ve just started on a new OGR range today (8-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. Moo!

2015/12/31

Happy New Year

Filed under: project status @ 19:23 UTC

Happy new year to you from all of us at distributed.net. We are grateful for all of your contributions over the past year and look forward to working with you in the new year as we try to prove the optimal Golomb ruler with 28 marks. Moo!

2015/12/04

Quick update – December 4 2015

Filed under: project status @ 20:48 UTC

Our web site has a plain appearance for a few days. Bovine is updating the software that drives its appearance. Please don’t be alarmed and carry on contributing as normal. :) Moo!

2015/12/02

Quick update – December 2 2015

Filed under: project status @ 21:38 UTC

Dear friends,

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. Moo!

2015/04/08

Another double milestone day! (April 6, 2015)

Filed under: project status @ 06:41 UTC

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)

Filed under: project status @ 06:40 UTC

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!

2015/02/27

OGR-28 status update

Filed under: clients,project status @ 18:14 UTC

When I last wrote a blog update just before Thanksgiving, I noted that there were just over 9,000 of us working together on OGR-28, and asked that you tell your friends about our work. I am humbled at the response. In a little over 3 months, some 5,000 people have joined us. We are grateful for all of your contributions.

We can now support Android 5 (Lollipop) with the help of our friends at the yoyo@home BOINC project. If you have a new smartphone or tablet, be sure to check them out.

We have also verified that dnetc works on the Raspberry Pi 2, thanks to our friend Pete Wilcock. It’s a great little computer and a good place to start with Linux if you have any concerns about practising with it on your primary computer. If you are handy at coding in NEON, we would love to hear from you. Pete has also run some experiments with dnetc on the Amazon cloud service. Look him up :)

A little over a week ago, we passed the first anniversary of the OGR-28 project, and just a few days ago, we passed 5% completion. Stick around; there is still quite a bit of work to do!

Moo!

2014/11/14

OGR-28 status update

Filed under: project status @ 02:21 UTC

Dear friends,

I wrote back in February that we estimated the first two subspaces of OGR-28 would take us about 90 days to complete. I must apologise; it has taken us 3 times as long.

As we reached the end of these two spaces, we had a day where we completed over 1 million stubs. Of course, most of them were very small indeed. There will be more days like this to come.

We can consider the project as a range of “hills” and “valleys”. At the beginning of the climb, the steps are slow and difficult. Having passed the peak, we can take steps downhill quickly with little effort. We started the project with 32 hills to climb. We have completed the first one. Good news! The other 31 aren’t so tall!

There are just over 9,000 of us working together on this research. We are grateful for all of your contributions. Tell a friend; let us see if we can get to 10,000 before Thanksgiving. :)

Moo! 

2014/02/25

The OGR-27 project has been completed.

Filed under: project status @ 16:09 UTC

Dear friends,

distributed.net is proud to announce the completion of OGR-27!

It is almost five years ago to the day that we began on this exciting journey. Almost 20,000 of you joined us.. without whom, it would have been impossible.

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. We were confident that we would find a more optimal ruler during this search, but it was not to be.

We expected it to take us seven years to complete this awesome task but thanks to your efforts recruiting your friends and co-workers to our effort and a little help from Moore’s Law, we did it in five.

The best known ruler is 27/3-12-26-25-29-2-9-36-10-68-1-4-17-53-35-8-16-28-6-14-13-71-18-19-23-7 (length 553). Represented the other way, this is marks at positions 0 3 15 41 66 95 97 106 142 152 220 221 225 242 295 330 338 354 382 388 402 415 486 504 523 546 553.

In total, we verified 302,621,586 unique stubs (2,526 with 3-diffs, 179,120 with 4-diffs, 6,457,815 with 5-diffs and 295,982,125 with 6-diffs), requiring each to have been completed at least two times independently and with an identical node count. Additionally, due to a client implementation bug in some early clients, we required all stubs to have been verified at least once by a client greater than v2.9109.518. This delayed us by a few weeks towards the end of the project but was necessary to ensure that no work was skipped.

The shortest ruler was sent to us 11 times, with one user completing it twice. I will be writing to this user directly for some help picking lottery numbers!

dnetc-ogr27-shortest

We will be sending some distributed.net swag to the lucky winners and hope that you will join us as we move on to our next challenge!

Moo! 

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