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.

2012/05/04

Finishing up RC5-72 recycling

Filed under: project status — Tags: @ 15:23 UTC

Although Earth Day was a couple of weeks ago, we’ve been diligently “recycling” RC5-72 blocks (ie: re-distributing previously issued but unreturned work assignments) since last November.  We realize that distributing these old blocks has been inconvenient for some of our users because the fragments are much smaller, causing more network and slightly lower keyrates, and we have appreciated everyone’s patience and understanding.  Fortunately, we are very close to resuming work on fresh RC5-72 subspaces and will be able to send out larger, unfragmented blocks within the next day or so!

Keep on crunching! ]:8)

2012/04/07

OGR-27 50% completion

Filed under: project status @ 23:09 UTC

Dear friends,

After three years of effort, we have passed the half-way stage of this ground-breaking project. We thank you for your continued participation.

Moo!

2012/01/27

New v2.9110.519 clients released

Filed under: clients @ 07:19 UTC

The following clients have been promoted to the list of officially released clients:

  • Solaris/SunOS [x86]     v2.9110.519
  • OpenBSD [x86/ELF]     v2.9110.519
  • OpenBSD [AMD64/ELF]     v2.9110.519
  • FreeBSD [8.x/x86]     v2.9110.519
  • FreeBSD [7.x/x86/ELF]     v2.9110.519
  • FreeBSD [6.x/x86/ELF]     v2.9110.519
  • Linux [AMD64/Stream]     v2.9110.519
  • Linux [CellBE]     v2.9110.519
  • Linux [ARM/eabi]     v2.9110.519
  • Linux [x86/ELF/uclibc]     v2.9110.519
  • Linux [AMD64/ELF]     v2.9110.519b
  • Windows 64bit [AMD64]     v2.9110.519b
  • Windows 32bit [x86/Zipped]     v2.9110.519b
  • Windows 32bit [x86/CUDA-3.1]     v2.9110.519b

They can be downloaded from http://www.distributed.net/Download_clients

The list of functional changes is at http://http.distributed.net/pub/dcti/current-client/CHANGES.txt

2012/01/26

[resolved] statsbox maintenance

Filed under: stats @ 04:30 UTC

We’ve taken statsbox temporarily offline for some minor system updates.  It should be back online before the next statsrun.  As usual, there will be no impact to stats or our proxy network during this downtime.

UPDATE: It is back online now and no problems were encountered during the maintenance.

2012/01/25

[resolved] Unplanned webserver outage

Filed under: Uncategorized @ 02:45 UTC

We have just recovered from some unplanned outage of our main webserver that hosts www.distributed.net, blogs.distributed.net, bugs.distributed.net, and some of our other web interfaces. During this time our stats server and our keyserver network remained available and uninterrupted. We’re still investigating the cause, but we hope to minimize the impact of such problems in the future.

2011/12/09

[resolved] stats offline

Filed under: stats @ 00:16 UTC

edit: stats now back up, thanks for your patience!

Stats is currently down due to technical difficulties – engineers are working to bring the system back online as soon as possible.

As always, no work will be lost while the site is down – all submitted blocks will be credited as normal.

Moo!

2011/11/27

Project status for November 2011

Filed under: project status — Tags: @ 18:26 UTC

This past week we passed two nice milestones for our current projects:
On November 21, 2011 we passed 2% completion of RC5-72. We also recently passed 1000 days of OGR-27 since starting it in February 24, 2009.

Long time participant Andrew Hime posted a nice summary of the milestone statistics to our mailing list, so I’ll avoid repeating further details and just link to his post:
http://lists.distributed.net/pipermail/rc5/2011-November/042080.html

Today we also started recycling some of the old RC5-72 subspaces. This means that we’ll be sending out blocks that had initially been distributed as long ago as 2002 but had never been fully completed by any client. Since these subspaces are already mostly complete (generally about 85% to 95% finished), we’ll be able to move through these subspaces pretty quickly. Once we finish this pass of the uncompleted blocks, we’ll resume distribution of blocks from fresh subspaces again.

As always, thanks for your participation and support! ]:8)

2011/10/17

[resolved] Stats website down temporarily

Filed under: stats @ 04:16 UTC

The statsbox is offline at the moment.  We’re hoping to get it back online tomorrow.  As always, no credit will be lost while it is inaccessible.  We’ll update this post with more details later.  Thanks! ]:8)

UPDATE: stats is back online and caught up.  Thanks for your patience!

2011/06/07

Happy IPv6 day

Filed under: Uncategorized @ 23:52 UTC

distributed.net is one of the many websites participating in the International IPv6 day. On June 8 2011 starting at 00:00 UTC, we will have AAAA records listed in our DNS for www.distributed.net. Stats and our keyservers will not be affected during this event. For most people you should have no problems continuing to access our website. For further details, check out http://www.worldipv6day.org/

2011/04/11

OGR-27 client issues

Filed under: clients,project status @ 15:12 UTC

Dear friends,

We are pleased to announce that we have recently identified and fixed some bugs in our OGR client codebase. One of them causes the client to skip part of a packet in very rare cases. It can happen only in OGR-27 and above, so previous projects were not affected. Fixes are included in our updated client, v2.9109.518.

Due to the severity of this bug, we decided to change the rules for stub verification. Now not only two returned results must have the same node count, but also at least one of the results must be returned by a fixed (.518) client. Thus we will be sure that no rulers were skipped. Since we have not started the second pass of OGR-27.4 yet, this is an ideal time to introduce a validation change like this.

We’re asking you to update all of your systems to the fixed client, v2.9109.518, as soon as possible. Results sent from older clients will still be accepted and counted in stats. Updating to the latest client will help us to complete the project faster.

The updated client also recognizes the new Intel Core i3 and AMD Phenom processors, which are becoming increasingly popular among budget-conscious consumers.

You can download the updated client for all major platforms at: http://www.distributed.net/Download_clients.

We thank you for your continued participation in this ground-breaking project.

Moo!

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