distibuted.net [ADMIN]

Adam L. Beberg (beberg@distributed.net)
Tue, 24 Jun 1997 02:57:25 -0500 (CDT)

First I hope our official statement earlier clarified a few things.

>From the beginning it has been my goal to make distributed.net a very
general source of coordination and information on distributed processing.
Even when I designed the v2 clients I made sure to keep them highly modular.
We could probably turn the v2 client into a GIMPS client in a couple of days
and have a proxy network up for it as well, but one project at a time (for

I will be setting up several mailing lists on distributed.net for the
general discussion of distributed projects, theory, and software. Look for
them in the next week. I'll also be starting work on the main
www.distributed.net site, so if you have links, sites, suggestions, mail me
directly, all your help will be welcome and appreciated.

I cannot thank the porting team enough for all the hard work we've put in
and the very long nights (I _will_ get to sleep soon right?) trying to get
the clients out in a stable and well tested form. The performance gains in
most cases are very impressive, 50% on several platforms. And of course
Bovine (Jeff) for rescuing RC5 from the clutches of death at the hands of
genx in the first place. Many of us our pushing ourselves very hard, as my
doctor informed me today.

I also want to make it clear that everyone is welcome and wanted here at
distributed.net - every little bit helps. For those who need source to run
at their site, we will continue to support v1 clients. I would love to be
able to distributed the v2 source freely I'm rather proud of it, but spoof
attacks, and badly coded proxies have already caused us problems. The 'core'
rc5 code will be going out to anyone who wants it so that we can get faster
and faster clients, but this will not be put into the main code until it has
been very well tested. Our efforts to restrict the code are to protect
everyone from someone with too much free time jeopardizing the entire

- search.cgi will be case insensitive as soon as I get the chance to worry
about it.
- Allow about 3 hours for blocks from a new host/email to trickle up the
proxy network.

here's what the new clients look like... this is on a P100 with medium load
(the webserver) it benchmarks at about 103Kkeys/sec


RC5 v2.000 client - a project of distributed.net
Copyright distributed.net 1997
Visit http://www.distributed.net/ for more information

[06/23/97 10:51:41 GMT] Block: 00373E9F:50000000 being processed
[06/23/97 11:36:19 GMT] Completed block 00373E9F:50000000 (268435456 keys)
2677.381 seconds. [100260.46 keys/sec]
The proxy says: "Bovine Proxy KeyServer (Build 2039)"
[06/23/97 11:36:22 GMT] Sent 1 block(s) to server
[06/23/97 11:36:22 GMT] Shutdown - 1 blocks completed

- Adam L. Beberg
distributed.net coordinator