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Distributed computing is the solving of a large problem by giving small parts (through the internet)of the problem to many personal computers to solve. The solutions the CPU's make are brought back together (through the internet) into a solution for the large problem. Recent distributed computing projects have been designed to use the computers of hundreds of thousands of volunteers all over the world, via the Internet, to look for extra-terrestrial radio signals, to look for prime numbers so large that they have more than ten million digits,
and to find more effective drugs to fight the AIDS virus. These projects are so large, and require so much computing power to solve, that they would be impossible for any one computer or person to solve in a reasonable amount of time.
This site is designed for the people, with personal computers, who are interested in learning about, and participating in, public,
Internet-based distributed computing projects.
FYI: "Distributed Computing" will often be referred to as "DC" in this site
Note:This site does not cover P2P projects, private distributed computing projects, or projects that
research different methods of distributed computing.
March 21, 2003
5 New Projects:
Operation Project X
Operation Project X is a distributed effort to solve the Xbox Linux Project, a challenge to crack the 2048-bit RSA private encryption key Microsoft uses to sign Xbox media.
The Riesel Problem
Help The Riesel Problem project prove that k=509203 is the smallest Riesel Number
Open Mind WordExpert
Help teach computers how to interpret English words with multiple meanings in the context of sentences.
Open Mind 1001
Help teach computers about every-day things.
Help teach computers to recognize handwriting.