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 Distributed.net Stats Server Down Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

RC5 stats have not been updating because their server had a critical drive failure. Their Dell server is named "Blower", you can read all the gory details here.

The good news? They are considering an upgrade to a dual Opteron box. Dell does not make boxes with AMD chips.


 Google text ad added to the site Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

I've added a google ad to the right column of the site. It's down at the bottom. Right now it's just a test, I'll see how it goes.

--Scott


 Distributed Computing Updates Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

Lifemapper - On February 26th, LifeMapper.org introduced a command line client for Mac OS and Linux. Prior to this the project was Windows only. They also introduced CLI for Windows. Lifemapper is considering a move to BOINC, but there appears to be opposition to it on their forums. Apparently, this client only works with 10.2.x. I have not been able to get it to run under 10.3.x

Climate Prediction - ClimatePrediction.net indicates it has definite plans to move to BOINC. A recent news item indicates they have "alpha" clients partially running on Mac OS and Linux. Their move to BOINC is expected, shortly after the public release of SETI on BOINC.

BOINC (Berkely Open Infrastruction for Network Computing) is a framework that multiple projects can utilize for distributed computing. It is still in beta development. Currently there are still significant bug issues with the Windows GUI client and with the backend stats. Once these are corrected, there is a good chance that SETI will be released on BOINC, however that could be anywhere from several weeks to several months, depending on the developers progress.


 ATTN AMD Athlon users Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

If you are crunching with an AMD Athlon XP or newer processor, I highly recommend you get the latest client, add -forceSSE to your switches, and delete the FAH_Core78. The crashing problems appears to have been fixed, so it is now safe to run with SSE on. This gives a bit of a speed boost.
Enjoy.


 The Race! Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

Starting January 18th, and lasting for two weeks, five subgroups of Team MacNN will battle it out in a fierce competition. The winners will be those who belong to the group that completes the most points in Folding@Home. The losers: everyone else.

Everyone is highly encouraged to participate, especially with Overclockers Club, Littlewhitedog and MacAddict4Life all so close to being overrun by our production. With a little more power, we could easily be in the top 30 Folding@Home teams.

The teams and captains are:


To join, just click on one of the above links and post with your Folding@Home username. So join now! There is absolutely no time commitment. Just post your username, and fold away! But, since we all know winning is the most important part of any competition, be sure to get everyone you know to join your group. And if they aren't already part of the most respected distributed computing team, be sure to get them to join Team MacNN, too.

Here is the official race thread for posting all questions and comments. Good luck!


 Shameless Abuse -- Dark Angel Archive launches Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

Sure it has nothing to do with Team MacNN, but I wanted to post some news, and I'd love to get some visitors to the site.
Over the last few weeks I've been around a bit less. I'd been working on a new project, a website for the tv show Dark Angel. While I had little to do with the design and content, it sure feels good to have it up. If you were interested in the TV show (now canceled), or might like to be, come on over and check us out at http://www.darkangelarchive.com.

--Scott


 Pictures Update Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

We have given the Pictures Page a long-overdue update to the server-pics section.


 Top 40, Next Stop Top 30 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

Two more have gone down, we are back in the Top 40. Project Tweakers (#41) and ForumOC (#40) have found better places in life. Overclockers Club (#38) is planning a fight for their spot, with rumored major power coming online soon. We'll see. In the meantime, some of their people have stopped by to chat. Please be nice, they have PCs and do not know any better.

Team PimpRig (#37) has not seen us coming yet. So many surprises in life sneak up on you... MacAddict (#36) has noticed us, but they are safe for a while. Their production is not much less than ours, it will be weeks before the hatchet falls.


 We need D2OL Ranks Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

#8 is ours, at least for a short while. China SARS (#9) has been dealt with, but Team Storagereview (#10) will be here in about 10 days. In fact, they are looking forward to meeting us.

Their forum hangout can be found here where they have a perpetual thread.


 Crunching the Keys Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 

Ars Beef Roast (#38) has been cooked up properly, along with the Portuguese (#37). Next up may be Curtin University (#34) which is suffering from the holiday break. A few teams behind us are crunching too quickly for comfort, but the fabled G5 core should arrive in time to save the day.

Temptingly close is the Czech Team (#35) which we could have with just a 5% power increase. Then there is the Japanese Ham Radio (#33) people, that same power increase could make them tune in to our channel.


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