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      Linux@Home Distributed.net RC5 Team

     

    In an effort to use the full power of Linux/BSD/Unix/Windows gateways we have started a Distributed.net Team. For those of you who don't know what Distributed.net is then please visit www.distributed.net, basically it uses the power of remote CPU's on client machines to work through a number of projects (it uses any available free CPU time, and automatically adjusts itself so that your computer is always at 100% work load without affecting your machines usability, to calculate large problems), then it sends the results of the work back to the main server for storage.

    Since gateway machines don't really do that much work (i.e. 99& idle) your machines CPU power can be put to good use, if you would like to join our Linux@Home Team then you can download the client program for just about any OS here, once you have it installed then sign-up (in the client program) and then visit this page to join our team. (Prizes are available to those teams/individuals who manage to crack the project, see Distributed.net's site for more information.)

    This project was started along side AusForum's Cure for Cancer team (unfortunately no Linux client software was available for their project as it was coded in FORTRAN which can't be ported to Linux GCC compilers), if you would like to join this team (AFT requires Windows OS) then please download the software here, and then you can join the team here (I recommend this as a worth while cause if your running a Win9x/Me/NT/2k machine). Also if you would rather join our Folding@Home team then you can click here.

     

      Information

    This information is provided to help you setup up your own client and also if you would like to join the Linux@Home Team all the information that you will require is here.

    LATEST NEWS

    "RC5-72 Clients Available! The RC5-72 project is now officially up and running, as of 03-Dec-2002! You will need to download a new client in order to participate. Our FAQ-O-matic has been updated with the beginnings of a new RC5-72 section."

    INFORMATION

    If you would like detail information on how Distributed.net works or the project that is runs then I recommend visiting the website, our Team is mainly interested in the RC5 project but to quality for the prizes we must run all projects. Information about the RC5 project is available here: http://www.distributed.net/rc5/

    RC5-56: 'The unknown message is: It's time to move to a longer key length'
    RC5-64: 'The unknown message is: Some things are better left unread'
    RC5-72: ???

    THE PRIZE

    "RSA Labs is offering a US$10,000 prize to the group that wins this contest. The distribution of the cash will be as follows:

    • $1000 to the winner
    • $1000 to the winner's team - this would go to the winner if he wasn't affiliated with a team
    • $6000 to a non-profit organization, decided by vote
    • $2000 to distributed.net for building the network and supplying the code."

    DOWNLOAD CLIENT

    The first thing you will need to do, after reading the information, is to download the client program for your particular OS, Distributed.net has a large and impressive list of supported, including: Linux/Unix/SunOS/OpenBSD/NetBSD/FreeBSD/MaxOSX/Win9x/WinMe/WinNT/Win2k and many more. To download your client program just visit this link: http://www.distributed.net/download/

    SETUP INSTRUCTIONS

    Once you have downloaded your client program you will need to install it on your machine, for Windows this is rather straight forward so I will only provide information for Nix users. Once you have the tarball downloaded (e.g. Linux i386) then you must extract the files, firstly create a directory where you would like to store the program (probably in your home directory), e.g. mkdir dnet (/home/mayhem/dnet/ was then created). Once you have done this then extract the files by typing tar xzvf dnetc-linux-x86-elf.tar.gz, this will place them all in the current directory.

    Now to run the client program just type ./dnetc, the first time your run the program it will ask you to setup your information. The first thing you want to do is setup (in option 1) your ID which should be your e-mail address, then (in option 2, then 9) you want to change the order of preference to RC5-72,DES=0,CSC=0,ORG=0 (basically this will turn of all other projects and just do RC5) so that you have the same as the rest of the team (if you want to do an individual effort then you can change this to what you want or even leave it), then save your settings and your done. When you run the client program the next time it should connect to the server and download your first files and start crunching away.

    You will notice that your machines load (found by typing uptime) will eventually go to 1.00 1.00 1.00 as the program is using every available CPU cycle to do its work. The only real step left is to add this program to your startup scripts (if you would like it to automatically start when your machine boots), to do this your want to run the program with the quiet/hide option which doesn't output anything to the screen and runs as a background process, this is done by typing ./dnetc -quiet or ./dnetc -hide.

    The best was of running it at startup is putting the following lines of code in your /etc/rc.d/rc.local script:

    # Run the Distributed.net client
    /path/to/dnetc -quiet

    JOIN THE LINUX@HOME TEAM

    If you would like to show support for Linux@Home and help out by joining our team then please feel free to visit this link: http://stats.distributed.net/pjointeam.php3?team=25204, you will need your member ID (your e-mail address) and your password (this is found by visiting the statistics page and requesting your password), once you have joined the team your efforts will be added to the crew's and other members of the team and hopefully should build up quickly to make us a force to be competed against).

    Just think now all that unused potential of your Linux machine is now going to a good cause. Thanks for supporting us.

    CHECKING STATS

    When you want to check your stats or the whole teams stats you will need to visit this page http://stats.distributed.net/projects.php?project_id=8 (The old RC5-64 stats are available here: www.distributed.net/rc-64/ or directly here for our team). If you want to check your own personal stats (i.e. if your not a team member) then enter your e-mail address in the the Participant Stats search box and hit search, similarly you do the same for the Team Stats but you will need to enter our team number which is: 25204, or alternatively you can just click on this link here.

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