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SETI @ home (classic)

Overclockers - Network distributed computing team began with the SETI @ home project. The founders of the OCN team originally came from members of the Overclocking, Cases, and Cooling forum at Hardware Central. The client was used as a benchmark application (as in "my rig can stomp your rig") and also served to prevent CPU's from returning to idle state and thus freezing when using TEC assisted cooling applications common in that day among the group. Some of the original founders of the Hardware Central team left after becoming disillusioned with the HWC forum leadership and OCN was born. The hard core of the Hardware Central SETI @ home team then left to join the OCN team. This team assumed a “pirate” pseudo-identity, due to the* comparatively “loose” rules by which the OCN forum was moderated, thus attracting the more active and outspoken members from other forums. OCN had much fun with this identity, often holding “boarding“ parties on other team forums when overtaking those teams in project standings. The team quickly rose through the ranks until several years later the core of the OCN team became disillusioned with the project after several major changes were made to the client, crippling the performance (ostensibly for the purpose of better science). In January, 2001, the team split into groups and tested several projects in preparation to move the team away from SETI @ home. Even when split, it was apparent that OCN had become a DC force to be reckoned with. The OCN team still has members who are actively participating in this project.

 

SETI Project Website:

http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/

 

SETI Classic Project Website

http://seticlassic.ssl.berkeley.edu/index.html

 

Team Name:

Overclockers-Network

 

Date Founded:

Late 1999 (Hardware Central SETI @ home Team)

Early 2000 (Overclockers - Network SETI @ home Team)

 

Project Status: SETI Classic is inactive

Team Status: Active (transferred to BOINC)

 

Milestones:

# 32 Club Teams Rank, achieved early 2001

# 55 All Teams Rank, achieved early 2001

 

Official Project Team Stats page:

http://seticlassic.ssl.berkeley.edu/stats/team/team_57947.html

 

Official Project Team Rankings:

http://seticlassic.ssl.berkeley.edu/team_list.html

 

Other Links:

SETI @ work: offline

Statsman: offline (sadly)

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Folding @ home

The first of the three major projects evaluated during this period was Folding @ home. Although initially attracting the largest number of participants, some team members struggled with the client which was not dial-up friendly. The inability to cache workunits ultimately doomed this project from consideration for the team. Later client/project changes led to the creation of an improved Folding @ home (also known as FAH2), but by this time the team had left for other projects. Statistics for the two clients have been merged. (Also, see the resurrected project listing below)

 

Project Website:

http://www.stanford.edu/group/pandegroup/folding/

 

Team Name:

Overclockers - Network

 

Date Founded:

January 2001

 

Project Status:

FAH phase I has ended; the project continues as FAH phase 2 (aka, Folding? @home)

 

Team Status:

Reactivated in January 2006

 

Milestones:

#9 overall team rank in FAH1, achieved in February 2001

 

Official Project Team Stats page:

http://vspx27.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/main ... eamnum=164

 

Official Project Team Rankings:

 

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Genome @ home

The second of the three major projects evaluated during this period was Genome @ home, closely related to Folding @ home. This client included a workaround to the cache issue, in that it would rework the same protein seed repeatedly until the client successfully connected to the project servers to return completed work and obtain a new protein. This difference was enough to attract the entire team away from Folding @ home following a challenge by the smaller GAH team to race the older and larger FAH team to be the first to reach a top 10 position in their respective projects. The GAH team won by mere hours. After this, the entire FAH team joined GAH. With significantly fewer members than OCN had on the SETI @ home team, the GAH team rose to #3, before losing a hard fought battle with the Genome Collective, and settling into and defending the #4 position for the remainder of the team?s participation in this project. The team eventually grew frustrated with the lack of responsiveness of the project administrators to the user group. Within a year of the OCN team leaving this project, GAH effectively ended. A GAH2 client was made available and the project was merged with FAH2. Statistics from GAH2 are combined with FAH stats.

 

 

Project Website:

http://www.stanford.edu/group/pandegroup/genome/

 

Team Name:

Overclockers - Network

 

Date Founded:

February 2001

 

Project Status: Project has ended

Team Status: Inactive

 

Milestones:

#3 overall team rank, July 2001

 

Official Project Team Stats page:

http://gah.stanford.edu/teams/Overclockers-Network.html

 

Official Project Team Rankings:

http://gah.stanford.edu/teamstats.html

 

Other Links:

Top 1000 users:

http://genomeathome.stanford.edu/userstats.html

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Distributed.net (RC5)

The third of the three major projects evaluated during this period was RC5-64.* This project was evaluated by a relatively small group, compared to the other two projects. This project was attractive because of the cash prize offered. However, since the project had no altruistic value, it ultimately was not well received by the team in general, and membership faded into the other two projects relatively quickly. This team was the first to use a name other than Overclockers – Network, and the inclusion of the pirate mascot in the name.

 

Project Website:

http://www.distributed.net/rc5/

 

Team Name:

OCN Pirates

 

Date Founded:

February 2001

 

Project Status: Project RC5-64 has completed (continues as RC5-72)

Team Status: Inactive

 

Milestones:

none to speak of

 

Official Project Team Stats page:

http://stats.distributed.net/team/tmemb ... team=23320

 

Official Project Team Rankings:

http://stats.distributed.net/team/tmsum ... =865184597

 

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Distributed Folding

This project was initially started by members of Overclockers - Network and The Genome Collective as an alternative to Genome @ home. The original team was named The Overclockers Collective (or something like that). After the team decided that the project was worthy, the decision was made to withdraw from the merged Overclockers Collective team and create one of our own. Early in Phase I, OCN was again a dominating force, achieving both a high team rank and a top individual rank (by Jodie). After stats were reset during a major client upgrade (Phase II), the growing popularity of the project combined with a dwindling OCN membership, Overclockers - Network was not able to regain a top position. This project eventually lost popularity with the team due to its high demand on system resources, and frequent user interventions which the project administrators did not effectively address. This project has since ended.

 

Project Website:

http://www.blueprint.org/proteinfolding ... tfold.html

 

Team Name:

Overclockers - Network

 

Date Founded:

Phase I: Overclockers Collective, March 2002... Overclockers - Network, May 2002

Phase II: July 2003

 

Project Status: DF project has ended.

Team Status: Inactive

 

Team Milestones:

Overclockers Collective, #7 overall team rank, April, 2003

Overclockers - Network - Can't remember exactly? seems to me we kicked ass in the early part of Phase I? I think a #3 team rank, correct me if I'm wrong.?

Jodie achieved a #1 individual rank

 

Official Project Team Stats page:

http://anteater.blueprint.org/teampages/team553.html

 

Official Project Team Rankings:

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Drug Design Optimization Lab

Fed up with the demanding client and poor project administration of DF, several members moved to D2OL. Early success of these few drew others to this worthy, but somewhat obscure project and another potential top ten team was born. By this time OCN had dwindled to a handfull of dedicated team members. Repetitive hardware issues at the project site in late 2005 caused frustration with the project and the now OCDistributed team again began shopping for a new project.

 

Project Website:

http://www.d2ol.com/

 

Team Name:

initially OCN Piratefleet, later changed to OCDistributed

 

Date Founded:

April 2004

 

Project Status: Active

Team Status: Active

 

Team Milestones:

#8 overall team rank as of January 2006

 

Official Project Team Stats page:

http://app.d2ol.com/memberServices/team ... sp?id=6791

 

Official Project Team Rankings:

http://app.d2ol.com/stats/topTeams.jsp

 

Other Links:

Official Phase I Final Stats:

http://app.d2ol.com/stats/hof/hof.htm

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BOINC Projects

In late 2005, interest had been resurrected in the original OCN SETI team and several other BOINC managed projects (Einstein @home and Climate Prediction being the second and third projects added, soon followed by the rest). The team agreed in principle to focus on BIONC managed projects at least in part due to the unified project manager and the sheer variety of possible projects.

 

During this period, OCDistributed registered teams with the following BOINC projects:

SETI @home (BOINC) - originally founded in 1999

Einstein @home - founded Mar 2005

Climate Prediction - founded Jan 2006

PrimeGrid - founded Jan 2006

Rosetta @home - founded Feb 2006

SZTAKI Desktop Grid - founded Feb 2006

BBC Climate Prediction - founded Mar 2006

SIMAP - founded Mar 2006

Predictor @ home - founded Jun 2006

QMC @home - founded Jun 2006

LHC @home - founded Jun 2006

HashClash - founded Jun 2006

World Community Grid - Fight AIDS (BOINC) - founded Jun 2006

Riesel-Sieve (BOINC) - founded Aug 2006

Leiden Classic - founded Oct 2006

CPDN Seasonal Attribution Project - founded Oct 2006

ABC @home - founded May 2007

The Lattice Project - founded August 2008

Rectilinear Crossing Numbers - founded August 2008

Sudoku - founded August 2008

MilkyWay@Home - founded August 2008

Spinhenge@Home - founded August 2008

Cosmology@Home - founded August 2008

malariacontrol.net - founded August 2008

YoYo@Home - founded August 2008

uFluids@Home - founded August 2008

Poem@Home - founded September 2008

Pirates@Home - founded September 2008

and many, many more...

 

Project Website:

http://boinc.berkeley.edu/

 

Team Name: OCDistributed

Date Founded: Fall 2005

 

Team Name: The Pirate Fleet

Date Changed: June 2008

 

Project Status: Active

Team Status: Active

 

Team Milestones:

Project Credits

Project Rankings

 

 

Official Project Team Stats page:

(Refer to the TPF project forums)

 

Official Project Team Rankings:

(Refer to the TPF project forums)

 

Other Links:

Overclockers Distributed on BOINCSTATS

The Pirate Fleet on BOINCSTATS

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Folding @ home

The original OCN team had rolled over to FAH phase 2 but had remained inactive until resurrected by Coach in January 2006.? During this time the FAH project has become one of the largest DC projects in existence, and repeatedly lays claims to the largest DC computer network in existence.

 

Project Website:

http://www.stanford.edu/group/pandegroup/folding/

 

Team Name:

Overclockers - Network

 

Date Founded:

originally January 2001, resurrected in January 2006.

 

Project Status: Active

Team Status: Active

 

Milestones:

#9 overall team rank in FAH1, achieved in February 2001

 

Official Project Team Stats page:

http://vspx27.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/main ... eamnum=164

 

Official Project Team Rankings:

 

Other Links:

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DIMES

OCD joined this project in order to present as a well rounded team in the DC Vault competition. This project enabled OCD to register a project in the ?miscellaneous? category. DIMES is a rather unique project in that it is not computational. The DIMES client randomly surfs the web for purposes of mapping the internet. Since it not CPU dependent, it is complementary to most other projects. However, a high speed internet connection is strongly recommended.

 

Project Website:

http://www.netdimes.org/index.html

 

Team Name:

OCDistributed

 

Date Founded:

February 2006

 

Project Status: Active

Team Status: Active

 

Team Milestones:

#41 in Team Rank (Fall 2006)

 

Official Project Team Stats page:

http://www.netdimes.org/data.php?team=793

 

Official Project Team Rankings:

http://www.netdimes.org/data.php

 

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Nuclear Mangos OCD

A home grown project developed by kimpossible.

 

Project Website:

 

Team Name:

OCDistributed

 

Date Founded:

March 2006

 

Project Status: Closed

Team Status: Closed

 

Team Milestones:

We finished FIRST in the ENTIRE WORLD !!!

 

Official Project Team Stats page:

 

 

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nice and very accurate history!

 

I'm still crunching D2OL, mostly because I have been out of the DC mainstream for a few years.

 

It's dial-up friendly so I just haven't bothered to change.

 

Currently I'm using a dual-core 805 @ 3GHz - and connect via 33-38k dialup.

 

Which project would be suitable and helpful?

 

I have most of the parts for a quad Opteron - but I never finished putting it together.

 

Oh yeah, and I have the old Beeks monster.? Dual 800MHz P3 Xeon engineering samples ;)

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I have been crunching United Devices Cancer Research Project-Ligandfit.

 

My son was diagnosed with leukemia in October so anything cancer related held a special appeal for me.

 

I currently only have two machines running it, an AMD 4400+ and Intel P4 3.4. The project is not dual core friendly as it only executes on one core. I recently upgraded to satellite internet access so I'm no longer bound by the dialup restrictions I labored under for so long.

 

I'll browse the currently available project list and see if anything else has any appeal.

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We all wish your son well TheDude. I've not run United Devices Cancer Research Project-Ligandfit but if you have linkage I'll have a look at moving a machine over to it. My Sister-In-Law was also diagnosed with Leukemia in October. (CLL I believe)

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sorry to hear about your son, thedude... medical science is making huge progress in lukemia treatments (especially childhood lukemia)... hope your son can benefit...

 

I can throw a machine on this one as well... is there already a team set up, or do we need to start one???

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Guys, thank you for the offers. Honestly, I don't think I care much for this project. I was never hot on the idea of someone else making money on my dime, but the final straw was when the client lacked the ability to take advantage of multi-cored processors.

 

Now that I'm no longer stuck on dialup my options are much broader. I'll likely be switching to whatever project OCD seems to have the best chance of competing at.

 

Also, my kiddo is doing great. Most people don't even realize he's sick...He's being treated at MD Anderson in Houston, they're top notch when it comes to cancer.

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