[RC5] Golomb Rulers (was "sexy" projects)

Greg Hewgill gregh at lightspeed.net
Mon Mar 2 21:17:26 EST 1998

Roy Wilson wrote:
> The effort is based on AOL, what can you expect?  The clients are
>nice, but in comparison to the d.net setup, they're stone-age crude.

I'm sure I won't be the first to point this out, but this is an unfair
generalization. Mark Garry (the OGR-21 coordinator) has done a fantastic
job of writing most of the gvant and garsp client code, coordinating the
efforts of the 100 or so current contributors, generating statistics every
couple of days, and doing whatever else he does to make it all work. His
choice of internet service provider is irrelevant.

Now, it is true that the Golomb ruler search clients are not as "pretty" as
the distributed.net encryption cracking clients, but distributed.net is an
exception here. Few real-world scientific research programs have a nice GUI
with configuration dialogs, networking support, proxy networks, clients
that "moo", daily graphical statistics, and so on. For example, here is one
of the input files for the ECCp-97 challenge client

22039969536483618990036551108 84893153137031737415457908143
66183748437510426066104393404 87647945286392487721455762869
69168108814823039088963899530 75003856206898414515681588022

Your statement does reinforce the point that distributed.net must wrap
real-world problem solving code in a nice, friendly, graphical package in
order to reach the widest audience. That's the only way we can hope to
harness the immense amount of idle computing power out there.
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