[RC5] Die SETI die !

Attila Csipa bear at tippnet.co.yu
Thu Jul 22 00:13:33 EDT 1999

On Sun, 18 Jul 1999 23:05:25 +0100
Matthew Toseland <Matthew.Toseland at btinternet.com> wrote:

> Visit their stats Totals page and do the math... <groan> EIGHTEEN
> TERAFLOPS (sorry for shouting, and it's just an order-of-magnitude thing,
> assuming 200MFlop/CPU) !  I'm pulling in my other recently-disemboweled machine
> Total CPU time
>                    263728038 hr 04 min 27.9 sec 
>                    (30105.94 years)

CPU time is actually a lousy power meter. It can show how devoted people
are to the given project, but not the power, since a 386SX/16
contributes the same amount of time as an 500MHz Alpha, but the Alpha
crunches a few orders of magnitude more data than the 386. The same
applies for low priority operation of the seti client. I had 33 hours of
CPU time reported on a PII/300 with only 1% of the WU done. >850K users
however seem pretty impressive.

Attila Csipa
Team Prometheus coordinator
Distributed.net regional representative for Yugoslavia

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