[RC5] When RC5 will be finished...

Bruce Wilson bwilson at distributed.net
Sat Nov 3 07:20:20 EST 2001


I'd be interested in seeing your specifics.  We've had reports of lost
data before, but not on such a low percentage as what you describe.
(Most people are complaining that 25% is missing).  These problems
usually turn out to be a particular machine doing a lot of randoms, or a
niggling little bug in the team join code, where not all work was
assigned to the team.  It's easy to fix, I just need to know your
specifics to check out your record.  E-mail me privately, if you prefer.

Bruce Wilson <bwilson at distributed.net>
PGP KeyID: 5430B995, http://www.toomuchblue.com/ 
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-----Original Message-----
From: owner-rc5 at lists.distributed.net
[mailto:owner-rc5 at lists.distributed.net] On Behalf Of Jonathan Smith
Sent: Friday, November 02, 2001 13:07
To: 'rc5 at lists.distributed.net'
Subject: RE: RE: [RC5] When RC5 will be finished...

I know that the blocks are not suppose to be reissued inside 90 days,
and frequently they go far longer than that, but I keep seeing a
shortfall between the number of blocks I work and the number I get
credited.  I been tracking the number of key blocks that get handed into
my pproxy as well as the number that I get credited with in the rc5
stats pages, for myself and 3 friends who also use that pproxy.  
While there are day to day fluctuations based on exactly when various
proxies flush their last blocks of the day to the master key server,
over the last 14 months, 1.5% off all the blocks we have turned in to
the pproxy never got credited by distributed.net.  I know some of those
would be due to colliding with random generated blocks people have
submitted but 1.5% seems a very high loss rate.  In terms of actual
numbers of blocks lost, I personally have a 47022 block discrepancy and
combined we have a 67697 block difference between what that pproxy saw
and what we got credited.
I started tracking this after a discussion last June about block numbers
not matching up.  The consensus them seemed to be that it was just short
term fluctuations, but I've tracked a consistent loss since July 1,
        - Jonathan Smith 
-----Original Message----- 
From: paulo ribeiro [mailto:prc.ribeiro at mail.pt] 
Sent: Friday, November 02, 2001 9:42 AM 
To: rc5 at lists.distributed.net 
Subject: Re: RE: [RC5] When RC5 will be finished... 

> least have a better control? Maybe you need to have a list of who has 
> units and verify what happen with the work units if long time no see. 
as far as i know, the key blocks are only re-issued if they aren't
within 90 days! this means that your old p120 can take up to 90 days
it finishes a block - you won't be wasting any cpu cycles! 
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