[RC5] Length of contests

Adrian Neill digitaltoaster at sympatico.ca
Tue Oct 1 13:34:02 EDT 2002

Yep your correct this doesn't apply to dnet at all because the equipment 
upgrades itself automatically at no cost to the project budget.
Every bit of computation done between now and the time when it would take 
less than 18 months to complete makes the project end in 18months - X 
percent completed. Since there is no cost other than the web hosting 
(afaik) all projects using the dnet model should be started as soon as 
technically possible.
Dnet Keyrates increase on a curve because people upgrade their processors.

And hurry up with rc5-72 already my bedroom is getting cold, and winter is 
coming! :-)

oh... and removing stats pisses people off, so whoever does that.. don't.. 
your going to lose the people who get off on the competitive part of  your 
projects. The Apollo project was a "who's got the biggest dick contest" and 
it got the USA to the moon first. So whip it out boys, lets get our rc5-72 
on and see who's the real "man" around here.

Adrian Neill
A proud Canadian

At 05:15 PM 10/1/2002 +0100, you wrote:
>While this may not apply to dnet since we use otherwise unused resources, I
>am sure I remember reading a research paper that suggested any
>computationally intensive program taking more than time T (18 months (?))
>with a given budget X was better left until the technology advanced to the
>point that X would buy enough processing power to complete in time T.
>Better in this context means completing the calculation earlier.

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