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the Internet Movie Project The Internet Movie Project will create computer-generated movies. Anyone who can run the free POV-Ray ray-tracing program can join this project.
Casino 21 Casino 21 will simulate Earth's climate 50 years from now. This will be a heavy-duty distributed project in which each client will take over a year to run! The clients won't be ready for at least 6-12 months, but register now if you are interested in participating.
centrata Centrata is a startup company that will create for-pay distributed computing projects.
XtremWeb XtremWeb is creating a distributed computing infrastructure to process many different kinds of projects. It plans to demonstrate the infrastructure with the Auger project, which will simulate "air showers," phenomena caused by cosmic rays entering Earth's atmosphere.

November 22, 2000: A Linux client is now available for download (look for the Download Now button on the main index page). A Windows client should be available soon. Note that this client is only a prototype client and does not have some major features like checkpointing (occasional saving of a work unit in progress) and automatic upgrade of the client. A more fully-featured client should be available in late December or early January. The XtremWeb project will also make available server and LAN administration software so that anyone can create a private or public XtremWeb-based project. The first project based on XtremWeb is a performance tool which measures performance parameters of a global computing environment. This performance data is needed before projects like Auger can be run. Auger will be the second project.

The XtremWeb project coordinators stress that the XtremWeb site is intended to support other people who wish to use the XtremWeb software for their own distributed computing projects: it is not intended to host XtremWeb-based applications itself.

op3nCOLA op3nCOLA is creating the first collaborative distributed computing infrastructure to spider/index web pages on the Internet. Each client can also be a server (like Napster), and can coordinate with other clients to spider certain areas of the Web or to share certain search techniques.

op3nCOLA is also creating the first open-source cola (as in soft drink).

The op3nCOLA developer's client, alpha version 0.1, is available as of October 25. Here are some white papers about it:
Encapsulating Effort and Distributing Labor: Why openCOLA
Solving the Slushpile With openCOLA

evolutionary-research evolutionary-research will create a grand-challenge computation research program called evolution-at-home to study evolution. The project will work in a way similar to the SETI@home project. If you are interested, please register so the project coordinators can get a good estimate of the resources users are willing to dedicate to the project.

The project is not expected to start until mid-2001, but you can see the progress of code development for it.

The site is also available in German. will be the first project to create distributed supercomputing applications. Current applications solve problems that are very easy to parallelize and which have small amounts of data to transfer between the server and the client. will solve large problems that don't easily split into smaller problems. It will require participants to have fast Internet connections (like ADSL or cable), and to have 1 gigabyte or more of free disk space.
  The GriPhyN Project will implement the first petabyte-scale computational environment for data- intensive science in the 21st century. The environment is called a Petascale Virtual Data Grid (PVDG). This project may or may not be open to public participation.
  Ubero Übero will have a Java-based client that will allow you to participate in for-pay projects similar to other current and upcoming for-pay projects. You can join their mailing list to be notified when the client is available.
NANO@Home is currently in the concept stage, but will hopefully be implemented in the next few years. The proposal outlines a project which would use distributed computing to solve problems in the field of nanotechnology, specifically to derive nanoscale equivalents of real-world parts like bolts, screws, vavles, wheels, hinges, etc., contributing to a Nano-widget Library of devices from which more complex nanoscale machines could be designed.

If you are interested in contributing to the design and implementation of this project, please review the proposal and contact Robert Bradbury.