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Gómez, Inc. Evaluate the performance of large websites to find bottlenecks with Gómez's distributed PEER client and its first project, peerReview. Some users will be paid up to $45(US) per month for their contributions. The project also began a "Last Mile" Monitoring project in November, 2003. The latest newsletter was published in November, 2003.

Note: peerReview does its work when a network connection is present. Modem users will notice that the client is not active while they are offline. A work unit is completed in 15 minutes, so it is possible for modem users to contribute useful work. The client supports some firewalls; it does not support users behind proxy servers.

Version 5.0 of the PEER client is available as of November 22, 2003 for Windows. The client allows you to configure how much work your system contributes. PEER users' clients will update automatically (or you can download the client software).

Note to previous users: to upgrade to the latest version of the software, remove your old client from your system, then download the new version and install it:

Note to Win98SE users: in version v5.0, Build 900, of the client, the most recent version, JAVA.EXE appears to saturate the CPU. Gómez has been notified of the problem.

ongoing paid project

Windows 32

CycleTraders combines distributed computing with Peer-to-Peer computing concepts. Using the free CycleTraders client you can measure the response time of other users' websites while they measure the response time of yours.

Version 1.2 of the client for Windows and Linux is currently available.

ongoing Windows 32
Grub, owned by LookSmart, is "an open-source distributed Internet crawler." The client "crawls" websites to see which sites have changed their content, and updates a master search index in real-time. will create and maintain the most comprehensive and up-to-date search index of the Internet ever, and will provide update feeds of crawled sites to the public for free and to commercial search engines.

Version 1.5.3 of the client is available for Windows as of August 29, 2003. Version 1.0.5 is available for Linux as of January 28, 2003. Bug fixes and news features for each version are described in the ChangeLog.

Join a discussion forum about this project.

ongoing Windows 32
Capacity Calibration tests and monitors website performance in real-time with controlled capacity loads. Participants are paid $0.30(US) per hour of work. Payments are made via PayPal: users are paid when their earnings total $1(US) or more.

Participants must have a full-time, high-speed Internet connection and must run the CapCal Java client application at least 10 hours per day or 70 hours per week. Under Windows 98 and Windows ME, the client only runs when the screen-saver is active. Under Windows 2000 you can configure it to run any time or only during specific times. You can register to be a participant here.

See white papers and a document called "Choking Big Bertha - the Art and Science of Web Capacity Measurement", written by the founder of CapCal. These documents were the beginning of the CapCap project.

ongoing paid project

Windows 32

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Linuxthis project runs on the Linux platform
MacOSthis project runs on the Mac OS platform
Solaristhis project runs on the Solaris platform