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December 30, 2009
  • the Search for Multifactorial Primes project website is now hosted by Free-DC
  • PrimeGrid discovered new megabit prime 27 * 2^2218064 + 1 (667,706 digits, 56th largest known prime) on December 26. Also, the project ended its 2009 Challenge Series on December 24.
  • XYYXF set two new GNFS factorization records (C151_127_80 = P54*P98 (151 digits) and C150_134_102 = P68*P82 (150 digits)) on December 7
  • yesterday SETI@Home announced new features it plans to implement in 2010, including a Near-Time Persistency Checker (NTPCkr) to help it identify candidate signals more efficiently, a web-based distributed human project to view and rank candidate signals, and an expansion of frequency coverage beyond the current 2.5MHz band. Please consider making a donation to the project to help it add these new features.
  • Galaxy Zoo Supernovae is active again as of December 10
  • news article: One leg of GSM encryption cracked, cell industry unimpressed: A security researcher is in the process of building a table that will enable the cracking of GSM encryption, assuming that a parallel effort to crack its frequency hopping algorithm succeeds; an overview of the Creating A5/1 Rainbow Tables project
  • news article: Birmingham's Majestic-12 nipping at Google's heels; Majestic-12 is only the second search engine in the world to join the "webmap trillionaires club"--the first is Google.
  • news article: Search for ET requires upgrade to 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches; SETI@Home is using the fastest Ethernet data networking switches available to process over one Petabyte (1,000 Terabytes) of radio spectrum data every day
  • news article: Scientists: Tweets after an earthquake could aid emergency workers; scientists may some day be able to mine crowdsourced data such as tweets to quickly identify earthquakes and other disasters
  • news article: A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing; computing is creating the "fourth paradigm" of science--computational science, in which scientific computation tools must evolve to manage a growing flood of observational data
  • news article: Are we really alone?; a short history of the search for alien life and alien intelligence
  • news article: Air Force Taps PlayStation 3 for Research; the U.S. Air Force is testing PlayStation 3 clusters for distributed computing research
  • news article: How you can help the LHC and 12 other ways to donate your PC's spare processing power; an overview of the BOINC computing platform and of 12 BOINC-based distributed computing projects
  • news article: CERN's LHC pioneers quantum leap in cloud computing; CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project is influencing grid and cloud computing architecture and practices
  • news article: Database details 2.7 million possible structures for molecular sieves; a private distributed computing project discovered almost 3 million possible zeolites, or molecular sieves which filter molecules of certain sizes. Before this project began, only 200 zeolites were known.
  • news article: Computers Around the World Unite; an overview of distributed computing projects. This article is written in Chinese, but you can read an English translation of it.
December 28, 2009
  • new Distributed Human project: NASA Be A Martian wants citizen scientists of all ages to help create more detailed maps of Mars from images from Mars orbiters
  • Folding@home released its new Protomol B4 core on December 22. This core implements the NML (Normal Mode Langevin) protein folding simulation method, which could make protein folding simulation up to one hundred times faster than older cores.
  • news article: Cooperación global (Global Cooperation); an overview of distributed computing projects. This article is written in Spanish, but you can read an English translation of it.
December 4, 2009 December 1, 2009
October 30, 2009
  • the second Galaxy Zoo Supernovae hunt ended on October 13.
  • Predictor@home may not be active again until 2010 or 2011
  • news article: La ciencia extiende su red de investigación con la computación voluntaria (Science extends its network of volunteer computing research); an overview of distributed computing projects (this article is written in Spanish, but you can read an English translation of it).
  • news article: Quake-Catcher Network seeks volunteers on campus to host seismic sensors; a scientist at Stanford University wants students on the campus to attach seismic sensors to their laptops to support the Quake Catcher Network
  • news article: La Universidad de Berkeley impulsa un superordenador de uso gratuito y universal (Berkeley University supercomputer launches a free and universal service); an overview of the BOINC computing platform's growing support in Spain and of Einstein@Home (this article is written in Spanish but you can view an English translation of it).
October 23, 2009
  • Stardust@home published its first "Duster" paper, "Non-destructive search for interstellar dust using synchrotron microprobes," on October 15. This peer-reviewed journal article includes some project participants (i.e. Dusters) among its authors. Also, the project posted its fifth narrated slideshow update about the project recently.
  • Majestic-12 discovered its 1 trillionth unique URL on October 12, 2009. The only other organization to publicly announce it has discovered 1 trillion URLs is Google.
  • Distributed Proofreaders posted its 16,000th unique title (i.e. electronic book) to Project Gutenberg.
  • news article: Volunteering Computers for Science: Users Make Their Home PCs Available to Chase Medical Breakthroughs; a detailed overview of distributed computing projects, the BOINC computing platform, and Rosetta@Home
  • news article: Volunteers Donate Idle Computing Power for Biomedical Research; an overview of distributed computing projects and the BOINC computing platform
  • news article: Record 12-Million-Digit Prime Number Nets $100,000 Prize; GIMPS has won a US$100,000 prize from the Electronic Frontier Foundation for its discovery, on August 23, 2008, of the first known prime number with more than 10 million digits
  • news article: 45th Mersenne prime revealed: GIMPS grabs $100,000 for discovery
  • news article: Wirbicki Law Group Seeks to Change the World...One Computer at a Time; a law firm is encouraging other law firms to join it in participating in World Community Grid
  • news article: UK Search Engine Takes on Google: Majestic-12 discovered its 1 trillionth unique URL on October 12, 2009
  • news article: Anthony Doesburg: Idle time put to work, all in the cause of science; an overview of distributed computing projects, citizen science and BOINC