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Author: chrisLocation: ~/security-forums PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 1:57 am    Post subject: Security Forums distributed computing - SETI@home
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http://seti.security-forums.com

About SETI@home

SETI@home is the largest, most successful Internet distributed computing project to date. Launched in May 1999 to search through signals collected by the Arecibo Radio Telescope in Puerto Rico (the world's largest radio telescope) the project originally received far more terabytes of data every day than its assigned computers could process. So the project directors turned to volunteers, inviting individuals to download the SETI@home software to donate the idle processing time on their computers to the project.
More Details


Download SETI@home

Windows Client
Command line clients


Simply download the client and register, and request your password:
http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/get_passwd.html


Join the security forums group

http://seti.security-forums.com

Select join and enter your registered email address and password

Use those idle cpu cycles on those spare machines!


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Author: ShaolinTigerLocation: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 2:49 am    Post subject:
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Ok!

I've got the command line Linux version running on a 5 hourly cron job and I've stuck the Windows screensaver version on this machine so it can churn it out when I'm sleeping and at work.

I'll stick it on some other machines tommorow.

Come on SFDC let's get these CPU's pumping!

Author: liquidism PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 4:44 am    Post subject:
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I feel important...i was the 3rd member to join Razz

Author: squidlyLocation: Umm.. I dont know.. somewhere PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 5:10 am    Post subject:
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As soon as I get home I will be setting it up on my main box and my server Very Happy

Author: hugoLocation: Netherlands, Europe PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 9:16 am    Post subject:
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Ph33r my results (m4d).

Author: 97cr250Location: S34TTL3 PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 11:24 am    Post subject:
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I feel important...i was the 3rd member to join


yea me too Smile except I was only the 5th Sad I guess I'll have to crank up the cpu power eh?

97cr250

Author: chrisLocation: ~/security-forums PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 12:26 pm    Post subject:
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Thanks for the participation, nice stats hugo, how many machines / what time period is that for ?

Using the linux client you can run several instances by using seperate directories

Quote:

10:23am up 15 days, 23:41, 2 users, load average: 1.34, 1.08, 1.02
79 processes: 76 sleeping, 3 running, 0 zombie, 0 stopped
CPU0 states: 0.0% user, 0.0% system, 0.0% nice, 100.0% idle
CPU1 states: 0.0% user, 0.0% system, 0.0% nice, 100.0% idle
CPU2 states: 99.0% user, 0.2% system, 99.3% nice, 0.0% idle
CPU3 states: 99.0% user, 0.4% system, 99.1% nice, 0.0% idle
Mem: 1027724K av, 985284K used, 42440K free, 100K shrd, 146112K buff
Swap: 1052248K av, 43228K used, 1009020K free 566088K cached

PID USER PRI NI SIZE RSS SHARE STAT %CPU %MEM TIME COMMAND
13467 root 26 1 15880 15M 988 R N 99.9 1.5 610:35 setiathome
15499 root 26 1 15144 14M 688 R N 99.9 1.4 0:12 setiathome


So you can have a seti client running for each CPU Laughing Laughing

Quote:

[root@live seti2]# cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep model
model : 2
model name : Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 2.40GHz
model : 2
model name : Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 2.40GHz
model : 2
model name : Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 2.40GHz
model : 2
model name : Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 2.40GHz

Author: hugoLocation: Netherlands, Europe PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 12:32 pm    Post subject:
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chris wrote:
Thanks for the participation, nice stats hugo, how many machines / what time period is that for ?

I registered (for the second time after a hard-drive crash which resulted in loss of the account details) on Fri Jun 14 17:18:42 2002 UTC. I can't remember exactly when I first signed on btw, that must've been in 99 maybe even.

I run SETI on about 8 machines, mostly Pentium-class machines (1 dual processor), not at all that impressive really. The two fastest machines run at approximately 750Mhz.

Author: ZATRiXLocation: Canada PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 3:13 pm    Post subject:
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i highly doubt this is helping anything, but thats because i highly doubt we'll find anything Confused

Author: Bart Decker PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 3:45 pm    Post subject:
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i'm trying to switch from seti.nl to the group this security-forums group ....But the mail address i'm using doesn't exist anymore and i don't know the password anymore . So i have a problem here ...I cannot sign in to another group anymore . Only if i start at 0 again ,,,and that is out of the question...

Author: hugoLocation: Netherlands, Europe PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 3:56 pm    Post subject:
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Bart Decker wrote:
i'm trying to switch from seti.nl to the group this security-forums group ....But the mail address i'm using doesn't exist anymore and i don't know the password anymore . So i have a problem here ...I cannot sign in to another group anymore . Only if i start at 0 again ,,,and that is out of the question...


If it hasn't been too long, the data is probably still there, but I doubt they'll transfer the results to a new account.

I suggest you mail someone at SETI explaining the problem, maybe they can help.

I had to start from 0 after I lost my details, it didn't occur to me then that I could mail them.

Good luck.

Author: b4rtm4nLocation: Bi Mon Sci Fi Con PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 4:10 pm    Post subject:
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I stopped running seti about 2 years ago. Previously ran it since 98/99 so I'm starting from scratch again.

/me eyes up 6 unused p800's and cluster-knoppix Very Happy

Author: uncletomLocation: Isle of Man PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 9:18 pm    Post subject:
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As soon as I get my password through I'll join in, already downloaded and running the software - not quite as powerful as some of the kit being used tho (XP2100+, 512 meg, 40 gig) but it'll do.

Hey, I'll be the 8th member, oooooh exciting. Sad sad sad!

Author: Bart Decker PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 10:02 pm    Post subject:
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is it not possible to install seti remotely and without the annoying dos-box ?
e.a edit the win.ini file and enter a run=c:\seti\seticlient . If i do it like this all users will see a dos box with , as they see it , wierd blabla in it .
I have to authorization to use a network for seti . But it's not possible to install it on every system by going to sit behind the keyboard.

Is it possible to hide the process without aditional software being installed ?

Author: effortlessLocation: grounded PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2003 10:03 pm    Post subject:
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I did it for about 4 years but I never found any aliens. Waste of time. I'll maybe give it another go though. Trippy?!?

Author: b4rtm4nLocation: Bi Mon Sci Fi Con PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2003 12:50 pm    Post subject:
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_Mhz wtf are you running it on??? 3 hr 42 min 40.7 sec ???

Author: ShaolinTigerLocation: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2003 1:02 pm    Post subject:
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b4rtm4n wrote:
_Mhz wtf are you running it on??? 3 hr 42 min 40.7 sec ???


Yeh, I wanted to ask the same thing!

I got a secret beast running SETI now though, I reckon I can crack out a workunit in just over an hour Very Happy

Author: uncletomLocation: Isle of Man PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2003 1:16 pm    Post subject:
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ShaolinTiger wrote:
I got a secret beast running SETI now though, I reckon I can crack out a workunit in just over an hour Very Happy


gob smacked
What the hell are you running? I'll see if I can convince a bloke I know to run it on his G5 (7 gig Ram as well Very Happy)

Author: b4rtm4nLocation: Bi Mon Sci Fi Con PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2003 1:32 pm    Post subject:
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heh it's time to compare the size of your work units gents!

Might stress test the new dual p4 2.8ghz pdc when no ones looking.

My 4hr wu was on a 1 cpu 2ghz so I should more than halve that.

Author: Bart Decker PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2003 1:41 pm    Post subject:
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b4rtm4n wrote:
heh it's time to compare the size of your work units gents!

Might stress test the new dual p4 2.8ghz pdc when no ones looking.

My 4hr wu was on a 1 cpu 2ghz so I should more than halve that.


ehmz you will do 2 wu in 4 hours because each wu takes 4 hour on each cpu .
4 hours for a Pentium IV 2 Ghz is terribly slow , my old athlon 2000+
Athlon 2000+ @ 1927 MHZ , 256 MB Ram (PC2700) 2:57.24

Author: b4rtm4nLocation: Bi Mon Sci Fi Con PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2003 1:51 pm    Post subject:
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Well I'll tell everyone that they can use the network cos I wan't to run setiathome on a high priority on the servers and suck all the resource out of the system. Laughing

Actually - weekend is upon us and no ones working soooo Twisted Evil

Author: Sgt_BLocation: Chicago, IL US PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2003 5:47 pm    Post subject:
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Guess I'll get on here. Got a 1.4GHz FreeBSD machine just sitting around doing nothing. I suppose I can run it 24x7. Smile

Author: AxelayLocation: East Midlands, UK PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2003 8:05 pm    Post subject:
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A better link is (updated more frequently):

http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/fcgi-bin/fcgi?cmd=team_lookup&name=Security%2Dforums%2Ecom

I've joined with 2752 WU for the team...I used to do 10 WU per day between my three machines, but now it's down to 4-5 WU a day, due to SETI clashing with Soulseek.

I hope everyone is using the command-line version, it's much more efficient. If anyone needs any information on setting it up with SetiSpy, SetiDriver, or as a service under 2K/XP, let me know.

Author: uncletomLocation: Isle of Man PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2003 8:21 pm    Post subject:
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Pardon me for soundling like an idiot (usual thing round here anyway!) but is the command line version more effienct than the GUI version if it's left running in the system tray and the interface is ignored?

Cheers

Uncle Tom

Author: AxelayLocation: East Midlands, UK PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2003 8:46 pm    Post subject:
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Yes. It's far more efficient. Even if you don't open the GUI display up.

Author: 97cr250Location: S34TTL3 PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2003 1:04 am    Post subject:
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this may sound like a dumb question but if I'm halfway through processing a set of info and switch from the gui version to the cmd-line will it dump what I've sone so far and start over with another set?

97cr250

Author: AxelayLocation: East Midlands, UK PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2003 1:30 am    Post subject:
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I can't remember (it is Friday night), but I think you'll lose your existing work unit..depending on how it is setup..

Author: Bart Decker PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2003 4:04 am    Post subject:
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Axelay wrote:
I can't remember (it is Friday night), but I think you'll lose your existing work unit..depending on how it is setup..


copy the folder into the cmd folder
it will continue ...

damnz i'm reaslly not sober...urgz ..

Author: AxelayLocation: East Midlands, UK PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2003 12:09 pm    Post subject:
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Lol, Very Happy I kinda struggled with that after I'd had a few last night..

Author: AxelayLocation: East Midlands, UK PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2003 12:20 pm    Post subject:
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http://www.setiatwork.com/ is also good for individual user stats and stuff. I don't know if anyone wants to hookup security-forums with an ID for it..

Author: hugoLocation: Netherlands, Europe PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2003 3:49 pm    Post subject:
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effortless wrote:
I did it for about 4 years but I never found any aliens. Waste of time. I'll maybe give it another go though. Trippy?!?

Heh I always thought SETI stood for Speed and Endurance Testing Interface; a benchmarking program. I didn't know it could search for aliens?!? Wink

Seriously, I've always thought, as slightly as the chances may be, every little bit of CPU power helps.

Even if, in the end, it doesn't find any aliens at all, it's still giving the scientists some interesting insight, I guess.

Author: Bart Decker PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2003 1:36 am    Post subject:
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hugo wrote:
effortless wrote:
I did it for about 4 years but I never found any aliens. Waste of time. I'll maybe give it another go though. Trippy?!?

Heh I always thought SETI stood for Speed and Endurance Testing Interface; a benchmarking program. I didn't know it could search for aliens?!? Wink

Seriously, I've always thought, as slightly as the chances may be, every little bit of CPU power helps.

Even if, in the end, it doesn't find any aliens at all, it's still giving the scientists some interesting insight, I guess.


i agree ....in the end ..who knows what's out there . If you don't search you will not find . Better search and not find then not searching and not finding anything .

owyeah ..and hugo ..the money is coming asap ...had to pay the tax bill for this period...so i need some time to regroup my financial state Smile

Author: Tom BairLocation: Portland, Oregon USA PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2003 8:28 pm    Post subject:
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The SETI project is very like space itself -- space is 99.7 percent void of content. 3.6 percent of known matter (to us) is centered in a mass volume of .00037 percent of known (by us) space.

In more understandable language, we are looking for a signal generated by an intellegent source in a vastness of garbled random noise. Looking for Nemo (the fish) in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans would be considered much easier and more successful (but much less rewarding).

Although I myself have doubts about the success of SETI, I have never stopped supporting the project itself for the past twenty years. It is my firm belief that this is truly a noble and unselfless project taken on by the populace of mankind.

PCWriter

Author: Bart Decker PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2003 11:21 am    Post subject:
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Some CPU Times , all measured with the same WU

http://www.seti-nl.org/cputijden.php



I'm still in a bad mood , because i want to join the security forums seti group... This afternoon i'm going to do some password guessing Smile

Author: b4rtm4nLocation: Bi Mon Sci Fi Con PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2003 1:26 pm    Post subject:
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Got a way to go to catch this up.

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Lurch
Windows XP
AMD Athlon XP 2800+ (2.1 volt / 8C) 230MHz fsb x 12 = 2760 MHz 2x256MB OCZ RAM 460 MHz @ 2-2-5-2 (3.0 volt) (PC3500) Northbridge (1.7 volt / 16C)
1:45.07


Surely if your that keen the same specced box with a customised linux install would give even better performance.

I was initially surprised that there are so few *nix users on that list but thinking about it most *nix users tend to stick it on an old slow box as is shown by the last entry on the list.
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165.
The final frontier
Linux 486dx2 66 MHz 16 MB
99:59.58

Author: uncletomLocation: Isle of Man PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2003 9:19 pm    Post subject:
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SETI@home is now up and running on my Linux box. The command line version is nowhere near as interesting to watch for half an hour as the GUI version tho Wink

System 1: XP2100+, 512meg ram PC2100 DDR, Windows XP Pro, SETI@home GUI version
System 2: Athlon 800, 392meg ram PC100, Slackware Linux 9, SETI@home CLI

Wonder which'll be faster? Laughing

Author: Sgt_BLocation: Chicago, IL US PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2003 9:38 pm    Post subject:
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The command line version is nowhere near as interesting to watch for half an hour as the GUI version tho

Man find a hobby!!! Razz

Author: uncletomLocation: Isle of Man PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2003 12:05 am    Post subject:
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Sgt_B wrote:
Man find a hobby!!! Razz


Hobbies, what are they? Laughing

As a side note, it's interesting the different amount of time each unit takes to process, mine have varied from c. 6 hrs to c. 14 hrs. Suppose it depends on the current system workload but still, that sort of variation is a bit more than I would expect.

Author: spoofedpacketsLocation: Atlanta PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2003 4:26 am    Post subject:
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I just joined the group.. Put my stats to good use atleast..

Author: RTELocation: Singapore PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2003 5:04 am    Post subject: security forums - seti
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It seems that SF seti group never gets updated. The only way I've found to view updated stats is quit then rejoin. Is it just me?

Author: squidlyLocation: Umm.. I dont know.. somewhere PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2003 5:29 am    Post subject: Re: security forums - seti
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RTE wrote:
It seems that SF seti group never gets updated. The only way I've found to view updated stats is quit then rejoin. Is it just me?


It does get updated it just takes a while. My first unit was done in 4 hours and it took about 24-36 hours for it to show on the site.

Author: RTELocation: Singapore PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2003 9:32 am    Post subject: sf group - seti
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Seems I've waited longer than that but I'll wait and watch some more - thanks for the reply.

Author: ShaolinTigerLocation: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2003 11:21 am    Post subject: Re: sf group - seti
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RTE wrote:
Seems I've waited longer than that but I'll wait and watch some more - thanks for the reply.


Yeh it only updates once a day I think, if you use http://seti.security-forums.com though it will take you to the CGI version which shows the real time stats.

Author: RTELocation: Singapore PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2003 4:12 am    Post subject: seti
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if you use http://seti.security-forums.com though it will take you to the CGI version which shows the real time stats.



Yup - that did it - thanks

Author: PostCode PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2004 5:55 pm    Post subject:
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Nice forums here. Well maintained and used frequently.

I joined your team and hope to be of some help both with the forums and Seti.

Author: Tom BairLocation: Portland, Oregon USA PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2004 6:05 am    Post subject:
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Welcome to SFDC .... and thanks for the future assist on SETI.

PCWriter

Author: tree_twobearsLocation: Cascadia, North America PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2004 2:00 am    Post subject: Man fired for running SETI@work
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Wonder how many others are running SETI or other folding software @ work...

http://news.com.com/2061-1032-5406158.html?tag=xtra.ml



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