~~ TeAm AnandTech D.C. Needs YOU! Shameless Recruiting Thread ~~

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Oct 12, 1999
You may have noticed in the sig area of many forum members a reference to Team AnandTech. If you have found value in the articles and forums on the AnandTech Website you can show your appreciation by becoming a member of Team AnandTech. We would like to invite you to join us and use the idle CPU cycles of your computer to further various science experiments. But Team AnandTech is much more than sharing your spare CPU cycles for a "worthwhile" cause... it's about being a part of a "Family." The Team AnandTech "Family" is a very close knit group of people...from all backgrounds and societies... all working and playing together on various DC projects. We think the DC forum is one of the most friendly and helpful places on the AnandTech forums... add that to the great team spirit... and you've got a winning combination! :)

Below are the projects that Team AnandTech participates in along with some helpful links and tidbits about the individual project. All the Teams really need more Teammates... as many of the other teams in the world have grown lately, while we've slowed down... but

YOU can help change the trend.

Look over the various projects. Most are very easy to set up and run, don't require 24 hour/day operation (but once addicted, you may just do that), and have almost no effect on your everyday PC(s) operations. If you have a question, please jump over to the Distributed Computing Forum and ask a question... or just say hello! You'll be glad you did, and we will, too! :)

List of projects:

Chess Brain

Chess Brain Home Page
Chess Brain Download Page
Linux Journal
TeAm AnandTech Home Page
Anandtech DC Forums

ChessBrain is a virtual chess supercomputer using the processing power of Internet connected machines.

Our members contribute to ChessBrain by running a small program on their machines which analyzes chess positions for the ChessBrain network. ChessBrain is a perfect project to run alongside any other project as it doesn't use much CPU time (about 5%-10% overall CPU time per day) and the "units" are very small.

If you're interested in joining us, Download and try the client software. There is a community Forum where you can get help, make suggestions and participate in experimental projects. The peerNode client can be run as a Screen saver, Graphical interface or a Command line. An always on Internet connection is required to connect to the Super Node to receive data. Our team name is TEAMANANDTECH (no spaces), your team ID will be the part of your email before the @ sign. We are currently in third place and climbing.

You can learn about the ChessBrain project in the July 2003 issue of the International Computer Games Association Journal and in the September 2003 issue of the Linux Journal. Also, please visit us at the Anandtech DC Forums, and read about all the Anandtech DC projects at Team AnandTech Home Page. Making this all possible: Carlos Justiniano is the founder of Chess Brain, and Colin M. Frayn is the author of ChessBrain's chess capabilities.

Community TSC

The Rothberg Institute For Childhood Diseases is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for children suffering from Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). We operate at the intersection of modern biology, computer science, and chemistry.

The work we do on TSC will also have a direct impact on cancer research, and we will be testing the drugs we find as weapons against cancer. In addition, the work we do to create a system to attack orphan diseases will form a prototype for work on other orphan diseases.

TSC is a genetic disorder that leads to benign tumors in multiple organs, including the brain, kidneys, heart, eyes, lungs and other organs. During the first few years, the severity of TSC can range from mild skin abnormalities to, in severe cases, seizures, mental retardation or renal failure.

For more information about TSC please visit www.tsalliance.org
Go here to find out more and to download the software: TSC

Current Situation: The TeAm is currently ranked 12th in the world and is losing ground. We need some help.

Distributed Folding

The Distributed Folding project seeks to understand how proteins fold and assemble into living cells. Understanding protein folding will help make better treatments for diseases.

Proteins have a vast number of folds, larger than we could hope to compute even with distributed computing. Usually only one fold is found in nature. The Distributed Folding Project aims to test a new protein folding algorithm to see if it can reproduce natural protein folds after making extremely large samples of many different folds.

This is a project where every CPU really does make a difference. Even older computers (e.g. Pentium II), can make significant contributions, over 15,000 structures a day! :)

This is still a relatively small distributed computing project, and every CPU makes a noticeable difference. The client is available on most OS's and can be installed as a service on Windows NT/2000/XP. The client has just been improved to run twice as fast AND produce better results at the same time. All machines benefit from the new client, but if your machine has 256MB RAM or more, the client can be configured to run twice as fast! The group behind the project does an excellent job on support and always listens to new ideas.

Download the client here
Team AnandTech stats

Current situation: TA is currently ranked 10th in the world and losing ground fast. :(

Distributed Particle Accelerator Design (DPAD)

The Project's Scientific Aims are:

The experiment is called the Neutrino Factory, and is scheduled for construction some time around 2015. Its primary aim is to fire beams of neutrinos (fundamental particles) through the Earth's interior to detector stations on different continents to measure whether these particles change type en route (there are 3 types of neutrino), and data from this, in turn, will help to determine the neutrino's mass (and whether it even has mass).

Also, the proton beam that is produced at the start (this hits the target rod at the beginning of the simulation you download) will be used in experiments attempting to neutralize radioactive waste by transmuting the radioactive elements into stable ones. The program is currently in the simulation phase of the front end design.

DPAD Homepage

To join the TeAm put a " [TA] " infront of your username in your user.txt file. (ex: [TA]CADkindaGUY )

Current Situation: TeAm Anandtech currently ranks #14 in this project


This is a distributed computing project to solve the Certicom ECC2-109 challenge.

In general it can be described as a whole lot of computers from all over the world, all working together in an attempt to have a collision. Each of the computers runs a program that computes DP (Distinguished Points) values. Each time a computer finds a DP, it is uploaded to a main server. The main server then checks to see if anyone has uploaded a matching DP (this is known as a collision). If a collision happens (two matching DP values exist), then the Certicom challenge is solved!

The Certicom ECC2-109 challenge has a prize of $10,000 for successful completion of the challenge. If the eCompute ECC2-109 project is successful in completing this challenge, we plan to distribute the prize in the following proportions:
- 50% split evenly for the two submitters of the matching DP values
- 50% split among the eCompute ECC2-109 project developers

Software Download Page
ECC2-109 Project FAQ?s
ECC2-109 Forums
NEW!: Team AnandTech Stats
NEW!: Manual DP Uploader

Current Situation: TeAm AnandTech is currently #5, but that will change without help.

eOn Project

The eOn project is calculating the long time dynamics of atomic scale systems (i.e. Chemical reactions). See What is eOn?.

Clients are available for Windows, x86 Linux and Alpha Linux at the eOn download page.. The client can be run as a screensaver or as a DOS client. The client requires a continuous connection to the internet.

During installation the client will request your e-mail address. From the eOn Stats Main Page you will need to acquire a user profile by entering this e-mail address. Finally, from the eOn Stats Main Page, you can edit your user profile and join Team AnandTech.

Current Situation: TeAm Anandtech is currently in 11th Place. We sure would like to get into the eOn Top Ten Groups

Find A Drug Project

Find a Drug is run on a non-proft basis by Treweren Consultants, the developers of the THINK software used in the United Devices Cancer project. The object is to work on treatments for multiple diseases at the same time. Projects include:

Cancer - working with UD and the University of Oxford they are screening more proteins with the latest release of the THINK software.
Proteme - Screens to find which proteins interact with potential drug molecules. This one runs when there are pauses in the more focused projects like Cancer and AIDS.
Bioterrorism Antidotes - working on antidotes for anthrax, etc.
Methodology - works on improving the software itself. This is done very rarely and only after it has been tested by Beta members.

Projects that will be coming online in the near future:

HIV - They are hoping to seek out molecules that have the potential to inhibit AIDs development in a novel way.
Herbicides and Pesticides - working to develop safer more environmentally friendly pesticides and herbicides.

Project Homepage
Client Download Page
Team Stats Page

Current Situation: TeAm Anandtech is currently ranked 21st in the world. This is a small project so even one machine can make a huge difference.


Description: The Folding@Home project seeks to understand the process behind protein folding. In order to carry out their function (e.g. as enzymes or antibodies) the protein must take on a particular shape. It makes this shape by folding.

Understanding how proteins self-assemble ("protein folding") is a holy grail of modern molecular biophysics. What makes it such a great challenge is its complexity, which renders simulations of folding extremely computationally demanding, and difficult to understand. The Stanford group has developed a new way to simulate protein folding. A protein can fold itself in one-millionth of a second. It takes 1000 computers to simulate a fold in the same amount of time. Stanford needs your help, and so does Team Anandtech.

Requirements: The Folding@Home client needs a significant portion of RAM to run properly, so it is best run on machines with at least 160MB of RAM; with that much there will be enough for the operating system, programs, and Folding@Home client to coexist peacefully. It is best to use a 300MHz or faster processor to ensure that work units will be returned within the set time limit (which is longer for larger, more complex units, and shorter for the simpler ones).

An always-on connection is preferred (it does not have to be fast). Folding@Home can also work with a demand dial connection, with occasional monitoring to ensure that it doesn't get "stuck" waiting for a work unit. The client has no caching capability and can not work on non-networked systems.


Getting started with Folding@Home (client setup guides)
Link to the Folding@Home project
Team AnandTech statistics

Current situation: Currently in 22nd place and in need of help!


Description: This project has been folded (no pun intended) into Folding@Home and uses the same client. To work on G@H units instead of F@H units, set your client for Genome@Home (or "gah" in the console client) in the Advanced Preferences (you may still get a F@H unit every now and then if the G@H servers are down). Unfortunately, since G@H has moved to the new client, work units can not be cached as they could with the old client.


Genome@Home along with Folding@Home is run by PandeGroup at Stanford. The goal of Genome@home is to design new genes that can form working proteins in the cell. The 4 main applications are:

Engineering new proteins for medical therapy
Designing new pharmaceuticals
Assigning functions to the dozens of new genes being sequenced every day
Understanding protein evolution.

Genome@Home project and Client download
* Once you've obtained the client, you'll simply need to unzip, install, and then start it up. A readme is included with the parameters. When installing for the first time, you'll need to enter your account info, and here's the important part, join TA by entering the team number when asked: 604374405
Team Anandtech stats

Current situation: Currently TA G@H is fairly small but has still managed to reach No 39 in the team listings, and we need your help!


OGR is brought to you by the same people created RC5. In OGR, the goal is to find an optimal golomb ruler, a ruler where no 2 marks are the same distance apart. These OGRs are then used for things like X-Ray Telescopes and other scientific uses. We're currently finding the 25 mark ruler, and could always use some help to not only keep our #2 spot, but take #1. If you want to do more than just "listen" to radio waves and instead, help scientists see things, OGR might be for you.

Team AnandTech OGR-24 - Team AnandTech is ranked #3 in the world.
Team AnandTech OGR-25 - Team AnandTech is ranked #3 in the world. Help us become #1!
Team AnandTech OGR Stats

Current situation: TeAm Anandtech is in the top 10, but that will change without more members.


RC5-72 is the successor to RC5-64, one of the first DC Projects (behind Prime95 and a few others) that involved millions of PC's worldwide. In this project, users are attempting to "brute force" the RC5-72 key set to try to decrypt a single message, in order to prove how secure/insecure RC5 is. This project has been running only since December, 2002. Team AnandTech RC5 is currently ranked within the Top 10, but with a new project, there's a lot of time to go up or down, with high-hopes of getting the #1 spot early on. If that's not enough, a $1000 prize awaits the user who finds the key and another $1000 for the user's team.

For information on RC5 go to our RC5 Team Website Team Anandtech RC5

SB - Seventeen Or Bust

Did you know that every odd number can also be represented in the form k2n + 1. This form is known as a Proth number and is the type of number being studied in an effort to solve the Seventeen or Bust Sierpinski Problem for the last remaining 17 values under the previously believed lowest k number

Update: This project has so far found 5 new Primes! One of them was found by our very own SeanD (sean2002). Be the next to find a Prime, and get your name in the record books! Anandtech is a small Team rising up the ranks very quickly, and with your help we could get even higher.

For those interested in Seventeen Or Bust, please visit the homepage, and download the client After installing, enter the username of your choice, and a valid e-mail address when first running the client. You will then recieve an email with your Web Password. You can use this to join Anandtech The "Team" box within the client is now ignored, you must visit the web page to join Anandtech.

You will find team stats here, and from here you can find your own Personal Stats.

Current situation: Currently #2 in the world

Sengent D2OL

The Drug Design and Optimization Lab (D2OL) TeAm works to discover drug candidates against Anthrax, Smallpox, and Ebola and will soon be adding targets for the top 5 major Bioterrorism organisms. By simply downloading the client, you can contribute the idle time available on your computer to fight biological weapons, even when not connected to the Internet.

Platforms: Windows 98/2000/NT/ME/XP
Download the client here
Team AnandTech stats

Current situation: The D2OL TeAm is currently #1 in the world. :D

SETI - Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Are we alone? Help analyze radio signals from space in mankind's ultimate quest.

This project is the largest Distributed Computing Project in the world. Our Seti Team is currently ranked #6 in the world! We invite you to join us as we make one final big push to go out in a bigger blaze of glory than the recent Leonid Meteor Shower. Our goal is to climb at even higher in the rankings while we battle to hold off other SETI teams that are trying to overtake us. The first phase of SETI will end very soon and we have BBR threatening to pass us. We have had a lot of good competition with them but it will be even more fun if we can hold them off, "back in our dust". :D

Support the SETI TeAm and you can share in the fame and pride in ending the project among the very best. And because each SETI WU has a unique identifier, you could become famous all over the world for being "the one" to make "First Contact" and find "ET." :)

For information go to our Seti TeAm Website: Team AnandTech Seti
We have lots of stats: Team AnandTech SETI Stats
To get started please refer to:
SETI Help and Installation and
Sukhoi's Help Index.
Smokeball's excellent SETI help and setup page

It may also be worth noting that SETI has recently obtained a 100Mbps connection and is now running very smooth. The team also has a nice list of Queues that you can use to obtain workunits and to monitor individual stats. Poof maintaines an excellent thread...
Poof's Queue Thread

The SETI Team is building a Team Beowulf Cluster. Once done, it will (hopefully) consist of 24 nodes using Abit BP6 boards, dual Celeron 366's @ 550... all connected together to form a fast and VERY COOL parallel computer platform. Check it out in the DC forum :)


United Devices and Intel have launched a landmark research project that allows people to make a real difference in the fight against cancer.

TeAm AnandTech and the Intel-United Devices Cancer Research Project are asking you to volunteer your PC to help process molecular research being conducted by the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford in England and the National Foundation for Cancer Research. To participate, you simply download a very small, no cost, non-invasive software program that works like a screensaver: it runs when your computer isn't being used, and processes research until you need your machine. Your computer never leaves your desk, and the project never interrupts your usual PC use.

The UD client rewards you based on the amount of time you spend analyzing data rather than the amount of data you return. This makes UD ideal to run along side other Distributed Computing projects. You won't analyze as much data, but you'll still be helping TeAm AnandTech work its way to number one!

UD Cancer Research Project FAQs
TeAm AnandTech UD Stats and Info on joining

Current situation: The UD Team is currently ranked #16 :)

Attention: Members of any TeAm AnandTech Club are welcomed to include their welcome message and a link to their club's website. Just PM Smokeball.

If you have any questions or comments on the many projects listed, jump on over to the Distributed Computing Forum and fire away...
We'll be waiting, and we hope you will join the Team soon! :)