Welcome to the Team Anandtech Distributed Computing Forum! Here you will find plenty of great folks who would be glad to help you with the technical side of setting up and running distributed computing applications. You will find a great community who are more passionate about numbers than some mathematicians, people who enjoy having [slightly] off topic discussions and helping each other immensely in real life. Posted by TeAm member Hurricane Andrew The amazing thing about this forum over the years has been the camaraderie. I've never witnessed such civil discourse on an internet forum, even ones where everyone claims to be there for the same purpose. Everyone here respects each other, and the vast majority truly care about each other, and what happens in the "real world". I'm constantly amazed at the diversity represented on this board. Folks of all ages, from around the world, with vastly different personal views, faiths, interests, etc. come together to pursue different goals. Some are here for the science, some simply enjoy the thrill of the race, and some crunch just to be a part of this wonderful community. So what is this "distributed computing" thing anyway? Distributed computing describes a system in which client systems receive work involving calculation of some sort from a server, perform the computation, and then send the results back to the server. Thus, it is possible to employ thousands or millions of personal computers, surpassing the power of many supercomputers. You might ask, why would I want to donate my spare CPU time and electricity to something like this? A quick review of the variety of projects in which we participate may well convince you that the very small cost of electricity required to run a computer 24/7 (hint: turn off the monitor to save power) is well worth the difference you can make in your project's area of scientific research. Some projects look outward into space, to look for extraterrestrial life, pulsars, and other things. Others look around, to chart the development of life on the planet, or predict future weather patterns. Yet others look inward, to analyze the structure of atoms, molecules, or proteins. Each project can have a great impact on the development of science in its area, and you can help! General DC Notes Some projects, BOINC & non-BOINC, are down for extended periods due to re-coding their clients, re-aiming their scientific search, dealing with a lack of funds or many other reasons, not knowing when they will be open again. For a complete list of Team Anandtech (TeAm) run projects, please check out the adjoining thread titled, “Distributed Computing Project List”. 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 the operation of your everyday PC(s). Many of the projects have daily stats threads posted by members here on the forums. If you have any questions about a certain project please post in the stats thread. If no thread is available, feel free to start your own thread. If you have a question please jump right in and ask ... and if you would like to join the TeAm, just post here and say hello! You'll be glad you did, and we will, too!