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June 23rd, 1999

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[2:54 PM]
Blue & White G3 Among Fastest SETI@home Computers
A person named Indigenous is turning in some fantastic numbers in the SETI@home project (see our SETI@home page) and we wanted to find out what kind of system he was using. Indigenous has turned in the following results as of 2:56 PM CDT, July 23rd, 1999:

61 work units completed
690 hr 22 min 11.9 sec total CPU time
11 hr 19 min 03.1 sec average CPU time per work unit

The average Mac time of completion is 27 hr 56 min 18.1 sec, while the average Windows time is 48 hr 51 min 12.7 sec. Indigenous told us he is using a Blue & White G3 upgraded with an even faster processor. According to Indigenous:

Hi Bryan,

I am running a B&W G3 with 256M of RAM and a PowerLogix PowerForce ZIF upgrade to 450Mhz with 1M of backside running at 300MHz. I am running MacOS 8.6 with the latest ATI driver update and firmware update.

I basically leave my machine on all the time and have a full time net connection through a cable modem.

I am really proud of the numbers my machine is turning out. I wonder how many PC owners can say that <grin>?

Take care,

Indigenous

Not many PC owners can in fact say that Indigenous! In fact, looking at the Top 100 Users at the SETI@home web site, we find that Indigenous's setup is in the same neighborhood as even some of the fastest Unix work stations (look at the number one performer, a team from Sun). Of course, some of the Top 100 users have turned in some fantastic times as low 24 minutes per work unit (we are thinking that is from some form of Main Frame, but if an Observer can tell us for sure, we would appreciate it)! Others are in the single digit hour time range. However, Indigenous certainly has one of the faster systems and its a Mac!

The best news is that Indigenous is part of Team Mac Observer, our own SETI@home team. In addition, he is our top performer in both units completed and average CPU time per work unit. Keep up the great work Indigenous.

You too can join Team Mac Observer and help contribute to this great project. Our current membership is up to 47 and we have processed almost 400 work units!

SETI@home



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