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August 5th, 1999

[12:15 PM]
SETI@home Nears 1 Million Members, Mac Continues To Show Strength
The SETI@home effort has continued to grow and nears the incredible total of 1 million computer users contributing their spare CPU time to process data for the project. There are currently 957,019 members which means that within the next few days, the project should top the 1 million mark. This is an incredible number of people who have shown that distributed processing can be a remarkable success. If you need more information on SETI@home, read all about it.

At the same time, the Mac platform is continuing to shine as a far faster platform than the Windows platform and has continued to gain ground on the #3 platform of Sparc-Solaris for total work units completed. The Windows/pentium platform is currently averaging 37 hr 48 min 10.8 sec per work unit completed, while the Mac platform is averaging 23 hr 42 min 05.4 sec per work unit.

On the flip side, the battle of the total number of work units completed is strongly in the hands of Windows with 7,996,217 work units completed. Far ahead of the #2 Mac platform with 1,055,720. On the positive side on the raw numbers battle, the Mac platform has gained lots of ground on the #3 Sparc-Solaris platform which has 906,266 units completed. That is a difference of 149,454 work units, when once it looked as if Sparc-Solaris would overtake us as we were only some 7,000 work units ahead.

That brings us to our own SETI@home team, Team Mac Observer. We now number 238 members with 10,815 work units completed and an incredible average of 17 hr 34 min 34.1 sec per work unit. A very fast team indeed! In addition, we have reached a new high of #27 in the Top 100 Club Teams! Congrats to all our members. We have also had our first member (member name "anaconda") pass the remarkable total of over 1 year of CPU time contributed. Incredible! We have a few more members who will soon join that rank as well.

If you would like to join Team Mac Observer, please do so! We have one of the three finest Mac teams on the planet and welcome your help! We have all the directions for joining both the SETI@home project as well as Team Mac Observer.

The Mac Observer Spin: 1 million members is unbelievable. Commercial ventures should take note. Distributed processing works and we think that in the not-so-distant future, computer users will be able to lease out their spare CPU time to companies around the world. SETI@home is truly showing that it works.


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