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Message 50236 - Posted: 19 Aug 2013, 8:07:13 UTC

Dear Community,

I find the idea of dedicating a part of my PC's capability to scientific projects very sensible.
But I think that if a community contributes to a project they have the right to know what exactly they are processing (I do not want to contribute to some hidden NSA computations) and the outcome has to be published in a way, that it can possibly contribute to mankind's progress.

So here's my question: Are there any open source projects which fulfil these requirements?

Thank you in advance!
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Message 50259 - Posted: 20 Aug 2013, 16:40:05 UTC

PrimeGrid, PrimeGrid, PrimeGrid!

The sources for each of their applications (if you include different platforms, there are at least forty apps) are readily available, albeit sometimes hard to find - ask and you shall receive, though. The apps on which their apps are based are also well-known open-source initiatives.

They publish their findings in a pretty official manner with the University of Tennessee at Martin, and monumental findings are documented by mathematics reference entities pretty much world-wide.

Oproject is another where the source is very open. Says right on their front page. :)

Quake-Catcher Network also recently released their source code model(s) but haven't had new tasks in awhile to my knowledge.

That's all that comes to mind right now but you'll find that in the spirit of distributed volunteer computing, most projects are very transparent with their results and publishing. Most will gladly give their source code to interested developers but for stability reasons, deployment is usually handled by a core team (or sometimes even just one person).

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Message 50260 - Posted: 20 Aug 2013, 16:51:55 UTC

The Einstein project, has its application source code and license available.

It also reports its progress at regular intervals. See the Science information and progress reports section on their front page.

Seti@Home may not have any progress reports, but their application code is available (If on Tuesday, the project has several hours of maintenance throughout which their pages are not available.)
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