Elliptic curve project to benefit Free Software FoundationSep 15, 1999, 13:36 (1 Talkback[s])
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[ Robert Harley writes: ]
The largest public calculation ever to use a complex parallel algorithm is underway. Developed by Robert Harley of INRIA (France), the project has already caught the imagination of about 130 participants and is distributed on over 500 machines.
Canadian company Certicom is offering a prize of $5000 for the solution. If won, $4000 will be donated to the Free Software Foundation and the rest split between participants who find parts of the solution.
Source code is available under the GNU Public License. The program uses CPU time but almost no other resources. Communication is done by email to a central site. Note that this is NOT a trivially parallel exhaustive search.
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