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13th April 2000, 15:43
Hello fellow setees, received this in the mail today:


"The Register" is having a contest about trying to find the person and
hardware configuration that achieved the smallest time to analyze a work
unit. Since MatroxUsers have a team on it it would be nice to find out who's
the ONE ("And There Can Be Only One" ... at least at MatroxUsers).


António Correia "

Brian R.
13th April 2000, 16:17
OK, who's running an Alpha processor?

13th April 2000, 16:41
I think Manex is the fastest (4 hr 05 min 59.3 sec) followed by Rags (5 hr 13 min 06.9 sec).


13th April 2000, 16:54
Arguably, the team member who worked the hardest for his one WU contribution is NawtyPentium75 (138 hr 09 min 30.9 sec). Whew! One suspects that handle is an exageration. That looks like a PalmPilot number. http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif


13th April 2000, 17:58
My last 200 work units have been just under 3hrs each average.


Brian R.
13th April 2000, 19:46
Everyone, don't go by your average hours/wu if you have more than one computer. What is the average time from your fastest computer only? My best is around 5.5 hours, although some of my wu are finished in about 30 seconds http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif

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13th April 2000, 19:58
Hi Brian,

If you are referring that to me, I run only one computer, so what you see is my "fastest" computer.


13th April 2000, 20:27
Kind of an odd thing to ask of a Beta Tester, but ...

Post Your Specs! http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

We may be throwing you to the wolves, -er, I mean The Register.


Brian R.
13th April 2000, 20:45
No Rags, I was just talking in general. http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif

13th April 2000, 21:00
Pentium class cpu, bx board, 128MB RAM, Matrox Card, sony floppy http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif

13th April 2000, 22:05
The 20 fastest *average* WU times, from the top 200 MURCers:

| name | rank | tot_wu | ave_cpu |
| Manex | 37 | 645 | 4.09 |
| Rags | 22 | 893 | 5.21 |
| KvHagedorn | 24 | 789 | 6.25 |
| Ace | 118 | 164 | 6.58 |
| Eye MD | 158 | 99 | 6.95 |
| T_Burgler | 155 | 102 | 7.00 |
| Martin | 117 | 164 | 7.53 |
| Guru | 40 | 602 | 7.57 |
| Rakido | 74 | 288 | 7.92 |
| Daniel Ackerot | 171 | 82 | 8.00 |
| hominid skull | 132 | 143 | 8.13 |
| Jakob Kruse | 31 | 729 | 8.19 |
| Batknight2 | 102 | 194 | 8.27 |
| Mark F. | 13 | 1424 | 8.75 |
| Greebe | 11 | 1556 | 8.92 |
| Dyre | 51 | 485 | 9.00 |
| Ees | 1 | 3892 | 9.01 |
| Jorden | 86 | 237 | 9.02 |
| VSA | 18 | 1051 | 9.12 |
| paulcs | 14 | 1335 | 9.14 |

As Brian noted, this is generally not a good measure of the fastest system a person uses. Also note that "ave_cpu" is in decimal hours.

I'll measure my fastest system today, but I don't expect too much of it; in my case, it's the quantity that counts http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif.


(Oops, that table didn't come out that well; does this fix it?)
(Well, not really, but at least it's readable...)

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13th April 2000, 22:13
Must be that Sony floppy. http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif


13th April 2000, 22:15
Actuall that Sony floppy is the quietest and fastest one I have used to date....

13th April 2000, 22:34
I like Sony floppies as well. I have trouble finding them though. So I settle for Teacs.


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14th April 2000, 00:59
My Teac floppy gets it done in 3:15 ('bout time someone beat me! http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif

14th April 2000, 02:06
Okay okay... So I am in the top 20 fastest??

Okay: I'll start up crunching WU's again http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif


14th April 2000, 05:32
Well, I can't get much faster than 5 hr 48 mins. Sample of one, but no way I can touch the 3 hours Rags seems to be doing...

This was on a Xeon 550, using the linux-client. For benchmark-purposes, I let it run all by itself. Normally, all four CPU's are crunching happily together. That slows them down somewhat though.


14th April 2000, 07:10
WooHoo!! I made it into the top ten for average times, with only a single system.

Anyway, my times all come from my P3-450 (originally o.c.'ed to 558 with Win98, now at 525, due to Win2K's pickiness). Even though it's no longer clocked as high, it still processes a WU faster now than before, thanks, most likely, to Win2K's overall efficiency compared to that of Win98.

I'm also considering running this on my wife's computer, but so far she's threatened to cut me off (pardon me, to any sensitive readers) if I try it, so I've held back for now.


14th April 2000, 12:08
Go to http://www.teamlambchop.com/ and run the benchmark unit!!! My áverage time is about 5.5h


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14th April 2000, 15:57
I made a top 20 list, woohoo! http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif
I get about 7 hour wu on this system. The pIII 600's i used to use were a lil slower, due to constant use...

wohoooo i made A LIST! http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

14th April 2000, 18:39
O.K. Who's our poster boy?


14th April 2000, 20:48
Hi all! Wow, I never thought I'd come in first on any list! Alas, I'm not eligible for the Regiter's contest since the CPUs I'm using now are not mine. I was originally using my trusty old Celeron 300A@450 to crunch out work units. Then I got the idea to use some idle CPUs on the HP J-Class compute servers where I work. These servers have since been upgraded to the HP L-Class servers that tear through a work unit in just under 3 hours. I usually use 2 or 3 CPUs at a time, but my average isn't quite down to the shortest time possible yet, but I'm working on it! My guess is that now both Rags and myself are able to spit a WU out in about equal time. More power to the MURC!

ABIT BF6, P3-600E FC-PGA @840, 128MB Crucial 7ns SDRAM, IBM Deskstar 10GXP, Matrox Millenium G400 DH 32MB, Sound Blaster Live!, D-LINK 10/100 Ethernet, Adaptec 2940UW, Plextor 32X CDROM, Plextor 4X/12X CD-R, SCSI Zip Drive, Motorola Cybersurfr Cable Modem

15th April 2000, 05:16
Oh look at that... average time now 8 hr 59 min 45.6 sec ... http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif faster than you are Martin http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif


P.S: I do one WU every 5 to 6 hours on my P3-450 non OC. http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

15th April 2000, 06:57
Ehhh, don't tempt me now, all right? http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

My average is steadily going down as well... it's just that I did so many slow WUs some time ago... http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/frown.gif

Anyway, it looks like I won't turn in *any* WUs for the rest of the weekend. And my stats-pages aren't updated either. Bummer.

Back on monday!

15th April 2000, 11:23
That's what I get for having those 6 extra-slow system running for 7 months - a very high average time.... http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif


Go Team!!!

Guyv http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif

17th April 2000, 11:51
Woohoo! I was able to break through the 4 hour mark on my average time this morning... My avg. is now (3 hr 59 min 45.5 sec). GO TEAM!


17th April 2000, 22:20
Hi Jorden
5-6 hours on a p3-450. How the hell do you do that. I cant get my p2-450's under 9h, and my p3-550 under 8h.
Can i please get some help so i can crounch some more units.
All of these machines are running with nt4.
I tried using the textclient and that gave about a 10% reduction in time. But there gotta be something else i can do?? http://geocities.com/r337m0nk3y/net/alien1.gif
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18th April 2000, 06:33
Jorden? How do you do that?
my xeon 500 average on the latest 401 Wu is 7,56,32.
my p3600 512k average on the latest 229 is 6,20,53.
i upgraded the 600 to a 700e yesterday because Hecubus is starting to breathing down my neck, but its not any faster, since it has smaller cash 256k and seti really needs 512k


18th April 2000, 12:08
Comes with the trade I guess http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif Still using GUI 1.06, in the background all the time. It only quits when I shut my PC down or when I play heavy 3D games. Maybe I get tossed easy WU's? http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif


18th April 2000, 14:03
Averaging 5hrs. 15min per unit under Win98SE character client version 2.04....

Not too bad, can't wait to try it under W2K and possibly linux.....


18th April 2000, 19:44
O.K. I'll get flamed for this one, but what are you all talking about?? WU??
HRS,MIN,SEC??? I have read some of the posts and just don't understand. The only reason I am asking is it sounds interesting, but I just can't put it together, So help
the OLD and illiterate one out here!!!


18th April 2000, 20:07
For an explanation of SETI, go here:


A WU is a work unit. The times people are discussing are how long it takes to process one.

The MURC has a team. If you want to see our stats, you can check them out here:


And compare them to other club teams here:



21st April 2000, 23:07
Hi Guys..

Sorry to have been ignoring you lately, but I'm still crunching units. My average time in my fastest computer is about 4 hrs. What's in it? heh heh.. that's a secret, but here's what it looks like...

<img src=http://www.sgi.com/origin/images/home_origin.jpg>

I only wish.. http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

btw, has anyone checked out team SGI? Geez, over there Martin would be around 46th place!

Kind Regards,


23rd April 2000, 06:06
Martin, how about a weekly update of the top 20 fastest? http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif

Jord, 8 hr 53 min 30.1 sec

30th April 2000, 13:39

GUI v1.06 I found was alot slower than v2.ox.

When I swithced from 1.06 to 2.00 it shaved 2 hrs from my WU time!

Hey ,what the heck am I doing helping a rival team!!! http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif

30th April 2000, 13:44
Thanks Assim,

But if you don't mind I'll stick with this version http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif


Brian R.
1st May 2000, 05:37
Jorden, I think you'll have to change before too long. The 1.6 version is due to be shitcanned soon. No acknowledgement from SETI for downloading or uploading WUs.

1st May 2000, 05:47

Je bent toch niet aan het valsspelen, he? http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif

(Die dit maar even in het Nederlands vraagt...)

1st May 2000, 14:29

Ich versteh kein Wort http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif

1st May 2000, 14:43
Nee Martin: Ik speel niet vals. Maar er zijn wel truukjes om Seti iets korter te laten werken, zoals totaal niks met je PC doen, en Seti in de achtergrond te laten lopen. http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

Brian: I read that they would do so about a month ago and I can still get WU's. Maybe it was a threat? http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif