Currently, distributed.net is working on RC5-72 (breaking RC5 with a 72-bit key), and the OGR-25 project, which is searching for 25 point optimal Golomb rulers. The OGR project is expected to complete before the end of 2008, while RC5-72 has an expected completion date of over one thousand years. Both problems are part of a series— OGR is part of an infinite series; RC5 currently has eight unsolved challenges from RSA Security, although in May 2007, RSA Security announced that they would no longer be providing prize money for a correct key to any of their secret key challenges.
As of 2001, distributed.net was estimated to have a throughput of over 30 TFLOPS. Modern throughput is likely to be much higher.
A new independent effort, named distributed.net, was later coordinated by Jeff Lawson in March 1997 to resume the effort. A cow head was selected as the icon of the application and the project's mascot. The RC5-56 challenge was solved on October 19, 1997 after 250 days.
The next project was the RC5-64 challenge which took nearly five years to complete before the correct key (0x63DE7DC154F4D039) was found on July 14, 2002 decrypting the message to the plaintext "some things are better left unread".
|Timeline of projects hosted by distributed.net|
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