BOINC projects such as SETI BOINC, SETI 2 and AstroPulse give credit in the form of cobblestones
. This is very different from the work unit count used in the classic SETI@Home program. The number of cobblestones your computer will request when it returns the result of a work unit depends on the speed of the computer and the time it took to process the work unit.
Another big difference is that the credit is no longer instantaneous. Instead, credit is granted when 3 or more clients have returned a successful result for the same work unit. When the result is validated (at least two of the three results match), the same amount of cobblestones is granted to everybody returning the correct result.
Most BOINC projects will maintain their own project website and project related statistics. However it is possible that multiple projects from the same organizer (such as the Space Sciences Lab in Berkeley who manages all of the above projects) will combine cobblestone results from different projects into an overall result. There are some challenges to do this summarizing since the same user may have used different email addresses or account names in the different projects. It is therefore unlikely to see a combined statistic when other project organizers join BOINC.
by leibold edited by pike
last modified: 2004-07-06 18:01:02