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SETI@home Weekly Update

28 April 2000 - Dan Knight

As part of Team Mac Observer, we've been following teams in our neighborhood (we're at 19 this week) closely for the past few weeks - but SETI@home is a lot more than just our ranking in the Top 20.

My goal is to provide a weekly overview of the Top 20 teams, plus the next five teams and others that may be contending to join the Top 20 list. Key tools are the SETI@home team statistics page, the SETI Checker program (which visually graphs recent weeks for team performance), and Dave's Stats, which concentrate on The Knights Who Say Ni!

In the following analysis, data in the second column comes from the SETI statistics page. Information in the third column comes from my analysis and Dave's Stats, which is my source for the average recent work units per day. Note that this is a volatile figure which can change a fair bit from day to day, especially as members join or leave a team and bring their work units with them.

You can also view weekly reports from April 14 and April 21.

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1. Team Art Bell. The undisputed leader among club teams, Lamb Chop should overtake them next year.

937,033 units
12,538 members
2,840 years
avg. 26:33
+22,186 units
+12 members
Avg. 3,169 units per day

2. Team Ars Technica Lamb Chop has the best average time per unit of any team in the Top 25. They are gaining on Team Art Bell by about 1,300 units per day and could overtake them sometime this summer.

746,062 units
2,151 members
1,137 years
avg. 13:21
+36,866 units
+25 members
Avg. 5,266 units per day

3. Team MacAddict is the top Mac team, but they are not crunching enough units to climb in the standings.

664,970 units
3,540 members
1,112 years
avg. 14:39
+23,580 units
+45 members
Avg. 3,368 units per day

4. The Knights Who Say Ni! are moving up in the standings - they were 9 in late March and 6 last week. They could reach 3 in the coming months.

387,455 units
510 members
566 years
avg. 12:48
+73,455 units
+20 members
Avg. 10,490 units per day, due to a massive one-day infusion of almost 40,000 units!

5. The Planetary Society overtook Team Slashdot as they were being passed by The Knights Who Say Ni!

353,186 units
1,090 members
757 years
avg. 18:46
+14,540 units
+9 members
Avg. 2,077 units per day

6. Team Slashdot has dropped to sixth after being overtaken by The Planetary Society and The Knights Who Say Ni!

349,839 units
2,118 members
709 years
avg. 17:46
+7,539 units
+3 members
Avg. 1,077 units per day

7. SETI.Germany was recently bumped back to 7 by The Knights Who Say NI! Their hold on 7 looks pretty firm. They could pass Team Slashdot in August.

302,582 units
1,173 members
527 years
avg. 15:16
+10,717 units
+23 members
Avg. 1,531 units per day

8. O'Grady's Go2Mac.com Team is the second highest Mac team and not expected to rise in the standings.

266,310 units
1,209 members
504 years
avg. 16:34
+8,132 units
+5 members
Avg. 1,160 units per day

9. Canada lost a lot of work units this week, but remains at 9.

225,684 units
888 members
485 years
avg. 18:51
-30,366 units
+7 members
Avg. -4,338 units per day

10. Rounding out the Top 10 is Linux, which doesn't appear to have any chance of rising in the standings.

222,905 units
404 members
370 years
avg. 14:37
+4,478 units
+3 members
Avg. 639 units per day due to lost members

11. OS/2 Warp isn't dead, as this team demonstrates. They are averaging just under 20 hours per unit, the second slowest among the Top 15 club teams.

182,360 units
588 users
414 years
avg. 19:55
+5,362 units
+2 members
Avg. 766 units per day

12. SETI Switzerland remains at 12 and is expected to pass OS/2 Warp in a couple weeks. However, they will soon be passed by SETI@Netherlands, leaving them at 12.

175,649 units
348 members
295 years
avg. 14:43
+8,929 units
+4 members
Avg. 2,893 units per day

13. The real climbers continue to be SETI@Netherlands, which moves from 15 to 13 this week. They have the third highest average units per week of any club team. Early next week they should pass the Swiss, breaking into the Top 10 by the end of May.

164,452 units
613 members
273 years
avg. 14 :34
+26,069 units
+114 members
Avg. 3,724 units per day thanks to new members

14. Team NIPPON passed Team User Friendly, but were themselves passed by SETI@Netherlands.

158,093 units
549 members
264 years
avg. 14:37
+5,965 units
+7 members
avg. 852 units per day

15. Team User Friendly, composed of fans of the comic strip, moved to 14 after Team NIPPON passed them. They have the slowest average time among the Top 15. They are not expected to rise in the standings.

157,475 units
819 members
359 years
avg. 19:57
+3,868 units
+2 members
avg. 552 units per day

16. SETI@Home Poland has managed to remain ahead of FreeBSD.

142,881 units
305 members
249 years
avg. 15:15
+3,942 units
+5 members
Avg. 563 units per day

17. FreeBSD seems to have lost the battle with SETI@Home Poland for 16.

141,619 units
295 members
247 years
avg. 15:18
+2,803 units
+2 members
Avg. 400 units per day

18. Team Lockergnome has the slowest average time in the Top 20, but managed to pass Team Mac Observer and could catch FreeBSD.

141,349 units
1,311 members
373 years
avg. 23:09
+15,281 units
+2 members
Avg. 2,183 units per day, due to a 10,000+ unit infusion this week.

19. The third Mac team Team Mac Observer (which Low End Mac supports) was slammed back to 19 this week after Team Lockergnome added almost 11,000 units in a single day. They should continue to climb in the standings.

136,616 units
596 members
240 years
avg. 15:23
+13.484 units
+54 members
Avg. 1,926 units per day with help of many new members

20. Team BeOS rounds out the Top 20.

125,195 units
566 members
228 years
avg. 15:58
+4,533 units
+9 members
Avg. 647 units per day

Just below the Top 20 we have:

21. Yahoo SETI Club Team does not appear to be a threat to any team in the Top 20.

112,592 units
288 members
219 years
avg. 17:04
+918 units
-2 member
Avg. 131 units per day due to losing team members.

22. The Amateur Radio Operators team should pass the Yahoo SETI Club, probably in May.

107,386 units
281 members
249 years
avg. 20:18
+5,879 units
+4 members
avg. 839 units per day

23. Quebec will probably move to 22 after the Amateur Radio Operators overtaks the Yahoo SETI Club Team. This week, they passed the Maximum PC Team.

103,918 units
383 members
214 years
avg. 18:03
+3,859 units
+4 members
avg. 551 units per day

24. Team Yellow Dwarf moved ahead of the Maximum PC Team this week and may pass Quebec with the next month or so.

100,505 units
201 members
183 years
avg. 15:55
+3,485 units
+1 member
avg. 497 units per day
25. Team AnandTech has moved up from 31 over recent weeks and passed the Maximum PC Team (now 26) this week. They could pass Team Yellow Dwarf any day and could hit 21 by the end of May.
99,959 units
293 members
155 years
avg. 13:36
+6,470 units
+3 members
avg. 924 units per day

And below the Top 25, the following teams look interesting:

27. Matrox Users got past FurSETI (now 28) to move up one step and should pass the Maximum PC Team (No 26) in the coming week.

97,336 units
425 members
147 years
avg. 13:14
+4,918 units
-1 member
avg. 702 units per day

29. Scarfy looked interesting, but seems to be settling down. Since late March, they've moved up from 52. Dave projects Scarfy at 27 within the month.

91,861 units
3 members
64 years
avg. 06.04
+9,548 units
no new members
avg. 565 units per day

37. Look at Team EDGE remains at 37. Dave predicts they will reach 29 within a month. They should reach 36 any day.

81,018 units
77 members
117 years
avg. 12.38
+2,489 units
+1 member
avg. 498 units per day

Well, that's how the competition looks this week on the SETI@home team page. Come back next Friday for an update. (And if you'd like to join a team, I'd like to see you join Team Mac Observer.) LEM

Recent articles about SETI@home

  • Team 6100 Update, 2001.12.20. We've completed over 500 units and donated over 5 years of CPU time to SETI@home since May 2000.
  • Team 6100 @300 units, SETIonMac, 2001.08.14. Team using old Power Macs has passed the 300 unit mark running SETI@home.
  • SETI@home monthly update, 2001.08.01. Sad news - Team Mac Observer has fallen to #26 in the team standings.
  • A look at SETI Checker, 2000.04.25. This freeware program lets you follow your favorite SETI@home teams.


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