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august 1, 2000 |
'for-pay' distributed processing network

Distributed Science, Inc. today announced that its ProcessTree network now has in excess of 100,000 computers signed up, ready to work on paid projects. ProcessTree is the Internet's first 'for-pay' distributed processing network.

"As the first commercial distributed computing network we reached this milestone that puts us far ahead of any competitor", said Jim Albea, the founder of the ProcessTree network. "Our network has a processing power three times the capacity of ASCI White, the world's most powerful supercomputer installation."

This is the way it works. First you connect to the Internet in your usual way. While connected, your computer uses our client software to download a job unit from our coordinating server. Then during idle times your computer, instead of sitting and doing nothing, works on the job unit for a ProcessTree client. Anywhere from a few hours to a few days later, the software will indicate to you that it is ready to be uploaded to our home location. Upon connection, ProcessTree software will upload the completed package and then ask if you wish to download a new one. Because the number of work units will be so large and the number of computers processing them will also be large, our accounting will be in the form of 'micropayments' which will accrue to your account. You can choose payment in the form of credits with an online retailer, credits with your Internet Service Provider, electronic cash, or after a minimum is reached, payment can be remitted to you in the form of a check.
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ProcessTree Network grows to 100,000 computers. Supercomputer power from the desktop is ready.

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