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Majestic-12
« on: May 04, 2006, 10:52:22 pm »
I would like to invite everybody to join Majestic-12 (or MJ12). It is a WWW search engine done using distributed computing (like SETI@Home etc). Basically it goes like this: you register to the project and download a client software which uses your internet connection to "crawl" the web. First it downloads these "URL buckets" which contain 10,000 URLs each, then it goes through them, then packs the information they contain and then send the info back to a central server.

Now on the server side these buckets get indexed etc (I don't remember how the process goes) and the information is made available for the search engine (not in real time though - not yet).

This project is far from ready though - the client is working very fine but on the server side there are still a lot of things that need to be done. One thing I really like in this project is that the developer is very active, I can honestly say that at the moment he has dedicated his life for the project. He visits the project's forum many times a day, answering questions and letting people know what he is doing, and he releases updates like weekly.

So, if you're interested in taking part of this project, it's website can be found at http://www.majestic12.co.uk/ - you'll also find a lot more information about the project from there.

Now if you have any questions, you can ask them here or directly at the project's forum.

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Like every distributed computing project, this one also has teams.. So if we get enough people to join, perhaps we could set up a MaSu team! :)

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Re: Majestic-12
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2006, 11:18:58 pm »
this uses my bandwith, right?
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Re: Majestic-12
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2006, 11:25:04 pm »
Yes. The project developer suggests that people with limited (i.e. monthly transfer limit) connections should not join the project.

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Re: Majestic-12
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2006, 11:30:21 pm »
I have a shared net connection, so i shan't be joining. best of luck to you all! :)
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Re: Majestic-12
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2006, 11:44:45 pm »
I may join. My PC is on like all the time anyway.
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Re: Majestic-12
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2006, 12:00:30 am »
Of course you can fully control how much bandwith the client uses.

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Re: Majestic-12
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2006, 12:59:06 am »
someone would bitch somehow.
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Re: Majestic-12
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2006, 03:41:37 am »
What they don't tell you is that they are secretly developing Icarus over this distributed grid of computers.  :o
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Re: Majestic-12
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2006, 04:59:28 am »
i would join, but I already have a similar thing running  :'(
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Re: Majestic-12
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2006, 09:29:08 am »
I already have F@H going for a while now.... too much effort to remove it and installed the new one.

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Re: Majestic-12
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2006, 09:44:24 pm »
MJ12 doesn't use as much CPU as other distributed computing projects. CPU load goes up only when the client is "archiving" a finished URL bucket, and you also have total control over how much CPU it uses (you can set this from options). During normal crawling CPU usage should be only a few %s.

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Re: Majestic-12
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2007, 01:23:16 pm »

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Re: Majestic-12
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2007, 10:13:29 pm »
Interesting project, but I think I prefer Folding@HOME.

Not that folding has run on my computer for quite some while now.

How much internet capacity is "needed" for this stuff, by the way?
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Re: Majestic-12
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2007, 10:19:54 pm »
If you mean the client, well, there are people running it on dial-ups.. I've dedicated some 9mbits for the project, may add another 5-6mbits soon.

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Re: Majestic-12
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2007, 10:32:36 pm »
congratz for getting the server named after you, refic ;D
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