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NETI@Home to Examine Net's Strengths 145

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the optimize-this dept.
UnresolvedExternal writes "Wired is reporting about Georgia Tech researchers who want thousands of computer users to install their program to help them monitor traffic patterns on the Internet. They plan to use the data to strengthen the Net and unblock bottlenecks."
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NETI@Home to Examine Net's Strengths

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  • by bungley (768242) on Tuesday April 27, 2004 @10:19AM (#8983630)
    Well, from what I read this doesn't whore your cpu, so there's nothing stopping you running both simultaneously.
  • NEWSFLASH! (Score:3, Informative)

    by hyperstation (185147) on Tuesday April 27, 2004 @10:24AM (#8983690)
    if you're that concerned about spyware, READ THE *SOURCE* and see what it does!

    it's not like you're being asked to install a random binary and run it 24/7....
  • Re:Mac OS X Support (Score:3, Informative)

    by Nasarius (593729) on Tuesday April 27, 2004 @10:27AM (#8983731)
    How exactly is this a troll? Maroons. Theoretically, it should compile as long as you have libpcap and Ethereal installed.
  • Re:and the resources (Score:4, Informative)

    by espo812 (261758) on Tuesday April 27, 2004 @10:33AM (#8983808)
    According to the article:
    The data collected by NETI, sans anything that might personally identify volunteers, will also be made available to other network researchers and the general public on the NETI website. As the project picks up speed -- currently there are only a few dozen volunteers -- they expect to make the data available in real time.
  • Re:NETI@Home results (Score:4, Informative)

    by Sepper (524857) on Tuesday April 27, 2004 @10:37AM (#8983849) Journal
    For those who wanted to know what the 'Other' might be [acc-eda.com]

    IEEE 1164 std_logic
    'U' Uninitialized
    'X' Unknown
    '0' Logic 0 (driven)
    '1' Logic 1 (driven)
    'Z' High impedance
    'W' Weak 1
    'L' Logic 0 (read)
    'H' Logic 1 (read)
    '-' Don't-care


    I Have an exam involving this stuff (VHDL) Tomorrow... so I thought some of you might want to know... (But i'm sure most of you just '-' )
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 27, 2004 @10:40AM (#8983886)
    Just from the story summary, this sounds like a distributed attack.

    Which is exactly why the phrase RTFA was created.

    This project monitors your network performance, not constantly connecting to a single server. This raises privacy issues, but they're gladly doing something about that. There are options as to what you let it send, and the files it sends are stored locally so you can view them.
  • Re:YETI@HOME (Score:2, Informative)

    by shrubya (570356) on Tuesday April 27, 2004 @11:21AM (#8984418) Homepage Journal
    Getting the address wrong [google.com] really diminishes your punch line.

    For a good time call http://www.phobe.com/yeti/ [phobe.com]
  • by mu_wtfo (224511) * on Tuesday April 27, 2004 @11:31AM (#8984524) Homepage
    NETI@home apparently uses CAIDA's "NetGeo" database to map network addresses to geographic locations. However, the NetGeo home page [caida.org] proclaims (in big red type):
    NOTE: NetGeo has not been actively maintained for
    several years, and this will probably not change in the foreseeable future. As a result, there are several known major issues affecting accuracy and service availability. Please be warned that NetGeo may give wildly incorrect results, especially for recently allocated or re-assigned IP addresses.


    That might make it just a bit useless, no?

  • by Bizzarobot (442358) on Tuesday April 27, 2004 @11:58AM (#8984904) Homepage
    I emailed the NETI admin requesting (suggesting) a Mac OS X version. This is the exchange I had. Apparently his email has been slashdotted by the Mac population.

    On Apr 27, 2004, at 11:38 AM, George Riley wrote:

    David, I've been inundated with MacOS requests! Yep, we'll take a look at it ASAP.
    George F. Riley, Assistant Professor
    The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech

    On Tuesday, Apr 27, 2004, at 11:25 US/Eastern, David Bingham wrote:

    Hola!
    I am willing, interested and able lend CPU cycles to GATech's NETI project, but all I own are a number of Macs. Your software download and installation page states, "This page gives a detailed description (hopefully) of how to install and uninstall NETI@home for your favorite OS", but my favorite OS is not listed. :-( If I were more geek-inclined I would download and compile the *nix version that you have listed, but I'm not confident enough of my terminal skills to do so (as are probably many non-geeky Mac-users with very powerful machines...). Slashdot.org forums are already asking about an OS X version, so if I could suggest creating and posting a Mac OS X specific installer, it would be very worth your while!

    Thanks,
    --David Bingham
  • Re:Mac OS X Support (Score:3, Informative)

    by 47Ronin (39566) <glenn AT 47ronin DOT com> on Tuesday April 27, 2004 @03:08PM (#8987505) Homepage
    I tried to compile this and it crapped out during make. Here are some of the last few lines before it stopped:
    In file included from neti.cpp:38:
    neti_netof.h:64:1: warning: "IN_BADCLASS" redefined
    In file included from flows.h:25,
    from neti.cpp:35:
    /usr/include/netinet/in.h:287:1: warning: this is the location of the previous definition
    neti.cpp: In function `int main()':
    neti.cpp:469: error: `suseconds_t' undeclared (first use this function)
    neti.cpp:469: error: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once for each
    function it appears in.)
    neti.cpp:469: error: parse error before `=' token
    neti.cpp:650: error: `useconds' undeclared (first use this function)
    make: *** [neti.o] Error 1

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