NFS@Home is a distributed computing project which uses the BOINC platform to perform the lattice sieving step in GNFS and SNFS. To date NFS@Home has done over 2300 factorizations, using the 14e, 15e and 16e lattice sievers from GGNFS.
For the 14e and 15e queues:
- Numbers are proposed by people in the fast breeding thread once they have received enough ECM (and a good enough polynomial is found, if the number is to be factored with GNFS).
- Greg Childers (maintainer of the project) puts the numbers in the queue to be sieved.
- Users connected to the project run work units which sieve some special q (typically 2000 per unit).
- People reserve numbers to post process in either the 14e or 15e threads.
- Post processing is run and factors are posted.
For the 16e queue, a similar procedure is run but the numbers usually come from the Cunningham project and Greg runs the post processing himself.