Kryptos@Home is a volunteer computing project which allows anyone on the internet to contribute computing resources to research projects, related to solving one of the most famous, unsolved puzzles - the three-decade old Kryptos!
More precisely, it is a sculpture located on the grounds of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Langley, Virginia - at the main entrance to New Headquarters Building (NHB) and in the courtyard between NHB and the Original Headquarters Building (OHB) cafeteria - completed by the American artist James Sanborn, on November 3, 1990.
The Kryptos sculpture comprises four large copper plates, a large vertical S-shaped copper screen resembling a scroll of four encrypted messages, three of which (referred to as K1, K2 and K3) have been solved.
As a community, Kryptos@Home's mission is to crack the elusive K4.
We maintain an up-to-date list of currently available applications, and research directions, on the dedicated section of our web site.
For a list of useful Kryptos resources - from around the magical, electric interwebs - please, refer to the dedicated dedicated section of our web site.
Color coding added for clarity: K1, K2, K3, K4, encryption tableau.
Temporary maintenance completed
The project is back up and, by popular demand, Kryptos Plato 0.5 task generation has been resumed for time being.
22 Jan 2021, 13:08:03 UTC · Discuss
Temporarily down for maintenance
We're investigating excessive server load and until the underlying cause has been identified and eliminated the project will remain in maintenance mode.
We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.
22 Jan 2021, 10:35:00 UTC · Discuss
Kryptos Plato 0.6 coming soon and BOINC Stats
We're working hard on testing our Kryptos Plato 0.6 update, which - whilst still a VirtualBox-based app - brings in substantial computational speed-ups (on the order of 10 times) and expands the exploration capabilities of Kryptos Plato, meaning that we'll be able to search within an even bigger solution space than before.
As a result, we're suspending workunit generation for a couple of days, in order to enable efficient CPU resource utilization over the more efficient version. Validation of all currently scheduled for sending (as well as ongoing) tasks will proceed as usual, until exhaustion of the work queue.
For those of you who are interested in stat tracking, Kryptos@Home has been added to BOINC Stats: https://www.boincstats.com/stats/195/project/detail/
18 Jan 2021, 11:30:54 UTC · Discuss
Project stats enabled
A huge thanks to the entire BOINC community for the invaluable feedback and support so far!
We would like to confirm that:
- The project stat export feature has been enabled :)
- We're working hard towards releasing a native counterpart to Kryptos Plato, which is currently dependent on VirtualBox. In terms of the latter, we've found that 5.2.44 version tends to work well on Windows 10, whilst Linux and Mac are not so fussy, VirtualBox-wise.
13 Jan 2021, 19:13:44 UTC · Discuss
New task batches available
We've just fixed an issue in our work generation script, and we're happy to confirm that there are new task batches on their way.
The issue originated as a direct result of unintentional cancelation of a whole lot of workunits.
We confirm that the database integrity has been preserved and no user credit, nor result data has been affected.
We offer our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.
13 Jan 2021, 16:35:12 UTC · Discuss