For some people, distributed computing is a competitive sport. To them, the credits they receive for work done are the main motivator, and some will even pick which project to contribute to just by looking at how much credits are given out compared to other projects.
Personally, I’m into it because of the scientific potential, and I pick projects based on how much good I think they can do. I only monitor credits to make sure that all my computers are crunching properly. Still, a few months ago I was pleased to discover that my Mac Pro was the 4th fastest computer on the Rosetta@home project.
Because I recently overclocked that Mac Pro using a tool from ZDnet Germany, I checked the “top computers” page again and found that it was now #2 despite a more competitive field, and fairly close to #1, but still not catching up to it.
Idle CPUs are sad little unproductive things, wasting their potential. Give yours something interesting to work on.
Update: Guess I should have waited a bit before posting this. I now officially have the single-computer doing the most work for Rosetta@home!