The AMD Users distributed computing team is a group of personal computer users who like to donate computing time, that would otherwise be unused, to help the development and completion of scientific projects based on the distributed computing method.
It was created in January 8th 2002, founded by Shnal on the Übero project. In there the first AMD Users members started to know each others, and the team began growing in numbers. Shnal, who was learning HTML in college at the time, created a basic website for the team, and bwhite, who was one of the first members of AMD Users, hosted it on his own webspace (amerak.com).
On July 10th 2003, when the team was a year and a half old, the definitive domain was acquired (amdusers.com) and a new and improved php website complete with message boards and other features, was deployed online two days later, by spjeff69, who also took care of its administration and further development until today.
The AMD Users team has always been highly competitive against other teams, and over the years as it grew in size and numbers, it has amassed a large amount of high ranks on the projects statistics, including some world #1 positions. Its members come from all over the world, and several have already been national champions for their home countries, and even world champions, while representing the team.
Nowadays the team has grown to over 2,500 members, over 1,000 of which are registered on the forums, coming from more than 50 different countries contributing computer time to science in over 80 of the distributed computing projects that are available to the general public, as of 2010.