Any way of talking the admins into creating a couple of optimized apps? Eg: Ones compiled to take advantage of SSE or MMX? On of each would be great for manual downloads. If you get bored maybe a AMD64 one too?
This would really help with the raw power to get to the goal. I have noticed that SETI members are making optimized version,a dn seeing 30-40% increase in the production, by using that little used portion of the CPU.