(Answer) (Category) distributed.net Faq-O-Matic : (Category) Project: OGR (Optimal Golomb Rulers) : (Answer) What would solving OGR actually be good for?
OGR's have many applications including sensor placements for X-ray crystallography and radio astronomy. Golomb rulers can also play a significant role in combinatorics, coding theory and communications. Dr. Golomb was one of the first to analyze them for use in these areas.
http://www.research.ibm.com/people/s/shearer/grbib.html#grapp lists some papers that show how Golomb rulers can be useful in the fields of information theory and communications.
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