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The seti@home experiment

SETI@home [e] is a scientific experiment, ran by UC Berkeley, that uses the power of several hundred thousands of internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence [e] (SETI).

The SETI@home project has received a lot of interest from around the globe. Currently (12-Sep-1999), more than 1.1 million users [e] have joined the programme [e], with a total CPU processing time exceeding 72000 years... It's The Aricebo Observatory [slow...e] in Puerto Rico that delivers the 35GByte of data per day which SETI uses.

You can participate by running an application (which is free of course) that downloads and analyzes the radio telescope data from Aricebo. Maybe your computer is the one that will the detect the faint signal from a civilization beyond Earth.

Currently I have two linux [e] machines (named "Enigma" and "Bletchley" btw), which chew in on the data. These aren't the fastest boxes around (slower Intel pentium's), and they process a single so called "work unit" (some 340KByte) in roughly some 30 hours (see my statistics [e]). As a machine is ready processing the data, it sends the results (a small ASCII file) to SETI@home and receives a new chunk.

Many members of the SETI@home experiment have joined a team - I'm in the linux team [e]. This team has produced over 52000 results with a total CPU processing time of some 93 years.

Why don't you join too [e]? The software runs on different unix's, windoze and MacOS.

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