I was surprised the other day when I found an old friend online–SETI@home, “Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence at Home.” (https://setiathome.berkeley.edu/sah_about.php) Begun almost two decades ago, this program is a continuation of the search for life outside our solar system, similar to the movie “Contact.” Specialized radio telescopes scan and record data, looking for patterns that provide evidence of life in space. the search is limited by computer processing time of the data.
Seti@home hopes to bridge this gap by using the collaborative power of loosely networked computers to crunch this data. Participants download a software manager that accepts data packets from SETI. During off-peak or non-use of your computer, the program utilizes the processor to crunch this data. When complete, the program uploads the information and downloads another. Individuals can participate by themselves or as members of a group. The program runs on Mac’s and PC’s, as well as mobile devices.
Your device’s speed at analyzing the data is a reflection of the processing power of your device. This is originally how I became involved, back in the day of processors that were doubling in speed about every 6 months and when message boards were filled with advice on overclocking and cooling processors.
I have created a team called “Supreme Regulators.” I invite you to look into the program and join the team if you decide to participate.
“The universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space.”
― Carl Sagan, Contact
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