200 years of computing time for the SETI project
Our SETI @ home team is, as our regular readers are sure to know, about to celebrate a major anniversary. The members can already celebrate a little: the achievement of 200 years of computing time. At 8:58 am the time had come.
We are still a little way off our next major anniversary, when we reached the 250,000 WUs mark. Today, almost exactly to the day after 9 months, our total computing time, the time that a P1 200 would have needed to calculate our total WUs, has quadrupled to an incredible 200 years. And that in just nine months. A mature achievement that our crunchers have achieved. Interesting: The number of our members has almost doubled in the same period. Our team now has almost 400 members. One reason that things are progressing so rapidly is certainly that the CPUs are getting stronger and the calculation time of a data packet has dropped to two to two and a half hours with the current CPUs. That means, with a computer with a top CPU you can easily manage 10-11 WUs a day. A year ago, the bar was around four hours. Some of our strongest crunchers are so-called 24/7 crunchers, so they let their computers run 24 hours, 7 days a week. Most of the time the PCs are on around the clock anyway, so the PC can just as easily help the University of Berkeley in the search for extraterrestrial signals. But the many part-time crunchers who only let their computer do the math for Seti now and then contribute significantly to the enormous computing power of the ComputerBase Seti team. There have been some changes since then. Our team now has its own internet presence, i.e. its own team homepage. There is now also a team account that anyone can crunch to, for whom the team idea is most important. He is also doing very well, this year he will move up to the top 10 in our team.
Forall who have now understood the station, a brief explanation. To put it briefly, the Seti project tries to prove the existence of life outside our earth. To do this, the sky is scanned with a radio telescope and the received data is searched for patterns that can be ascribed to an intelligence. In order to be able to evaluate this enormous amount of data even halfway in a reasonable time frame, the sub-project SETI @ home was developed. This means that anyone with a PC at home can calculate a small piece of the data from the radio telescope (WU - Workunit - data package) and send the results back to the University of Berkeley in California. They then evaluate the results, whether there are certain regularities that could possibly be the origin of an extraterrestrial intelligence. More information can be found on our team homepage .
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