SETI@Home goes on a hiatus after 21 years

Posted on Friday, March 06 2020 @ 11:23 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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The folks that manage the SETI@home announce the distributed-computing project will be pauzed at the end of March. SETI@Home was one of the first distributed computing projects, the idea here is that instead of using a supercomputer, you chop up the workload into small pieces that can be crunched on home computers. Various distributed computing efforts became quite popular and it seems SETI@Home is no longer in need of computing power.

On the project's homepage, two reasons are given for why the project is going into hibernation:
1) Scientifically, we're at the point of diminishing returns; basically, we've analyzed all the data we need for now.

2) It's a lot of work for us to manage the distributed processing of data. We need to focus on completing the back-end analysis of the results we already have, and writing this up in a scientific journal paper.

However, SETI@home is not disappearing. The web site and the message boards will continue to operate. We hope that other UC Berkeley astronomers will find uses for the huge computing capabilities of SETI@home for SETI or related areas like cosmology and pulsar research. If this happens, SETI@home will start distributing work again. We'll keep you posted about this.
Via ARS Technica

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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