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Nerd status: Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence [[email protected]]

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Poop Man Bob, Apr 25, 2004.

  1. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Nov 16, 2000 Messages: 10,259 Likes Received: 18
    [email protected] is a program you can install on your computer which replaces whatever current screensaver you have. When the screensaver runs, it helps analyze data collected by The Search for Extraterrestrial Life.


    A brief explanation of [url=http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/about_seti/about_seti_at_home_1.html]how[/url] [email protected] works:
    [quote][b][b]The Problem — Mountains of Data[/b]

    Most of the SETI programs in existence today, including those at UC Berkeley build large computers that analyze that data from the telescope in real time. None of these computers look very deeply at the data for weak signals nor do they look for a large class of signal types (which we'll discuss further on...) The reason for this is because they are limited by the amount of computer power available for data analysis. To tease out the weakest signals, a great amount of computer power is necessary. It would take a monstrous supercomputer to get the job done. SETI programs could never afford to build or buy that computing power. There is a trade-off that they can make. Rather than a huge computer to do the job, they could use a smaller computer but just take longer to do it. But then there would be lots of data piling up. What if they used LOTS of small computers, all working simultaneously on different parts of the analysis? Where can the SETI team possibly find thousands of computers they'd need to analyze the data continuously streaming from [url=http://www.naic.edu/]Arecibo[/url]?

    The UC Berkeley SETI team has discovered that there are already thousands of computers that might be available for use. Most of these computers sit around most of the time with toasters flying across their screens accomplishing absolutely nothing and wasting electricity to boot. This is where [email protected] (and you!) come into the picture. The [email protected] project hopes to convince you to allow us to borrow your computer when you aren't using it and to help us "…search out new life and new civilizations." We'll do this with a screen saver that can go get a chunk of data from us over the internet, analyze that data, and then report the results back to us. When you need your computer back, our screen saver instantly gets out of the way and only continues it's analysis when you are finished with your work.

    It's an interesting and difficult task. There's so much data to analyze that it seems impossible! Fortunately, the data analysis task can be easily broken up into little pieces that can all be worked on separately and in parallel. None of the pieces depends on the other pieces. Also, there is only a finite amount of sky that can be seen from Arecibo. In the next two years the entire sky as seen from the telescope will be scanned three times. We feel that this will be enough for this project. By the time we've looked at the sky three times, there will be new telescopes, new experiments, and new approaches to SETI. We hope that you will be able to participate in them too![/b][/quote]

    [*]You can read more about the overall process [url=http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/process_page/]here[/url].
    [*]Learn about [email protected] in general [url=http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/learnmore.html]here[/url].
    [*]What would an alien signal [url=http://www.planetary.org/html/UPDATES/seti/alien_signal.html]look like[/url]?[/list]

    I just downloaded it last week and it's only run a little bit. But it's cool. So [url=http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/download.html]download[/url] it and be nerdish.​
  2. Dirty_habiT

    Dirty_habiT Administrator

    Joined: Mar 8, 2001 Messages: 18,135 Likes Received: 82
  3. sarcasm

    sarcasm Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 30, 2003 Messages: 3,352 Likes Received: 35
    is this for real? or just for entertainment?
  4. Crimsøn

    Crimsøn Senior Member

    Joined: Dec 18, 2003 Messages: 2,120 Likes Received: 1
    Didnt some college make a big ol' deal (Like hacking
    and computer conspiracy charges and what not)
    out of this when one of the professor's replaced
    the screensavers with these?

    I remember hearing about this...yeehaw.
  5. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Nov 16, 2000 Messages: 10,259 Likes Received: 18
    Naw, it's for real.
  6. Guess where the #1 Blingmaster radiotelescope dish used for this venture is located?

    Wordemup 2
  7. AORAone

    AORAone Veteran Member

    Joined: Feb 7, 2003 Messages: 6,460 Likes Received: 32
    didnt arcel make a similar thread about a month ago? except it was like a screen saver? i dunno......anyways.
  8. BROWNer

    BROWNer Guest

    i used to have this on my old powerbook.
  9. villain

    villain Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2002 Messages: 5,190 Likes Received: 2
    I will link other distributed computing applications to this thread at a later date. My bro's over right now and he's sleeping...
  10. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Nov 16, 2000 Messages: 10,259 Likes Received: 18
  11. sarcasm

    sarcasm Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 30, 2003 Messages: 3,352 Likes Received: 35
    damn if this is for real, thats fuckin crazy...

    i downloaded it on my comp, i don't understand a thing it doing...
    just a whole bunch of graphs and data.... but that'd be some crazy shit if
    i actually found some sort of outer space intelligence on my home pc...
    haha before i would know it, it's independence day at my house, with
    will smith running around trying to save the world....
  12. villain

    villain Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 12, 2002 Messages: 5,190 Likes Received: 2
  13. The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, when finished in 2007, will employ distributed computing to find the Higgs boson (aka: the God particle). It won't be available to ordinary users such as ourselves, but the principle is there.

  14. dosoner

    dosoner Elite Member

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    tried to join but i got a 404, will try later
  15. shape1369

    shape1369 Member

    Joined: Apr 27, 2003 Messages: 557 Likes Received: 1
    one of my old physics professors used to run this on his entire computer lab. my dad used to run this as well...