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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Nov 24, 2005 0:59:17 GMT -6
SETI@home killed off
SETI@home Becomes Part of BOINC
Computing experiment SETI@home will be switched off on December 15 as it becomes part of the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC). BOINC has been developed at UC Berkeley as a framework for volunteer computing projects like SETI@home.
According to a press release, those who are currently using SETI@home are being asked to visit here for instructions.
The workunit totals of users and teams will be frozen at that point, and the final totals will be available on the web.
The BOINC site will allow boffins to build other volunteer computing projects in areas like molecular biology, high-energy physics, and climate change study.
A spokesperson said that those who want to keep looking for aliens can do so, but they will also be able to donate computer time studying climate change or other BOINC projects.
The last day for Classic Seti, which I am using now, is December 15. After that I will no longer be able to crunch Seti packets. I do all my crunching offline, and just put the results on my jump drive to upload when I visit the library or the college. But this Bionic system doesn't seem to give me that option, so after about 4,400 packets, I'm rapidly reaching the end of productivity.
If the universe is a ball the size of America, then the solar system is almost as large as the smallest cell in the human body.