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Message 96265 - Posted: 2 Mar 2020, 11:02:50 UTC
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David Anderson wrote:
On March 31, the volunteer computing part of SETI@home will stop distributing work and will go into hibernation.

We're doing this for two reasons:

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.

If you're currently running SETI@home on your computer, we encourage you to attach to other BOINC-based projects as well. Or use Science United and sign up to do astronomy. You can stay attached to SETI@home, of course, but you won't get any jobs until we find new applications.

We're extremely grateful to all of our volunteers for supporting us in many ways during the past 20 years. Without you there would be no SETI@home. We're excited to finish up our original science project, and we look forward to what comes next.
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Message 96300 - Posted: 3 Mar 2020, 1:20:06 UTC - in response to Message 96265.  

Great news. They have wasted enough electrical energy on an impossible goal, as I have posted in their forum a few times.
But they have good signal processing capability, if some astronomers can figure out how to make use of it.
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Message 96714 - Posted: 12 Mar 2020, 20:34:10 UTC

When Seti@Home goes away at the end of the month, can we continue to use it as a screen saver?
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Message 96732 - Posted: 13 Mar 2020, 8:24:11 UTC - in response to Message 96714.  

When Seti@Home goes away at the end of the month, can we continue to use it as a screen saver?


As the screensaver is a visual representation of the work being processed, I am afraid not. With no work the screensaver will not start.
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Message 96757 - Posted: 14 Mar 2020, 0:26:57 UTC - in response to Message 96732.  

When Seti@Home goes away at the end of the month, can we continue to use it as a screen saver?


As the screensaver is a visual representation of the work being processed, I am afraid not. With no work the screensaver will not start.

Amplifying, BOINC is the screen saver, and the O/S will launch it. Without work it will just display the BOINC logo.

There are other projects you can run under BOINC and some have screen savers.
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Message 96983 - Posted: 22 Mar 2020, 13:58:02 UTC

Given SETI@Home will be phased out, I have a suggestion.

Why not take advantage of the existing distributed processing power and unite efforts with the Folding@Home project to fight CoronaVirus?

I am making an assumption, that it is not too much difficult to couple things together, but I know nothing about the subject.
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Message 96984 - Posted: 22 Mar 2020, 14:10:37 UTC - in response to Message 96983.  

Please read https://boinc.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=13513
Also keep in mind that everyone in California is at this moment in "Shelter-in-place" modus, meaning no one can leave their homes, they're essentially locked down.
Please do not private message me for tech support, these will be ignored!
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Message 96994 - Posted: 23 Mar 2020, 1:53:58 UTC - in response to Message 96300.  

Great news. They have wasted enough electrical energy on an impossible goal, as I have posted in their forum a few times.
But they have good signal processing capability, if some astronomers can figure out how to make use of it.

SETI has done more than looking for aliens.
A lot of their data helped other astronomy research.
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