SETI Announces Hardware & Software Upgrade
Written By: The Electric Warrior
> SETI ANNOUNCES HARDWARE & SOFTWARE UPGRADE
image: New SETI Dish
(The Electric Warrior) - SETI’s upcoming hardware
and software upgrade should improve the odds for
acquiring what many people assume we already have:
proof of extraterrestrial intelligence.
SETI’s new radio telescope at Parkes Observatory,
Australia will be operational early next year. The
new SETI dish has two advantages over the exiting
Aricebo dish in Puerto Rico.
Not only does Australia’s dish cover more of the
sky, it is also located in the Southern Hemisphere,
where most of the Milky Way galaxy can be observed.
SETI@home’s project director David Anderson told
Space.com the chances of finding ET outside the
Milky Way is "pretty small."
The world’s most popular ET screensaver was the
first application to harness the Internet’s
aggregate of unused CPU cycles. SETI@home gangs
together over 600,000 volunteer computers in a
distributed processing scheme called "grid
The SETI@home model was so successful, and its
sheer computing power so coveted by other
scientists, that Anderson got a grant from the
National Science Foundation to develop a ready
to use distributed computing package called BOINC
(Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing).
BOINC will be an important part of the new version
of the popular SETI@home screensaver, which will
be distributed at the same time the Parkes dish goes
online. Not only will BOINC allow you to pick and
choose what scientific problems you want to tackle,
it will also seamlessly upgrade your software
installation without interrupting the screensaver.
No wonder the folks at Berkeley say they rule the
Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence at Home
Upgrades to Boost SETI@home Alien Search
(Space.com) - The world’s most popular ET-hunting
program for home users is about to get upgrades of
both its software and the telescope that feeds data
into it... Starting early next year, the Arecibo
recorder will be shut off and a new but similar
recorder will be turned on at the Parkes Observatory
in Australia, which can observe 70 degrees of the sky
-- and a more advantageous part of the sky, too.
SETI@home Brings Internet Distributed Computing
to Other Fields
(The Planetary Society) - Computer time - is
there ever enough of it? The problem is as old
as digital computing itself... For some tasks,
it seemed, no computing capacity was enough.
These tasks involved so much data, or calculations
so complex, that running them on a computer, even
a supercomputer, was not practical... Enter
Internet Distributed Computing, a radical and
innovative answer to this nagging problem.
Resolution in Support of Space Preservation Act
(Institute for Cooperation in Space) - The council
of the City of Berkeley hereby declares that the
space 60 kilometers and above the City of Berkeley
is a space-based weapons free zone.
THE ELECTRIC WARRIOR
October 3, 2002
Silicon Valley, CA