SETI@home completes the switch to BOINC

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  1. Doctor Q Administrator

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    For those of you still involved in SETI@home...

    SETI@home News
    SETI@home has completed its transition to BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing). BOINC, developed at U.C. Berkeley, is a framework for volunteer computing projects like SETI@home.

    Switching your computer to the new "SETI@home/BOINC" is easy. Visit http://setiathome.berkeley.edu for instructions. We'll be shutting down the "SETI@home Classic" project on December 15. The workunit totals of users and teams will be frozen at that point, and the final totals will be available on the web.

    Scientists at other universities are using BOINC to create volunteer computing projects in areas like molecular biology, high-energy physics, and climate change study. See http://boinc.berkeley.edu for more information. BOINC lets you donate computer time to multiple causes, divided up however you want. For example, your PC could spend 40% of its time searching for extraterrestrial life (SETI@home), 30% studying climate change (http://climateprediction.net), and 30% studying protein folding, design and docking (Rosetta@home: http://boinc.bakerlab.org/rosetta/).

    You can run SETI@home 100% of the time if you want. But we strongly encourage you to participate in other projects. Doing so ensures that when SETI@home is down or has no work, your computer stays busy helping other researchers.​
    I thought they made the BOINC switch long ago, but apparently I was just remembering when they started the switch.
     
  2. Seasought macrumors 65816

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    I've been considering getting involved with this for some time now. Do you have any experience with using the software/participating in this at all? My knowledge of it is limited but it sounds interesting.
     
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    SETI@home uses distributed computing to analyze radio signals received from space, looking for signs of intelligence. It's one of the oldest distributed computing projects around but has yet to find E.T.

    I ran SETI, both with the old software and the BOINC version, until I had plenty of units completed (and got a pretty certificate to show off). It worked fine both as a background application and as a screensaver.

    I think many MacRumors SETI team members moved on to distributing computing projects in other areas, especially medical research, but I haven't been tracking this forum for a while.
     
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    I seem to remember reading somewhere that Folding@Home was also planning to use BOINC somewhere in the future.
     

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