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  • Seti@home to End March 31st

    This post serves as my first post using Steempress if all goes well…

    It’s a sad day for distributed computing participants (many of us anyway). They plan to send out their last work units on March 31st and go into “hibernation” until, perhaps, another project comes along. Seti@home will shift focus to analyzing results.

    Here’s the announcement:

    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.

    Seti@home was the first public distributed computing project that most people were aware of. I started crunching my first work unit on May 17th, 1999, nearly 21 years ago. Some people may feel that other projects are more valuable. Projects like Rosetta and World Community Grid for diseases or Einstein and Milkyway for astronomy (all of which I participate in too) among many others. However, these likely would have never existed if not for Seti@home because Seti@home led directly to the later development of BOINC which made all those projects possible.

    My current stats are up at the top (I’m going to see if I can make it into the top 1% by project end…I’m very close).