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Two-decade old [email protected] project going down at the end of the month

SETI@home Water World custom graphics interface (Source: SETI@home graphics)
[email protected] Water World interface (Source: [email protected] graphics)
This might have passed under the radar of many people, but the fact that the volunteer computing part of the 21-year-old [email protected] project will go into hibernation is quite big news, especially since this amazing effort did not manage to deliver any solid result. However, [email protected] might be reactivated one day.

Backed by the University of California, Berkeley, [email protected] is a public volunteer computing project that uses the BOINC software platform and that started its search for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence back in mid-May 1999. In the two decades that have passed, this project failed to deliver any groundbreaking discovery and [email protected] users will no longer get new work starting on March 31, 2020.

For those who are new to [email protected], it's enough to say that this project involves many home users that contribute their CPU and/or GPU resources to analyze the massive amounts of radio data generated by the Arecibo radio telescope (Puerto Rico) and the Green Bank Telescope (West Virginia) to detect any signs of extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). 

According to the team behind the project, [email protected] goes into hibernation for two main reasons: all the data needed at this point has been already analyzed and now they need to focus on completing the back-end analysis of the existing results. 

[email protected] fans should relax because the project is not going away. The website and the message boards will stay online and it is very likely that the computing capabilities of the platform will — sooner or later — be used in new SETI or cosmology/pulsar research efforts.

Right now, there is also a rather large list of BOINC-driven computing projects that can be found on this page. As usual, the comments section is all yours, so feel free to share your thoughts on distributed computing projects like [email protected]

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Codrut Nistor, 2020-03- 9 (Update: 2020-03- 9)