SETI - Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence
The science of [email protected] SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is a scientific area whose goal is to detect intelligent life outside Earth. One approach, known as radio SETI, uses radio telescopes to listen for narrow-bandwidth radio signals from space. Such signals are not known to occur naturally, so a detection would provide evidence of extraterrestrial technology.
Radio telescope signals consist primarily of noise (from celestial sources and the receiver's electronics) and man-made signals such as TV stations, radar, and satellites. Modern radio SETI projects analyze the data digitally. More computing power enables searches to cover greater frequency ranges with more sensitivity. Radio SETI, therefore, has an insatiable appetite for computing power.
Previous radio SETI projects have used special-purpose supercomputers, located at the telescope, to do the bulk of the data analysis. In 1995, David Gedye proposed doing radio SETI using a virtual supercomputer composed of large numbers of Internet-connected computers, and he organized the [email protected] project to explore this idea. [email protected] was originally launched in May 1999.
BOINC: compute for science
BOINC is a program that lets you donate your idle computer time to science projects like [email protected], Climateprediction.net, [email protected], World Community Grid, and many others.
Basically, if you want to search for alien life... choose [email protected] ________________________________
After installing BOINC on your computer, you can connect it to as many of these projects as you like.
6.6.20 for Windows (6.75 MB)
Note: if your computer is equipped with an NVIDIA Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), you may be able to use it to compute faster.