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SETI@home shuts down after 21 years

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  1. [4]
    cardigan
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    I'm glad they've assembled so much data, but seeing this headline made me feel a little sad. I remember being a kid and thinking it was the coolest thing to have my computer mull over that stuff...

    I'm glad they've assembled so much data, but seeing this headline made me feel a little sad. I remember being a kid and thinking it was the coolest thing to have my computer mull over that stuff while I was fast asleep.

    17 votes
    1. [2]
      cfabbro
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      Ditto... but worth noting is that another similarly amazing distributed-computing project, Folding@Home, is still going strong. So if you still feel like you want to contribute towards something...

      Ditto... but worth noting is that another similarly amazing distributed-computing project, Folding@Home, is still going strong. So if you still feel like you want to contribute towards something cool/positive with your spare CPU/GPU cycles: https://foldingathome.org/start-folding/

      4 votes
      1. knocklessmonster
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        I'm an interesting twist, they've just started analyzing COVID-19 structures.

        I'm an interesting twist, they've just started analyzing COVID-19 structures.

        4 votes
    2. mrbig
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      Me too. The decision doesn’t seem permanent though. The project will remain, they’re just not gonna receive any more data for now.

      Me too. The decision doesn’t seem permanent though. The project will remain, they’re just not gonna receive any more data for now.

      3 votes
  2. emdash
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    Damn, crazy to read this. I was just musing with a friend about SETI@home barely a week ago. I participated from 2006 to 2010, at what felt like a "late stage" of the project—Astropulse work units...

    Damn, crazy to read this. I was just musing with a friend about SETI@home barely a week ago. I participated from 2006 to 2010, at what felt like a "late stage" of the project—Astropulse work units were coming on line, GPUs with CUDA processing exploded onto the scene, and I made a ton of early online friends on the SETI@home forums.

    I had a terrible Intel Celeron desktop at the time which got a stunning RAC of 80, which I then augmented with my epic Windows Vista laptop which achieved ~400 RAC. Finally in 2009 I built my own PC with the just-released Nehalem Core i7's from Intel, and my credit earning capabilities went through the roof.

    What a nostalgia trip. Congratulations to the team at Berkeley including Eric Korpela for running such a foundational distributed computing project.

    12 votes