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The current BOINC environment, a development of the original SETI home, is providing support for many computationally intensive projects in a wide range of disciplines. The first of these goals has to date yielded no conclusive results: However, the ongoing continuation is predicated on the assumption that the observational analysis is not an "ill-posed" one. Procedure details[ edit ] SETI home searches for possible evidence of radio transmissions from extraterrestrial intelligence using observational data from the Arecibo radio telescope and the Green Bank Telescope.

The data is digitized, stored, and sent to the SETI home facility. The data are then parsed into small chunks in frequency and time, and analyzed, using software, to search for any signals—that is, variations which cannot be ascribed to noise, and hence contain information. Using distributed computing, SETI home sends the millions of chunks of data to be analyzed off-site by home computers, and then have those computers report the results.

Thus what appears a difficult problem in data analysis is reduced to a reasonable one by aid from a large, Internet-based community of borrowed computer resources. The software searches for five types of signals that distinguish them from noise: There are many variations on how an ETI signal may be affected by the interstellar medium, and by the relative motion of its origin compared to Earth. The potential "signal" is thus processed in many ways although not testing all detection methods nor scenarios to ensure the highest likelihood of distinguishing it from the scintillating noise already present in all directions of outer space.

For instance, another planet is very likely to be moving at a speed and acceleration with respect to Earth, and that will shift the frequency, over time, of the potential "signal. The process is somewhat like tuning a radio to various channels , and looking at the signal strength meter. If the strength of the signal goes up, that gets attention. More technically, it involves a lot of digital signal processing, mostly discrete Fourier transforms at various chirp rates and durations.

Results[ edit ] To date, the project has not confirmed the detection of any ETI signals. However, it has identified several candidate targets sky positions , where the spike in intensity is not easily explained as noisespots, [10] for further analysis.

While the project has not reached the stated primary goal of finding extraterrestrial intelligence, it has proved to the scientific community that distributed computing projects using Internet-connected computers can succeed as a viable analysis tool, and even beat the largest supercomputers. Astronomer Seth Shostak stated in that he expects to get a conclusive signal and proof of alien contact between and , based on the Drake equation.

Technology[ edit ] Anybody with an at least intermittently Internet-connected computer can participate in SETI home by running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data. The analysis software can search for signals with about one-tenth the strength of those sought in previous surveys, because it makes use of a computationally-intensive algorithm called coherent integration that no one else has had the computing power to implement. Interference is rejected, and various pattern-detection algorithms are applied to search for the most interesting signals.

Since computers now have the power for more computationally intensive work than when the project began, this new version is more sensitive by a factor of two concerning Gaussian signals and to some kinds of pulsed signals than the original SETI home BOINC software. This new application has been optimized to the point where it will run faster on some work units than earlier versions.

However, some work units the best work units, scientifically speaking will take significantly longer. They are referred to as "optimized executables" and have been found to run faster on systems specific for that CPU. As of [update] , most of these applications are optimized for Intel processors and their corresponding instruction sets.

Statistics[ edit ] With over 5. The original intent of SETI home was to utilize 50,, home computers. It was acknowledged by the edition of the Guinness World Records as the largest computation in history.

Project future[ edit ] There were plans to get data from the Parkes Observatory in Australia to analyze the southern hemisphere.

Other plans include a Multi-Beam Data Recorder, a Near Time Persistency Checker and Astropulse an application that uses coherent dedispersion to search for pulsed signals. Competitive aspect[ edit ] SETI home users quickly started to compete with one another to process the maximum number of work units. Teams were formed to combine the efforts of individual users. As with any competition, attempts have been made to "cheat" the system and claim credit for work that has not been performed.

To combat cheats, the SETI home system sends every work unit to multiple computers, a value known as "initial replication" currently 2. Credit is only granted for each returned work unit once a minimum number of results have been returned and the results agree, a value known as "minimum quorum" currently 2. If, due to computation errors or cheating by submitting false data, not enough results agree, more identical work units are sent out until the minimum quorum can be reached.

The final credit granted to all machines which returned the correct result is the same and is the lowest of the values claimed by each machine. The claimed credit by each machine for an identical work unit often varies due to minor differences in floating point arithmetic on different processors.

Other users collect large quantities of equipment together at home to create "SETI farms", which typically consist of a number of computers consisting of only a motherboard , CPU , RAM and power supply that are arranged on shelves as diskless workstations running either Linux or old versions of Microsoft Windows "headless" without a monitor.

Like any project of prolonged duration, there are factors that may result in its termination. Some of these are detailed below: The decreasing operating budget for the observatory has created a shortfall of funds which has not been made up from other sources such as private donors, NASA , other foreign research institutions, nor private non-profit organizations such as SETI home. However, in the overall longterm views held by many involved with the SETI project, any usable radio telescope could take over from Arecibo, as all the SETI systems are portable and relocatable.

Alternative distributed computing projects[ edit ] When the project launched, there were few alternative ways of donating computer time to research projects. However, there are now many other projects that are competing for such time. To some extent, this may be offset by better connectivity to home machines and increasing performance of home computers,[ citation needed ] especially those with GPUs , [30] which have also benefited other distributed computing projects such as Folding Home.

For example, in , Piotr Luszczek a former doctoral student of Jack Dongarra , presented results showing that an iPad 2 matched the historical performance of a Cray-2 the fastest computer in the world in on an embedded LINPACK benchmark.

Berkeley Space Science Lab has found ways of working with small budgets, and the project has received donations allowing it to go well beyond its original planned duration, but it still has to compete for limited funds with other SETI projects and other space sciences projects. Unofficial clients[ edit ] A number of individuals and companies made unofficial changes to the distributed part of the software to try to produce faster results, but this compromised the integrity of all the results.

BOINC will run on unofficial clients; however, clients that return different and therefore incorrect data are not allowed, so corrupting the result database is avoided. BOINC relies on cross-checking to validate data [35] but unreliable clients need to be identified, to avoid situations when two of these report the same invalid data and therefore corrupt the database.

The only downside to this is that if the user selects features that their processor s do not support, the chances of bad results and crashes rise significantly. Hardware and database failures[ edit ] Currently,[ when? Under SETI home processing loads these experimental technologies can be more challenging than expected, as SETI databases do not have typical accounting and business data or relational structures.

The non-traditional database uses often do incur greater processing overheads and risk of database corruption and outright database failure. Hardware, software and database failures can and do cause dips in project participation. The project has had to shut down several times to change over to new databases capable of handling more massive datasets.

Hardware failure has proven to be a substantial source of project shutdowns—as hardware failure is often coupled with database corruption.



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