SETI@Home celebrates 10th anniversary

by Eric on May 20, 2009

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The SETI@Home project is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week with a symposium on May 21 at the Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory, and a picnic on May 23rd at Tilden Park in Berkeley.

Live video of the symposium will be broadcast via ustream. If you can’t watch the live stream, a full archive will be made available after the symposium. Go to the SETI@Home site for more information on the symposium and to submit questions.

Participation in the free picnic requires an RSVP to a forum thread. Of course, there is also an official t-shirt, which you can order online.

SETI@Home originated in 1995 as a project to use the computing power of volunteer PCs as a way to analyze radio telescope data for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence. The program has been a wild success, although no evidence for ETs has been found.

Anyone with a PC can participate in the SETI@Home project, which like other BOINC projects uses an ad hoc volunteer compute grid to solve complex computational problems.

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