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SETI@Home project goes into 'hibernation'

By T.K. Randall
March 4, 2020 · Comment icon 7 comments

After two decades of data processing, SETI@Home is closing its doors. Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 CSIRO
SETI's long-running initiative to use idle home computers to process data in the hunt for aliens has been halted.
Launched all the way back on May 17th, 1999, SETI@Home worked by asking participants to run a special piece of software on their computer so that when the machine was otherwise idle, the spare processing power could be used to process astronomical data pertaining to the search for alien life.

It utilised the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) system and was hosted by the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley.

It proved quite a popular venture with thousands of wannabe alien hunters signing up to take part.

Now though, 21 years after its launch, SETI@home has been placed into a state of 'hibernation' because enough data has been collected for the time being and researchers are now looking to refocus their efforts on analyzing the findings and writing a new paper on them.
"Scientifically, we're at the point of diminishing returns; basically, we've analyzed all the data we need for now," SETI wrote. "It's a lot of work for us to manage the distributed processing of data."

"We need to focus on completing the back-end analysis of the results we already have, and writing this up in a scientific journal paper."

"We're extremely grateful to all of our volunteers for supporting us in many ways during the past 20 years. Without you there would be no SETI@home."

"We're excited to finish up our original science project, and we look forward to what comes next."

It will certainly be interesting to see what the final analysis of the project's data will reveal.

Source: Toms Hardware Guide | Comments (7)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Dumbledore the Awesome 3 years ago
They've decided to instead concentrate their search on finding intelligent life among the political community on earth.  I'm being very satirical today. 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Buzz_Light_Year 3 years ago
I had that running years ago using a 28.8 bps dial up modem.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Piney 3 years ago
That's just as hopeless......
Comment icon #4 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 3 years ago
Not true. Their is a genuine chance of finding extraterrestrial intelligence.  Just remember all the devices designed for finding intelligent life in the universe are pointing away from Earth.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Seti42 3 years ago
I used Seti@home as a screensaver back in the day. PC's don't do screensavers anymore, though.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Piney 3 years ago
And as soon as they received our signals they shielded their own.....
Comment icon #7 Posted by SpaceBumZaphod 3 years ago
I had that on my computer back in '99 with 96megs of ram and a 12kps modem. With the increased processing power of todays computers, they should restart the program and run the results through AI.

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