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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-15-2012, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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Distributed Computing

I have posted here before on this, but wanted to post again.

To give an idea of what distributed computing is, non-profit research projects rather than focusing on the actual data analysis chunk up the data and send it to people's home PC's to analyze (using the program your computer downloads from their server) and then send the results back. This allows the research project to focus more on analyzing the results than the data analysis. The do this because it gets the data analysis done WAY faster and they don't have to go buy a ton of computers to do it. The projects assign a credit value to the results sent back and this allows for statistics to be calculated (i.e. who analyzed the most data) as well as challenges to see who can analyze the most data in a given timeframe.

My dad and I are part of the largest US based team SETI.USA (www.setius.us). We are not only a SETI team or US team, just started out there and worked our way to a much larger team. We are currently participating in the BOINC Pentathlon hosted by team SETI.Germany. The pentathlon consists of 5 legs/projects each lasting for 5 days. We are currently in the last 2 legs ([email protected] and [email protected]). We can use all the help possible.

For anyone that just leaves their computers on all day while at work this is a great way to put them to good use helping out science.

The Installation file can be downloaded at http://boinc.berkeley.edu

If you have any questions feel free to PM me or post in this thread.

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