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December 15, 2005

SETI@home moves home

Filed under: Distributed computing — admin @ 3:47 pm

I’ve a story in today on the BOINC platform developed by SETI@home as a sort of distributed supercomputing operating system for the Internet. SETI@home itself moves onto the new platform today.


“The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) platform will allow SETI@home to evolve, using data beamed directly from different telescopes, including ones in the Southern Hemisphere, and looking at a wider radiofrequency range. “We designed BOINC to let us do the things that we want to do in the future,” Anderson says, including rolling out faster and more complex software.”

“ took three large teams of programmers three years to build. “We and others were, to some extent, reinventing the wheel,” says Tolu Aina, a programmer for the site. In contrast, adding something to BOINC is just a “student summer project”, says François Grey, an technology expert at CERN, Europe’s centre for particle physics.”


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