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Message 1488473 - Posted: 13 Mar 2014, 18:13:29 UTC

I just now signed up. I am curious what the requirements of the
most time consuming code for seti@home is. ie- an array input + algorithm = result array??
Would it be practical to design a small PCB with FPGA/DSP as special purpose
hardware to make available to SETI @ Home supporters?
Maybe the GPU does it all and this is a dumb question, but I remain curious.

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Message 1489177 - Posted: 15 Mar 2014, 4:14:08 UTC - in response to Message 1488473.

SETI has gone under many code changes in the last 6 years, which would obsolete such specialized hardware as soon as a new version comes out. Not really worth the time, investment, and development.

GPUs are a far better option since the code can be changed in software, and the GPU is a highly specialized math engine that is well suited for the type of repetitive algorithms that most distributed computing tends to use.

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