Can someone help me understand SETI@Home a little bit more.

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Message 1897846 - Posted: 28 Oct 2017, 10:28:00 UTC

We perform two sorts of analysis on the same data.
MultiBeam and AsroPulse. These both use numerical analysis techniques to look for different types of wave form within the data, I won't go into the maths, but suffice to say "it is complex". Crudely MultiBeam (the one many folks call "SETI") is looking for narrow-band signals, while AstroPulse is looking for wider band signals. Because of the way the data is extracted from the tapes far few AstroPulse Work Units are generated from a tape than MultiBeam.
Historically AstroPulse jobs would take far, far longer to run than MultiBeam, and they "paid" about the same per hour of our time. There were some big steps forward in the way the work was done and now, while on the CPU AstroPulse work still takes longer it is nowhere near as much longer than it used to be, but it still pays about the same per job. The same is true on GPUs, but the improvement is even more. And some people are greedy for credits.

Many of the changes between versions of the applications in recent months have been bug fixes, or to cover new processors. Just a comment about updating - unless there is a specific NEED to update a working, stable system, don't. Take a look at my top PC (number two or three on the list of top computers), it hasn't had an update for many months, hasn't been shut down for nearly as long, because it is stable. (And it is a pain to do anything with it because it doesn't have a screen or keyboard attached to it)

You don't NEED to buy special equipment to run SETI, an simple, low cost system will do. You MAY want to spend a lot of money - there are folks with tens of computers, or huge arrays of GPUs, but it is entirely up to you how much you spend. And don't spend a cent more than you can afford to. Looking at your computers, if I were in your position and looking to spend serious money I would look to add GPUs to at least one of the - the one with an 8-core Xeon would be an ideal candidate - stick three GTX1080tis in and run Petri's magic application and that one would be heading into the top 5 computers.

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Bob Smith
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