SETI@home Budget - Fall 2007 Report


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Statement at the beginning of 2007:
Below is our budget to get through the next phase of operations. Over the past year we were able to get enough donations to tackle some of the projects noted in our previous budget. With these funds we were able to maintain our multibeam data recorder installed at Arecibo - after a hiatus for telescope upgrades we are once again taking new data. We also wrapped up work on Astropulse which is currently in the final stages of beta testing. Continuing hardware donations from Sun, Intel, and Colfax, as well as free storage provided by HPSS helped to reduce our current budget. Still, there is work to do on all fronts, and as long as we have data to crunch, there will be operational expenses.

Project/Task

Predicted

Actually Spent

Total Spent

SETI@home



123,000

Offline Data Analysis & RFI Rejection
  Hardware Radar Blanking Development/Implementation
    Trip for 2 to Arecibo - $2000
    Actual hardware/fabrication - $1000
    Incorporating in software - $20000
  Software Radar Blanking
    $20000 student management/final code implementation

37,000

43,000


SETI@home Upgrades and Bug Fixes
  Code optimization - sped up SETI@home up to 60%
    Developing, testing, distributing - $30000
  Conversion to use new BOINC graphics code - $10000

26,000

40,000


Candidate Identification & Data Analysis Software (NTPCKR)
  Development, testing - $40000

55,000

40,000


Followup Observations of Best Candidates

6,200

0


Astropulse



59,500

Client application/data analysis software development
  Graduate student salary - $35000
  Project management - $10000

26,000

45,000


Equipment: Database and server hardware
  Hard drives, enclosures, controllers - $7500
  Server donations covered the remainder

25,600

7,500


Candidate identification and followup observations

32,000

7,000


Operations



242,000

Internet connection and bandwidth charges
  Space Sciences Laboratory support services - $20000
  Hurricane Electric ISP - $12000

65,700

32,000


Database administration and support

53,400

60,000


Systems administration and support

69,100

120,000


Server maintainence and preformance monitoring

23,000

20,000


Web site development

27,700

10,000


Upgrade to failure tolerant server configuration

29,300

0




Total

424,500

The above research was funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA as well as from numerous and very generous donations from SETI@Home participants.

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