SETI@home graphics


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SETI@home graphics show information about the data analysis and about your account and team. Graphics can be shown in two ways:

On most computers, SETI@home's graphics use the graphics coprocessor (such as NVIDIA or ATI), and don't significantly slow down computation.

Customizing SETI@home graphics

SETI@home lets you control the graphics in various ways. The procedure for modifying graphics is:

You have now modified your preferences in the SETI@home database. The next time your computer contacts the SETI@home server (to report results or request work) it will get the new preferences. However, this might take hours or days, and you probably want to see the results now. You can do this as follows:

We'll now go through the various settings. The first one is Graphics preferences, a popup menu whose choices are Classic, Panels, Minalist and Custom. This controls the layout of the graphics:



Classic is a 3D version of SETI@home Classic's 2D graphics, with the addition of a moving starfield and a swiveling/rotating motion:


Panels displays text and best-signal info on a pair of translucent rotating panels:


Minimalist uses a 'heads-up text display' and omits the starfield.


The next control is Color preferences, a popup menu whose choices are Rainbow, Desert Sands, Tahitian Sunset, Water World, and Custom. This determines the color scheme. Rainbow is shown in the above examples. The other choices are:
Desert Sands


Tahitian Sunset


Water World


Choose your own background

You can specify a JPEG image to be shown in the background of the graphics. It must be online (i.e. it must have a URL). Paste the image URL into the preferences form. Here's an example:

Choose your own logo

You can also specify an image to be displayed as a logo in the lower right corner. Same rules as for the background. Here's an example, with the logo of The Knights Who Say Ni!

Advanced customization

But that's just the beginning! If you set your graphics preferences to Custom and then edit your preferences again, you'll get a new range of choices:

Advanced customization of color

To fine-tune your color scheme, set your Color preference to Custom, then edit your preferences again.

First, a quick explanation about color. 'Hue' is number, ranging from zero to one, that determines color; 0.0 is red, 0.2 is yellow, 0.4 is green, 0.6 is blue, 0.8 is violet, then it wraps around to 1.0, which is the same red as 0.0.

You can set the following:

These numbers determine other colors: the dividers in Pillars mode are given the color of the graph's midpoint, and the panels in Panels mode have colors that are 1/3 and 2/3 of the graph range.

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