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Ralph Hyre

Technology consultant, served in roles of: Product Manager, Technical Lead, Technical Architect, for software and consulting firms.

Focused on using technology to improve education, and generally making the internet work better for people:

I do a lot of SETI work on older desktop PC running Linux.

  • SAGAN (2009): Intel Core i7 with 4 cores and hyperthreading, giving 8 effective cores
  • *two NVidia GTX 750 Ti Graphics cards
  • LOCUTUS (2015): Intel XEON 3550
  • *two NVidia Graphics cards

Areas of expertise:

  • Product management especially for Internet startups
  • User Interface Design
  • Software engineering
  • Cognitive science
  • Computer science

Studying further:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer architecture / hardware design

Areas of improvement:

  • Photography

I started processing for SETI@home in 1999, and was in the top 10% of rankings for a time. I stopped temporarily in 2006, recently started up again.

In previous years, I have volunteered at a Cincinnati-area high school's Robotics Club, and at an observatory called PARI.

PARI is a full-service astronomy facility located in the Pisgah National Forest, near Asheville, North Carolina. They are a former NASA facility that now offers observing on multiple radio and optical telescopes, including two 26m systems originally installed by NASA in the 1960s.

Check out their web site at They are doing important work in science outreach, and their site gets more interesting every year.


To join SETI at home and the VIANT Alumni team, click below:

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Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I run SETI at home for fun.

Astronomers are finding more extra-solar planets all the time.
Some of them should be able to sustain life. It would be nice to find something.
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