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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 my SETI crunching on a 2009-vintage desktop PC running Linux.

  • Intel Core i7 with 4 cores and hyperthreading, giving 8 effective cores
  • 850w power supply
  • just one Graphics card at the moment.


Areas of expertise:


  • Balancing feature requests, ease of engineering / customer benefit tradeoffs
  • User Interface Design process
  • Software engineering
  • Cognitive science
  • Computer science


Areas of improvement:


  • Photography



I started processing for SETI@home in 1999, and was in the top 10% of rankings until I stopped around 2006. I recently started up crunching workunits again.

In previous years, I volunteered at PARI 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.

Check out their web site at pari.edu to see if they're hosting a "volunteer weekend" soon.

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

Astronomers are finding more extrasolar planets, some of which would be able to sustain life. It would be nice to find something.
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