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Message 2044973 - Posted: 15 Apr 2020, 14:37:05 UTC - in response to Message 2044942.  
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Is SETI@Home done, or just for now? Joined Science United this morning, but liked the idea of SETI work.

This well organized project is extremely underfunded and does this global thing with a workforce of two or three people. Now they have a master database full of "detections" (as David calls them now) from twenty years of observations with the Arecibo telescope. In these twenty years, the team constantly chased the rapidly growing computing power of the clients, struggled with overloaded servers etc. The data volume multiplied with the MultiBeam receiver in Arecibo. In the end, the guys at Berkeley were extremely skilled at keeping the project running with inadequate and aging servers and dozens of everyday problems. Some powerful servers (graciously donated and paid for by users) saved the whole thing a few years ago.
This meant that developers and astronomers were maintaining the servers almost around the clock. There was never time or money to develop a sufficiently powerful backend to scientifically evaluate the collected "detections" from twenty years.
There has been a clear plan for this for some time now and great progress. David calls it "Nebula: the Seti@home backend.

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The team was given the opportunity to use a sufficiently large supercomputer by the founder of the Einstein@home project, Bruce Allen (ATLAS cluster, Hanover, Germany). In order to concentrate fully on the development, testing, etc. of the backend, and to minimize everyday server maintenance tasks, no new telescope data has been sent to Seti@home clients since March 31st. Their goal now is a detailed evaluation of 20 years of Seti@home and its scientific publication.

Afterwards there are hopefully lessons learned and many new exciting ideas for a Seti@home II (more telescopes, telescopes in the southern hemisphere, novel detection algorithms, ...). Who knows ...

Please keep the Seti project active in your BOINC client to get the message someday we are all waiting for: That a new voyage begins...

... to boldly go where no man has gone before!
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Message 2049517 - Posted: 17 May 2020, 18:13:06 UTC

There is another interesting project about Covid-19: from hard hit Spain.

There goal is to investigate, if some of the known viral medication might work as well on Covid-19.

They might need some love.
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Message 2049531 - Posted: 17 May 2020, 22:49:37 UTC

I am volunteer at World Community Grid too, since 2020-05-15 my computers started to receive tasks from a new sub-project named Open Pandemics Covid-19.
Tasks are not long, computing is going without any problems on AMD and Intel CPUs, nice screensaver...
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Message 2049538 - Posted: 18 May 2020, 1:18:54 UTC

I like the Rosetta@home screensaver although I don't know what it says, except that I am a member of the SETI orphans team.
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Message 2050038 - Posted: 22 May 2020, 10:41:51 UTC - in response to Message 2039956.  

Will Seti@Home ever resume processing again or is it to be replaced by some other Investigative body?
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Message 2050043 - Posted: 22 May 2020, 11:33:33 UTC

This has already been answered:
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