Profile: ralphw

Personal background

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've been crunching workunits for SETI@home since 1999 - I still run a lot of SETI work on older Intel i7 running Linux.
It's an - i7-920 from 2009 - old but not obsolete

Systems I'm currently doing SETI@home on:

    ASIMOV (2016): Intel 4790K (8 cores)
  • one NVidia GTX 1050 Ti GPU
  • three NVidia GTX 750 Ti GPUs

    FEYNMAN (2016): Intel 4790K (8 cores)
  • two NVidia 950 Graphics cards

    LOCUTUS (2015): Intel XEON 3550 (8 cores)
  • one NVidia GTX 750Ti Graphics card

    SAGAN (2009): Intel Core i7 (8 cores)

Areas of expertise:

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

Studying further:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data
  • 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 26-meter radio telescopes 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.


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Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I run SETI at home in the hopes that we will detect evidence of other advanced civilizations.

Astronomers are finding more extra-solar planets all the time, so it seems like it should be a possibility.
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