I Love overtonesinging and programming. I am 36 year old C++ developer (clean coder) with passion for development of GPGPU apps in CUDA C and OpenCL.
I also love science, especially Computational Neuroscience and Space Research.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I run SETi from the classic-app times, because I *love* efficiency and hate wasting idle CPU cycles.
Just imagine hundreds of milions PCs which are becomming *obsolete* every second as You read this... while all of them are (ANYWAYS) connected to network, maintained(SW), *repaired*, eventually upgraded, cleaned from dust etc... and powered by electricity - for personal use.
Well, this all happens ANYWAY / REGARDLESS of what happens with unused/empty CPU cycles. The difference between CPU LOAD 5% to 10% and CPU load 100% is usually VERY small like 35 Watts (except some EXTREME EDITION *desktop* CPUs).
So, if my gaming PC goes through all this trouble (and overkill cooling) anyways and it will be *obsolete* (SLOW and POWERHUNGRY) in 4 years *ANYWAY*(and I will just have to buy a new one anyway), why not to put those idle CPU cycles to some good use in science - while the PC lives its productive age now.
And that's why I donate those idle cycles of my PCs to science. I hate throwing them away. I also give the 1.12 TeraFlops power of my gaming GPU to science when idle - I always try to find the most effective app which will use it nearly at 99 percent and I found one for ATI HD 58xx series from Lunatics! And it is a SETi@home app, which is cool. :-)