Your computer might find them. I’ve had Seti@Home running in the BOINC distributed computing platform for a while now. My Mac Pro eight-core beast has been chewing through radio telescope data for a while now, and I recently came across a nifty website-badge that shows my progress:

Wow, I’m up to 84,155th place!! To give you an idea of how far away from 1st place I am, my “credit” score, which indicates how much computing time I’ve contributed, is currently 60,669. The top contributor has 458,338,508 credits. As of January 2008, the SETI@home project by itself has amassed 3.4 million years of computing time from its contributors. An incredible achievement!

Be sure to check out this list of BOINC-supported distributed computing projects. There’s some interesting stuff in there. Go sign up and put your lazy CPU to work while you sleep. FOR SCIENCE!

3 responses to “ALIENS!

  1. Thanks for posting this, BOINC rocks!

  2. Yay! I went from 84,155th place to 24,894th place!

    Credits went from 60,669 to 256,281.19 since the original post. I added BOINC to two computers today to crank through more tasks.

    I’ve got two old mothballed servers that are pretty powerful; I should set them up and put ’em to work.

  3. My rank went from 24,894 to 9,443 in the year that has elapsed since the last comment. And my credits went from 256,281.19 to 963,698.08.

    Do I win a free alien?

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