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What is SETI?

SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is a scientific area whose goal is to detect intelligent life outside Earth. One approach, known as radio SETI, uses radio telescopes to listen for narrow-bandwidth radio signals from space. Such signals are not known to occur naturally, so a detection would provide evidence of extraterrestrial technology.

Radio telescope signals consist primarily of noise (from celestial sources and the receiver's electronics) and man-made signals such as TV stations, radar, and satellites. Modern radio SETI projects analyze the data digitally. More computing power enables searches to cover greater frequency ranges with more sensitivity. Radio SETI, therefore, has an insatiable appetite for computing power.

Previous radio SETI projects have used special-purpose supercomputers, located at the telescope, to do the bulk of the data analysis. In 1995, David Gedye proposed doing radio SETI using a virtual supercomputer composed of large numbers of Internet-connected computers, and he organized the SETI@home project to explore this idea. SETI@home was originally launched in May 1999.

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climateprediction.net 1,002,466 2,397 6 Dec 2008
Einstein@Home 366,963 1,096 25 Nov 2009
MilkyWay@home 313,027 502 1 Dec 2009
SETI@home 1,682,017 435 15 Sep 2000
SIMAP 30,754 292 6 Dec 2008
ABC@home 96,053 264 1 Dec 2009
Rosetta@home 49,867 159 25 Nov 2009
malariacontrol.net 21,942 121 1 Dec 2009
PrimeGrid 1,766 102 22 Jul 2010
POEM@HOME 1,396 89 22 Jul 2010
Enigma@Home 1,314 72 22 Jul 2010
SZTAKI Desktop Grid 465 36 22 Jul 2010
Lattice Project 13,704 0 25 Nov 2009

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