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SETI@home Project Reaches Major Milestone

From: Stig Agermose <stig.agermose@get2net.dk>
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 1999 05:48:00
Fwd Date: Sun, 24 Oct 1999 09:17:03 -0400
Subject: SETI@home Project Reaches Major Milestone

Source: Sun Microsystems, Inc. via PRNewswire.



Friday October 22, 8:00 am Eastern Time

Company Press Release

SOURCE: Sun Microsystems, Inc.

University of California Berkeley Reaches Major Milestone in
Supercomputing History

Sun Microsystems Servers Power the World's Largest Supercomputer


BERKELEY, Calif., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of
California Berkeley's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
project, SETI@home, today reported a major milestone in
supercomputing history. The project has received more than
100,000 years of computing time from over 1.3 million volunteers
in 223 countries, creating the world's largest supercomputing

The SETI@home Project pioneers the use of the Internet as a
massive parallel computer for a data-driven task. The combined
computing power of SETI@home's participants is far greater than
the world's largest single supercomputer, with a combined power
of more than 7 Teraflops. Data that would have taken a single
desktop computer 100,000 years to analyze was analyzed in nearly
five months, thanks to the volunteers.

Sun Powers The World's Largest Supercomputing Project

The SETI@home Project is run entirely on Sun systems and
technologies donated by Sun. Through its Academic Equipment
Grant (AEG) Program, Sun has previously given SETI@home 3
Ultra(TM) 10 workstations and a Sun Enterprise(TM) 450 server,
each with significant memory and storage capabilities and the
Solaris(TM) Operating Environment, to power the world's largest
supercomputer. Sun's latest donation of 2 Sun Enterprise 450
servers and an additional 1 GB of memory brings the total value
of Sun's equipment donations to SETI@home to $250,000.

"This project is a significant step forward in the way that high
performance computing projects are undertaken," said Kim Jones,
vice president, Global Research and Education, Sun Microsystems.
"The donated Sun systems and technologies are helping the
Berkeley team communicate with and collect results from a
variety of computing platforms worldwide easily and

Sun has also been a significant contributor of computing cycles
to the project, along with SGI, Intel, Compaq, and other
companies and schools. Sponsors of SETI@home, in addition to
Sun, include The Planetary Society, the University of
California, and Fuji Film Computer Products.

SETI In Your Home

Computer users who are interested in participating in the
project simply download software that acts as a screensaver from
the project's Website. The software is actually a sophisticated
signal-processing program that runs whenever the computer is
idle to analyze data collected by the Berkeley computer from the
giant radiotelescope at Arecibo, Puerto Rico, seen in Jodie
Foster's movie, "Contact."

"By harnessing the power of computers worldwide, SETI@home lets
us do a much better job of listening for extraterrestrial
signals than ever before", said Dr. David Anderson, director of
the project. "It's a new way of doing supercomputing that may be
useful for other projects besides SETI. And it has the added
bonus of teaching people about science and getting them
personally involved in it."

The goal of the SETI@home project, which is the first
distributed, high performance computing project to offer the
general public the opportunity to participate in important
research, is to help the institution collect and analyze large
amounts of critical radio data from space. The SETI@Home
software analyzes data in search of strong spikes or repetitive
patterns in radio signals in space. As the computer works on the
data, the screen displays a three-dimensional graph charting the
signal analysis. After the computer finishes with the analysis,
it automatically sends the results back to the Berkeley computer
via the Internet and grabs another piece of data for analysis.

For additional information about SETI@Home, or to download
project software go to http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/

NOTE: Sun, the Sun logo, Sun Microsystems, Solaris, Java, Sun
Enterprise, Ultra and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks
or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United
States and other countries.

SOURCE: Sun Microsystems, Inc.


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