The search for extraterrestrial life continues, but we no longer need our inactive computing power.
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This story originally appeared on PCMag
If there is life on another planet, the SETI Research Center will be the place to find it, but it no longer requires the use of our inactive computers to help with the search.
As SlashGear reports, the SETI @ home project is in hibernation and will no longer distribute the work to computers around the world to move forward. In a post on the official forum , the project team explained that hibernation was due to two reasons. The first is the abundance of data collected, which has been scientifically analyzed and generate more would produce “diminishing returns.”
The second reason is management. It takes a lot of time and effort to manage the distribution of work, and the focus is on analyzing the results and turning them into a scientific journal article. In other words, they obtained the data, reduced the numbers and now is the time to concentrate on drawing some conclusions.
SETI @ home was first launched in May 1999 and was created by the Berkeley SETI Research Center. He asked computer users around the world to volunteer their idle computing time to help analyze radio signals and search for extraterrestrial intelligence signals. About 21 years later, there has been no confirmation of aliens, but it demonstrated the viability of voluntary computing and the project is by no means dead.
The SETI team hopes that other UC Berekely astronomers can think of some new and useful ways to take advantage of SETI @ home's capabilities. If they do, then the distribution of work will begin again. For now, if you had lent your idle computer to SETI, consider switching to one of the many other voluntary IT projects of the world's universities.