SETI @ home - a free screensaver that analyzes the data of astronomical observatories involved in the search for extraterrestrial life forms, brings together hundreds of thousands of PCs around the world. Regular users of the Internet can participate in the search for signals of intelligent life forms coming from the most remote parts of the universe.
Anyone who has set a screensaver (screensaver), becomes a party to a computer network that processes data to a central computer space observatories. This experiment brings together people who want to help scientists search for signals from extraterrestrial intelligent life forms that could theoretically exist anywhere in the vast expanses of the universe.
These radio telescope, located in Puerto Rico, shared between members of the network connected to the Internet, processed and transmitted to the central computer serving hundreds of thousands of client computers around the world.
Thus, the data are utilized for hundreds of thousands of personal computers, which together form one giant super computer capable of much faster process incoming signals from space than the most powerful individual central computers that exist in such observatories.
Around 400,000 people are already participating in the program SETI @ home: from students to retirees, and from professional engineers to ordinary Internet users. With such a large number of computers involved in the processing, it becomes possible to detect the desired signal, which would otherwise go unnoticed.
The screensaver shows the progress of the data on each computer and the degree of importance of the results. In addition, the program displays a map of the project participants.
The man, a computer which will help detect such a signal, will go down in history as the man who has made a contribution to the cause of finding extraterrestrial life forms and understanding of the place and role of humanity in the universe. We’ll tell you the top news of science and technology, more detailed and interesting.
In order to take part in the experiment must be registered in the project SETI @ home, located at setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu /
On materials: setiathome.berkeley.edu