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Thu 24 Jun 2004

1,000 units processed for SETI@Home

Category : mac and the internet

After SETI@home base station emailed us users on the fifth anniversary, I decided to switch my highest work rate account (936 units by April) from my iBook which has almost zero idle time (either used or sleep) to the Mac G4 Dual 1GHz desktop at work.

On the night of Tue 23 Jun 2004, this account passed the 1,000 mark . It is processing its 1,001th work unit. The guys at Berkeley have gained more than 13,500 idle hours from my powerbook 1400, iBook 600 and Dual G4 since 1999. I have three other accounts that have probably contributed half as much idle time.

In first three years of the projects users contributed 400,000 years of processor time. Smart isn't it? It's called distributed computing - 300,000,000 computers tapped into the internet and an estimated 80% of their CPU time is wasted.

It'll still probably take a while before we find aliens, though.

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