SETI@home

Overview SETI@home is one of the most well-known grid computing projects currently active. Relying solely on donated idle cycles, the project has proved that it is possible to duplicate the processing power of a High Performance Computing (HPC) system by using standard off-the-shelf PCs. Follow the links below to learn more about SETI@home.

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General Information Visit the main SETI@home page for general information about the project.  SETI@home now uses the BOINC! (Berkley Open Infrastructure For Network Computing) client. You can download this SETI@home client here. The BOINC! client is an open source platform that can be used to run SETI@home as well as many other scientific research projects that require donated computer resources.  The Planetary Society's Web site has links to technical articles about the SETI@home project. An article about distributed computing and SETI@home can be found here.

Info and Tweaks Interested in optimizing the speed of the SETI@home screensaver? Check out the hints and tips on this page. You can monitor the SETI@home performance on a network by downloading the Multi SETI@home monitor. If you're running Unix and would like a GUI front end for the SETI@home client, download Tk-SETI@home. Have questions about SETI@home? Check out this Q&A page. Want to know more about people who donate cycles to the SETI@home project? You can see personal profiles here.