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Seti@home and Perlmonks

by Ovid (Cardinal)
on Sep 08, 2000 at 20:05 UTC ( #31610=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I've been thinking about setting up a Perlmonks setiathome group, but I don't want to do so unless other monks are interested in joining. I imagine that many monks here have quite a bit of processing power and we could do a great job of contributing to the science of setiathome.

If you are one of the three people on the planet who has not heard of setiathome, it's a scientific project to search for signs of extraterrestrial life in the universe. Essentially, each user downloads a small program to their computer and it periodically receives data from a radio telescope (currently Arecibo), processes that data, and returns it to the setiathome group. By creating a distributed computing network, they have created the largest supercomputer in existence. A news article on setiathome can be found here.

If I get enough monks who say they'll join, I'll start the group and post a link.


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(Ovid) Seti@home group up and running
by Ovid (Cardinal) on Sep 09, 2000 at 01:36 UTC
    Well, there was enough response that I have gone ahead and created the Perlmonks Setiathome Group. Click on the link to to see the group and to join. Don't forget to quit your old groups :)


    The above link is faster, but this link contains "up-to-the-minute" information (but can take a while).

      From this page, <A HREF=, it seem like if you 'switch' groups, only your new credits go to the new group. It doesn't appear that I can 'move' my credits :-( Anybody know how to move the credits ?
        When you joined the new group, did you remember to leave the old one? Both myself and another friend have switched groups and taken all of our credits with us. Maybe they've changed the functionality now?


        Join the Perlmonks Setiathome Group or just go the the link and check out our stats.

RE: Seti@home and Perlmonks
by cajun (Chaplain) on Sep 08, 2000 at 21:46 UTC
    Count me in as well. I will move my 2369 work units.
RE: Seti@home and Perlmonks
by kfarr (Initiate) on Sep 08, 2000 at 20:32 UTC
    Ovid: I'm running a measley little wintel box, but have 882 units I'd be happy to contribute to the cause....
RE: Seti@home and Perlmonks
by Poetic Justice (Monk) on Sep 11, 2000 at 03:22 UTC
    O.K. I've put my office machine on seti@home. I'll add the home machines in a little while. BTW, is anyone looking at doing stats analysis w/Perl? ; )
(jeffa) RE: Seti@home and Perlmonks
by jeffa (Bishop) on Sep 08, 2000 at 22:15 UTC
    I have no idea what units are, but I would be more than happy to contribute - my dual proc 450 'puter would be more than happy as well.


RE: Seti@home and Perlmonks
by jrsmith (Pilgrim) on Sep 08, 2000 at 21:04 UTC
    i'd be interested, my system is more than decent and i have dsl so it's always on.. i'd be able to contribute at least 15-16 hours a day :)
RE: Seti@home and Perlmonks
by BastardOperator (Monk) on Sep 08, 2000 at 21:18 UTC
    Count me in, although I only have about 100 units done currently. I've got a faster box and a cable modem now though, so they're coming faster ;)
RE: Seti@home and Perlmonks
by BlaisePascal (Monk) on Sep 08, 2000 at 22:20 UTC
    When you change groups, do all your work-units go with you? Or just the new ones? I've 408 units (and two machines) I can give...
      From an e-mail that a friend sent:
      When you change groups, all of your current credits are transfered to that group. If you remain a member of the old group as well, you also have the option of having only future credits go to the new group, or splitting all credits evenly between the groups.
      He just switched groups, so I imagine that he's correct, but I have no idea of the accuracy of this information.

      Also, I've had enough feedback that I tried to create the group and got a "Page cannot be displayed" error. In trying again, it said the group was already created. However, I believe you need a group ID to access it directly and I don't have that ID yet. Until the group lists are refreshed, I won't be able to post the URL, but I will do so as soon as I have the info.


RE: Seti@home and Perlmonks
by arthfuldodger (Initiate) on Nov 12, 2000 at 05:38 UTC
    I just got a new pc on which I installed solaris 8 x86. I don't do much with it so installed seti@home on it using about 90% of my cpu power. I wanmt to know if there any cool things I can do with perl and seti@home.
      Uh, short answer: No. Setiathome is closed source app, so, short of storing your stats, there is nothing you can really do to interface Perl with setiathome, or vice versa. See Ovid's home node for an example of how to retrieve some relevant perlmonks data in a CGI script.
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Re: Seti@home and Perlmonks
by aardvark (Pilgrim) on Mar 05, 2001 at 22:59 UTC
    I'm in, I've contibuted my 295 units.
    Wouldn' t it be cool if the first messge we recieved from another planet was written in Perl?

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