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||April 2nd 2002
||An explanation of signal candidates
||March 5th, 2002
||Persistancy checking of gausians
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||November 6th, 2001
||Exploring hydrogen distribution in the galaxy
||August 29th, 2001
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||February 28th, 2001
||Distinguishing possible ET signals from noise and RFI
||November 29th, 2000
||Telescope position testing
||June 19th, 2000
||Multiple detection search
||June 19th, 2000
||May 4th, 2000
||First Quick look at data
||March 29th, 2000
December 29, 1999 Happy Holidays and New Year from the SETI@home
team. Thanks to our users, the project is going great. SETI@home is now the largest
computation ever performed on Earth. We're hard at work keeping our servers running,
preparing a new release of the screensaver program, and starting our second-phase data
analysis. We've received many interesting and encouraging emails from users, including one that's especially appropriate for
this time of year.
November 12, 1999 SETI@home has been honoured by Popular Science
as one of the 100 of the year's best
achievements in science and technology. Please vote for us in their Reader's Choice poll (in
the Computers and Software category).
October 22, 1999 SETI@home has now accumulated more than 100,000
years of computer time, more than any other computing project in history! We have recorded
over 85 million "candidate signals" (spikes and Gaussians) in our database, and
we're preparing to start the second phase of analysis, which will search these candidates
looking for "repeat events".
August 18, 1999 SETI@home has been named as one of Popular Science's "50 Best Of The Web." This
annual award recognises the site for "its excellent science and technology
August 14, 1999 SETI@home eclipses one million user mark.
Early this morning (Berkeley time) Ed Bradburn from England became the millionth SETI@home
user. Mr. Bradburn writes: "The excellent film of Sagan's 'Contact' really got me
interested in the concept of reaching out to search the stars (something I've been
intrigued by ever since reading Asimov's 'The Gods Themselves' and Sagan and Shklovskii's
'Intelligent Life in the Universe'). I'm proud to be the 1,000,000 participant in the
SETI@Home project and hope that there'll be many more!"
Congratulations to Mr. Bradburn and our other million users, to our
software and web site volunteers, and to the SETI@home team. In less than three months,
SETI@home has significantly expanded the SETI search, has increased awareness of SETI in
homes and classrooms, and has become the largest computing project in history.
August 11, 1999 Go here to read
the transcript of the Yahoo! Chat Event on July 30.
July 28, 1999 There will be a Yahoo! Chat Event devoted to
SETI@home from 5 to 7 PM (PST) this Friday 7/30/1999.
June 12, 1999 The response to SETI@home has been wonderful. It's
been four weeks since launch and already there are 600,000 participants! SETI@home is now
our planet's largest supercomputer -- spread out over 205 countries. We are extremely
grateful to all the SETI@home participants.
May 17, 1999. Launch! The SETI@home project is successfully
May 13, 1999. The Windows and Mac versions of SETI@home are now
available for download. We are upgrading our FTP server performance in preparation for the
final launch on May 17. We made a snapshot of statistics from the beta-testing period, and
reset all totals to zero. Congratulations to Kyle Granger, Charlie Fenton, and Brad Silen,
who did a fantastic job on the Windows and Mac versions.
May 4, 1999. The Windows and Mac versions of SETI@home are now
in the hands of 7,000 beta testers. Problems involving firewalls and proxies are being
fixed. We're on schedule for the May 17 launch.
April 6, 1999. We released the UNIX version of the SETI@home
client. Within a few hours, a couple of thousand people were using the program. As
expected, this created a heavy load on the server for the first time, and we hastily fixed
a number of problems.
March 28, 1999. We are continuing beta-testing and debugging of
the Windows and UNIX versions of the client. The Macintosh version is nearing completion.
We're still on schedule for an April launch, though it may be towards the end of the
February 22, 1999. Our server-side software has been modified to
use an Informix relational database for all storage.
January 20, 1999. The University of California Digital Media
Innovation Program has awarded SETI@home a grant to match funding from our sponsors.
January 20, 1999. The Windows version of the client now seems to
be stable, and we have expanded testing to about 50 users. We have started porting the
client to Macintosh, and are also rewriting the server-side software to allow it to handle
November 20, 1998. Today we began testing the SETI@home
screensaver with real users. Our first distribution was to 3 users, and over the next few
months we will ramp up to 100 or so.
November 20, 1998. The data recording system is completed and
operational at Arecibo. We have begun recording and collecting tapes (35 Gigabytes each)
of the data the will eventually be distributed to SETI@home users.
October 7 1998. We have received some funding commitments
(announcements forthcoming). We have begun development of the data recorder and the
data-handling software, and are continuing development of the client software.
July 30 1998. Several dozen volunteer programmers have
contributed to the development of the client program, and volunteers from around the world
have translated the web page into several languages. Engineering Design Team Inc. (EDT)
has donated analog-to-digital interfaces for the data collection system.
We continue to seek the funding that we need to complete the
science-only version of the system. We have some good possibilities, but nothing definite
so far. Because of this, the schedule for the science-only version has slipped at least a
couple of months.
June 10 1998. The UC Berkeley SETI program received the
Smithsonian Institute medal for first place in 1998 science and technology innovation. More...
June 1998. Sun Microsystems
has agreed to make a donation of computer hardware to SETI@home. This donation is of major
importance, as the computers will form the backbone of our data recording and distribution
May 1998. The Center for Electronic Art in San Francisco is
running a workshop to design an enhanced
Web site and other graphical elements for SETI@home.
March 1998. The
Planetary Society has offered its support to the project as a co-sponsor, and will be
assisting us in recruiting other sponsors.
September 1997. More than 35,000 people have joined the
SETI@home mailing list, many after seeing Dan Werthimer discuss the project on the
Discovery Channel. Also during September -- the first magnetic tape of test data from
Arecibo was returned to Berkeley. This will be used to test the analysis algorithms, and
get an initial sense of the terrestrial interference characteristics.
August 1997. Dan Werthimer was interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered.
Other stories this month included one by PC World. The
SETI@home mailing list grew to 10,000 people. Senior members of the SETI Institute
accepted invitations to sit on our advisory board.
June 1997. The SETI@home web site was established, and David
Gedye was interviewed by the New York Times.