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Re: MoRe: SETI on home network & multiple machines

Hello Peter,

There do not appear to be versions for DOS or Win 3.11.  It appears to
require a minimum of 32 MB of RAM.

I am running the Linux version, but the others work similarly
in that they download the data from the internet and save the status
and results each minute, so that when re-starting it picks up from
where it last left off.

You would run the program on each machine and each would be working on
a different unit.  When a unit is completed, which takes several hours
on a fast computer and many tens of hours on a slow one, the results
are returned and another unit is downloaded for processing.  The
program only runs when the screensaver becomes active (the Linux
version doesn't have a screensaver but runs all the time with a very
low priority on CPU access, so it sleeps when other tasks are active.)

The instructions included with the program (also available on the
web site) should answer some of your questions, as well.


Bob, N7XY

On Thu, Apr 26, 2001 at 03:44:36PM +1000, Peter Ellis VK1KEP wrote:
> Thanks for the responses.
> This is a sort of PS to my earlier message, to explain more of my situation.
> I have a small home network running from a hub with several '486 machines
> and also a slowish Pentium running M$ '95, some slow machines with M$ DOS
> 6.?? & Win3.11, and another occasionally available with M$ 2000. This means
> that my sons seem to get their full share each of computing cycles, and I
> occasionally find a free machine. (My wife refuses to have a computer in our
> bedroom.)
> As you can see, it would be possible to have several of these machines
> putting in spare cycles on one or several SETI@Home data units for several
> hours/morning and many hours/evening.
> I have the boys trained to turn off monitors when not sitting in front of
> one. What I an trying to do is to train the boys to start and shut down
> machines in a sensible fashion, too. (e.g. start computer(s) when they get
> up in the morning, and only shut down before going to school rather than
> each one shutting down and having it rebooted three times before breakfast;
> start it/them when they get home from school, and let me shut down when I'm
> finished after they've gone to bed.)
> The questions are:
> a. One unit over several machines, or one unit per machine?
> b. How is this arranged?
> ... and the info was NOT apparent from the SETI site.
> That's why I asked the AMSAT-BB experts !
> Thanks,
> Peter
> Peter Ellis
> Amateur Radio VK1KEP
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