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Re: A half-million and counting

Yes, there I am, number 75. I have 655 units and I am advancing rapidly. I
do a unit in under 5 hours although my average shows just over 15 hours.
Recently bought a new whiz bang P4.
I run the command line version, using SetiSpy as a front end. Like I said,
less than 5 hours per unit.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Clark, W3IWI" <w3iwi@toad.net>
To: "AMSAT BB (E-mail)" <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Friday, January 10, 2003 9:16 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] A half-million and counting

> I thought I'd offer a brief progress report on a little AMSAT effort that
> hits a major milestone on Friday. I'm speaking of the 167-member Team
> effort on SETI@Home. Take a look at our AMSAT SETI page at
> http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/fcgi-bin/fcgi?cmd=team_lookup&name=AMSAT.
> will find that our collective efforts have now accumulated 500,000+ work
> units representing ~755 YEARS of computer time as the collective effort of
> 167 members.
> These efforts have also placed AMSAT in 90th position among all the
> teams around the world, and we are on the verge of overtaking the Univ. of
> Washington for 89th position (probably next week):
> http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/stats/team/team_type_0.html
> For those of you who don't know about SETI@Home, it represents the world's
> largest distributed computing "engine". Each of Team AMSAT's 500,000 work
> units represents a chunk of wideband noise acquired parasitically
> (freeloading a data sample at whatever place the telescope is pointing for
> other scientific programs. Each "chunk" (as explained at
> http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/about_seti/about_seti_at_home_1.html) is a
> ~10 kHz wide, 107 second long slice of the cosmic background noise seen at
> frequencies near the 21cm frequency (1420.405... MHz) of neutral Hydrogen.
> Your computer is turned into a high resolution spectrograph looking for
> carriers and pulses that might arise for intelligent life elsewhere in our
> galaxy. The process followed by the data being munched by some 4.18
> users around the world is outlined in
> http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/process_page/. In short, SETI@Home is
> scanning the band, hoping that ET is calling CQ.
> Of the 4.18 million users around the world, AMSAT's courageous band of 167
> amounts to only 0.004% of the "universe", but we have contributed 0.068%
> the total or 17 times the average for such a group.
> Of the half-million work units produced by AMSAT, 7 individuals have all
> contributed more than 20,000 work units -- WB5TUF, AA4RC, G1YYH, N4QQ,
> WB1BQE, K6CCC and KK4XZ. Their total accounts for nearly half of the AMSAT
> effort. In AMSAT we might offer an ATTABOY award, but I'm not certain it
> appropriate
> if).
> In case any of the rest of you want to contribute to AMSAT's SETI@Home
> effort, go to the SETI@Home web page at http://setiathome.berkeley.edu and
> download the software suitable for your computer. Then after getting
> running, go to the AMSAT page at
> http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/fcgi-bin/fcgi?cmd=team_lookup&name=AMSAT
> click on JOIN on the top line. We won't refuse you
> (http://www.satirewire.com/news/0106/seti.shtml)!
> Congratulations to all the members of Team AMSAT for helping us reach the
> half-million mark in the ~20 months that we have been around.
> 73 and Happy New Year de Tom, W3IWI
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