Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2017 - 07:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: boinc, fast radio bursts
If you are not familiar with the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Networked Computing, aka BOINC, then hopefully it is because you devote your spare processing power to Folding@Home. If you are still unfamiliar, it is a way to divvy up huge data sets and associated calculations to numerous local clients, install by volunteers who are willing to donate spare processing cycles; the most famous is SETI@Home.
The story at the The Register describes something similar, though instead of performing the calculations, you would capture the data. The idea is to utilize the radio receivers in mobile devices and software defined radio kits to capture the mysterious fast radio bursts that astronomers have detected emanating from far off galaxies. The researchers have a lot of work ahead of them as the 1GHz signals can be swamped by terrestrial sources and the periodicity of the signals is not clear. It will be interesting to watch how this project unfolds.
"Friends, take out your mobiles in the name of science! Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics are trying to look for fast radio bursts in the Milky Way galaxy with “low-cost radio receivers.” And by that, they mean, your smartphones."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- As Microsoft touts Windows Insider for biz, let's take a look at W10's broken 2FA logins @ The Register
- The Asus Tinker Board (Updated) @ Hack a Day
- Gabe Newell isn't really here @ Polygon
- Oracle's ongoing war with Google could bring the software industry to its knees @ The Inquirer
- Global IPv4 address drought: Seriously, we're done now. We're done @ The Register
- IBM's Watson Dons a Suit and Tie @ Hardware Secrets
Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2011 - 04:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: seti, boinc
Last Spring U.C. Berkeley pulled their funding from the SETI Institute which lead to the closure of the Allen Telescope Array, part of the Hat Creek Observatory. It has finally reopened and is once again searching the stars for a variety of objects thanks to public donations and interest by the US Air Force. SETI is not just about searching for radio signals from the stars, it has discovered pulsars and exoplanets as well as contributing to the search for water on other planets.
The interest shown by the Air Force has less to do with space aliens and more to do with the awareness of near earth objects such as satellites and orbiting ships. In among the data that would be collected by the array would be positional information of these orbital objects. The extra accuracy would hopefully allow much better predictions as to the time and location that objects falling from orbit will arrive on Earth, such as happened recently.
"MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – The Allen Telescope Array (ATA) is once again searching planetary systems for signals that would be evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence. Among its first targets are some of the exoplanet candidates recently discovered by NASA’s Kepler space telescope.
“This is a superb opportunity for SETI observations,” said Jill Tarter, the Director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute. “For the first time, we can point our telescopes at stars, and know that those stars actually host planetary systems – including at least one that begins to approximate an Earth analog in the habitable zone around its host star. That’s the type of world that might be home to a civilization capable of building radio transmitters.”"
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- TSMC to begin third-phase construction at Fab 15 @ DigiTimes
- Remote backup - the health insurers of the tech industry @ XSReviews
- Samsung ML-2540 Monochrome Laser Printer @ Overclockers Online
- Intel 520 Series SSD Pictured - Possible Not SandForce Driven @ The SSD Review
- Microsoft has a kill-switch in Windows 8 app store @ The Inquirer
- Weekly Giveaway #18: Tt eSPORTS Fantastic Five @ eTeknix
Subject: Editorial | July 15, 2011 - 10:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: killer frogs, friday, folding@home, folding frogs, boinc, 1 billion
When visiting our Forums you will be greeted with an ever changing mix of the old and new. Some members will be tracking down manuals from old kit that they inherited from friends, such as an Epox EP-8KDA3J, while others might have the manual but are having a tough time finding drivers for their DFI LanParty NForce2 Ultra B board. Those threads are nestled between another member's indepth look at the brand new Intel Core i7-2600K with GIGABYTE Z68X-UD7, with plenty of pictures and tips on getting the best overclock.
Our podcast, PC Perspective Podcast #162 this week, has inspired one member to stop lurking and ask about a case for a NAS they want to build, while other long term members discuss the merits of SLI. One member is being very mean to their speakers at Audio Corner while in the Storage Forum you can read about the ressurection of Intel SSDs that suddenly become 8MB in size.
Also this week there has been a lot of talk about Bitcoins, both in terms of the best GPUs to use for mining as well as a rough guide on how much your electricity bill will go up thanks to your new habit, but there are other things you can do with your spare cycles. The PC Perspective Folding Frogs are going strong and helping with protein folding, but it is the PC Perspective Killer Frogs BOINC team which has something to cheer about right now. Our combined BOINC project processed workunit total has gone over 1 billion! Congrats to everyone, old members and new, that have contributed to help us pass this milestone.