APPS - DISTRIBUTED APPLICATIONS VIA BOINC
the widespread of Internet, fast home computers, and high-bit-rate
lines, "distributed computing" also named "grid
applications" allow to researchers to benefit of the calculation power of a
supercomputer at low cost thanks to the collaboration of thousands and
millions of home computers connected to Internet and the idle cycles
of their processors.
Even if at first
sight these projects have no direct relation with our day-to-day life
- they are scientific projects, sometimes theoretical like simulations,
sometimes applied science -, their resultats are
part of our need to know, these "Big data", and other
knowledge bases to which we all refer one or another day, not only to
learn but also to go further, "standing on the shoulders of
you need to participate in these scientific projects is a computer
with an Internet connection, to download BOINC
Manager for managing grid applications, and to subscribe to one or
more projects depending on the power of your computer. These projects
are put at your disposal free of charge.
take only two examples of grid applications :
more than 130
existing projects related to mathematics, simulations, astronomy,
astronautics, physics, seismology, genetics, meteorology, environment,
neurosciences, computing, etc.
has been developed by astronomers with the objective to discover pulsars and gravitational waves.
It is linked to radiotelescopes and several LIGO detectors.
in 2005, the Year of Physics, like most of grid applications it is
available for most operating systems.
to Einstein@Home several
web users have already allowed astronomers to discover pulsars including gamma pulsars that
researchers are now studying in depth.
can access to scientific papers via the project
is one of the oldest grid application, starting in 1999.
short community of 200 professional astronomers are involved in long-term
programs searching evidences of extraterrestrial signal or intelligence in the universe,
known under the acronym of SETI as it was quickly confirmed a direct
contact was impossible to establish or very uncertain (CETI).
arguments justify this fundamental research ?
Bioastronomers believe the life has appeared in the cosmos wherein the
optimist remind us there must be an infinity of life forms,
What happened in the Earth coffin may happen elsewhere, even if life has
evolved to species much different from what we know,
At last we have to assume that human intelligence is not the top of the
say bioastronomers, they must be more advanced civilizations than ours
in the universe able to transmit voluntary of not electromagnetic waves
we could detect.
with these assumptions scientists conducted over fifty SETI projects.
With high and low according political hazards, since 1960 they never had
cancellation of these researches.
YOU are also in position to help SETI.
you own a computer you can even process yourself raw data from SETI@home
project (supported by BOINC since 2006) and
send back your results to Berkeley University and SETI community. Over
600000 users are today actively involved in this quest. SETI till needs you !
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