RE: Big Science Needs Your Idle Cycles **SETI UPDATE**

Karl J. Runge (
Mon, 23 Jun 1997 22:12:42 -0700

I thought I heard somewhere a distributed task related to the human genome
project. Is there one? Does it seem feasible and worthwhile?

Mersenne primes just don't do it for me... (but since I am a physicist
I imagine that I am beyond-prejudice ;-)


On Mon, 23 Jun 1997, (Nelson Minar) wrote:
> One question about the SETI thing - what reward do people get for
> participating? I think one reason that deschall worked, at least for
> me, was that it was *fun* to participate. I checked the stats every
> day. I loved seeing the milestones, I liked the competition between
> sites, I got a warm fuzzy feeling everytime I could turn an idle
> machine over to it. All that because we had a measurable goal.
> The SETI project doesn't have that. There's not much we're going to
> see in progress and there's no guarantee that the haystack even has a
> needle in it. Any ideas how they're addressing the question of interest?
> (Another topic of discussion for a general mailing list on loosely
> coordinated distributed computations. Hrm.)
> PS - for another take on SETI type activities, read the novel "His
> Master's Voice" for Stanislaw Lem. It addresses the question of
> supposing we did find an alien signal, how would we understand it?