An update on our seti@home progress.
Yay! After first joining the effort on
April 12, 1999, 1:58 pm
Over 13 years now dedicated to signal processing radio telescope data.

We have now cracked the top 200 in Canada:
#199 out of 48,069
and cracked the top 4000 in all of SETI
#3,935 out of 1,342,720
As an added side effect, all of the computer systems help heat the home in the winter, offseting baseboard electric heaters 🙂

It will be slow going from here on out, as the top crunchers tend to have faster machines.
Not sure where this is going in the future.. the novelty has long since worn off, there appear to be no hard successful results. Already there have been times when the increase in home computing has outstripped the servers ability to serve data and they run out! This will only get worse in the future. I haven’t even really gotten add on Graphic Processing Units up and running yet!

UPdated: 2012 Dec 03 – and of course, after a post such as this, SETI@HOME went down on Nov 30th due to an unplanned power outage and now the database is corrupted, needs to be rebuilt and may not be back until Dec 4th.