I just remembered reading this on slashdot a while ago (I couldn't find the story on the site and I didn't want to dig more then 1 minute, so sue me)
quote:To support future projects we are developing the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC). Like the original SETI@home, BOINC consists of a client program and a data-distribution server backed by a database. BOINC, however, is not a specific application program - it's a framework that can support many different applications. This will make it easy for us to run multiple computations simultaneously - like AstroPulse and our southern hemisphere search - and to release new versions of these applications without requiring you to manually download and install software.
Even more significantly, BOINC is an open system. Other science projects can create their own distributed computations using BOINC. You choose the projects in which to participate, and you decide how much of your computing resources should go to each project. Your PC might search for ET, study global climate change, and do biological research, all at the same time
Here is the rest on their site
I personally like the idea for dialups being able to download their packets at will(while helping their bandwidth problems as well), and that you can choose which projects you would like your computer to work on. I know Nute had said that a better use for your processing power would be for medical uses ie. protein folding and such. They say on their site that this could be ready late 2002.
Anyway if any of you aren't already, the asylum has its own SETI group if you would like to join.
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