Thursday, February 24, 2005

Einstein@Home

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Feb 19, 2005
Einstein@Home was officially launched this morning at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting in Washington, DC, USA.

Snippets:

Einstein@Home is one, small part of the LSC scientific program. It is being set up as a distributed computing project, which means that it relies on computer time donated by private computer users like you to search for gravity wave-emitting compact stars.

Einstein@Home relies on private owners of PCs, like you, to donate computer time to the analysis of LIGO data. All you'll have to do is install a small, screen saver program to your computer. The screen saver automatically downloads a tiny portion of the enormous data set that LIGO and GEO600 collect. When your computer is otherwise idle, it will analyze the data and send it back to the LIGO scientists. The screen saver only runs when you're not using the computer, or when you choose to manually turn the program on. Einstein@Home will not affect your computer's performance.

The screen savers have been developed for Linux, Windows and Mac operating systems.

I'm going to try it out once i'm free of homework stress.