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SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is a scientific area whose goal is to detect intelligent life outside Earth. One approach, known as radio SETI, uses radio telescopes to listen for narrow-bandwidth radio signals from space. Such signals are not known to occur naturally, so a detection would provide evidence of extraterrestrial technology.

Radio telescope signals consist primarily of noise (from celestial sources and the receiver's electronics) and man-made signals such as TV stations, radar, and satellites. Modern radio SETI projects analyze the data digitally. More computing power enables searches to cover greater frequency ranges with more sensitivity.

Radio SETI, therefore, has an insatiable appetite for computing power.


Page Icon Status of the UC-Berkeley SETI Efforts (Korpela, et al. 2011)

Page Icon New SETI Sky Surveys for Radio Pulses (Siemion, et al. 2008)

Page Icon Statistics of One: What Earth can and can't tell us about life in the universe. (Korpela, 2004)

Page Icon SETI@home: An Experiment in Public-Resource Computing (Anderson, et al. 2002)


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"Are we alone?" on VICE

Wed, 30 May 2018 05:03:57 GMT

The HBO series VICE will be broadcasting an episode with a segment entitled "Are we alone?" starting June 1 at 11pm EST. It will be available on HBO streaming service, HBO GO, at 7:30pm EST.

The segment includes interviews with the father of modern SETI, Frank Drake, and a SETI@home volunteer, John Fluth, who has been a part of the project nearly as long as I have. We'll be interested in seeing your reaction to this piece.

Trailers are available through facebook and twitter.

Dropped packets

Mon, 30 Apr 2018 17:23:04 GMT

The UC data center switched over to a new firewall this morning. Since then packets into and out of the data center have been suffering drops. The Data Center staff is debugging the problem, we'll probably be dropping packets until it's resolved.