[RC5] Seti@Home - what I heard
Scott I. Remick
scott at computeralt.com
Mon Apr 12 14:12:03 EDT 1999
In response to the discussions regarding the fact that the Seti at Home
software runs as a screensaver, and the fact that it is a memory hog....
well, these are related. I had heard the following and confirmed it in the
FAQ <http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/faq.html>. What I heard went into
more detail, about how the amount of information that had to be kept
on-hand (in RAM) to do the calculations was huge:
Why are you doing this as a screensaver instead of a background task that
runs all the time?
SETI at home uses a lot of memory while it's running, and it would cause
swapping on some computers. We want to make sure it has zero impact on your
normal computer work. So, for PC and Mac, the default mode is screensaver.
However, if you already have a favorite screensaver, or prefer not to run a
screensaver, SETI at home can also be run as a background program that
computes all the time and has no graphics. The UNIX version works like this.
Scott I. Remick scott at computeralt.com
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