[RC5] SETI@HOME Interview on BBC

EnoJon enojon at delphi.com
Sun Jan 23 00:31:20 EST 2000


The graphics are cool.  However, from SETI's own stats, approx
50% of their user base has yet to complete one work unit.  Those
in the top 1000 are running CLI's and background processes with
the text-based clients.  I forget where d.net's servers
are ranked, now--18?

If I run SETI at Home and use pure CLI--it completes
one work unit every day, if I choose not 
to run distributed.net or
PRIMEOS2.EXE on the uniprocessor system.  

When I fire up DNETC.EXE, it
takes about 4 days to finish a workunit. 
Adding PRIMES...maybe 6 days.

What annoys me about SETI on a fast machine is
lack of buffering data into the 32mb+ ram required, 
so it grinds the hard drive.  I run DNETC to slow 
it down, and throw in PRIMES at night because 
the drive is so noisy.

Unfortunately, the WinNT SETI CLI does not run on Win95/98
Win32 API since the executable requires some KERNEL32.DLL
NT functions.  Another plus for d.net which provides an
executable that runs on three versions of Win32.



"Nathan D. Blomquist" wrote:

> I just thought I would send a long this little interview...
>
> http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_613000/613444.stm
>
> I would like to point out this specific question:
>
> How do you answer critics who say that your software is inefficient and
> wastes computer time?
>
> It's absolutely true that our software is not 100% efficient. For example,
> drawing graphics uses computer time. But it's not a waste of time - it
> engages users, and helps bring in more participants. Also, our software is
> not optimised for every type of computer processor out there. For example,
> our Windows version uses only standard Intel 386 instructions, not MMX, or
> other proprietary variations. We don't have the resources to manage hundreds
> of specialised versions.
>
> They seem to understand, that flashiness is not efficent... but that having
> more non-efficient clients counter acts the non-efficiency...
>
> MyTwoCents,
> Nathan D. Blomquist
> panchonb at maindex.com
> http://www.fhlc.8m.com
>
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