[RC5] SETI@HOME Interview on BBC
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...
> 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...
> Nathan D. Blomquist
> panchonb at maindex.com
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