‘As many intelligent people know, aliens are all around us‘ – from the opening titles of NBC’s Third Rock from the Sun.
The Stream’s Raspberry Pi was only using 16% CPU and it seemed a waste to not use the rest. So running BOINC’s SETI@home to use the rest of the CPU has become the ideal answer.
SETI is an acronym for the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence and its purpose is to analyse radio signals, searching for signs of extra terrestrial intelligence. You run a program on your PC, laptop, tablet, phone or Pi which takes data from the University of Berkeley and analyses it looking for any signals i.e. variations which cannot be ascribed to noise, and hence contain information.
It’s very easy to set up SETI@home on a Pi, just a few steps, and for those interested look here:
On a Pi it’s fairly slow, but at least it’s running 24/7 on The Stream’s Pi. And perhaps it might just find another Dick, Sally, Harry and Tommy*
*The comedy Third Rock from the Sun was produced from 1996 – 2001 and is now available on Netflix.