SETI@home Hibernation

I have been a fan of the SETI@home project for a number of years. I was sad to hear that the project is going into "hibernation".


UC Berkeley has announced that the volunteer computing part of SETI@home will stop distributing work and go into hibernation on March 31. Two reasons were cited for this action:

1) Scientifically, they have reached point of diminishing returns; basically, they analyzed all the data they need for now.

2) Managing the distributed processing of data is labor intensive. The priority now is to focus on completing the back-end analysis of the results they already have, and writing this up in a scientific journal paper.

It’s important to note that SETI@home is not disappearing. The web site and message boards will continue to operate.


Pi Lab has had a SETI@home Node running since I started this project. I have decided to keep SETI@home installed and available in case the project comes back online.

I have also updated the SETI@home Node to the BOINC Node so that the node is more obviously dedicated to BOINC projects.

Update: I have updated the BOINC Node to run Rosetta@home to help with COVID-19 research. Read more here.

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