[kepler-dev] BOINC

Christopher Brooks cxh at eecs.berkeley.edu
Mon Nov 28 11:30:45 PST 2005

I've heard of it but not looked in to it.  It seemed pretty

Ptolemy II has done stuff with jxta (ptolemy/actor/lib/jxta)
and with jini (ptolemy/distributed)

I think looking in to boinc would be interesting.

The tinfoil hat crowd might find this slashdot article
"Is SETI a Security Risk?" to be a distraction

>Dotnaught writes "Richard Carrigan, a particle physicist at the US
>Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois, fears the Search
>for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) may be putting the earth at
>risk. As reported in the Guardian, Carrigan frets that alien radio
>signals could pose a security risk. The report cites a 2003 paper
>entitled "Do potential Seti signals need to be decontaminated?" but
>Carrigan's website has more details. Basically, he's calling for
>isolation of SETI computers and additional security measures. He
>writes, "To paraphrase Cocconi and Morrison for the possibility of a
>malevolent SETI signal ...the probability of a contaminated SETI
>signal is difficult to estimate; but if we never consider it the
>chance of infection is not zero."" Frankly, I'm more worried about
>some phishing malcontent then I am about the Grays, but maybe that's
>just me.




    Has anyone heard of BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure
    for Network Computing)?  I just got this email from the SETIATHOME 
    project.  It looks like maybe we could use BOINC for distributed 
    computing for kepler.
    -------- Original Message --------
    Subject: SETI at home News
    Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2005 07:53:04 -0800 (PST)
    From: SETI Web <setiweb at ssl.berkeley.edu>
    To: undisclosed-recipients:;
    SETI at home completes the switch to BOINC
    SETI at home has completed its transition to BOINC (Berkeley Open 
    for Network Computing). BOINC, developed at U.C. Berkeley, is a 
    framework for
    volunteer computing projects like SETI at home.
    Switching your computer to the new "SETI at home/BOINC" is easy. Visit
    http://setiathome.berkeley.edu for instructions. We'll be shutting down the
    "SETI at home Classic" project on December 15. The workunit totals of users an
    teams will be frozen at that point, and the final totals will be 
    available on
    the web.
    Scientists at other universities are using BOINC to create volunteer 
    projects in areas like molecular biology, high-energy physics, and climate
    change study. See http://boinc.berkeley.edu for more information. BOINC let
    you donate computer time to multiple causes, divided up however you 
    want. For
    example, your PC could spend 40% of its time searching for extraterrestrial
    life (SETI at home), 30% studying climate change 
    and 30% studying protein folding, design and docking (Rosetta at home:
    You can run SETI at home 100% of the time if you want. But we strongly 
    you to participate in other projects. Doing so ensures that when 
    SETI at home is
    down or has no work, your computer stays busy helping other researchers.
    Support SETI at home
    SETI at home is increasingly reliant on individual donations. Without the 
    of individuals like you the project will not be able to continue. We 
    urge all
    SETI at home participants to make a yearly donation to keep the project going:
    Thanks again for your participation in SETI at home.
    The SETI at home Team
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    Kepler-dev at ecoinformatics.org

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