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Wiley
2002-Feb-18, 05:05 PM
Well, folks I just completed my 1000th workunit for the seti@home project. I know that this and $1.50 will buy me a cup of coffee, but regardless I still feel like accomplished something. If you hurry, you'll see me on milestone list (http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/1000.html).


Name (and URL) Wiley
Results Received 1000
Total CPU Time 2.207 years
Average CPU Time per work unit 19 hr 19 min 55.3 sec
Last result returned:Mon Feb 18 15:32:57 2002 UTC Registered on:Wed May 19 17:28:57 1999

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GrapesOfWrath
2002-Feb-18, 06:34 PM
Good work!

Caught anything yet?

Roy Batty
2002-Feb-18, 07:28 PM
watch out, i'm almost caught up at 180 results
.. all aliens /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif

James
2002-Feb-19, 12:11 AM
What is this "seti workunit"? What is all this? For that matter, where can I go to download it?

Asylum
2002-Feb-19, 01:06 AM
That's very cool. Congratulations. One of these days I'm going to download it.

Hauteden
2002-Feb-19, 06:58 AM
On 2002-02-18 19:11, James wrote:
What is this "seti workunit"? What is all this? For that matter, where can I go to download it?



I believe this is the infomation that you seek.
SETI@Home (http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/)

Hauteden

James
2002-Feb-19, 12:39 PM
On 2002-02-19 01:58, Hauteden wrote:


On 2002-02-18 19:11, James wrote:
What is this "seti workunit"? What is all this? For that matter, where can I go to download it?



I believe this is the infomation that you seek.
SETI@Home (http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/)

Hauteden



Thanks, Hauteden.

ljbrs
2002-Feb-20, 02:19 AM
I once had SETI on my computer. However, when my monitor turned pink (like the SETI screen), and I had to replace my monitor, I decided that I did not want to chance another such occurrence. I believe that my computer lacks enough oomph and is not up to SETI specifications. I do not think that I have been missed...

ljbrs /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_frown.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_cry.gif /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_rolleyes.gif

Timm
2002-Feb-20, 12:03 PM
1000 Units?

Wow, great work, how many compters are working for you? I just finished my 140th WU...


[still can't spell]

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Wiley
2002-Feb-20, 03:20 PM
On 2002-02-20 07:03, Timm wrote:
1000 Units?

Wow, great work, how many compters are working for you? I just finished my 140th WU...


[still can't spell]

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Thank you. I'm running on two computers. The first doesn't really count; it's a PII running at 300MHz and takes about 100 hours to do one workunit. The second counts twice; it's a dual processor Xeon at 933MHz and takes about 8 hours for one workunit.

I just reread my original post, and, boy, I'm leaving out words all over the place. Oh well, Esparanto is my first langauge.

Also a $1.50 won't buy a cup of coffee. It's a $1.67 at the nearby Starbucks.

SpacedOut
2002-Feb-20, 06:53 PM
Wiley - Great going and thanks for the reminder - When I first heard of the SETI@home project my machine had all it could do just to run the OS. Now that I have some spare power I'll download the program and give it a try.

Roy Batty
2002-Feb-20, 07:05 PM
Just using the one PII 450 averaging 1 day per unit so far /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_frown.gif though its been competing with cancer cure: http://members.ud.com/home.htm
Sorry about shameless non astronomy plug /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif

Timm
2002-Feb-21, 08:29 AM
On 2002-02-20 10:20, Wiley wrote:
Thank you. I'm running on two computers. The first doesn't really count; it's a PII running at 300MHz and takes about 100 hours to do one workunit. The second counts twice; it's a dual processor Xeon at 933MHz and takes about 8 hours for one workunit.



My Duron 1GHz needs 6-7 hours for a Unit, so a dual - Processor System should be faster...
Maybe Seti doesn't support multiple processors?



Also a $1.50 won't buy a cup of coffee. It's a $1.67 at the nearby Starbucks.


Hey, they need to build more starbucks all over the place, and somehow they'll have to pay for it...

Wiley
2002-Feb-21, 08:24 PM
On 2002-02-21 03:29, Timm wrote:


On 2002-02-20 10:20, Wiley wrote:
Thank you. I'm running on two computers. The first doesn't really count; it's a PII running at 300MHz and takes about 100 hours to do one workunit. The second counts twice; it's a dual processor Xeon at 933MHz and takes about 8 hours for one workunit.



My Duron 1GHz needs 6-7 hours for a Unit, so a dual - Processor System should be faster...
Maybe Seti doesn't support multiple processors?



The task manager shows both CPU's going, but the OS overhead is huge. The dual processor really only allows me to run things like Seti@home in the background with out slowin' my foreground tasks.


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DJ
2002-Feb-22, 12:15 AM
I've got an old MIPS unit here with 4 CPU's that could crunch the heck out them, but I can't find a version of the code that is supported. Tried almost all of them on their page.

Any thoughts? (Really need to compile the code locally, I think. I can't imagine I'll find a build for this OS. It's unix, and it's rare.)

David Hall
2002-Feb-22, 02:07 AM
I'm running the command line version in the background. It's faster than the normal screen-saver client. I believe it's listed for windows NT, but it'll also work for other windows flavors (I'm using W98 myself).

OTOH, I haven't been able to connect to the seti server for the last few days. Anybody else having this problem? The site says they're having bandwidth problems, but mine hasn't been able to get through at all.

Wiley
2002-Feb-22, 02:34 PM
I've been having problems connecting also. However the program automatically tries to reconnect every hour (I think) and it succeeds on the subsequent tries.

Roy Batty
2002-Feb-22, 10:35 PM
Ive been having many problems connecting too recently but eventually it does manage. I think its the bandwidth problem since as per their description its usually only the download & not the upload that fails.

David Hall
2002-Feb-23, 01:28 PM
Well, I just tried connecting again and it finally worked, so I guess that was it. Couldn't get any connections for a week up till now however, up or down, so it just seemed really strange to me.

Timm
2002-Feb-23, 03:09 PM
i use Setiqueue to store some WU's on my hard disk and send the results back when the server is not so overcrowded (berkeley had to change some network things, so seti may not get any bandwidth on peak times).

It's around noon here when there's the best connection, so I don't have to be up at night to return my results.

Wiley
2002-Feb-23, 08:01 PM
On 2002-02-23 10:09, Timm wrote:
i use Setiqueue to store some WU's on my hard disk and send the results back when the server is not so overcrowded (berkeley had to change some network things, so seti may not get any bandwidth on peak times).

It's around noon here when there's the best connection, so I don't have to be up at night to return my results.


I had not heard of SetiQueue, so I checked out the Setiathome home page. And WoW! There's whole bunch of cool add-ons. Now, has anyone tried the star map of your workunits? It sounds way cool.

Timm
2002-Feb-25, 01:01 PM
On 2002-02-23 15:01, Wiley wrote:

I had not heard of SetiQueue, so I checked out the Setiathome home page. And WoW! There's whole bunch of cool add-ons. Now, has anyone tried the star map of your workunits? It sounds way cool.



It's really nice, you get a small skymap, and setiqueue shows you all the coordinates of the WU's you have already calculated and that are in your queue.

Ever cooler: With the text client, you can launch setispy over the network, so you can see the progress your seticlients make...
with all that stuff, it's very easy to waste a whole day with this useless but very nice technical knick-knack /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_wink.gif.

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SpacedOut
2002-Feb-27, 02:01 PM
Thanks for the heads up on SetiQueue Ė Iíll give it a try. Iíve been running the program (desktop not command line) on a P4 1.8GHz with W2k in screensaver mode and overnight for a week now but have only completed 13 WU. Iím averaging 6.5 hrs/WU but have problems connecting to the Berkeley.

SpacedOut
2002-Feb-27, 04:30 PM
Just at SETI site to get SetiQueue and found this info. There is a BUG in the Windows Screen Saver Mode. Here is the work around:

http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/bw_win.html

Wiley
2002-Feb-27, 04:34 PM
On 2002-02-27 11:30, SpacedOut wrote:
Just at SETI site to get SetiQueue and found this info. There is a BUG in the Windows Screen Saver Mode. Here is the work around:

http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/bw_win.html


Thanks for the info. Hopefully they will get the patch soon.

James
2002-Mar-01, 11:36 PM
I downloaded Seti@Home and I was able to get through three units. I was able to upload the first two units with no problems. However, whenever I try to even connect or try to upload the third unit, it doesn't allow me to connect. Any idea what's up?

SpacedOut
2003-Jan-03, 12:40 PM
10+ months later I just completed my 1000th work unit last night - and like Wiley said - that and a few bucks will get me a cup of coffee, still, I feel like I've done something useful.

I've been running it in the background on a P4 1.8GHz with W2k and leave it on 24/7. Iím averaging 6.22 hrs/WU. I only have problems with running it in the background when I'm working on medium to large sized CADD files, then I disable it.

One thing I find amazing is that in my 2/20/02 registration class there are already 11 users with more than 2000 WU and one at 9700.

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Wiley
2003-Jan-03, 07:53 PM
On 2003-01-03 07:40, SpacedOut wrote:
10+ months later I just completed my 1000th work unit last night - and like Wiley said - that and a few bucks will get me a cup of coffee, still, I feel like I've done something useful.

Congratulations! I saw you the milestone list (http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/1000.html).




One thing I find amazing is that in my 2/20/02 registration class there are already 11 users with more than 2000 WU and one at 9700.


I supect these guys (or gals) are system adminstrators using all the office PC at night.

SpacedOut
2003-Jan-03, 08:08 PM
Thanks Wiley.

You're probably right about SA's using the office PC's at night. As the part-time(when I can squeeze the computer stuff in between billable work - read "weekends")SA here I have enough problems with user's machines without SETI@home running on them.

semi-sentient
2003-Jan-04, 08:49 PM
w00000000000000000000000000t!
http://www.lunixwarp.com/seti3000.jpg

David Hall
2003-Jan-15, 03:01 PM
Well, now it's my turn to crow! Sometime last night, in the latest batch of completed work units, I pushed myself into the top 1%!! Yahoooo!

<pre>
Results Received 3171
Total CPU Time 2.811 years
Average CPU Time per work unit 7 hr 46 min 00.0 sec
Average results received per day 2.37
Last result returned: Wed Jan 15 00:07:40 2003 UTC
Registered on: Wed May 19 10:57:55 1999 UTC
SETI@home user for: 3.663 years

Your rank out of 4196022 total users is: 41913th place.
The number of users who have this rank: 25
You have completed more work units than 99.001% of our users.
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ToSeek
2003-Jan-16, 04:34 AM
Amateur!

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Your credit:
Name (and URL) Kevin Parker
Results Received 25359
Total CPU Time 28.440 years
Average CPU Time per work unit 9 hr 49 min 27.9 sec
Average results received per day 18.96
Last result returned: Thu Jan 16 00:36:12 2003 UTC
Registered on: Wed May 19 14:55:01 1999 UTC
=SETI@home user for: 3.665 years
Your group info:
You belong to the group named: The Planetary Society
You are not currently the founder of any teams.
* *
Your rank out of 4197116 total users is: 1828th place.
The number of users who have this rank: 1
You have completed more work units than 99.956% of our users.
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David Hall
2003-Jan-16, 07:10 AM
On 2003-01-15 23:34, ToSeek wrote:

Amateur!


Maybe. But I did all of mine the hard way, one at a time. How many computers did you have to have working in tandem to get your score? /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif

ToSeek
2003-Jan-16, 03:03 PM
Maybe. But I did all of mine the hard way, one at a time. How many computers did you have to have working in tandem to get your score? /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif



Yes, well then, "amateur" is literally true. I had the good fortune for a while to be an assistant sysadmin on a network of 15 or so high-speed PCs, with access to some others as well. Not surprisingly, they all ran the seti@home screensaver credited to me. A good weekend would net me 250 units completed. At one point, I was in the top 400. Unfortunately, I'm now in your boat of only having my home computer and so have been dropping in the standings ever since. Glory is so fleeting....

ljbrs
2003-Jan-17, 03:03 AM
Several years ago, my monitor screen turned violet or light purple when I was letting SETI run on my computer. I bought a new monitor and stopped doing SETI. Monitors can be expensive. I probably did not have enough *whatever* to prevent that destruction.

My replacement monitor has been working like a charm ever since, but without SETI this time.

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David Hall
2003-Jan-17, 07:49 AM
Yeah, I thought so. I'd be even higher in the standings except that for my first year I was stuck with a 200mhz laptop and a dail-up modem. It took over 60 hours for each work unit and I probably didn't get 200 for the whole year. Nearly all of my units have come from after I bought/built my home system. Since upgrading my CPU last April I've been going through about 6 per day.

It almost seems unfair to me to compare individual users with network users. Having seperate categories would have been nice.

And ljbrs, be careful not to inappropriately blame Seti for your monitor problems. It may not have been it's fault. Your monitor may have already been about to blow, and the demands of the Seti graphics may just have been the last straw.

Seti actually helped me with a monitor problem. When I first bought my desktop computer, I noticed the Seti screensaver was looking strange. All of the parts that were supposed to look red were actually black. Thanks to Seti I was able to quickly diagnose that the monitor was defective and was able to get it replaced. /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif

Kelfazin
2003-Jan-19, 05:38 AM
Name (and URL) Kelfazin
Results Received 63
Total CPU Time 3922 hr 02 min
Average CPU Time per work unit 62 hr 15 min 16.5 sec
Average results received per day 0.29
Last result returned: Sat Jan 18 17:42:56 2003 UTC
Registered on: Mon Jun 17 22:18:02 2002 UTC
View Registration Class
SETI@home user for: 5167 hr 23 min
Your group info:
You do not currently belong to a group.
You are not currently the founder of any teams.

Your rank: (based on current workunits received)

Your rank out of 4202967 total users is: 863297th place.
The number of users who have this rank: 6100
You have completed more work units than 79.315% of our users



*SIGH* /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_razz.gif