SETI@Home Moves To Analyze 2.6e23 FLOPs
No matter how you look at it, SETI@Home has a lot of work on their hands, as they move into the final stages of their experiment and begin detailed analysis of all the date they have received. Participants have chewed through 2.6 times 10 to the 23rd power FLOPs over 1.5 million days of processing since they begin in 2002. If you are curious about the size of the database, one of the radio telescopes they use provides roughly 35GB of data to chug through each and every day.
This is not the end, it is the next phase in the experiment now that they have collected and sorted their data they can start to analyze the data looking for interesting signals. These may not be signals from extra-terrestrial life but that doesn’t mean there won’t be incredibly interesting things found. In amongst the millions of interesting signals they’ve found will be new pulsars, signs of black holes and various other naturally occurring radio sources.
The project has been overseen since 1999 by the Berkeley SETI Research Center, which manages several related initiatives, such as the Search for Extraterrestrial Radio Emissions from Nearby Developed Intelligent Populations (SERENDIP) and Astropulse.