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New video: BSRC intern Kevin Luong
Kevin Luong joined Berkeley SETI Research Center as an intern in summer 2015. Kevin worked with David Anderson to revise the NTPCKR system to run on cloud computing servers. There are still a few kinks to sort out, but if it works, this should let us run our data base through NTPCKR in a few weeks instead of more then a year. Kevin transferred to UCLA in the fall, but is continuing to work with SETI to explore cloud computing for other projects.

We'll be launching an expanded undergraduate internship program soon. Details will be announced later this year.

Watch the video at
22 Jan 2016, 20:51:10 UTC · Comment

SETI@home Version 8 for Android and GPU to be released January, 21st
I know everyone has been waiting. It's finally time.

We need some Mac users with ATI Radeon HD4000 series card to help the beta test before we can release that version. So if you've got an HD4XXX GPU, please join the beta.
21 Jan 2016, 1:57:50 UTC · Comment

Andrew Siemion at TEDxBerkeley
BSRC Director Andrew Siemion is one of the featured speakers at TEDxBerkeley on Saturday, February 6. Details and tickets at 7 Jan 2016, 0:19:33 UTC · Comment

SETI@home Version 8 has been released.
SETI@home version 8 has been released. This version finally gives us the ability to process data from multiple sources, including the Green Bank Telescope. That means we'll be ready for data from Breakthrough Listen when it's available.

We're releasing the versions for CPUs first. We'll release versions for graphics processing units (GPUs) and Android devices as they come available. We're releasing slowly so as not to overtax our download server. This update will happen automatically, unless you use a special version you got from another web site.

We've also made small changed to our science code to improve the Gaussian fitting routines. This means version 8 results are not compatible with version 7. So if you use a version of SETI@home you got from another site, or if you compile your own version, you'll need to get or build a version 8 application. I'm sure link will be made available in the Number Crunching forum.

A shout out to the volunteer developers (especially Urs, Jason and Raistmer) and all the beta testers for helping out.

Happy New Year!
1 Jan 2016, 17:59:48 UTC · Comment

UC Berkeley Big Give
The University of California's big 24 hour fundraising extravaganza started Wednesday, November 18th at 9 pm and ends on Thursday, November 19th at 9 pm. If you'd like to make a donation to help SETI@home access our new data sources you can do so here. 19 Nov 2015, 21:00:21 UTC · Comment

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