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New PC Upgrade!

Over the last few days I have been building a new PC designed for more, processing power for everyday use and SETI@home!

After a bit of deliberation, I decided to opt for an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X setup! Included with this upgrade which included pretty much the whole system! I decided to go for an X470 motherboard with the option of adding more GPU’s at a later date, with this in mind I went for an MSI Gaming Plus Max motherboard Coupled with 16GB of Corsair Vengance LPX DDR4 3000MHz.

With these choices in mind I had pre-purchased a new case and new Water cooling solution being a CORSAIR Carbide Series 275R case and CORSAIR Hydro Series H115i Pro 360 mm CPU Cooler.

There were a few components cannibalised from the old system, that being the RTX2060, and all the old hard drives, 2 SSD’s and 2 1TB standard SATA drives for backup purposes. The new system is now running solely on Windows 10 Pro, which had previously been running on Windows 7.

The system went through the testing phase with no issues and is currently running 1 GPU task with 1 CPU as support and 50% CPU tasks leaving 50% of threads available for standard use (see below)

There will obviously be times when I change this to use up-to 85% of threads as a bit of a boost when not in use, but when you have a child who constantly wants play Roblox on your PC then restraint is the order of the day!

Below is an image of the new components added.

9th Position in the UK

Today marks another rise in the UK table according to BOINCStats. As a team we have now moved to 9th position and have now processing enough RAC (Recent Average Credit) to be the 6th highest team in the top 10 teams.

The team still has a long way to gain our next position though, given that we need to gain another 16 million credits do move up another position as it currently stands. However, we will not let that deter us in the least, we will continue to process as much data as we can as a group!

We have a number of long term members still putting in the credits as well as some newer team members who are looking to help the team continue moving forward.

Thank you to everyone who participates and for those of you who wish to join our team please visit the BSRC Team Page.

About Liverpool SETI Web

Welcome to our team page

I personally decided to join SETI@home in July of 1999 and began crunching data on my old DX2 66mhz PC, which at the time I thought was great and continued with that PC for a couple of years before I moved to Liverpool (UK), to live with my partner and now three children. 

During this time, I partially ran SETI@home and I created the Liverpool SETI Web team as I wanted to be a part of a team, locally.  I have more than a passing interest in astronomy, as I am now embarking on my own personal projects in backyard astronomy.  I created this page, for people who are members of the Liverpool SETI Web team can keep up with events but who do not use social media. I hope you enjoy your visit and, I also hope you will become a part of our Liverpool SETI Web Team, wherever, you are from, all are welcome to join us.

So what is SETI@home?

SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is a scientific area whose goal is to detect intelligent life outside Earth. One approach, known as radio SETI, uses radio telescopes to listen for narrow-bandwidth radio signals from space. Such signals are not known to occur naturally, so a detection would provide evidence of extraterrestrial technology.Radio telescope signals consist primarily of noise (from celestial sources and the receiver’s electronics) and man-made signals such as TV stations, radar, and satellites. Modern radio SETI projects analyze the data digitally. More computing power enables searches to cover greater frequency ranges with more sensitivity. Radio SETI, therefore, has an insatiable appetite for computing power.

Previous radio SETI projects have used special-purpose supercomputers, located at the telescope, to do the bulk of the data analysis. In 1995, David Gedye proposed doing radio SETI using a virtual supercomputer composed of large numbers of Internet-connected computers, and he organised the SETI@home project to explore this idea. SETI@home was originally launched in May 1999.

Wikipedia entry for SETI@ home

Information kindly supplied by UC Berkeley

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