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Distributed computing

Author: Switch International.
Publisher: Geelong, Victoria : Switch International, 2011.
Series: In short : a lesson on almost everything, Episode 247; VAST: academic video online
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since 1992 radio telescopes have been scanning deep space looking for modulated radio signals. The type of radio signals we are familiar with can only be generated by intelligent beings but the huge amounts of data collected by the giant dishes searching for intelligence need to be carefully analysed using very powerful computers so the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence decided to ask for help from domestic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Alexander Street Video
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Switch International.
OCLC Number: 885256610
Language Note: This edition in English.
Notes: Title from resource description page (viewed July 15, 2014).
Description: 1 online resource (2 min.).
Series Title: In short : a lesson on almost everything, Episode 247; VAST: academic video online
Responsibility: produced by Switch International.

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Since 1992 radio telescopes have been scanning deep space looking for modulated radio signals. The type of radio signals we are familiar with can only be generated by intelligent beings but the huge amounts of data collected by the giant dishes searching for intelligence need to be carefully analysed using very powerful computers so the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence decided to ask for help from domestic computer users around the world. Itʼs called distributed computing and other research projects needing access to vast amounts of computing power, yet with only a modest budget, are making available special programmes that distribute pieces of a giant research exercise to volunteersʼ computers via the internet.

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