posted on Dec, 16 2003 @ 10:44 AM
Originally posted by pantha
do you think that the work units we are allocated are random?
I *believe* so ie that they are sent randomly. I read once - somewhere (I'm getting old, so the brain disfunctions sometimes!) - that *we* receive
the *same* WU back to process about every 500 WU's, so as to "double-check" both our original computations (in case are equipment introcduced a
"blip") and simply to re-examine that particular WU as well.
The interesting thing, I think, is to look at *when* the data being processed was collected (at Arecibo), revealed in the window in SETI: currently
the two I'm crunching were collected on Sept 4th 14:28:50 2003 and Sept 4th 16:33:40 - different RA and Dec, of course, as the Earth "swept" a
diferent part of the sky.
Well done on the 41/2 hours process time: here the 2.6Ghz manages about 4 hours per unit.
As for *some* WU's being returned after minutes: well, these are "bonuses": essentially, it usually means that the data was corrupted when
collected (maybe by RFI or a satellite going through the same area, etc). The good news is that you are still creditted with the WU computation.
Keep uop the good work!!