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Yikes, Skynet is real!





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 09.13.2011 7:59pm
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OrionHardy
Otherworld



International Centre for Radio Astronomy has Launch the Skynet project.

A community computing science initiative to help discover the hidden Universe was officially launched this morning at Curtin University by Western Australia’s Minister for Science and Innovation, the Hon. John Day.

TheSkyNet project, sponsored by the WA Department of Commerce and developed by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy (ICRAR), in conjunction with UK-based computing company, eMedia Track, will allow members of the public to contribute their spare computing power to the processing of radio astronomy data.

ICRAR Director, Professor Peter Quinn, said theSkyNet provided a community-based cloud computing resource to raise awareness of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project and complement the primary data processing work of supercomputing facilities such as the Pawsey Centre.

“Radio astronomy is a data intensive activity and as we design, develop and switch on the next generation of radio telescopes, the supercomputing resources processing this deluge of data will be in increasingly high demand,” Professor Quinn said.

“TheSkyNet aims to complement the work already being done by creating a citizen science computing resource that radio astronomers can tap into and process data in ways and for purposes that otherwise might not be possible.”

Curtin University’s Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graeme Wright, said theSkyNet would generate real outcomes for scientific research by encouraging the online community to participate in the processing of radio astronomy data.

“Radio astronomy is a clear focal point in Curtin’s commitment to research in ICT and emerging technologies and it’s great to see people from across the University, in collaboration with our partners at the Department of Commerce, The University of Western Australia and ICRAR, bringing this project to life,” Professor Wright said.

ICRAR Outreach Manager, Pete Wheeler, said joining theSkyNet allowed participants to play a major part in the discovery of the Universe.

“By creating a distributed network containing thousands of computers, we can simulate a single powerful machine capable of doing real scientific research,” Mr Wheeler said.

“The key to theSkyNet is having lots of computers connected, with each contributing only a little, but the sum of those computers achieving a lot.”

For further information and to sign up, please visit theSkyNet website: www.theSkyNet.org
This sounds kind of cool way to helping the scientific community. The site seems to be set up like a social game, which gives users the opportunity to form alliances. We could create an FFS alliance and take over the place.



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 09.13.2011 8:02pm


CaButler
Winter Knight of the Unseelie Court



Well, as long as it doesn't include articial AI development, it's all good.

But if it does, I'll be heading for my bunker.




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 09.14.2011 7:11am


Arckanghel
Pirate.



Ya know, we do tend to think space is awesome, I can't see why we wouldn't donate to the cause.




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 09.14.2011 1:15pm


TheheirofGondor
Registered Member

I have a feeling no one would care if it wasn't named SkyNet. However it does sound pretty cool; good popularity move on their part




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 09.14.2011 6:09pm
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OrionHardy
Otherworld



Well I'm on there now, there seems to be a few bugs in the system, don't think they where expecting the turn out they got. Not sure if I should start the FFS alliance or wait from so one else to.




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 09.14.2011 8:39pm


Spidey
So Sigh Ety



This kind of technology has been going on for at least the past 10-12 years. Space.com's SETI uses it, but I think they closed that down recently.




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 09.14.2011 9:20pm


Sigma
I think I do...



^Nope. <a href="http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/";>http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/<;/a>




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 09.15.2011 9:30am


Arckanghel
Pirate.



The interesting thing for SETI was at one time I seem to remember they caught up to their dataload so they had a surplus of porcessign cycles.




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 09.15.2011 8:17pm


Spidey
So Sigh Ety



Ah nice to see that, I must have heard wrong (=




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 09.22.2011 4:52pm


Magicjewel
Dr. Fantabulous
Administrator



Me and my favorite dude put it all over our machines because this is pretty awesome.



"Well, your brain seems to work a little bit." -- Rune Walsh, Phantasy Star IV.




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