The project will go into hibernation, while the folks at SETI will work to analyze the data that’s already been processed.
The SETI project involves sifting through a huge amount of data in an attempt to identify possible radio transmissions beamed toward the earth from extraterrestrial sources.
But rather than relying on a supercomputer, the [email protected] project allows volunteers around the world to install a program on their home computers in order to make sense of small subsets of that data when a computer would otherwise be idle. In that way, thousands of computers working together could perform as a sort of distributed-supercomputer by donating spare CPU cycles.
While this project is coming to a close (at least for now), it led to the development of BOINC software which has enabled a number of other distributed computing projects to help work on difficult problems involving math, medicine, astronomy, physics, and other scientific efforts.