We have some news for you all today – theSkyNet is expanding into new territory, and taking on some new data processing.
An all official-like media release on the topic is sitting over on the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research’s site here. Go check it out, we’ll wait.
In a nutshell, this means that theSkyNet members now get the chance to help us process data from radio telescopes, simulated data to help telescopes run better and now data from optical telescopes.
Perhaps more excitingly for everyone though is the news that this new processing will be done using an all-new theSkyNet platform on BOINC. Yes, we’ve heard you loud and clear!
This doesn’t mean we’re getting rid of Nereus (the way theSkyNet is currently set up) – You’ll still be able to donate computing power through your browser to process radio data and help with the effort towards the SKA. However, those of you ‘power’ users out there will now have the opportunity to use BOINC to do some processing as well.
We’re ironing out details, and we wont have everything ready for you tomorrow, but the lovely ICT guys here tell us that within six months you’ll have two options on how to add to theSkyNet.
Discussion and comments more than welcome – we’ve already kicked it off on the forums.