We have started a BABB team for the distributed computing project Einstein@Home.
Einstein@home is a program that uses your computer's idle time to search for spinning neutron stars (also called pulsars) using data from the LIGO and GEO gravitational wave detectors. Einstein@home is a World Year of Physics 2005 project ...
The BABB team has been very successful, ranking in the Top 40 out of over 2200 teams. (See sig for current place.)
Don't ever feel you have to read this whole long thread! In fact, the discussion is now going on in Klausnh's thread, over in General Astronomy.
Currently, that's a shorter thread than this one, but no need to read it first either; just post any questions there, before or after joining the team; no need to search first. Team members are friendly and will answer your questions in a flame-free manner.
To join the project, visit the E@H Getting Started page, or just use the two links below:
It's easy to participate in Einstein@Home:
* Create an account. Go to the Create account page and fill out the form. You will receive an email containing your account ID (a long random string). Save this email.
* Download and install BOINC: Go to the download page, download the BOINC software for your type of computer, install it, and run it. You will be asked to enter the project URL (http://einstein.phys.uwm.edu/) and your account ID.
The phrase "You will be asked..." above means "In the BOINC Manager program, click the Projects tab and click Attach to new project... and then enter URL and ID." But it's still really easy.
It's probably best not to select BOINC as your default screensaver at the installation. E@H's 3-D graphics do not play nice with BOINC; especially with ATI graphics cards.
After you are running and crunching, join the BABB team here; just click "Join."
You can go to the Your Account link on the E@H homepage to set up your preferences, but the defaults usually work fine.
There are a lot of add-ons, stat sites, and forums connected with the BOINC and Einstein@Home projects, so if you ever have any questions, especially about the BABB team, it's much easier just to post in Klausnh's thread -- that's what it is for.
Thanks to the Bad Astronomer for tolerating, and indeed participating in, this project; to Quantum_Raider who was the first to post on the BABB forums about E@H; to Klausnh for kickstarting us; and to everyone who helped the team and to all those who have already, or will soon, join this stellar project. =D>
Color text are quotes from Einstein@Home; this whole page heavily edited multiple times.