IDLE PCS can help the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (Seti) with free software, released last week. Rather than switching on a screensaver after a period of inactivity, Seti@home software will instead direct PC processors to analyse data from the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, looking for regular radio patterns that might be from other life forms. The software downloads small packets of data from Seti each day, analyses them when the processor is not being used for other tasks and sends them back to Seti at the University of California, Berkeley. By using hundreds of thousands of PCs, Seti hopes to process more data more quickly than by using dedicated supercomputers. The software is available for PC, Unix and Mac at http:// setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu.
SUN MICROSYSTEMS has said it will reorganise in July. Its three software divisions will be merged into a software products and platforms division controlled by Alan Baratz. John McFarlane will leave the Solaris group to become president of a new division aiming to get Sun hardware into Internet services. Doug Kaewort will lead a combined developer relations and market development division.Reuse content