Crypto-craze Hinders Alien Life Search, SETI Says

Due to GPU mining popularity, scientists had faced with issues trying to buy videocards
15 February 2018   318

The scientist of the Institute for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) said that the "crypto-currency craze" and popularity of mining negatively affect the activities of the organization. In particular, researchers have faced a shortage of video cards, which are necessary for complex calculations, BBC reports.

We'd like to use the latest GPUs [graphics processing units]... and we can't get 'em. That's limiting our search for extra-terrestrials, to try to answer the question, 'Are we alone? Is there anybody out there?' This is a new problem, it's only happened on orders we've been trying to make in the last couple of months. At Seti we want to look at as many frequency channels as we possibly can because we don't know what frequency ET will be broadcasting on and we want to look for lots of different signal types - is it AM or FM, what communication are they using?

Dan Werthimer

According to him, some telescopes can use up to 100 video cards to process data from satellites that can catch sounds and echoes throughout the solar system - for example, echoes of natural phenomena like exploding stars.

Currently, SETI scientists are trying to update the equipment in two large observatories: Green Bank in West Virginia and Parkes in Australia. However, the shortage of video cards on the market is a serious problem.

Bitmain to Present Antminer B3 for Bytom

Device will be available for purchase in the beginning of May
25 April 2018   118

Biggest minning equipment manufacturer, Bitmain, represented Antminer B3. The device is designed for Bytom cryptocurrency mining.

Antminer B3
Antminer B3

These are maint Antimer B3 parameters:

  • Total quantity of hash chips 12 PCS
  • Total quantity of hash boards 3 boards per miner
  • Total hash rate 780 H/s ±5%
  • DC voltage input 11.60~13.00 V
  • DC current input @12V DC input @25℃ 27.33 A ±7%
  • DC Power @12V DC input @25℃ 328 W ±7%
  • 220VAC Power @25℃ ,93% conversion efficiency of APW3++ 360 W ±7%
  • 220VAC Power @40℃ ,93% conversion efficiency of APW3++ 373 W ±7%
  • 220VAC Power efficiency @25℃ ,93% conversion efficiency of APW3++ 0.46 J/H ±7%
  • 220VAC Power efficiency @40℃ ,93% conversion efficiency of APW3++0.468 J/H ±7%
  • Operation temperature 0-40 ℃
  • Storage temperature -40-85 ℃
  • Operation humidity 5%RH-95%RH,prevent condensation

The shipments will start in early May. The cost is $ 2453. The model is released in the amount of 2500 miners. The sale of more than one device in one hand is prohibited.