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   849

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
SETI

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.

Bitfury to Represent Bitcoin Mining Optimization Chip

The product is called Bitfury Clarke ASIC and it's based on five successful generations of mining chips
20 September 2018   137

Bitfury Group introduced a new generation of hardware for bitcoin mining under the control of the integrated microcircuit Bitfury Clarke ASIC.

Five successful generations of Bitfury mining chips are the basis for new Bitfury Clarke ASIC. According to the developers, the new chip has the highest performance characteristics among the bitcoin mining hardware.

14nm Bitfury Clarke ASIC is fully optimized for Bitcoin Mining on SHA256. The hashing capacity is up to 120 Gigahets per second (GH / s) with energy costs of only 55 miljoules per gigahash (mJ / GH). The minimum required mains voltage is 0.3 V.

In addition to selling Bitfury Clarke chips, Bitfury also integrates Bitfury Clarke into other hardware, including its own servers for mining and BlockBoxes, as well as in the mining centers in Canada, Norway, Iceland and Georgia.