The Einstein@Home project is now open for general participation! Much like the SETI@Home and folding@Home efforts- this project uses the idle time of your computer to work on a distributed computing project. Einstein@Home searches data from the LIGO and GEO gravitational wave detectors to detect waves that ripple the fabric of time and space which may confirm predictions by the General theory of Relativity. You can read more about the project, gravity waves and other distributed computing projects here. If you’d like to join the Make Magazine team, visit our team page. Here’s a screenshot of the screensaver from the Einstein@Home application as well the 3 computers I’m running BOINC projects on (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing).
Make some gravity waves