Scientists struggle over the demand for GPUs

The search for aliens is struggling thanks to cryptocurrency mania

According to the BBC, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) researchers are looking to expand their operations but can't get their hands on the hardware they need. They are typically used for display functions like rendering images and animations but offer a considerable amount of computing power that can complete complex tasks. To reap profits, miners rely on graphics processing units (GPUs) that are high-performance computer chips that were first used to power video games. For some telescopes, SETI uses around 100 GPUs crunching data from large listening arrays.

Cryptocurrency mining is the process by which transactions on the blockchain are confirmed and added to the public ledger.

Alien hunters say their search for extraterrestrial life is being hindered by the continuing cryptocurrency craze - specifically the mining of the digital currency.

The number of people doing this has rocketed in recent years, mainly due to the fact there is a reward for this work; the miners receive a small cryptocurrency payment for their mining efforts, making it profitable.

Speaking with the BBC, Dr Dan Werthimer, chief scientist at the Berkeley SETI Research Center, said that the telescopes they use to search for radio signals in space require not only a lot of patience and time, but significant computing power. According to a researcher at the Carl Sagan-founded SETI Institute, computers will likely soon become much faster, boosting the search for extraterrestrial life, Motherboard reports.

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Seti is now trying to improve its capacity for analysing such data at two observatories - Green Bank in West Virginia and Parkes in Australia.

"We'd like to use the latest GPUs... and we can't get 'em", Dr. Werthimer continued.

However, cryptocurrency mining has caused the cost of the GPUs to skyrocket, almost doubling in price, thanks in particular to the rise in Ethereum cryptocurrency mining. That has spurred exponential growth in demand for GPUs, which has resulted in massive price increases and shortages, as GPU makers have been unable to keep up with demand. Price increases have made it increasingly hard for PC owners to build their dream systems and while they probably mostly endorse the search for alien life, at the moment it's a struggle just finding a GPU at a reasonable price.

Likewise, Nvidia has advised retailers to make arrangements to make sure that they're prioritizing gamers over miners.

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