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Einstein@home is an international project launched in 2005, which tries to prove the predicted gravitational waves by Albert Einstein.

For this purpose, 3 detectors in Hanover (Germany Google Maps), Livingston (USA, Google Maps), Hanford (USA, Google Maps) and Pisa (Italy, Google Maps) measure by laser the length of 2 orthogonally arranged vacuum tubes, which are up to 4 km long. Upon impact of a gravitational wave (for example, from a supernova explosion), the length is supposed to change. The detectors are able to detect changes on the order of a thousandth of a proton diameter (about 10 -18 m).

Since March 2009, participants can also participate in the analysis of data from the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico, contributing directly to the discovery of unknown radio pulsars. The Arecibo Observatory is the largest single-reflector radio telescope in the world. It examines pulsars, galaxies, objects in our solar system and the atmosphere of the earth. In August 2010, a first hitherto undiscovered pulsar was found in this search, the discovery of another, binary pulsar was announced on March 1, 2011.

Since August 2011 another project has been started. This searches for gamma pulsars, including the first millisecond pulsar, which shows only in the gamma region, in the data of the Fermi satellites.

Audio-Description Detailed Audio-Description of the project (German): BOINCcast

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Seal of Approval:
This project was awarded the Rechenkraft in April 2008. With 4 out of 5 possible points it is a recommended project. The criteria can be found here.


Project overview

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Name Einstein@home
Category Elementarphysik/en
Goal Detection of gravitational waves
Commercial   no
Homepage einsteinathome.org

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Uni.jpg Observational Relativity and Cosmology
Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), Hanover, Germany

Project status

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Status   active
Begin 19.02.2005
End still active


Project links



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Client properties

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About WU

Name RAM Duration Deadline Disk Space Download Upload Minimal requirements
einstein_S5R4 6.05  up to 56 MB  up to 15 h (AMDX2 32bit 3,0 GHz)  2 weeks  MB MB MB oder besser

einstein_S5R4 6.05  up to 56 MB  up to 12,5 h (AMDX2 32bit 4,0 GHz)  18 days  MB MB MB oder besser

Duration is the average computing time needed, having the CPU clocked at the variable.
Deadline is the timespan, within which the Work unit needs to be finished.


Published versions

The latest versions can be viewed here.



Einstein@home uses the BOINC infrastructure. The registration, installation and configuration are described in the user manual.




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