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Found this on today.

And here's the link to the paper.

We have had a few discussions about this paper already on the OA Facebook pages. Stuart Armstrong (one of the co-authors) is a member there.

I intend to add something about this concept to the Diamond Network page, with a link to the paper in the Additional Notes. The Diamond Network may have a number of long term goals in the Universe, not all of which are known to the Sephirotic Civilisations. One long term goal may be to obtain a certain amount of 'real estate', mostly associated with very-long-lived red dwarf stars: they will then defend that territory into the deep future while partially aestivating, until the temperature of the universe becomes cool enough to allow the sort of highly efficient processing described in that paper.

Note that an aestivating civilisation must not abandon real life entirely, otherwise they run the risk of losing any territory they may have obtained in the hot period of the universe (the present day).
Of course the goal of 'aestivation' or survival into the deep future need not be a goal that is limited to the Diamonders; in fact we do have one or two already- such as the Nimbus Project
The Eternal might also either be aestivating parts of itself or even it's entirety, with the part that Terragen see just being the part protecting the rest. Also, the Muuh might be playing a similar role for hidden members of their civil. Or not so hidden if we consider that wormhole they are putting so much effort into keeping everyone away from.

Of course all of these could work as either 'facts' of the setting or as rumors.

Finally, various Terragen groups could also be engaging in 'Deep Time Migration' in various forms with the goal of jumping forward into the deep future for various reasons.

Just some thoughts,