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Open-source software for volunteer computing



Use the idle time on your computer (Windows, Mac, Linux, or Android) to cure diseases, study global warming, discover pulsars, and do many other types of scientific research. It's safe, secure, and easy:


For Android devices, get the BOINC app from the Google Play Store; for Kindle, get it from the Amazon App Store.

You can choose to support projects such as Einstein@Home, IBM World Community Grid, and SETI@home, among many others. If you run several projects, try an account manager such as GridRepublic or BAM!.

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High-throughput computing with BOINC

Scientists: use BOINC to create a volunteer computing project, giving you the power of thousands of CPUs and GPUs.

Universities: use BOINC to create a Virtual Campus Supercomputing Center.

Companies: use BOINC for desktop Grid computing.

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Software development

BOINC is a software platform for volunteer computing. It includes client, server, and web components, and APIs for connecting other components.

Source code Building BOINC APIs Design documents

We're always looking for programmers to help us maintain and develop BOINC.

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BOINC is distributed under the LGPL open-source license.

The BOINC project

BOINC is a community-based project. Everyone is welcome to participate.

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Computing power

24-hour average: 18.127 PetaFLOPS.
Active: 349,364 volunteers, 910,543 computers.

Top 100 volunteers Statistics

Reto is contributing 7,103 GFLOPS.
Country: Switzerland; Team: Swiss Team
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BOINC story in Nature Index
A story in Nature Index discusses volunteer computing.
24 Feb 2017, 19:41:45 UTC · Discuss

BOINC:FAST'2017 conference announced
The Third International Conference on BOINC-based High-performance computing: Fundamental and Applied Science for Technology (BOINC:FAST'2017) will be held August 28 – September 1, 2017, in Petrozavodsk, Russia.
27 Dec 2016, 2:56:54 UTC · Discuss

Thanks to Kathryn for 10 years of moderation
Kathryn Marks has been moderating the BOINC message boards for 10 years now. Her contributions have been stellar, and are much appreciated. Thanks, Kathryn!
20 Dec 2016, 1:29:00 UTC · Discuss

Einstein@home discovers record-breaking pulsar-neutron star system
Einstein@home has announced the discovery of the most massive double neutron star system ever observed.
20 Dec 2016, 0:54:09 UTC · Discuss

New recommended client for Windows and Mac
Version 7.6.33 is now the recommended version for Windows and Mac.
8 Dec 2016, 8:07:41 UTC · Discuss

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