Compute for Science
BOINC
Compute for Science

BOINC lets you help cutting-edge science research using your computer (Windows, Mac, Linux) or Android device. BOINC downloads scientific computing jobs to your computer and runs them invisibly in the background. It's easy and safe.

About 30 science projects use BOINC; examples include Einstein@Home, IBM World Community Grid, and SETI@home. These projects investigate diseases, study global warming, discover pulsars, and do many other types of scientific research.

You can participate in either of two ways:


Choose science areas

To contribute to science areas (biomedicine, physics, astronomy, and so on) use Science United. Your computer will do work for current and future projects in those areas.

Join Science United


or

Choose projects

To contribute to specific projects, download BOINC and follow the directions.

Download BOINC



High-Throughput Computing with BOINC

BOINC is a platform for high-throughput computing on a large scale (thousands or millions of computers). It can be used for volunteer computing (using consumer devices) or grid computing (using organizational resources). It supports virtualized, parallel, and GPU-based applications.

BOINC is distributed under the LGPL open source license. It can be used for commercial purposes, and applications need not be open source.

Computing with BOINC Technical Documentation

Software

BOINC includes client, server, and web components, and APIs for connecting other components. It is distributed under the LGPLv3 open-source license.

Source code Building BOINC APIs Design documents Coding style

BOINC software development is community-based. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Github Organization Tasks Events

The BOINC Project

The BOINC project is located at the University of California, Berkeley. It has existed since 2002, with funding primarily from the National Science Foundation.

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Computing power

24-hour average: 26.767 PetaFLOPS.
Active: 135,285 volunteers, 463,713 computers.
Daily change: -1939 volunteers, +3510 computers.

Top 100 volunteers Statistics

LCB001 is contributing 7,583 GFLOPS.
Country: Canada; Team: Hardware Canucks
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News

The BOINC out-of-box experience for scientists
Read a proposal for improving the out-of-box experience for scientists interested in using BOINC.
4 Dec 2019, 23:44:22 UTC · Discuss


BOINC roadmap / wish list
Read a discussion of possible long-term directions for BOINC development.
4 Dec 2019, 23:42:10 UTC · Discuss


Article on nanoHUB@Home
Check out an article about nanoHUB@home, a BOINC project providing computing power to nanoscience researchers around the world.
11 Sep 2019, 22:42:42 UTC · Discuss


BOINC: the planet-sized computer
Check out The 42 Question Answered By Planet-Sized Computer, an article about math research using BOINC.
9 Sep 2019, 6:54:25 UTC · Discuss


THOR Challenge 2019
CRUNCHERS SANS FRONTIERES is sponsoring THOR Challenge 2019, a team crunching competition to benefit IBM World Community Grid. It will take place from September 09 to November 10, 2019.
15 Aug 2019, 21:36:05 UTC · Discuss


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NSF logo BOINC is supported by the National Science Foundation through awards SCI-0221529, SCI-0438443, SCI-0506411, PHY/0555655, and OCI-0721124.


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