Welcome to BOINC project

Help BOINC

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

Don't think that you cannot help science yourself. Instead, you can play a very useful role in the scientific life. It's important for several reasons:

  • Because of the huge number (> 1 billion) of PCs in the world, volunteer computing supplies more computing power to science than does any other type of computing. This computing power enables scientific research that could not be done otherwise. This advantage will increase over time, because the laws of economics dictate that consumer products such as PCs and game consoles will advance faster than more specialized products, and that there will be more of them.
  • Volunteer computing power can't be bought; it must be earned. A research project that has limited funding but large public appeal can get huge computing power. In contrast, traditional supercomputers are extremely expensive, and are available only for applications that can afford them (for example, nuclear weapon design and espionage).
  • Volunteer computing encourages public interest in science, and provides the public with voice in determining the directions of scientific research.

For more information you can visit BOINC webpage

BOINC projects

There are a lot of BOINC projects which need your help. The most popular projects are:

SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) is a scientific area whose goal is to detect intelligent life outside Earth. One approach, known as radio SETI, uses radio telescopes to listen for narrow-bandwidth radio signals from space. Such signals are not known to occur naturally, so a detection would provide evidence of extraterrestrial technology.

Radio telescope signals consist primarily of noise (from celestial sources and the receiver's electronics) and man-made signals such as TV stations, radar, and satellites. Modern radio SETI projects analyze the data digitally. More computing power enables searches to cover greater frequency ranges with more sensitivity. Radio SETI, therefore, has an insatiable appetite for computing power.

Visit: http://setiathome.berkeley.edu./

Rosetta

For every disease there is a cure: you. Rosetta@home needs your help to determine the 3-dimensional shape of proteins as part of research that may ultimately contribute to cures for major human diseases such as AIDS / HIV, Malaria, Cancer, and Alzheimer's. 

By running the Rosetta program on your computer while you're not using it, you will help us speed up and extend our research in ways we couldn't possibly attempt without your help.

Visit: http://boinc.bakerlab.org/rosetta/

According to Albert Einstein, we live in a universe full of gravitational waves. He suggested that the movements of heavy objects, such as black holes and dense stars, create waves that change space and time. We have a chance to detect these waves, but we need your help to do it!

With Einstein@home, you can contribute your computer's idle time to a search for spinning neutron stars (also called pulsars) using data from the LIGO and GEO gravitational wave detectors. 

Visit: http://einstein.phys.uwm.edu/

How to participate

It's very easy to participate in BOINC projects.

  1. First you need to download the BOINC application and run it.
  2. Once you have it installed you must open it and click ADD PROJECT. A list of projects will appear and you can choose whichever ones you want.
  3. Let the projects run. They will hardly slow your computer at all and you can always check to see how your computer is helping science. You can also have the BOINC program only run when you are not using the computer - or have it set to run all the time. The project downloads a bit of data from the scientists, then crunches the data and sends back the results.
  4. This is a great thing to get involved with and you can also recruit your friends! You can start teams and compete to see who can crunch the most data. The scientists also publish their results so you can know exactly how you have helped.

Or, if you run several projects, try an account manager such as GridRepublic or BAM!.