Einstein@Home crunches 10 years of data in two weeks to find a pulsar sought after for over a decade
Rosetta@Home accurately predicts the atomic-scale structure of an important coronavirus protein weeks before it was measured in the lab
World Community Grid discovers 36,000 compounds that could double the efficiency of organic solar cells
World Community Grid discovers a more efficient application of carbon nanotubes for desalination, clean energy, and medicine
PrimeGrid brings us one step closer to solving the Sierpinski problem
Minecraft@Home discovers the seed for the title screen of Minecraft
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Use your computer, tablet, phone, or any device with a supported processor to contribute to scientific, humanitarian, and foundational research
Ask Bigger Questions
Student and teacher visit World Community Grid's Mapping Cancer Marker's project
People flock to Rosetta@Home to support COVID-19 research
Sawyer's team contributes over 100 hours to World Community Grid's Mapping Cancer Marker's project
Minecraft@Home passes 2,000 Discord users in less than a week
300,000 computers contribute to SETI@Home in the first two weeks
A high school in Sweden launches a WCG competition among five teams.
Redefine Your Impact
Access the limitless potential of the BOINC Network and complete your research faster, cheaper, and with the attention of thousands of curious minds
From universities to companies to citizen scientists, volunteer developers, and communicators, the BOINC Network and its contributors work to improve the lives of everyone by putting science in the hands of everyone
The BOINC infrastructure consists of two main components: a project server system and client software. The project server, hosted individually by each BOINC project, stores and distributes project data to the client software running on volunteers’ host computers. Once the host completes the data crunching task, known as a work unit, it returns the results to the project server.
To date, BOINC has been the driving force behind numerous computationally intensive research programs, such as pulsar identification, the creation of patient specific cancer treatments, the simulation of candidate molecules for next-generation solar panels, along with many others. While BOINC has been used primarily for science and mathematics, it can host data from any open or commercial field so long as the data can be formatted for BOINC’s processes.
The BOINC distributed computing network scales horizontally and is resource fluid. A project in need of computation need only convince more people to direct their machines to the project. Crunchers of a completed project redirect their machines to other projects with work.
The cost of setting up a BOINC project is the cost of setting up and maintaining the project server system plus any expenditure on engagement, communication, and outreach. It is common for projects to run with near zero operating costs.
BOINC is highly efficient at completing problems that can be broken into individual tasks, regardless of their complexity. The infrastructure is developed with project admins in mind and minimizes disruptions to task completion.
BOINC can run the same task multiple times simultaneously on computers from all corners of the planet. Results can be compared, averaged, stored and reviewed, or thrown away. There is virtually no risk of losing progress on a project due to network or client hardware failure.
Did You Know
More than 60 projects
Over 200 publications
BOINC is comprised of established scientific, commercial, and institutional researchers; Ph.D candidates and undergraduates; enthusiasts, and coders; groups, organizations, universities, and corporations; as well as citizen scientists, data analysts, makers, tinkerers, artists, entrepreneurs, and individuals of all backgrounds. Every participant and developer seeks to advance science, research, and data analytics through game theory, education, and engagement, or by participating in a distributed computing network.
Departments of over 13 universities from around the world use BOINC for their research.
IBM’s World Community Grid dedicates a great deal of resources to BOINC development and runs several projects under their umbrella.
Organizations like CERN, TACC, and the Institute for Protein Design engage and educate countless participants while achieving their research goals.
Enthusiasts, hobbyists, passionate contributors, and every-day citizens of science and engineering host countless research projects.