wiki:PrefsReference
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Preferences

Global Preferences

These preferences apply to all BOINC projects in which you participate.

General Options

SettingValuesDefaultDescription
Work Buffer: Buffer at least X days0.0 - 10.00.25 daysBOINC will try to buffer at least this much work at all times. This is in addition to the work buffered based on your network settings. The maximum buffer is 10 days, but some projects may have a lower limit.
Application Switching: Switch between applications every X minutes0.0 +60 minutesIf you are attached to more than one project, BOINC uses this value to balance the load between your projects. BOINC will not switch exactly at this interval, it is only used as a guide.

Processor Usage

SettingValuesDefaultDescription
CPU Limits: Use no more than X% of processor time0 - 100%100%BOINC has a built-in throttle that can limit the CPU time used. This is commonly used to reduce the risk of overheating. The throttle is coarse-grained; you may see a sawtooth profile if you graph CPU usage.
CPU Limits: On multiprocessor systems, at most use X processors1 - available processors16This limit specifies the number of processors or individual processor cores that BOINC will use. Many projects will run one process on each permitted core.
Processing Restrictions: Suspend while computer is in useYes/No?NoUse this option if you want BOINC to behave like a screensaver, only working when you are away from your computer.
Processing Restrictions: Resume if computer is idle for X minutes0.0 +3 minutesThis option prevents BOINC from starting if you are only away from your computer briefly.
Processing Restrictions: Suspend while computer is running on batteriesYes/No?YesGenerally, laptop users don't want BOINC to run while on battery power.
Processing Restrictions: Suspend if computer is idle for X minutes0.0 +60 minutesThe period until power saving is allowed to go into effect.
Custom Times: Allow BOINC to do work during these timesTime formatAlwaysYou can specify time restrictions and optionally a weekly schedule.

Network Usage

SettingValuesDefaultDescription
Connection: Confirm before connecting to InternetYes/No?YesBOINC will only try and get an Internet connection when it needs one.
Connection: Disconnect when doneYes/No?NoBOINC will only disconnect if it initiated the Internet connection.
Connection: Connect about every X days0.0 +0.1 daysBOINC will use this as a hint for buffering work between connections. BOINC will still use the Internet more frequently if a connection is available.
Bandwidth Limits: Maximum upload rate X Kbytes/sec0.0 +UnrestrictedZero means upload is unrestricted.
Bandwidth Limits: Maximum download rate X Kbytes/sec0.0 +UnrestrictedZero means download is unrestricted.
Bandwidth Limits: Transfer at most X Mbytes every Y days0.0 +UnrestrictedZero means no limit.
Error Checking: Skip image file verificationYes/No?NoSome dialup Internet Service Providers compress image downloads on the fly. If you can't use a better ISP, use this option to ignore the modified images until you can switch to a better ISP.
Custom Times: Allow BOINC to perform network activity during these timesTime formatAlwaysYou can specify time restrictions and optionally a weekly schedule. For convenience, these settings can be copied from the processor time settings. Some user actions override this setting.

Memory Usage

SettingValuesDefaultDescription
Memory Limits: When computer is in use, use no more than X% total memory0.0 - 100.0%50%Limits the amount of RAM used by BOINC applications when your computer is in use (i.e. when there has been recent mouse or keyboard activity). Setting this to a low value lets you run BOINC all the time without impacting your computer's performance.
Memory Limits: When computer is idle, use no more than X% total memory0.0 - 100.0%90%Limits the amount of RAM used by BOINC applications when your computer is not in use.
Application Switching: Leave applications in memory while suspendedYes/No?NoThis improves CPU effectiveness at the cost of virtual memory. This option is not relevant if you are only attached to one project.

Disk Usage

SettingValuesDefaultDescription
Disk Quotas: Use no more than X Gigabytes of disk space0.0 +10 GigabytesThis option is combined with the other disk restrictions to determine the maximum space BOINC may use for project application data.
Disk Quotas: Leave at least X Gigabytes of disk space free0.0 +0.1 GigabytesThis option is combined with the other disk restrictions to determine the maximum space BOINC may use for project application data.
Disk Quotas: Use no more than X% of total disk space0.0 - 100.0%50%This option is combined with the other disk restrictions to determine the maximum space BOINC may use for project application data.
Disk Access: Write to disk at most every X seconds0.0 +60 secondsThis setting is not observed by all projects. Use this setting to prevent the drive spinning up unnecessarily. Also refer to your power management settings.
Virtual Memory: Use no more than X% of page file0.0 - 100.0%75%Restrict the amount of virtual memory that BOINC may use. This setting should be used with care if your page file size is managed by the operating system.

Project preferences

There is a separate set of project preferences for each project in which you participate.

Resource share If projects contend for resources, the amount allocated to a project is proportional to this number.
Email prefs Whether the project should send you newsletters by email.
Hide computer information Whether the project should show information about your computers (their CPU and OS type, benchmark ratings etc.; not their names or addresses) on its web site.
Default computer location The location assigned to computers that attach to this account.
Project-specific preferences Defined by the project; e.g., to specify color schemes for the screensaver graphics.