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The 10th BOINC Workshop

A workshop on BOINC and volunteer computing will be held 29 Sept - 2 Oct at the SZTAKI Institute in Budapest, Hungary.

The objective of this workshop is to share information about BOINC and projects using it, through presentations and informal discussions, in an open and friendly atmosphere. The workshop aims to stimulate new developments and activities related to volunteer computing, and to guide the future development of BOINC.

The workshop is for researchers, scientists and developers with significant experience or interest in BOINC. Areas of interest include:

  • BOINC on Android
  • GPU, multi-thread, VM-based, and Android applications
  • Data-intensive applications
  • Multi-user projects
  • Remote job submission
  • Integration with hubs, clouds, grids, and desktop grids

All participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their work. Slides will be published on the web, but there will be no papers or proceedings.


The workshop is free but attendance is limited. If you are interested in attending, or have any questions, please contact David Anderson, indicating your areas of interest.


The workshop will be held at

SZTAKI Institute
18-22 Victor Hugo St.
Budapest 1132

Information about transportation and lodging is here:

The Institute is convenient to public transportation, hotels, and the historic center of Budapest. Many thanks to Peter Kacsuk and Robert Lovas for making the venue available to us.


The workshop will consist of two activities:

  • Talks: All participants are encouraged to give a short (20-30 min) talk describing their activities and plans related to volunteer computing. These talks do not have to be polished, or present results. Please send your talk title to David Anderson.
  • Hackfest: On the 2nd and 3rd days of the workshop we'll divide into groups, to hack, document, discuss or learn some aspect of BOINC. Please come with ideas.

To allow more time for hackfest projects, we're extending the workshop to 4 days. However, you're welcome to attend only the first 2 or 3 days.

Monday 29 Sept

  • 9:30 - 12:00: talks
    • Robert Lovas: Introductory remarks
    • David Anderson: A Brief History of BOINC
  • 13:00 - 15:00: talks
    • Ivgeny Ivashko: BOINC:FAST conference: results and plans
    • Rom Walton: Support for VM applications
    • Robert Lovas: Report on crowd computing related activities from IDGF (2013-2014)
    • Pete Jones: Volunteer computing at CERN
    • Filip Rydio: Possible Optimizations of Large Recurrent Neural Networks in CUDA
  • 15:30 - 17:30: talks
    • Peter Hanappe: Power consumption issues
    • Christian Beer: The future of e.V.
    • Matt Blumberg: Greetings from GridRepublic!
    • Valter Cavecchia: TN-Grid & gene@home
    • Wenjing Wu: Atlas@home

Tuesday 30 Sept

  • 9:00 - 12:00: talks
    • Mark McAndrew: Charity Engine
    • Jozsef Kovacs: Integration of European Grid Infrastructure with BOINC - latest steps and applications
    • Attila Marosi: Modelling volunteer and desktop grid computing
    • Adam Visegradi: Efficient Reliability in Volunteer Storage Systems with Random Linear Coding
    • Keith Uplinger: World Community Grid
    • Nicolas Baldeck: Using BOINC for building the "wikipedia" of real-time weather forecasting
    • Joachim Frtizsch: BOINC/Android status and plans
  • 13:00 - 15:00: talks
    • Yuri Gordienko: Trends in computing power used by various BOINC communities
    • Nikita Gordienko and Yuri Gordienko: Volunteer Measurements as the next evolution stage of BOINC
    • Bruce Allen: Einstein@Home
    • Arnaud Legrand: modeling volunteer data archival
  • 15:30 - 16:30: talks
    • Arnaud Legrand and Wenjing Wu: job replication in CAS@home
    • Thomas Mielke: Techniques for Rapidly Integrating, Computing, and Analyzing Scientific Models with Heterogenous Grid Systems
  • 16:30 - 17:30: discussion of volunteer computing and BOINC

Wednesday 1 Oct

  • 9:00 - 17:00: plan hackfest projects; hackfest

Thursday 2 Oct

  • 9:00 - 17:00: hackfest

Possible post-workshop activities

Possible hackfest topics

  • Figure out how to suspend computing while a movie is playing (streaming or DVD).
  • Conduct an energy-measurement experiment.
  • Can we use xdelta3 to increase the efficiency of updating large files (e.g. VM images)?
  • Improve the tools for diagnosing failures of Android apps.
  • Tutorial on porting apps to Android.
  • Tutorial on deploying VM apps.
  • Improve diagnostic tools for VM apps.
  • Develop an end-to-end test of BOINC for use in Jenkins.
  • Another try at OpenAuth and LDAP authentication.
  • Another try at using Twitter Bootstrap.

Attendees (tentative)

  1. Claus Adams, Cheil/Samsung?
  2. Bruce Allen, Max Planck Institute
  3. Gregor Almassy, Cheil/Samsung?
  4. David Anderson, UC Berkeley
  5. Tomi Asp, CERN
  6. Nicolas Baldeck, Open Meteo Foundation
  7. Christian Beer, (RNA World)
  8. Matt Blumberg, GridRepublic
  9. Claire Adam Bourdarios, LAL (Orsay)
  10. Andy Bowery, Oxford
  11. Valter Cavecchia, CNR-IMEM, TN-Grid
  12. Joachim Fritzsch, TU Dresden
  13. Francisco Sanz García, Bifi
  14. Yuri Gordienko, NAS Ukraine
  15. Nikita Gordienko, NAS Ukraine
  16. Peter Hanappe, Sony
  17. Evgeny Ivashko, Karelian Resarch Centre RAS
  18. Peter Jones, CERN
  19. Jozsef Kovacs, SZTAKI
  20. Arnaud Legrand, INRIA
  21. Robert Lovas, SZTAKI
  22. Attila Marosii, SZTAKI
  23. Mark McAndrew, Charity Engine
  24. Thomas Mielke, MindModeling@Home
  25. Jonathan Miller, Oxford
  26. Phillip Ogunfojuri, Cheil/Samsung?
  27. Filip Rydio, Asteroids@home
  28. Rytis Slatkevičius, GridRepublic
  29. Keith Uplinger, IBM
  30. Adam Visegradi, SZTAKI
  31. David Wallom, Oxford
  32. Rom Walton, UC Berkeley
  33. Wenjing Wu, IHEP
  34. Andrei Zinchenko, National Academy of Science of Ukraine