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This page lists BOINC-based projects that we are aware of that are active and have real (non-test) applications.

This is not a comprehensive list. BOINC can be used by anybody for their own distributed computing projects, either public or private.

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  • DO NOT guarantee that it is safe to run their applications.

We recommend that you read a project's web site carefully before volunteering for it.

A list of projects whose information has been verified by the BOINC project may be found at here.

N.B.: Not all projects listed are continuously active, or have work to be done, and may not be recognized by BOINC. Each project's status is subject to change at any time based on work provided it, server functionality, and other factors.






  • URL:
  • Institution: private
  • Official launch: 11-05-2007
  • Project status: Active
  • Platforms: <platforms></platforms>
  • Description: To enhance clean energy technology by improving hydrogen production and storage.

Leiden Classical

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  • Institution: Leiden University
  • Official launch: 05-12-2005
  • Project status: Active
  • Platforms: <platforms></platforms>
  • Description: Surface science calculations using Classical Dynamics. In contrast to other projects, Leiden Classical allows volunteers, students and other scientists to submit their personal calculations to the grid. Each user has his own personal queue for Classical Dynamics jobs. In this way students have used the grid to simulate liquid argon, or to test the validity of the ideal gas law by actually doing the simulations through the grid.




Quantum Monte Carlo at Home


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  • Institution: Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, with support from Sun Microsystems, the Planetary Society, and others
  • Official launch: 17 May 1999
  • Project status: Active
  • Platforms: Mac OS X, Linux/x86, Mac OS X (PowerPC), SPARC Solaris, SPARC Solaris 2.7, Windows, Linux/x64
  • Description: SETI@home searches through data from the radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, looking for narrow-bandwidth radio signals which might be taken as evidence of extraterrestrial technology. (SETI stands for Search for Extra-Terestrial Intelligence.)

theSkyNet POGS

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  • Institution: The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (Perth, Australia
  • Official launch: 03-08-2012
  • Project status: Active
  • Platforms: <platforms></platforms>
  • Description: We will combine the spectral coverage of GALEX, Pan-STARRS1, and WISE to generate a multi-wavelength UV-optical-NIR galaxy atlas for the nearby Universe. We will measure physical parameters (such as stellar mass surface density, star formation rate surface density, attenuation, and first-order star formation history) on a resolved pixel-by-pixel basis using spectral energy distribution (SED) fitting techniques in a distributed computing mode.



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  • Institution: Purdue University
  • Official launch: 19-09-2005
  • Project status: Active
  • Platforms: <platforms></platforms>
  • Description: The uFluids project simulates two-phase fluid behavior in microgravity and microfluidics problems. Our goal is to design better satellite propellant management devices and address two-phase flow in microchannel and MEMS devices.

Biology and Medicine


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  • Institution: University Pompeu Fabra
  • Official launch: 12-05-2007
  • Project status: Active
  • Platforms: <platforms></platforms>
  • Description: GPUGrid is a volunteer computing project on the PlayStation3 for full-atom molecular simulations of proteins.Your contribution is very important because our CellMD software runs over an order of magnitude faster on the PlayStation3 opening the way to innovative scientific experiments.

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  • Institution: The Swiss Tropical Institute
  • Official launch: 19-12-2006
  • Project status: Active
  • Platforms: <platforms></platforms>
  • Description: Simulation models of the transmission dynamics and health effects of malaria are an important tool for malaria control. They can be used to determine optimal strategies for delivering mosquito nets, chemotherapy, or new vaccines which are currently under development and testing. Such modeling is extremely computer intensive, requiring simulations of large human populations with a diverse set of parameters related to biological and social factors that influence the distribution of the disease.




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  • Institution: University of Washington
  • Official launch: 26-06-2005
  • Project status: Active
  • Platforms: <platforms></platforms>
  • Description: Determine the 3-dimensional shapes of proteins in research that may ultimately lead to finding cures for some major human diseases. By running Rosetta@home you will help us speed up and extend our research in ways we couldn't possibly attempt without your help. You will also be helping our efforts at designing new proteins to fight diseases such as HIV, Malaria, Cancer, and Alzheimer's.

The Lattice Project

Cognitive Science


Earth and Environmental Science

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  • Institution: University of Oxford
  • Official launch: 12-09-2003
  • Project status: Active
  • Platforms: <platforms></platforms>
  • Description: Investigates the approximations that have to be made in state-of-the-art climate models. By running the model thousands of times we hope to find out how the model responds to slight tweaks to these approximations - slight enough to not make the approximations any less realistic. This will allow us to improve our understanding of how sensitive our models are to small changes and also to things like changes in carbon dioxide and the sulphur cycle. This will allow us to explore how climate may change in the next century under a wide range of different scenarios.

Quake Catcher Network - Seismic Monitoring

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  • Institution: A joint project between Stanford University and University of California at Riverside
  • Official launch: 03-02-2008
  • Project status: Active
  • Platforms: <platforms></platforms>
  • Description: Research, education, and outreach in seismology. This is a 'non-CPU' intensive project. The project was formerly known as "QCN Alpha" or "QCN Alpha Test" but is now an active 'live' project. An accelerometer is needed to run this project. Some computers have this built in (i.e. Apple Macbook laptops & IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad laptops). For others, a USB attachment is necessary. The aim of the project is to detect seismic events via attached (internal laptop or external USB) accelerometers; which are then reported to the system servers at Stanford.

Mathematics, Computing, and Games


  • URL:
  • Institution: Mathematical Institute of Leiden University and Kennislink
  • Official launch: 21-11-2006
  • Project status: Active
  • Platforms: <platforms></platforms>
  • Description: Search for 'abc-triples': positive integers a,b,c such that a+b=c, a < b < c, a,b,c have no common divisors and c > rad(abc), where rad(n) is the product of the distinct prime factors of n. The ABC conjecture says that there are only finitely many a,b,c such that log(c)/log(rad(abc)) > h for any real h > 1. The ABC conjecture is currently one of the greatest open problems in mathematics. If it is proven to be true, a lot of other open problems can be answered directly from it.

Collatz Conjecture



  • URL:
  • Institution: unknown
  • Official launch: 09-09-2007
  • Project status: Active
  • Platforms: <platforms></platforms>
  • Description: Enigma@Home is a wrapper between BOINC and Stefan Krah's M4 Project. The M4 Project is an effort to break 3 original Enigma messages with the help of distributed computing. The signals were intercepted in the North Atlantic in 1942 and are believed to be unbroken.

Moo! Wrapper


  • URL:
  • Institution: Private
  • Official launch: July 12, 2005
  • Project status: Active
  • Platforms: <platforms></platforms>
  • Description: Primegrid is generating a public sequential prime number database, and is searching for large twin primes of the form k*2n+1 and k*2n-1


SZTAKI Desktop Grid

WEP-M+2 Project

Multi-Application Projects

World Community Grid

  • URL:
  • Institution: IBM Corporate Community Relations
  • Official launch: 16 Nov 2004
  • Project status: Active
  • Platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac
  • Description: To further critical non-profit research on some of humanity's most pressing problems by creating the world's largest volunteer computing grid. Research includes HIV/AIDS, cancer, muscular dystrophy, dengue fever, and many more.


Miscellaneous and Unclassified


  • URL:
  • Institution: based in Russia, further details unavailable
  • Official launch: 02-10-2007
  • Project status: Active
  • Platforms: <platforms></platforms>
  • Description: As of May 2008, Gerasim is in the development stage and lacks a specific science goal. Apparently project administrators are setting up the essentials of a BOINC project with the intention of finding a researcher to use the project.


  • URL:
  • Institution: Spy Hill Research (under contract to LIGO)
  • Official launch: 02-06-2004
  • Project status: Active
  • Platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
  • Description: Pirates@Home was originally set up as a prototype for Einstein@Home. The name was chosen to make it clear that it was only a test project, not the beginning of Einstein@Home. The original Pirates@Home was shut down in June 2005 after Einstein@Home was underway. The project reappeared in January 2006 on a different server to act as a test stand for another LIGO-related project, called Interactions in Understanding the Universe (I2U2).

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