Compute for Science

BOINC lets you help cutting-edge science research using your computer (Windows, Mac, Linux) or Android device. BOINC downloads scientific computing jobs to your computer and runs them invisibly in the background. It's easy and safe.

About 30 science projects use BOINC; examples include Einstein@Home, IBM World Community Grid, and SETI@home. These projects investigate diseases, study global warming, discover pulsars, and do many other types of scientific research.

You can participate in either of two ways:

Choose science areas

To contribute to science areas (biomedicine, physics, astronomy, and so on) use Science United. Your computer will do work for current and future projects in those areas.

Join Science United


Choose projects

To contribute to specific projects, download BOINC and follow the directions.

Download BOINC

High-Throughput Computing with BOINC

BOINC is a platform for high-throughput computing on a large scale (thousands or millions of computers). It can be used for volunteer computing (using consumer devices) or grid computing (using organizational resources). It supports virtualized, parallel, and GPU-based applications.

BOINC is distributed under the LGPL open source license. It can be used for commercial purposes, and applications need not be open source.

Computing with BOINC Technical Documentation


BOINC includes client, server, and web components, and APIs for connecting other components. It is distributed under the LGPLv3 open-source license.

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BOINC software development is community-based. Everyone is welcome to participate.

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The BOINC Project

The BOINC project is located at the University of California, Berkeley. It has existed since 2002, with funding primarily from the National Science Foundation.

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Computing power

24-hour average: 29.717 PetaFLOPS.
Active: 107,948 volunteers, 748,598 computers.
Daily change: +6 volunteers, 0 computers.

Top 100 volunteers Statistics

gambatesa is contributing 44,576 GFLOPS.
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Einstein@Home video
The Einstein@Home project has released a video describing their search for continuous gravitational waves.
15 May 2020, 20:35:57 UTC · Discuss

World Community Grid launches COVID-19 research project
The OpenPandemics - COVID-19 project aims to accelerate the search for treatments for the disease caused by the SARS-CoV2 virus. Learn more about the project here.
15 May 2020, 4:27:39 UTC · Discuss

BOINC workshop cancelled
The 2020 BOINC workshop, scheduled for 7-10 September, has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
29 Apr 2020, 18:31:47 UTC · Discuss

New BOINC server
BOINC and Science United have moved to a new server, running up-to-date versions of Linux (Ubuntu), MariaDB, PHP, GNU tools, Mediawiki, and so on. Thanks to Jeff Cobb for overseeing this; it wasn't easy. Let me know if any problems.
2 Apr 2020, 4:28:02 UTC · Discuss

Rosetta@home studies coronavirus
Rosetta@home, from the University of Washington, is using BOINC to model important coronavirus proteins.
6 Mar 2020, 22:37:15 UTC · Discuss

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