Compute for Science

  • BOINC lets you help cutting-edge science research using your computer. The BOINC app, running on your computer, downloads scientific computing jobs and runs them invisibly in the background. It's easy and safe.

  • About 30 science projects use BOINC. They investigate diseases, study climate change, discover pulsars, and do many other types of scientific research.

  • The BOINC and Science United projects are located at the University of California, Berkeley and are supported by the National Science Foundation.
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To contribute to science areas (biomedicine, physics, astronomy, and so on) use Science United. Your computer will help current and future projects in those areas.

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News from BOINC Projects

[Milkyway@home] Where MilkyWay@home Was The Last Few Days

Hello Everyone,

On Friday, May 7th, RPI experienced a cyber-attack that forced RPI to rapidly take down their entire network. This included email, on-campus internet, and connection to the MilkyWay@home server. We were caught by surprise by the network going down, so we were unfortunately not able to warn our volunteers about this problem or shut down the server ahead of time.

We updated our social media a few times during this outage, but please understand that we did not know when service would come back up for MilkyWay@home until connection to the server actually came back up. During this time, RPI IT was working on understanding the extent of the attack, making sure that the attack did not get any worse, and setting up precautions for the future that would prevent this sort of attack. We were not in control of when the server went down or when it would go back up.

Please know that the attack did not impact Linux-based machines (such as the MilkyWay@home server). Additionally, no personal information on the website was accessed or affected by the cyber-attack.

Thank you volunteers for your patience and understanding. If you have any questions I'm happy to do my best to answer them.


View article · Mon, 17 May 2021 20:42:23 +0000

[World Community Grid] May Update: Microbiome Immunity Project

The project received extra support this month from the 2021 BOINC Pentathlon.

View article · Mon, 17 May 2021 20:38:17 +0000

[World Community Grid] May Update: Africa Rainfall Project

The researchers are coming closer to making their data easier to share.

View article · Thu, 13 May 2021 17:05:08 +0000

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2021 BOINC workshop
The workshop, showcasing BOINC-based research and providing an open forum, will be held online, on three Wednesdays in April: 14, 21, 28. Learn more and register at
31 Mar 2021, 20:59:44 UTC · Discuss

Android client available on F-Droid
The latest BOINC client for Android is now available from F-Droid, a repository of open-source apps.
4 Mar 2021, 20:50:06 UTC · Discuss

New BOINC Android client released
Version 7.16.16 of the BOINC Android client has been released. This is the first new Android version in over 4 years, and is a major rewrite of the GUI. Thanks to Vitalii Koshura, Tal Regev, and Isira Seneviratne for their work on this.

The new version is available from the BOINC web site and (for Amazon Fire tablets) from the Amazon app store. It's not on the Google play store because of new restrictions imposed by Google; hopefully this will be resolved in a future version.
15 Feb 2021, 23:47:10 UTC · Discuss

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