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.

Join Science United

Or download BOINC and choose specific projects.

News from BOINC Projects

[iThena] iThena OONI Probe: ARM Platform [1]

We have added support for the iThena OONI Probe application for the ARM platform: aarch64-unknown-linux-gnu.

We plan to add more ARM platforms soon.

You are welcome to test the iThena OONI Probe application on ARM (bugs are possible on this platform at this time - preliminary testing).


View article · Fri, 15 Oct 2021 20:45:02 +0000

[RNA World] Server update & migration

Just as a note in advance: There will be an RNA World server update coming up combined by migration of the entire server infrastructure to a new machine by 31st of December at the latest.

Eine kurze Vorabmeldung: Wir werden bis spätestens 31. Dezember ein umfassendes RNA World Serverupdate durchführen und die gesamte Serverinfrastruktur auf eine neue Maschine migrieren.


View article · Fri, 15 Oct 2021 12:46:08 +0000

[MLC@Home] Current WU issues, working on a fix

A short note that we're aware of the issue with WUs coming from the CPU and TEST work queues (the GPU queue appears fine at the moment). This is due to a server-side issue related to some cleanup and upgrades I've been doing behind the scenes that appears to have gone haywire, and since it initially seemed to be working I didn't catch it immediately, leading to compounding the issues.

This is unacceptable and I apologize. While this had been tested, this failure mode was unforeseen. You rely on us to keep things running smoothly, and I failed you.

Over the next 24 hours we'll be sending out cancellations for the corrupted WUs, and may stop/start the service a few times while we try to clean things up. Please bear with us and thanks for your patience.

I stress : no data was lost, and the nature of the failure is to fail-fast on the client, so there is little to no wasted computer cycles.

Thanks again, and we'll do better in the future.

View article · Thu, 14 Oct 2021 20:18:19 +0000

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Windows communication failure: temporary workaround
Recently, the Windows BOINC client stopped being able to communicate with some projects and with Science United. This is because of an expired entry in a file called the "certificate authority bundle".

To fix this problem, download a new version of the file and put it in the

C:/Program Files/BOINC


This is a temporary fix. We hope to release a new version of the client that won't have this problem in the future.
5 Oct 2021, 7:47:49 UTC · Discuss

Certificate of computation
Get a Certificate of computation showing how much you've computed across all BOINC projects. It's suitable for framing!
7 Sep 2021, 22:09:50 UTC · Discuss

Paper on Science United published
Check out Globally Scheduling Volunteer Computing, recently published in the journal Future Internet.
1 Sep 2021, 21:18:38 UTC · Discuss

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