Compute for Science
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.

Source code Building BOINC APIs Design documents Coding style

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

Github Organization Tasks Events

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: 25.313 PetaFLOPS.
Active: 140,637 volunteers, 573,927 computers.

Top 100 volunteers Statistics

Gary Roberts is contributing 20,470 GFLOPS.
Country: Australia; Team: Ellison Crunchers
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BOINC workshop agenda update
The agenda for the upcoming BOINC workshop has been updated. View the agenda.
13 May 2019, 17:39:21 UTC · Discuss

Paper about BOINC
A paper about BOINC has been posted on
6 Mar 2019, 9:06:28 UTC · Discuss

Voice/chat channel for team founders announced
BOINC Founders Club is a meeting place for BOINC team founders, based on the Discord voice/chat system. If you're a team founder, ask to join by emailing
10 Feb 2019, 5:38:04 UTC · Discuss

2019 BOINC Workshop
The 2019 BOINC workshop will be held July 9-12 in Chicago.
7 Feb 2019, 20:06:10 UTC · Discuss

Client version 7.14.2 released
Version 7.14.2 of the BOINC client for Windows and Mac has been released. Release notes are here.
18 Oct 2018, 22:41:33 UTC · Discuss

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NSF logo BOINC is supported by the National Science Foundation through awards SCI-0221529, SCI-0438443, SCI-0506411, PHY/0555655, and OCI-0721124.

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