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

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: 31.683 PetaFLOPS.
Active: 127,442 volunteers, 866,401 computers.

Top 100 volunteers Statistics

Dave GPU is contributing 13,482 GFLOPS.
Country: United States; Team: SETI.USA
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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

Welcome DBN Upper Bound
DBN Upper Bound is a new project doing research involving the Riemann zeta function and the Reimann hypothesis.
25 Sep 2018, 22:01:37 UTC · Discuss

Web site changes
The BOINC message boards are now in rather than This means, among other things, that when you select a language, it applies to both front page and message boards.

Also, the front page now presents the option of participating using Science United. Current volunteers should consider doing this. By making it easier for new projects to get volunteers, SU will encourage the creation of new BOINC projects.
5 Sep 2018, 23:06:54 UTC · Discuss

THOR Challenge 2018
CRUNCHERS SANS FRONTIERES is sponsoring THOR Challenge 2018, a team crunching competition to benefit IBM World Community Grid. It will take place from September 24 to November 11, 2018.
30 Aug 2018, 20:32:20 UTC · Discuss

Welcome Distributed Hardware Evolution Project
The Distributed Hardware Evolution Project uses a Genetic Algorithm to synthesise future super-reliable electronics such as those used in autonomous vehicles, power stations, medical equipment, aerospace. It's based at the University of Sussex in England.
25 Jul 2018, 14:25:47 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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