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 Rosetta@home, Einstein@Home, and IBM World Community Grid. 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.

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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: 27.705 PetaFLOPS.
Active: 94,102 volunteers, 665,244 computers.
Daily change: +91 volunteers, 0 computers.

Top 100 volunteers Statistics

biodoc is contributing 20,209 GFLOPS.
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Article about WCG on Raspberry Pi
Check out Volunteer your Raspberry Pi to IBM’s World Community Grid, an article in the Raspberry Pi blog.
1 Jul 2020, 8:29:58 UTC · Discuss

Minecraft@Home launched
Minecraft@Home studies questions related to Minecraft, such as the properties of worlds that can be generated from different random seeds.
24 Jun 2020, 7:16:58 UTC · Discuss

SUNET client released
SUNET has released a BOINC client that simplifies participation. Learn more here.
16 Jun 2020, 18:42:43 UTC · Discuss

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

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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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