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The 3rd Pan-Galactic BOINC Workshop

A workshop on BOINC will be held 5-6 September 2007 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is being hosted by the Geneva International Academic Network. The organizers are Randall Harbour (GIAN), Francois Grey (CERN), Christian Pellegrini (Univ. of Geneva), and David Anderson (UCB).

The workshop follows the First and Second Pan-Galactic BOINC Workshops.

The objective of this workshop is to share information about BOINC and projects running on BOINC through short presentations and informal discussions, in a relaxed, open and friendly atmosphere. The workshop aims to stimulate new developments and activities related to BOINC, by allowing users to share their experience and requirements, giving developers the opportunity to outline their plans, and stimulating new collaborations between participants.

Who should attend

Anyone who is actively involved with BOINC is encouraged to attend. This includes anyone operating a BOINC project, developing BOINC, deploying BOINC, or interested in expanding the usage of BOINC.

Agenda (tentative)

5 Sept 9:00-12:30: Project presentations

Presentations by current and planned BOINC projects and deployment activities. Attendees are encouraged to give talks summarizing their project status, goals, and technical issues and requirements (20 minutes; a video projector will be available).

5 Sept 14:00-17:30: Continuation of project presentations 5 Sept 16:15-17:30:

6 Sept 9:00-12:30: BOINC development overview

Changes to the BOINC platform and project in the past year.

  • New usage models (distributed storage, workflow graphs, low-latency computation).
  • New hardware and software platforms (graphics processors, virtual machines).
  • New distribution models (WCG, GridRepublic?, cluster and Grid systems, corporate Intranets).
6 Sept. 14:00-17:30 BOINC and the world
  • Attracting and retaining more volunteers

o How to help volunteers choose projects o How to evolve the credit system o How to encourage flux

  • Attracting more scientists to use BOINC

o How to simplify porting of applications to BOINC o How to document the scientific impact of BOINC

  • Using BOINC more efficiently

o How to minimise power consumption o How to increase throughput and decrease latency for projects


The workshop is free but attendance is limited. If you are interested in attending, or have any questions, please email David Anderson (davea at or any of the other organizers.


The workshop will take place in the Villa Rigot, next to the Place des Nations and near the main entrance to the Palais des Nations (the United Nations' European headquarters). It is located in the heart of Geneva, 15 minutes by foot from the lake and the main railway station, and half an hour by car from the airport. Geneva International Airport has a number of low-cost carrier links to major European cities (London, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona), as well as some direct transatlantic flights.

A list of nearby hotels, and links to info on public transportation and restaurants, is here.