The 6th BOINC Workshop

A workshop on BOINC and volunteer computing will be held 31 Aug - 1 Sept 2010, in London.

The objective of this workshop is to share information about BOINC and projects using it, through short presentations and informal discussions, in a relaxed, open and friendly atmosphere. The workshop aims to stimulate new developments and activities related to volunteer computing, and to guide the future development of BOINC.

The workshop is for researchers, scientists and developers with significant experience or interest in BOINC. Areas of interest include:

  • GPU and multi-thread applications; CUDA and OpenCL
  • Virtual machines as application container
  • Applications
  • Scheduling
  • Workflows
  • Integration with hubs, clouds, grids, and desktop grids

All participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their work. Slides will be published on the web, but there will be no papers or proceedings.

The workshop is being held in conjunction with a Citizen Cyberscience Summit conference, to be held in the same location on 2-3 Sept. BOINC workshop attendees are encouraged to attend the CC Summit as well. There will be a small charge for the CC Summit conference; let me know if you are interested in attending.


The workshop will be held at King's College London, Strand Campus in the Anatomy Theatre and Museum.


The workshop is free but attendance is limited. If you are interested in attending, or have any questions, please contact David Anderson, indicating your areas of interest.


All participants are encouraged to give a short (~20 min) talk describing their work with BOINC. Please send your talk title to me (David Anderson). A video projector will be available. Let me know if you need anything else.


Stamford Street Apartments :

Rooms are single and en-suite and cost £41.50 per person per night. Stamford Street Apartments are located in Waterloo in central London. This is just south of the river Thames in Zone 1. It's a perfect location if you are travelling by Eurostar, and if it's contemporary London you're looking for then the South Bank Arts Complex is right on your doorstep. You can't get more central than this residence! Guests also have access to the on site student shop, cafeteria, and gymnasium (payable locally).

To book, please contact the reservations team on +44 (0)20 7848 1700 or email stopover@…

[UK footnote: the Stamford Street brochure is no longer accurate regarding Eurostar train services. They now use St. Pancras station, 1.5 miles north of the workshop venue, rather than Waterloo station]

Goodenough student rooms:

Prices: Visiting academics £40, Students £30 There are a very small number of student rooms available all year. Bathroom facilities are shared and meals can be taken in the Great Hall. In the summer there is much greater availability as permanent residents vacate the College.

For enquiries and to book please call +44 (0)20 7769 4727 or email: reservations@…

Strand Palace Hotel:


Travelodge on Drury Lane:


The Fielding Hotel:


Goodenough Club:





(as of Aug 2)


  • Tolu Aina begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, Oxford
    • CPDN status report
  • Issam Al-Azzoni, INRIA
    • Scheduling for Heterogeneous Desktop Grids
  • Bruce Allen, MPI
  • Peter Amoako-Yirenkyi, Kwame Nkrumah University, Ghana
  • David Anderson, UC Berkeley
    • BOINC: The Year in Review
  • Adam Bazinet, U. Maryland
    • The Lattice BOINC Project - Public Computing for the Tree of Life
  • Uwe Beckert, e.V.
    • The past and future of yoyo@home and
  • Christian Beer
  • Matt Blumberg, GridRepublic
  • Yu-Ting Chen, Academia Sinica
    • Puzzle@home: Finding the minimum number of sudoku clues
  • Ad Emmen, AlmereGrid
    • The International Desktop Grid Federation
  • Diogo Ferreira, U. of Coimbra, Portugal
    • Custom Execution Environments in BOINC
  • Dario Ferrer, IberCivis
  • Guillaume Gnaegi, Swiss Trop. Inst.
  • Daniel Lombraña Gonzalez, U. Extremadura
    • Socializing BOINC
  • Diggory Hardy, Swiss Trop. Inst.
  • Richard Haselgrove
  • Torbjoern Klatt, e.V.
  • Benjamin Knispel, MPI
    • Update on E@H's search for radio pulsars
  • Derrick Kondo, INRIA
    • Volunteer Computing in the Clouds
  • Martin Korth, Cambridge
    • More quantum chemistry with BOINC
  • Bernd Machenschalk, MPI
  • Nicolas Maire, Swiss Trop. Inst.
    • Status report
  • Attila Marosi, SZTAKI Inst.
    • Remote validation of BOINC tasks
  • Annabel Martin-Bah
  • Mark McAndrew, The Charity Engine
  • Hien Nguyen, U. of Houston
    • Volpex/BOINC status report
  • Javier Palacios, Ibercivis
  • Thiago Presa, INRIA
  • Kevin Reed, IBM
    • WCG status report
  • Chris Reynolds, U. Westminster
    • Distributed Video Rendering using Blender, VirtualBox, and BOINC
  • Ben Segal, CERN (and 2 students?)
    • BOINC-VM and Volunteer Cloud Computing
  • Fermin Serrano, Ibercivis
    • Overview of the Ibercivis project
  • Rytis Slatkevičius
  • Kieth Uplinger, IBM
  • James Wanless
    • 3 Prime Tests, 3 Factorization Algorithms, and BOINC
  • Wenjing Wu, CAS
  • Zoltan Farkas, SZTAKI Inst.
    • Improved 3G Bridge scalability to support desktop grids


  • Magid Nikraz, College of Applied Sciences, Oman


  • Jaspal Subhlok, U Houston
  • Jeremy Cowles, UC Berkeley


Tuesday 31 August

9:00-10:30: welcome and talks

10:30-10:50 coffee

10:50-12:30 talks

12:30-14:00 lunch (on your own; there's a cafeteria on-site)

14:00-15:30 talks

15:30-15:45 coffee

15:45-17:15 talks

Wednesday 1 September

9:00-10:30: talks

10:30-11:00 coffee break

11:00-12:30 talks

12:30-14:00 lunch

14:00-15:30 parallel BOF sessions possible topics:

  • VM apps
    • what are the requirements of a VM wrapper?
    • can we standardize on a VM wrapper?
    • how to make it easy for scientists to develop/deploy VM apps?
    • how to deploy VM executive? Which one?
  • Scheduling (batch completion, co-scheduling, adaptive replication)
    • how to study performance?
  • Volunteer issues (web interfaces, preferences, credit)
    • how to make BOINC easier to install, more engaging, etc.
    • how to leverage social networks and mobile devices
  • Scientist adoption issues
    • What are the barriers?
    • How can we reduce them?

In each case:

  • what are issues?
  • opportunities for collaboration/sharing?
  • action items for BOINC

15:30-16:00 coffee

16:00-17:00 BOF presentations and discussion


Traditionally the BOINC workshop has been followed by a rigorous full-day hike. This isn't feasible this year because of time and location. However, several of us plan to do a long walk in the Chiltern Hills near London on Monday 30 Aug.

We'll meet at London Marylebone Railway Station at 9:00am in front of the ticket offices for Chiltern Railways. Marylebone can be reached by tube on the Bakerloo Line.

We will leave from London Marylebone Station at 9:15, on the Chiltern Railways, destination Princes Risborough. The fare is 17.20 pounds round-trip. The trip is about 45 minutes.

There we will be met by John Griffiths, who is organizing a 5-6 hour hike with a pub lunch on the way. It will probably be a hike on the most scenic part of the Ridgeway National Trail (see

The current plan is that it is a circular hike and we head back to London around 5pm from Princes Risborough, so back in London by 6pm or so. But we may adapt that plan to weather conditions and head back from another station. We can discuss that on the day.

People should bring hiking shoes and some sort of rain gear, just in case, although the current weather outlook for Monday is quite good.

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