The 7th BOINC Workshop

A workshop on BOINC and volunteer computing will be held 18-19 August 2011 in Hannover, Germany.

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
  • Multi-user projects
  • Remote job submission
  • Integration with hubs, clouds, grids, and desktop grids
  • OpenID

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 will be co-located with a meeting of the International Desktop Grid Federation (IDGF), which will take place from 14:00 to 18:00 on 17 August. Workshop participants are encouraged to consider attending this as well.


The workshop will be held at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hannover, Germany. Directions are here. Warning: The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics has TWO locations, one in Hannover and one in Golm (near Berlin). Do NOT travel to the Golm location for this meeting, or you'll find yourself 200km away from where you should be.

If you're traveling by car, be aware that driving within Hannover requires an "environmental badge". More info here.

A list of hotels is here.


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.

Remote Participation

You can participate remotely by visiting the following website:

  1. Register an account
  2. Click on "Start EVO" to download/start the client.
  3. Log in to EVO
  4. select the following meeting in "Universe": 7th Multiversal BOINC Workshop (Password: AEI2011)


The workshop will consist of two activities:

  • Talks: All participants are encouraged to give a short (~15 min) talk describing their activities and plans related to volunteer computing. These talks do not have to be polished or present results. Please send your talk title to David Anderson.
  • Hackfest: On the 2nd day of the workshop we'll divide into small groups, each of which will try to advance some aspect of BOINC. All attendees should sign up for one or more groups, and should come prepared to contribute. More Hackfest info.


18 Aug




19 Aug

  • 9:00 - 15:00 Hackfest
  • 15:30 - 18:00 Presentation and discussion of hackfest results


  1. Bader Ajrab, Alquds University - Palestine
  2. Bruce Allen, Max Planck Institute
  3. David Anderson, UC Berkeley
  4. Artur Andrzejak, Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg
  5. Oscar Díaz Barriga, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
  6. Uwe Beckert, e.V.
  7. Christian Beer, e.V.
  8. Oliver Bock, Max Planck Institute
  9. Andy Bowery, Oxford
  10. Francisco Brasiliero (AKA Fubica), UFCG
  11. David Coss, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
    • Grid Computing at St Jude Children's Research Hospital
  12. Heinz-Bernd Eggenstein, Einstein@home volunteer developer
  13. Zoltan Farkas, SZTAKI
  14. Dario Ferrer, U. of Zaragoza
    • BOINC Balanced Multi Server Environment
  15. Pablo Fonseca, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
    • Legion: An extensible lightweight web framework for easy BOINC task submission, monitoring and result retrieval using web services
  16. Peter Hanappe, Sony Research
    • Low-power volunteer computing
  17. Thomas Hilbig, University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld
  18. Evgeny Ivashko, Russian Academy of Sciences
    • Cloud service of mathematical computations based on desktop grid
  19. Peter Kacsuk, SZTAKI
    • Enable the use of BOINC for new communities - the IDGF experience
  20. Jesse Kaukonen, Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland
    • The project
  21. Ian Kelley, U. of Cardiff
  22. Erwan Keribin, CPDN
  23. Torbjoern Klatt, e.V.
    • status report
  24. Benjamin Knispel, Max Planck Institute
    • One year of finding new radio pulsars with Einstein@Home
  25. Derrick Kondo, INRIA
  26. Arnaud Legrand, INRIA
  27. Robert Lovas, SZTAKI
    • The first year of DEGISCO: hybrid infrastructure and new applications based on BOINC
  28. Bernd Machenschalk, Max Planck Institute
  29. Neil Massey Oxford
  30. Mark McAndrew, The Charity Engine
  31. Juanjo Molinero, Ibercivis
  32. Steffen Möller, University of Lübeck
  33. Henrik Schnell, IIT Budapest
  34. Gábor Molnár, IIT Budapest
    • GridBee? Web Computing Framework: scientific computing in browsers
  35. Hien Nguyen, Univ. of Houston
    • Volpex: Parallel execution in a volunteer environment
  36. Natalia Nikitina, Russian Academy of Sciences
    • Web-based interface to desktop grid computing resources
  37. Mikhail Posypkin, ISA RAS (Russia)
  38. Kevin Reed, IBM
    • An Update on World Community Grid
  39. Christian Benjamin Ries, University of Applied Sciences, Bielefeld
    • Visu@lGrid : A Model Driven Engineering Approach for BOINC
  40. Patricia Santos, Ibercivis
  41. Francisco Sanz, Ibercivis
  42. Ben Segal, CERN
    • Early experience with CERN's Volunteer Cloud
  43. Oleg Sukhoroslov, ISA RAS (Russia)
  44. Michael Tarantino, Univ. of Basel
  45. Keith Upplinger, IBM
  46. Rom Walton, UC Berkeley
  47. Simon Wilson, UK Met Office
    • Multi-processor Climate Models in

Before and after

The day after the workshop (i.e., Sat 20 Aug) a group of us hiked up the Brocken in the Harz mountains. Some pictures are here.

David Anderson will be in Hannover from Mon 15 Aug through Mon 22 Aug, and will be available for additional discussion and/or hacking. Send him email to reserve time.

The IDGF meeting

The tentative program for the IDGF meeting is:

More information and slides can be found on

Session 1: IDGF and Desktop Grid Systems
14:00-14:25 P. Kacsuk: Introduction to International Desktop Grid Federation (IDGF)
14:25-14:50 R. Lovas: The IDGF Road Map
14:50-15:10 D. Anderson: A Road Map for Volunteer Computing in the U.S.
15:10-15:45 F. Brasileiro: OurGrid and IDGF
15:45- 16:15 Coffee Break

Session 2: Success Stories
16:15 . 16:30 German DG presentation
16:30 . 16:45 Russian DG presentation
16:45 . 17:00 Univ. of Westminster Local DG and its role in IDGF
17:00 . 17:15 IberCivis and IDGF

17:15- 18:00 Panel session

Joint Dinner (self-paid) 
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