The 10th BOINC Workshop

A workshop on BOINC and volunteer computing will be held 29 Sept - 2 Oct 2014 at the SZTAKI Institute in Budapest, Hungary.

The objective of this workshop is to share information about BOINC and projects using it, through presentations and informal discussions, in an 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:

  • BOINC on Android
  • GPU, multi-thread, VM-based, and Android applications
  • Data-intensive applications
  • Multi-user projects
  • Remote job submission
  • 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 free but attendance is limited. If you are interested in attending, or have any questions, please contact David Anderson, indicating your areas of interest.


The workshop will be held at

SZTAKI Institute
18-22 Victor Hugo St.
Budapest 1132

Information about transportation and lodging is here:

The Institute is convenient to public transportation, hotels, and the historic center of Budapest. Many thanks to Peter Kacsuk and Robert Lovas for making the venue available to us.


The workshop will consist of two activities:

  • Talks: All participants are encouraged to give a short (20-30 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 and 3rd days of the workshop we'll divide into groups, to hack, document, discuss or learn some aspect of BOINC. Please come with ideas.

To allow more time for hackfest projects, we're extending the workshop to 4 days. However, you're welcome to attend only the first 2 or 3 days.

Monday 29 Sept

Tuesday 30 Sept

  • 16:30 - 17:30: discussion of volunteer computing and BOINC

Wednesday 1 Oct

  • 9:00 - 17:00: plan hackfest projects; hackfest

Thursday 2 Oct

  • 9:00 - 17:00: hackfest

Possible post-workshop activities

Possible hackfest topics

  • Discuss how we can use Jenkins (automated build/test system) to improve stability of BOINC server code. Develop a framework for unit and end-to-end tests.
  • Can we use xdelta3 to increase the efficiency of updating large files (e.g. VM images)?
  • Improve the tools for diagnosing failures of Android apps.
  • Tutorial on porting apps to Android.
  • Tutorial on deploying VM apps.
  • Improve diagnostic tools for VM apps.
  • Discuss how to reduce client impact; e.g. figure out how to suspend computing while a movie is playing.
  • Brainstorm on the Android GUI.
  • Another try at OpenAuth and LDAP authentication.
  • Another try at using Twitter Bootstrap.
  • Conduct an energy-measurement experiment.

Attendees (tentative)

  1. Claus Adams, Cheil/Samsung
  2. Bruce Allen, Max Planck Institute
  3. Gregor Almassy, Cheil/Samsung
  4. David Anderson, UC Berkeley
  5. Tomi Asp, CERN
  6. Nicolas Baldeck, Open Meteo Foundation
  7. Christian Beer, (RNA World)
  8. Matt Blumberg, GridRepublic
  9. Claire Adam Bourdarios, LAL (Orsay)
  10. Andy Bowery, Oxford
  11. Valter Cavecchia, CNR-IMEM, TN-Grid
  12. Joachim Fritzsch, TU Dresden
  13. Francisco Sanz García, Ibercivis
  14. Yuri Gordienko, NAS Ukraine
  15. Nikita Gordienko, NAS Ukraine
  16. Peter Hanappe, Sony
  17. Evgeny Ivashko, Karelian Resarch Centre RAS
  18. Peter Jones, CERN
  19. Jozsef Kovacs, SZTAKI
  20. Arnaud Legrand, INRIA
  21. Robert Lovas, SZTAKI
  22. Attila Marosii, SZTAKI
  23. Mark McAndrew, Charity Engine
  24. Thomas Mielke, MindModeling@Home
  25. Jonathan Miller, Oxford
  26. Phillip Ogunfojuri, Cheil/Samsung
  27. Filip Rydio, Asteroids@home
  28. Rytis Slatkevicius, GridRepublic
  29. Adam Visegradi, SZTAKI
  30. David Wallom, Oxford
  31. Rom Walton, UC Berkeley
  32. Wenjing Wu, IHEP
  33. Andrei Zinchenko, National Academy of Science of Ukraine
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