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What is BOINC?

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BOINC allows you to help science in many ways!

What is BOINC? and what do the letters stand for?

  • Berkeley
  • Open
  • Infrastructure for
  • Network
  • Computing

BOINC is a software program that was developed by a team in Berkeley University California, led by Dr David Anderson who started one of the original volunteer computing projects called SETI@home. The concept behind the BOINC software started in the late 1990's with the idea of scientists using the power of peoples home computers to carry out science research. This idea was incredibly popular and millions of people were volunteering their computers spare capacity to the SETI@home project. So Dr Anderson made the software avalable to other scientists around the world so that they could use the power of volunteer computing to carry out their scientific research in the same way.


This is a short video that just tells you a little bit about BOINC and what it is. This video has been made by an ordinary BOINC user but i think it is very well made.
Do you BOINC?, 2 minutes 21 seconds.

So in 2004, they launched the BOINC project so any scientist could use the software and volunteers around the world could get involved in real science on their home computer. Since it started, all most 10 million people around the world have downloaded BOINC software and run one of these science projects. Today there are more that 50 of these science projects and about 1.5 million people running BOINC on their home or work computers and putting their computers spare capacity to good use for science.

Dr David P. AndersonBy downloading the BOINC software onto your computer, you can connect YOUR COMPUTER any number of science projects around the world. This is volunteer computing and means that if you connect your computer to one of these BOINC projects, some of your computers spare time and capacity will be used to process scientific data for that project. The BOINC software just runs in the background on your computer and will have very little effect on the way you normally use your computer from day to day. Its very safe, its free and its doing good for many valuable science projects around the world.

So by allowing BOINC to run in the background on your computer, you will be helping science in many areas like Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine, Mathematics, Astronomy and much more.

BOINC

This is a link to the BOINC website in Berkeley University, San Francisco, California:
http://boinc.berkeley.edu

In this video, Dr. David Anderson describes SETI@home, BOINC and volunteer Computing.

 

 

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Check out this science project!

Predictor@home

Predictor@home carries out research that attempts to predict protein structure from protein sequence. Our work is aimed at testing and evaluating new algorithms and methods of protein structure prediction. Our goal is to utilize these approaches to address critical biomedical questions of protein-related diseases like Alzheimer's and Mad-Cow disease.

Predictor@home project URL; http://predictor.chem.lsa.umich.edu/

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