Compute for Science
Compute for Science

BOINC lets you help cutting-edge science research using your computer (Windows, Mac, Linux) or Android device. BOINC downloads scientific computing jobs to your computer and runs them invisibly in the background. It's easy and safe.

About 30 science projects use BOINC; examples include , IBM World Community Grid, and . These projects investigate diseases, study global warming, discover pulsars, and do many other types of scientific research.

You can participate in either of two ways:

Choose science areas

To contribute to science areas (biomedicine, physics, astronomy, and so on) use Science United. Your computer will do work for current and future projects in those areas.

Join Science United


Choose projects

To contribute to specific projects, download BOINC and follow the directions.

Download BOINC

High-Throughput Computing with BOINC

BOINC is a platform for high-throughput computing on a large scale (thousands or millions of computers). It can be used for volunteer computing (using consumer devices) or grid computing (using organizational resources). It supports virtualized, parallel, and GPU-based applications.

BOINC is distributed under the LGPL open source license. It can be used for commercial purposes, and applications need not be open source.

Computing with BOINC Technical Documentation


BOINC includes client, server, and web components, and APIs for connecting other components. It is distributed under the LGPLv3 open-source license.

Source code Building BOINC APIs Design documents Coding style

BOINC software development is community-based. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Github Organization Tasks Events

The BOINC Project

The BOINC project is located at the University of California, Berkeley. It has existed since 2002, with funding primarily from the National Science Foundation.

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Computing power

24-hour average: 25.076 PetaFLOPS.
Active: 125,407 volunteers, 494,166 computers.
Daily change: -2270 volunteers, -78 computers.

Top 100 volunteers Statistics

John is contributing 15,163 GFLOPS.
Team: OS/2 Warp
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Check out an article about , a BOINC project providing computing power to nanoscience researchers around the world.
11 Sep 2019, 22:42:42 UTC · Discuss

BOINC: the planet-sized computer
Check out The 42 Question Answered By Planet-Sized Computer, an article about math research using BOINC.
9 Sep 2019, 6:54:25 UTC · Discuss

THOR Challenge 2019
CRUNCHERS SANS FRONTIERES is sponsoring THOR Challenge 2019, a team crunching competition to benefit IBM World Community Grid. It will take place from September 09 to November 10, 2019.
15 Aug 2019, 21:36:05 UTC · Discuss

Check out For the Love of Science, a new article about the project at the Texas Advanced Computing Center.
26 Jun 2019, 5:13:33 UTC · Discuss

BOINC web server fails, gets replaced
The machine hosting the BOINC web site, and Science United, failed last Friday, just after everyone had left for the weekend. Fortunately we were able to move the disks to another computer and we're back online as of this morning. We apologize for the inconvenience.
26 Jun 2019, 3:09:27 UTC · Discuss

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NSF logo BOINC is supported by the National Science Foundation through awards SCI-0221529, SCI-0438443, SCI-0506411, PHY/0555655, and OCI-0721124.

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