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.

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

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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: 31.844 PetaFLOPS.
Active: 136,424 volunteers, 665,786 computers.
Daily change: +585 volunteers, +6529 computers.

Top 100 volunteers Statistics

Rion Family is contributing 17,613 GFLOPS.
Country: United States; Team: USA
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2020 BOINC Workshop
The 2020 BOINC Workshop will take place 7-10 September 2020 in Marburg, Germany.
11 Feb 2020, 17:42:12 UTC · Discuss

BOINC paper published
A paper about BOINC has been published in the Journal of Grid Computing.
16 Jan 2020, 23:24:46 UTC · Discuss

View credit stats on Apple devices
A new app for iOS and watchOS lets you view your BOINC credit statistics from Apple devices. It's open source, and you can help develop it.
30 Dec 2019, 23:32:12 UTC · Discuss

The BOINC out-of-box experience for scientists
Read a proposal for improving the out-of-box experience for scientists interested in using BOINC.
4 Dec 2019, 23:44:22 UTC · Discuss

BOINC roadmap / wish list
Read a discussion of possible long-term directions for BOINC development.
4 Dec 2019, 23:42:10 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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